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A change of registration (allocation of a new registration plate) must be carried out if the previous registration plate(s) has/have been stolen or otherwise lost.

It can also be carried out upon request.

In case of theft or loss of one or both license plates, a change of license plate is mandatory for security reasons. In these cases, it is not possible to have a replacement plate stamped. The stolen or lost license plates will be blocked for ten years.
In the event of theft of one or both registration plates, prior filing of a criminal complaint with the police is required. The registration number must be presented to the vehicle registration office when applying for a new license plate.
If registration plates have only been damaged but are still complete, new replacement registration plates can be embossed. In this case, a new registration number is not required.
A change of registration number can also be applied for at any time without giving reasons if there is a desire for a different registration number. In this case, the previous license plates must be presented along with the vehicle documents.
Special features:
With the entry into force of the Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV) on 01.03.2007, the responsibility within the registration procedure has changed from the "location principle" to the "place of residence principle". For private persons only the registration authority of the main residence is responsible. Registrations to a 2nd place of residence, including re-registrations, are no longer possible. In the case of legal entities, proof of the company's registered office or a participating branch in Bremen must be provided.


  • For a vehicle to be re-registered, proof of a valid main inspection must be provided by presenting the original inspection report.
  • There must be no arrears of administrative fees and expenses from previous registrations. Any existing arrears must be paid before registration.
  • There must be no motor vehicle tax arrears (including ancillary tax payments, e.g. interest, late fees). Existing motor vehicle tax arrears must be paid before registration.

What documents do I need?

  • Valid identity card, passport or electronic residence permit (eAT) as well as the original national passport of the vehicle owner applying for the permit
  • in case of representation with written power of attorney

    Additionally: identity card or passport of the authorized person

  • valid test report on a general inspection


  • Remaining license plate, if applicable
  • Registration certificate part II or old vehicle registration document
  • Registration certificate part I or vehicle registration document
  • for loss of registration number

    additional written declaration of loss

  • in the event of license plate theft

    additionally registration number of the police

  • if registered to companies

    - Current and valid business registration and, if available, current and valid excerpt from the commercial register (also as a copy)
    - Power of attorney, if the person authorized to dispose does not personally submit the application on site