Animal transport; application for approval of means of road transport

If you wish to use road transport vehicles commercially to transport animals for longer than 8 hours, you need a license for the means of transport from the competent veterinary office.


If you want to use means of transport, such as truck trailers, car trailers or semi-trailers, for long journeys of animals, you will need a license for these means of transport beforehand. This only applies to transportation that takes 8 hours or longer or that takes longer than 12 hours within Germany (exception only for breeding and farm animals) and that is connected with a commercial activity.

A transport operation includes the entire transportation process from the place of dispatch to the place of destination, including loading, unloading and, if necessary, accommodation at intermediate stations.

The authorization is granted for a maximum of 5 years.


If you wish to transport animals commercially, the means of transport used must meet the technical requirements of the
EU Animal Transport Regulation. It must also be equipped with

  • a navigation system,
  • an efficient ventilation system,
  • a temperature monitoring system with data recorder and
  • a warning system for exceeding permissible maximum or minimum temperatures

be equipped.


Once you have submitted the documents, they will be reviewed by the veterinary office and your details documented. You will then receive your approval.


You must apply for approval before using the means of transport. You may only use the means of transport once you have received approval.

Required documents

  • The following evidence and declarations are required for approval:

    • Vehicle registration certificate
    • TÜV-certified acceptance certificate of the means of transport
    • TÜV-certified acceptance certificate of the navigation system
    • Data certificate of the navigation system
    • Declaration that you or your representatives have not committed any serious infringements of Community and/or national animal welfare legislation in the last three years
    • Declaration that you or your representatives have not applied for a license with any other competent authority in Germany or any Member State


  • Fee: 100 to 1,000 EUR


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