Motor vehicle; application for registration or re-registration

In the event of a change of owner due to sale, inheritance, donation, etc., a change of domicile or place of business, or after the vehicle has been taken out of service, it may be necessary to transfer the vehicle to its new owner or to re-register it with the previous owner, or to correct the owner data.


If the owner data of a motor vehicle changes, for example due to a change of residence or place of business, sale, donation, etc., you are obliged to have the owner and vehicle data updated at the registration authority. In the event of a move or change of owner within Germany, you can keep the previous license plate (in the case of a registered vehicle). However, you can also voluntarily apply for a license plate of the new registration district.

You cannot have a license plate that you took over when you moved or changed owners to another registration district reassigned to you after a decommissioning.

Please contact the local registration authority for the exact documents required.

When a license plate is assigned as part of the registration process, you are usually assigned a combination of letters and numbers over which you have no control. However, if you would like a specific letter and number combination (e.g. your initials or year of birth), you can apply for such a vanity plate for a fee.

Since October 01, 2019, change of registration and re-registration can also be carried out internet-based. You can access the internet-based processes via the website of your registration authority. There you will also receive further information


  • Proof of authorization to dispose of the vehicle and of the prescribed insurance coverage.
  • Requirements for Internet-based application:
    In addition to the electronic ID card with corresponding signature, the security codes of the registration certificate Part I and the license plates are required. In addition, an electronic insurance confirmation (eVB) and - if required - proof of the main inspection / safety test must be retrievable.


Basically none.
The main inspection period must be observed.

Required documents

  • Registration document I and II (vehicle title and registration certificate)
  • Contract of sale
  • License plates
  • Main inspection report (HU report)
  • Confirmation of insurance in the form of an eVB number
  • official identification documents
  • If applicable, SEPA mandate for collection of vehicle tax (in case of change of owner or registration district)
  • power of attorney, if applicable
  • if applicable, the report of the officially recognised expert
  • if applicable, consent of the legal representatives in the case of registration of the motor vehicle in the name of a minor


  • The fees are based on the schedule of fees for road traffic measures.


    • Relocation or change of owner with registered vehicle under continuation of the license plate: 16,70 Euro

    • Transfer without continuation of the license plate: 27,00 Euro (in case of desired license plate allocation plus 10,20 Euro)

    • Re-registration after taking the vehicle out of service within the same registration district - without change of owner and on the identification number reserved at the time of taking the vehicle out of service: 11.60 Euro

    The fees are increased by the fees of the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (depending on the transaction between 0,60 and 3,80 Euro), costs for adhesive seals (0,30 Euro each) and registration of non-typed vehicles (15,30 Euro).

    NOTE: In addition to the cases mentioned here, there are others that require the submission of additional documentation and may result in different fees. In these cases, please contact the local registration authority.

    The costs for the production of license plates are not listed. These are offered by private companies in the vicinity of the vehicle registration authorities. The prices are not set by law.

Status: 04.05.2023

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wohnen, Bau und Verkehr

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