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 residence 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 the owner data must be corrected.


If the registration 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 registration authority update the registration and vehicle data. If you move house or change the owner within Germany, you can keep the previous number plate (in the case of a registered vehicle). However, you can also voluntarily apply for a license plate from the new registration district.

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

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

When you are allocated a number plate as part of the registration procedure, you are usually allocated a combination of letters and numbers over which you have no influence. 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 01 October 2019, transfers and re-registrations can also be carried out internet-based. You can access the internet-based processes via the website of your registration authority. You can also obtain further information there


  • Proof of the right of disposal and the prescribed insurance cover.
  • 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 number plates are required. In addition, an electronic insurance confirmation (eVB) and - if required - proof of the main inspection / safety inspection 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 registration number: 27.00 Euro (in the case of the allocation of a personalised registration number, an additional 10.20 Euro will be charged).

    • Re-registration after taking the vehicle out of service within the same registration district - without change of owner and to 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 process between 0.60 and 3.80 euros), costs for adhesive seals (0.30 euros each) and registration of non-typed vehicles (15.30 euros).

    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 the 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: 03.11.2021

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

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