Motor vehicle license plates; application for a red license plate

Test and transfer drives with motor vehicles can be carried out with red license plates.



The applicant must

  • be reliable and
  • have a motor vehicle-related business registered in his or her name.


You must submit the application to the registration authority in whose jurisdiction you have your place of business. You can also appoint a representative with your written power of attorney to do this.

If an application form is required, you can obtain it in advance from the registration authority and complete it at home. Depending on what your registration authority offers, a download form or an online service via the Internet may be available.

Information about the registration authorities can be found under "Further links".

Your insurance company will be automatically notified by the registration authority that the license plate has been assigned.

The registration authority will assign the license plates to you.

Required documents

  • Business registration

  • valid identity card or passport of the trade owner (or all trade owners)

  • in case of representation: written power of attorney and additionally valid identity card or passport of the authorized person

  • Declaration on the collection of motor vehicle tax

  • for legal entities: Excerpt from the commercial register and identity card of all managing directors or authorised signatories

  • Proof of the applicant's reliability

    to be substantiated as a rule by information from the Federal Central Register (certificate of good conduct), information from the Central Trade Register or information from the Central Traffic Register at the Federal Motor Vehicle Office

  • if no application form is provided: written explanation of the need

  • Confirmation of insurance in the form of an eVB number


  • The fee for the assignment of a red license plate is between 25.60 and 205.00 EUR, depending on the effort involved.

Links to more information


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