Motor vehicle license plates; application for a seasonal license plate

Some vehicles are often only moved on public roads for a certain period of the year. If this period is maintained unchanged each year, e.g. from April to October, registration on a seasonal license plate might be recommended.


The German Vehicle Registration Ordinance (Fahrzeug-Zulassungsverordnung - FZV) offers the legal option of using motor vehicles on public roads only during a certain period of the year. This can be done by taking the vehicle out of service and re-registering it.
However, if the operating periods are the same every year, the so-called seasonal registration is an option. The operating period is indicated on the license plate in full months. The registration can be for a minimum of two and a maximum of 11 months per year. It is not permissible to split the registration into several shorter periods per year.

Once registered in this way, the motor vehicles can be used in the specified operating period in any year without having to visit the registration authority again. General inspections that fall within the rest period may be made up in the first month of the next operating period. During the rest of the year, vehicles may not be moved or parked in public traffic areas.

Internet-based allocation of a seasonal license plate is not yet possible at present.


Registrable vehicle

Required documents

  • official identification document
  • Confirmation of insurance (eVB number)
  • power of attorney, if applicable
  • if applicable, consent of the legal guardian in the case of an application by a minor
  • Registration certificate Part I and II
  • Original EC certificate of conformity (for new vehicles)


  • For vehicles with general operating permit/ EC type approval, you must pay 27.00 EURO.
    If you want a vanity plate, this fee increases by 10.20 EURO.
    If a registration certificate has not yet been issued, additional fees apply.
    The fees increase by the fee of the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (between 0.60 and 3.80 Euro). As well as the fees for document seal (0,30 Euro each) and if necessary reservation (2,60 Euro). You must obtain the license plates yourself at your own expense from private suppliers.

Status: 04.05.2023

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

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