In the case of a new vehicle with a general operating permit or EU type approval or an individual permit, you must apply to the registration authority for the allocation of an official license plate.
Vehicles without a registration certificate Part II must be identified by the registration authority. The registration authority may also require the vehicle to be presented for other reasons.
Information on the registration authorities can be found under "Further links".
When you are assigned a license plate as part of the registration process, you are assigned a combination of letters and numbers over which you have no control. However, you can also request a different letter and number combination (e.g. your initials or year of birth) subject to availability and for a fee.
When registering the motor vehicle, you must prove that you have the right to dispose of the motor vehicle, e.g. by presenting the registration certificate Part II. In addition, the original EU Certificate of Conformity must be presented or the manufacturer must have enabled electronic data retrieval.
Modifications made to the vehicle that require acceptance (e.g. trailer coupling, ALU rims, spoiler, auxiliary heating, etc.) must be approved in advance by the officially recognized expert for motor vehicle traffic (in Bavaria: TÜV Süd) or a technical service appropriately authorized in accordance with the EC Vehicle Approval Regulation in order to register the motor vehicle.
Initial registrations can also be carried out via the Internet.
The prerequisite for this is registration via a citizen account with appropriate authentication (electronic ID card, residence permit with ID function or Elster certificate). In addition, a registration certificate part II with deposited security code must be available. The vehicle must correspond to an EU type and the manufacturer must have deposited a corresponding data set (he is obliged to do so if he issued a registration certificate part II after 1.10.2019). In addition, an electronic insurance confirmation (eVB) must be retrievable.
The process is checked internet-based and the vehicle is registered automatically - if all requirements are met. You can then retrieve a provisional registration certificate. This can then be printed out and carried or displayed in the vehicle. You must attach the license plates without stamped stickers to the vehicle. You can drive the vehicle domestically in this way for a maximum period of ten days.
If you receive the registration documents by post, you must attach the inspection and stamp stickers.
You can access the Internet-based procedures on the portal of your registration authority. You can also obtain further information there.
Information on the online procedures of the registration authorities can be found under "Further links".
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In the event that a period of more than 18 months lies between the confirmation of the type approval and the registration, the registration authority may carry out a vehicle inspection by the officially recognized expert for motor vehicle traffic (in Bavaria: TÜV Süd) or by a technical service authorized in accordance with the EC Vehicle Approval Ordinance in order to check the compliance of the vehicle. This inspection also serves the purpose of determining whether the vehicle still complies with the technical regulations valid at the time of registration.