Motor vehicle; vehicle registration information

Motor vehicles with a maximum design speed of more than six kilometers per hour and their trailers must, with a few exceptions, bear an official license plate as soon as they are used in public road traffic.


The registration authority of the city or district (registration district) in which you have your main place of residence (for companies or associations: company or association headquarters) assigns the license plates. The first group of letters of an official license plate indicates the respective registration district. This is followed by the individual identification number, which consists of letters and numbers. In the case of a transfer within Germany, you can keep the previous license plate (for a registered vehicle). However, you can also voluntarily apply for a license plate of the new registration district.

Official license plates must have a stamped sticker from the registration authority. This does not apply to unregistered trailers that carry repeat license plates.

The design of license plates and their attachment to the vehicle are required by law. All newly registered or re-registered vehicles receive a license plate with a Euro field. Previously assigned license plates (without a Euro field) must also have the nationality plate "D" prominently displayed on the car when traveling abroad.

You can carry out most registration procedures online. For more details, please refer to the website of your registration authority.

You can find an overview of the registration authorities in Bavaria under "Further links".

Information on the allocation of individual vehicle license plates can be found under "Related topics".

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