Motor vehicle registration plates; application for a changeable registration plate

With the interchangeable number plates, two vehicles can be registered with one number plate under certain conditions.


The prerequisite is that the vehicles fall into the same vehicle category and that registration plates of the same dimensions can be used on the vehicles.

Interchangeable number plates can be issued for motor vehicles designed and built for passenger transport with a maximum of eight seats in addition to the driver's seat (class M1), motorcycles, four-wheeled light motor vehicles and four-wheeled motor vehicles with an unladen mass of up to 550 kg, excluding the mass of the batteries in the case of electric vehicles, and a maximum net power of up to 15 kW (class L vehicles), as well as trailers with a maximum permissible mass of up to 750 kg (class O1), i.e. e.g. two passenger cars, or one passenger car and one motor home, or two motorcycles, or two light trailers.e.g. two passenger cars, or one passenger car and one motor home, or two motorcycles, or two light trailers, but not two vehicles of different classes, e.g. one passenger car and one motorcycle.

Of the vehicles registered with interchangeable number plates, one or both may also be classic cars. The letter H of the classic car registration plate is then affixed to the vehicle-related part of the interchangeable registration plate. The same applies to vehicles that are permitted to carry an E number plate. The restriction to the same number plate sizes ensures that the correct prescribed illumination of the rear number plates is guaranteed.

The interchangeable number plate consists of two parts: a part that remains on the vehicle and an attachable additional part that makes a vehicle valid for use on the road. The identification numbers of a variable number plate are the same except for the last digit. The last digit of the vehicle's identification number is placed on the vehicle-related part of the plate. The remaining part of the registration number of the interchangeable plate shall be on the interchangeable part.

Status: 05.08.2021

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

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