Motor vehicle license plate; application for an E-license plate

With the E license plate, you have the option of using specially designated parking spaces or driving on streets that have been approved for this purpose. The vehicle must be a purely electric vehicle or meet special requirements as a hybrid vehicle.


Upon application, an E license plate will be issued for the following vehicles:

  • Battery electric vehicle (BEV)
  • Fuel cell vehicle (FCEV)
  • Hybrid vehicle (PHEV)

Here, the following additional requirements must be met:

  • CO2 emissions(WLTP) below 50 g/km or
  • Range with electric drive 40 km (range city, EAER City).

Vehicles must be assigned to class M1, N1, L3e, L4e, L5e or L7e. Class N2 vehicles can be issued an E license plate if they can be driven in Germany with a class B driver's license up to a gross vehicle weight of 4,250 kg.

The E license plate bears the letter "E" after the identification number. It can also be assigned as a changeable license plate or as a seasonal license plate.

You can also apply for an E license plate online. You can find out more about this on the website of your registration authority.

Information on the online procedures of the registration authorities can be found under "Further links".

Required documents

  • Proof of prerequisites by EU certificate of conformity or manufacturer's data confirmation

  • further approval documents are dependent on the approval process (see under "Related topics")


  • The costs of the respective registration process apply (see under "Related topics"). You can apply for the E-plate when registering a new vehicle and every time you change the registration of your vehicle.

    If you wish to provide your vehicle with an E-plate, costs of approximately 30.00 EUR will be incurred.

    The internet-based registration with an E-plate costs 13.10 EUR.

    In addition, there are fees from the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (Federal Motor Transport Authority) (0.60 - 3.80 EUR) and for document seals used (0.30 EUR each).
    In addition, the registration authority may charge for postage issued

    There are additional fees for reserving and choosing a vanity plate.

    You must obtain the license plates yourself at your own expense from private providers.


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