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

With the E license plate you have the possibility to use specially marked parking spaces or to drive 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.

Required documents

  • Evidence of compliance by means of an EC certificate of conformity or a 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 license plate when registering a new vehicle and each time you change the registration of your vehicle.

    If you want to provide your vehicle with an E-plate, costs of 27.50 to 31.20 euros are incurred.

    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.

    Internet-based allocation is not yet possible for an E license plate.

    The Bavarian registration authorities can already enable the allocation of E license plates for purely electric vehicles on the basis of an exemption. From September 2023, it will be possible to apply for E-plates throughout Germany if the vehicle manufacturers have made the necessary data for the respective vehicle available on demand.

Status: 13.04.2023

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

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