Motor vehicle registration plates; application for a short-term registration plate

Test and transfer drives with motor vehicles can be carried out with short-term license plates.



  • The vehicle must already be known when the short-term license plate is assigned.
  • It must have an operating license and a valid main inspection/safety test.
  • Furthermore, it must be in a roadworthy condition.

Vehicles without an operating permit or/and a valid main inspection/safety test will receive license plates for carrying out the journeys required for acquisition.


You must submit the application to the registration authority at your main place of residence, place of business or place of the involved branch or location. You can also appoint a representative (e.g. car dealer) with your written power of attorney for this purpose.

If an application form is required, you can obtain it in advance from the registration authority and fill it out at home. Depending on what your registration authority offers, a downloadable form or an online service via the Internet may be available.

You can find information about the registration authorities under "Further links".

You will receive a special vehicle registration certificate from the registration authority. The license plate can only be used on one vehicle.

Tip: You can have the license plates made during the registration process. To do this, you can contact the private providers, which are usually located near the registration authorities.

Required documents

  • official identification document

  • Proof of type approval (vehicle documents, EU certificate of conformity)

  • Proof of valid main inspection / safety inspection if required (test report)

  • Confirmation of the existence of motor vehicle liability insurance (insurance confirmation - "eVB")

  • Power of attorney (also required for registration for a relative)

  • Consent of the legal guardian in case of application by a minor


  • The short-term license plate fee is 13.10 EUR.

    Plus the fee of the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (2,60 EUR) and for used document seals (0,30 EUR each). In addition, the registration authority may charge issued postage costs.

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