Vehicle license plates; obtaining an insurance license plate for small vehicles

Certain smaller motor vehicles do not require registration to be used on public roads, but only an operating license and an insurance plate.



The vehicle complies with the construction and operating regulations and there is motor vehicle liability insurance in accordance with the compulsory insurance law.


The owner concludes an insurance contract with a domestic insurance company that is authorized to operate motor vehicle liability insurance. After conclusion of the contract and payment of the insurance premium, the insurer provides the holder with the insurance license plate together with a corresponding certificate for the respective traffic year.

For storage in the Central Vehicle Register of the Federal Motor Transport Authority, the applicant shall provide the insurer with the holder's data, details of the vehicle class, type of bodywork and make of vehicle, as well as the vehicle identification number, and provide proof of these details on request.

Special notes

Very small electric vehicles receive an insurance sticker instead of the insurance license plate. This is based on the same design specifications, but is smaller and can be applied as a sticker.


The insurance license plate and the certificate lose their validity at the end of the traffic year.

The vehicle driver must carry the certificate of insurance license plate and hand it over to the responsible persons for inspection on request.

Required documents

  • The insurance company requires the following data:

    • Keeper data
    • details of the vehicle category, type of bodywork and make of the vehicle, as well as the vehicle identification number


  • Insurance premium


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