Rental car permit; application

You need a rental car permit if you want to transport people commercially with rental cars. This does not mean the rental of vehicles to self-drivers.



  • The entrepreneur or the persons appointed for the management must be reliable.
  • The entrepreneur or the persons appointed for the management must be professionally suitable.
  • The company must be secure and financially efficient.
  • The company's registered office or place of business must be in Germany (as defined by commercial law).


You must apply for the rental car permit at the competent office. Depending on the offer of your competent body, you can download an application form on the Internet.

The competent body conducts a hearing procedure. As part of this, it requests opinions from other bodies, including the following

  • Municipalities,
  • trade supervisory authorities,
  • the Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • the relevant trade unions and professional associations.

After the deadline for the comments has expired, it makes a final decision on the application and informs the applicant in writing of the result.



Note: If you wish to apply for a permit renewal, a permit application with required documentation must be submitted to the appropriate office well in advance of the expiration of the expiring permit.

Processing time

Usually, the competent body will decide on your application within three months.

The period can be extended by a maximum of another three months. The prerequisite is that the competent office has announced this in good time (within the first three months) in a written interim decision.

Required documents

  • The following documents are required for the rental car permit:

    • Proof of personal reliability (not older than three months at the time of application), e.g.:
      • Extract from the Federal Central Register (certificate of good conduct)
      • Information from the central commercial register
      • Extract from the central traffic register
    • Extract from the commercial or cooperative register (certified copies)
    • Copy of the articles of association and the list of shareholders
    • for legal entities: Proof of authorization to represent the company
    • Evidence of financial standing (not older than three months at the time of application):
      • Clearance certificates from the tax office
      • Certificate of no objection from the responsible municipality
      • Certificate of no objection from the social security authorities:
        • from health insurance companies with which you insure or have insured employees, and
        • for yourself, if you are or were voluntarily or privately insured.
      • Clearance certificate from the Employer's Liability Insurance Association for Transport and Traffic (not older than three months at the time of application).
      • Equity certificate and - if required - supplementary certificate (not older than twelve months at the time of application).
        • The amount of equity depends on the number of vehicles intended for use: For the first vehicle, you must provide evidence of equity capital in the amount of 2,250 euros, and for each additional vehicle, 1,250 euros.
    • Evidence of professional suitability:
      • Certificate of the specialist knowledge examination at the IHK or
      • Certificate of specialist knowledge from the IHK for at least three years of managerial activity in a rental car company or
      • Certificate of recognized equivalent final examination (e.g. businessman's examination in railroad and road transport with focus on passenger transport)
    • if you appoint other persons to manage the company, you must submit the following documents for them:
      • Certificate of good conduct
      • Information from the central business register
      • Extract from the driver suitability register
      • Proof of professional suitability
      • Proof of employment (employment contract)

    The competent body may request further documents


  • Frame fee for approval: 50,00 - 500,00 EUR

    For regular cases it is

    • for the first vehicle: 60 EUR
    • for each additional vehicle: 30 EUR

    These amounts are not binding for the licensing authority.

    In case of excessive administrative expenses, the licensing authority may deviate from them up to the maximum amount of the framework fee.

    You may incur additional costs for register information and the preparation of other supporting documents.


Filing an objection with the authority that issued the administrative act.


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