Motor vehicle license plates; notification of theft, loss or discovery

If you have lost one or both of your vehicle's license plates, they have been stolen, or they are no longer legible, a new license plate must be assigned.


Only if you report stolen or lost license plates can you be prevented from being charged if third parties use your license plate to commit misdemeanors or crimes.

File a theft report with the police immediately if a license plate is stolen.

Also report the theft, loss or discovery to the relevant registration authority. At the request of the registration authority, the vehicle owner must make a declaration in lieu of an oath. Representation by authorized persons is not possible for this.

In the event of loss or theft, you must also apply to the registration authority for the allocation of a new license plate (see "Motor vehicle license plates; replacement due to theft, loss or discovery" under "Related topics"). You may not operate the vehicle without a license plate.

Information about the registration authorities can be found under "Related links".

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