Motor vehicle license plates; application for an export license plate

If you want to export a vehicle that was previously registered in Germany or a vehicle that is not registered or has been decommissioned, you need an export license plate.



Requirements for the registration of the vehicle are:

  • You must not have any overdue fees and expenses from previous registration processes.
  • You must not have any vehicle tax debts of five euros or more.
  • If someone is to represent you in the registration of your vehicle, you must give this person a written power of attorney. This must also contain a declaration of consent that the registration authority may inform the authorized person of any overdue fees and expenses. Your proxy must present the power of attorney and provide identification.
  • The registration authority may require the vehicle to be presented under certain circumstances.
  • The vehicle must have valid proof of the main inspection (HU) and - if required - the safety inspection (SP) by the time the export license plate expires.


International approval can be granted for a maximum of one year.

Required documents

  • valid identity card or passport

    official proof of the address of residence, if not shown on the passport

  • in case of representation: additionally

    written power of attorney, valid identity card or passport of the authorized person

  • for legal entities/companies

    Trade register excerpt or business registration or association register excerpt

  • Registration certificate Part I and Part II or vehicle registration document and vehicle title

  • Confirmation of insurance for export vehicles

  • Test report on the last general inspection (TÜV, DEKRA, GTÜ, KÜS, GTS, FSP)

  • if required (truck, trailer, bus): proof of the last safety test (SP)

  • SEPA mandate for collection of vehicle tax

    If you do not have a permanent residence in Germany and are unable to provide SEPA bank details when registering a vehicle intended for export, the vehicle tax must be paid before the export license plate is issued. You can do this at any customs payment office.


  • Fees are charged according to administrative expenses (from EUR 31.40).

    Note: Costs for license plates are not included in the fees.


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