Register your car / Bremerhaven Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Approval shall be granted if the vehicle conforms to an approved type or if an individual approval is granted. A registration plate is allocated, the registration certificate is issued and the registration plates are stamped.

  • valid identity card or passport
  • if registered to companies,

    in addition:
    - business registration and, if available, extract from the commercial register (also as a copy)
    - power of attorney, if the person entitled to dispose of the property does not personally submit the application on site

  • in case of representation with written power of attorney,

    additionally: identity card or passport of the authorised representative

  • Direct debit authorisation for motor vehicle tax (SEPA Direct Debit Mandate)
  • electronic insurance confirmation (eVB)
  • if necessary, confirmation of reservation for the desired license plate
  • Report on the last general inspection,

    The last report is required in case of re-authorisation.

  • Proof of the authorisation of the vehicle owner to be registered,

    Information on the documents required for the initial registration of vehicles with

    • EC type approval
    • National type approval

    please refer to the service description "Registering a motor vehicle" under "Requirements".

  • Supplement,

    In the case of an already registered (also deregistered) vehicle, the registration certificate part II and the registration certificate part I must be presented.


  • no outstanding fees and expenses from previous admission procedures.
    In case of payment arrears, the registration authority may not register the vehicle until these have been settled. A clarification of payment arrears is only possible at the Bürgerbüro Nord in Stadthaus 5.
  • no motor vehicle tax arrears (including additional tax payments, such as interest, late payment surcharges).
    The vehicle tax accounts are checked by the registration office as part of the processing of the registration application. In the case of tax arrears, the registration office may not register the vehicle until these have been paid. The amount of the tax arrears can be obtained from the Bremerhaven customs office, telephone 0471 9842-0.
  • Written direct debit authorization for the collection of the motor vehicle tax
  • Registration only at the main residence of the holder

Important: This is a service provided by a local authority. You can therefore only visit a service that is located in your place of residence


An amendment to the German Motor Vehicle Tax Act came into force on 1 July 2010. The following changes apply to registrations from 1 July 2010:

  • When registering a vehicle, in addition to the payment of the motor vehicle tax (cash payment, EC card, direct debit authorisation) for the first payment period after registration (usually 1 year), a written direct debit authorisation is required to collect the motor vehicle tax for the following tax periods. Even if the first tax payment is made in cash or by EC card, please remember to present the direct debit authorization for the following years. A direct debit authorization issued for the first tax payment includes the direct debit authorization for the following years.
  • Since 1 July 2010, export license plates have been subject to motor vehicle tax. The motor vehicle tax must be paid upon registration for the duration of the validity of the export license plate (cash payment, EC card, tax collection authorisation). The minimum taxation period is one month.

Which vehicles are subject to registration is regulated by paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV).

  • Vehicle tax exemption or reduction due to severe disability:
    - Severely disabled persons with the mark "H", "BI" or "aG" in their severely disabled pass are still exempt from vehicle tax. The main customs office checks whether you are exempt from motor vehicle tax. Therefore, you will need the direct debit authorization when you apply for the tax exemption. Further information is available from the main customs office in Bremen.
  • Electronic confirmation of insurance (eVB):
    - You can obtain the confirmation of insurance for motor vehicle liability insurance from the insurance company of your choice. In most cases you can request the insurance confirmation by telephone from your insurance company.
    Since 1 March 2008, the insurer has been able to provide you with an insurance confirmation with a 7-digit alphanumeric VB number, which the registration authority uses to retrieve the insurance data electronically from the central database of the German Insurance Association.

If the first issue of a registration certificate Part II (formerly Vehicle Registration Certificate) is required as part of the registration process, the vehicle must always be identified by the registration authority by presenting the vehicle.

  • § 6a Abs. 8 Straßenverkehrsgesetz (StVG) iVm § 1 Gesetz zur Beitreibung von Gebühren- und Auslagenrückständen bei der Zulassung von Fahrzeugen im Land Bremen (Beitreibungserleichterungsgesetz Kfz-Zulassung – BEG HB)
  • § 6 Fahrzeug-Zulassungsverordnung (FZV) (Antrag auf Zulassung)
  • Gebührenordnung für Maßnahmen im Straßenverkehr (GebOSt)
  • Beitreibungserleichterungsgesetz Kfz-Zulassung (BEG HB)
  • § 13 Kraftfahrzeugsteuergesetz (KraftStG)
  • An application for approval must be submitted to the approval authority. The application can also be made by a representative (e.g. car dealer) with a written power of attorney.
  • If a desired registration number is desired, a reservation can be made in person, in writing or by telephone, or as an online service via the Internet, even before new registration.
  • The insurance company is automatically informed by the registration authority about the allocation of the license plate number.
  • Registrations of vehicles with EC type approval/individual approval as well as of vehicles for the purpose of issuing an export license plate number will only be processed by the Bürgerbüro Nord.
  • Changes of the pollutant classes are only possible at the Bürgerbüro Nord.
  • First issue of German license plates after the rewriting of foreign papers is only possible at the Bürgerbüro Nord.

This is important:

Make an appointment online ( at the Bürgerbüro Nord or the Bürgerbüro Mitte. Check quickly and easily whether your desired date is still available. After completing your booking you will receive a confirmation e-mail with all the details. We would like to point out that only a limited number of daytime appointments for spontaneous customers are available at the Bürgerbüros and therefore recommend booking in advance, as the use of the services of the Bürgerbüros can always be planned. With an appointment there is usually hardly any waiting time.

However, if you wish to come without an appointment, you must be aware that you may not be able to complete your request on the same day, as the number of daytime appointments is fully booked.

Information telephones of the citizens' offices ( Bürgertelefon Bremerhaven ): 0471 590-3470 and 0471 590-3480

The dealer's counter is located at the Bürgerbüro Nord in Stadthaus 5.
The costs for the signs are not included in the fees, but must be paid to the sign manufacturers

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