H license plate / Bremerhaven Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Vehicles are considered "historic" if they were first registered at least 30 years ago. The date of first registration is decisive.

These vehicles must primarily serve the purpose of preserving the cultural heritage of motor vehicle technology. Historical vehicles carry an "H" ("H-plate") in the last position in the registration number.

  • 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

  • Registration certificate part I (formerly: vehicle registration document)
  • Registration certificate part II (formerly: vehicle registration document),

    If the ZB II is in the possession of a third party, it must be sent to the licensing authority. Only when the document is available to the authority can the change be made.
    After completion, the document is returned to the sender.

  • License plates,

    for registered vehicles

  • electronic insurance confirmation (eVB)
  • Direct debit authorisation for motor vehicle tax (SEPA Direct Debit Mandate)
  • if necessary, confirmation of reservation for the desired license plate
  • for registered vehicles ,

    - registration certificate part I (vehicle registration document)
    - registration certificate part II (vehicle registration document)
    - if applicable the previously assigned registration plates
    - expert opinion § 23 StVZO (expert opinion for the classification of a vehicle as a classic car) and general inspection

  • for vehicles withdrawn from service before 1 October 2005: certificate of immobilisation instead of vehicle registration document
  • Vehicles for which no type approval is available,

    - full expert opinion according to § 21 StVZO

  • electronic insurance confirmation (eVB) - export,

    for the export of vehicles (if necessary, also by fax to the registration office for the specific occasion)

  • valid identity card or passport
  • external licence plates,

    in the case of registered vehicles which are not registered in Bremen or Bremerhaven at the time of their registration there


  • first registered at least 30 years ago
  • Assessment by an officially recognised expert of a technical inspection body or a test engineer of an officially recognised monitoring organisation
  • as far as possible in the original condition and in good condition of the vehicle
  • 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.
  • no 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.
  • Written direct debit authorization for the collection of the vehicle tax

Important: This is a service provided by a local authority. Therefore, you can only visit an office 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 as of 1 July 2010:
    - When a vehicle is registered, a SEPA Direct Debit Mandate is required for the collection of motor vehicle tax. A SEPA Direct Debit Mandate issued for initial taxation is also valid for subsequent years.
  • Vehicles with this registration number are tax-privileged and are subject to a flat-rate vehicle tax of 46.02 euros for motorcycles or 191.73 euros for all other vehicles.
  • Motor 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 motor vehicle tax. They do not need to submit a direct debit authorization because of the evidence in their ID.
    Further information is available from the main customs office in Bremen.

  • Electronic confirmation of insurance (eVB):
    You can obtain the confirmation of insurance via the 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.

  • § 6 i.V.m. § 9 Fahrzeug-Zulassungsverordnung (FZV)
  • Gebührenordnung für Maßnahmen im Straßenverkehr (GebOSt)
  • § 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. In case of representation, a copy of the identity card of the person giving the power of attorney is sufficient.
  • If a desired number plate is desired, reservations can be made in person, in writing or by telephone, as well as online via the Internet, even before the new registration.
  • The insurance company is automatically informed by the registration authority about the allocation of the registration number plate.
  • Admission to a company: If the correct name of the company and the names of the persons responsible are stated in the business registration, the business registration is sufficient, otherwise an extract from the commercial register is also required.

To avoid long waiting periods, appointments can be made:

-> for Bremerhaven: by telephone under (0471) 590-3470 or 3480

Customers without an appointment will be served in parallel, with priority given to appointment customers.
Commercial registration requests will continue to be accepted without appointment.

License plates can be produced during the registration process. For this purpose, private suppliers have settled near the registration authorities. The costs for the signs are not included in the fees. The license plates are stamped by the licensing authority, i.e. they are provided with stickers for the main inspection and the licensing district.

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