Deregistering the motor vehicle (decommissioning) / Bremerhaven Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

When a vehicle is taken out of service, the registration number is unstamped and the tax and insurance obligation ceases. The vehicle may no longer participate in public road traffic and therefore may not be parked on public areas.

Notes: If desired, the license plate can be reserved for the vehicle when it is taken out of service so that it can be re-allocated in case the vehicle is re-registered. It is also possible to reserve the licence plate for the previous vehicle owner so that it can be allocated to the vehicle owner's subsequent vehicle. Reservation requests can only be considered if they are named when the vehicle is taken out of service; the reservation is subject to a fee.
If the previous license plates are no longer in proper condition, new license plates must be produced.

Return journeys after removal of the stamp plates may be carried out with the unstamped licence plates in the registration district indicated on the licence plate and an adjacent district on the day of deregistration (putting out of service) until midnight at the latest. The license plates must be attached to the vehicle. When driving, the shortest route - without detour - must be taken.

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

    for registered vehicles

  • proof of recovery, if applicable,

    available from the recycler or the collection point

  • if applicable, a statement whether the vehicle was disposed of abroad,

    or - for example as a classic car - is further used

  • valid identity card/passport/ID document
  • Identity card of the applicant, if applicable, power of attorney of the represented person



  • §§ 14, 15 Fahrzeug-Zulassungsverordnung (FZV)
  • Gebührenordnung für Maßnahmen im Straßenverkehr (GebOSt)

An application for decommissioning must be submitted to the approval authority. A representative (e.g. car dealer) can also be appointed. A power of attorney is required.

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