Saisonkennzeichen / Bremerhaven Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

When the vehicle is registered, the period of time (minimum two to maximum eleven months per year) during which the vehicle is to be used (operating period) is specified once. Outside the operating period, the vehicle must be parked away from public roads and places, i.e. on private property (e.g. in a garage).

The change from a "normal license plate" to a "seasonal license plate" can be requested at any time.

The operating period is indicated on the right-hand side of the license plate (e.g. 05/11 - written as a fractional number - means that the vehicle may be used from May to November). The insurance cover and the obligation to pay contributions are suspended in the period outside the operating period.

If the season period changes, a new insurance confirmation must be presented.

  • 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)
  • valid identity card or passport
  • valid test report on a general inspection,


  • external licence plates,

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


  • 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.


  • New vehicle documents have been available since 1 October 2005. These are the registration certificate part I (old: vehicle registration document) and part II (old: vehicle title). These are uniformly designed in the European Union (EU), and paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV) regulate which vehicles are subject to registration.
  • On 1 July 2010, an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Tax Act came into force. For registrations from 1.7.2010 onwards, the following changes apply:
    - When a vehicle is registered, a SEPA direct debit mandate is required for the collection of vehicle tax. A SEPA direct debit mandate issued for initial taxation is also valid for subsequent years.
  • 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 continue to be 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.

  • § 9 Fahrzeug-Zulassungsverordnung (FZV) (Besondere Kennzeichen)
  • Gebührenordnung für Maßnahmen im Straßenverkehr (GebOSt)
  • § 13 Kraftfahrzeugsteuergesetz (KraftStG)
  • § 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)
  • 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.
  • When the vehicle is registered to the new vehicle owner, a new registration certificate Part I (previously: vehicle registration document) is issued. It may also be necessary to issue a registration certificate Part 2 (previously: vehicle registration document).
  • In the event of a change of owner within Bremerhaven, the previous license plate combination can still be used. However, new license plates must be produced. In such a case, however, an already existing particulate matter sticker remains valid.
  • If the used vehicle was last registered in another registration district, new license plates and, if necessary, a new particulate matter sticker are required.
  • The registration authority may require the vehicle to be presented for identification purposes.
  • The insurance company is automatically informed by the registration authority of the allocation of the registration plate.

To avoid longer 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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