Vehicle registration, registration of used vehicles from other EU countries, private individuals

This applies to vehicles from other EU countries for which no German registration certificates have yet been issued.

  • valid identity card or passport with current registration confirmation,
  • electronic confirmation of insurance (eVB number; available from motor vehicle insurance),
  • Proof of ownership in the form of a purchase contract or an invoice (original), provided that the owner is not entered in the foreign registration documents
  • the original foreign registration documents (including a recognized translation, if applicable)
  • the foreign license plates, provided the vehicle is still registered
  • the EEC certificate of conformity (COC paper), data confirmation from a technical service or an expert report according to ยง 21 Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO)
  • Valid inspection certificate of the main inspection (HU), if an HU was already required for the first time
  • an original SEPA combined mandate for the payment of vehicle tax to collect vehicle tax by direct debit (for more information, see LBV, SEPA mandate for vehicle tax under links)
    If the tax is not to be paid by the keeper himself, but by a so-called third party willing to pay, a copy of the ID of the third party willing to pay is required.
  • Proof of payment of sales tax (if any)
  • the appointment confirmation
In addition, when applying by power of attorney:
  • the legibly completed power of attorney in the original with a legible color copy of the identity of the principal
  • the authorized representative's ID in the original

A valid main inspection / emissions inspection from abroad is only permitted if it is an EU country and the inspection was carried out in accordance with Directive 2009/40 / EC. This must be evident from the investigation report. Otherwise only the German HU / AU applies.


  • The main residence under registration law is Hamburg

The LBV reserves the right to carry out an identity check on the vehicle in individual cases. For this purpose, the vehicle may have to be presented.


An appointment is required for the registration of vehicles.

The foreign signs and registration documents will be confiscated upon registration in Hamburg. The applicant receives a certificate of this.

The LBV reserves the right to carry out an identity check on the vehicle in individual cases. For this purpose, the vehicle may have to be presented.

Registration without existing vehicle papers: If a vehicle is bought abroad without papers, you have to get confirmation from the last license plate authority abroad, stating the vehicle identification number (VIN), that there are no negative findings about the vehicle, that no new papers have been issued there and there are no concerns about approval in Germany. Otherwise the vehicle is generally not eligible.

Appointment booking

1. Visit the website for booking an appointment (see link below) and select the service registration of a used vehicle from abroad under the service group registration, private customers.
2. Use location selection to display appointments at a specific location
3. Use the date picker to find the next available date regardless of your location
4. Select a free appointment (date and time) in the calendar displayed
5. Enter your name and email address for the booking.

You will then receive a confirmation of the appointment. Please bring this with you to the appointment.
If the keeper and owner of the vehicle are not identical (as is the case with leasing vehicles, for example), the LBV must be informed of whom the vehicle is to be registered for.

Related Links

  • LBV vehicle registration
  • LBV-Mobil
  • LBV appointment bookings
  • LBV desired license plate
  • SEPA vehicle tax mandate
  • LBV vehicle tax direct debit authorization
  • LBV authorization power of attorney
  • List of EU countries
  • LBV, SEPA mandate for vehicle tax
  • State Office for Transport (contact details)

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