Registration of a used motor vehicle from an EU country

Registration of a vehicle that has already been registered in the EU or EEA is possible on request. Approval shall be granted by the competent licensing authority.

The registration of a vehicle that has already been registered in the EU or the EEA is possible on request. Approval shall be granted by the competent licensing authority. If you buy a new or used vehicle abroad or move to Germany with a vehicle registered for you abroad, you must apply for registration for this vehicle.
The registration of a vehicle that was previously registered abroad is more complex compared to the new registration or rewriting, as more documents are required.


  • If applicable, completed application forms
  • valid identity document (identity card or passport of the vehicle owner; upon presentation of the passport additionally a current registration certificate)
  • possibly foreign vehicle documents,
  • foreign license plates (if available)
  • Purchase contract/invoice
  • CoC papers (incl. pollutant class / emission key) or if not available: Expert opinion according to § 21 StVZO
  • electronic insurance confirmation (eVB)
  • Bank details for vehicle tax (SEPA direct debit mandate)
  • Proof of examination according to § 29 StVZO (usually main and exhaust gas inspection)

For further information, please contact your local licensing authority.

If necessary, further documents, e.B.:

  • in the case of representation by a third party: your written power of attorney and your identity document (in the original); the authorised representative must be able to identify himself with his valid identity card/passport.
  • in the case of admission to minors: the written declaration of consent of the legal guardians and their identity cards (in the original); if applicable, a certificate of sole custody (so-called "negative certificate") for single referred to

Hints

If there are vehicle tax arrears or if you have arrears of fees and expenses from previous registration processes, the registration authority refuses registration until you have paid them.

If someone registers your vehicle for you, the authorised representative must provide a written power of attorney from you. This must also include a declaration of consent that the licensing authority may inform the authorised representative of any arrears of fees and expenses.

Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV)

Scale of charges for road transport measures (RFees)

Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (-StVZO-)

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

Last update or date of publication
09.02.2021