Vehicle registration plate: Change of license plate

If two vehicles of the same vehicle class are not operated at the same time, it is possible to obtain a change plate with the same holder. Both vehicles are taxed in full. However, insurance companies usually offer discounts because only one vehicle can participate in public transport at a time. The allocation of a change plate is only possible for vehicles of the following vehicle categories: Class M1 Motor vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers, with at least four wheels and a maximum of eight seats other than the driver's seat (car, motorhome) Class L Motorcycles or three-wheelmotor vehicles and light four-wheelmotor vehicles with an unladen mass of up to 400 kg (up to 550 kg when used for the transport of goods) without batteries in electric vehicles and a power of up to 15 kW Class O1 Trailers with a maximum permissible mass of up to 750 kg Only if the vehicles belong to the same vehicle class, the allocation of a change plate is possible. For example, a change indicator cannot be allocated if the first vehicle is a car and the second vehicle is a motorcycle or a trailer. The number plates must be able to be used in the same number and with the same dimensions on the vehicles. A change indicator cannot be assigned for the following number plates: Seasonal indicator Red license plates Short-term indicator Export labels Also, registration plates with green labels, which can be allocated to holders exempt from vehicle tax, are not permitted as change plates. A classic car license plate, on the other hand, can be used as a change indicator. The change plate consists of a number plate part common to both vehicles and the respective vehicle-related part. In this case, it is important that the distinguishing sign (one to three letters for the administrative district) and the part of the identification number equal to the last digit form the common part of the mark, and the last digit of the identification number forms the respective vehicle-related part. Interchangeable indicators can be executed as single-line or two-line license plates or as motorcycle license plates. The use of a reduced two-line license plate (so-called light motorcycle number plate) is not permitted. At the same time, a change indicator may only be held on one of the vehicles. A vehicle for which a change plate is assigned may be put into service or parked on public roads only if the change plate is fully affixed to it with the common number plate and its vehicle-related part. It is therefore not permissible to drive both vehicles at the same time or to park the vehicle, which is not fitted with a full change plate, in the public transport area.


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Car tax: Both vehicles are taxed in full. Insurance: Insurance companies usually offer discounts because only one vehicle can participate in public transport at a time. Offences: Pursuant to Paragraph 48 No. 8a of the Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV), anyone who carries a change plate on more than one vehicle at the same time is acting in an irregular manner. The fine for this is €50 in accordance with section 175a of the catalogue of fines. Pursuant to Paragraph 48 No. 9 of the Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV), anyone who places a vehicle with a change plate in the public transport area with a change in complete number plate is acting in an irregular manner. The fine for this is €40 in accordance with clause 177 of the catalogue of fines.
The following variants are considered for the registration of a vehicle with change plates: first registration (car registration: new vehicles) Re-authorisation after decommissioning (car registration: re-registration of a decommissioned motor vehicle) The regulations in force here must be observed. Click on the respective link above to see more information.

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