Vehicle: Interchangeable license plate Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Car owners can drive two vehicles alternately with only one license plate.

Since 1 July 2012, car owners have been able to drive two vehicles alternately with only one number plate.

The interchangeable license plate consists of a smaller part that remains firmly attached to the vehicle and a common larger part that is replugged. The prerequisite is that both vehicles fall into the same vehicle category and that license plates of the same dimensions and the same number of vehicles can be used. The interchangeable license plate can only be used on one vehicle at a time.

With the interchangeable license plate, for example, two cars, two classic cars or two motorcycles can be driven, but also a car and a motorhome. The vehicles can be selected depending on the destination and purpose of the trip. For example, an economical car can be used for shorter inner-city routes and a larger family vehicle for travel or transport. This has a positive effect on the environment and can be an incentive to buy an environmentally friendly second vehicle such as an electric vehicle.

Electric vehicles are already exempt from tax for five years. It will be extended to 10 years as part of the "Government Programme for Electric Mobility". Together with a favorable insurance premium, there is a financial advantage.

  • Registration certificate Part I (vehicle registration document) and II (vehicle registration document) for already registered vehicles and/or for new vehicles Data confirmation/certificate of conformity (COC) in the original (§ 2 No. 8 FZV) or vehicle registration document or an expert opinion according to § 21 StVZO or § 13 EG-TGV for the granting of an individual permit,
  • two electronic insurance confirmations (§ 23 FZV),
  • valid identity documents of the vehicle owner (identity card or passport with confirmation of registration - driver's license and similar documents are not recognized!)
  • Direct debit authorization for the motor vehicle tax (must be presented in writing if registered by a third party or in the case of a different account holder. The specified bank details must be proven),
  • VAT return in the case of intra-Community acquisition or proof of customs clearance in the case of purchase from a third country.
  • If, after purchase, changes have been made to the vehicle that require acceptance (e.B. aluminium rims, spoilers, auxiliary heating, etc.), the vehicle must be inspected by an official recognised expert (e.B TÜV expert of TÜV Nord) or a test engineer (TÜV Nord, DEKRA, GTÜ, KÜS, FSP, TÜV Süd Autopartner GmbH) before approval. In the event of serious changes (change in vehicle type or exhaust/noise behaviour, hazard to road users), the vehicle must only be inspected by an official recognised expert. The certificate issued by him for the test (acceptance) must be presented at the time of admission.
  • If you commission a third party with the approval, they will need a written power of attorney from you. In addition, he must present your identity document (in the original) to the admissions office. He himself must have the identity document that applies to him with him in order to identify himself.

Additionally when applying

  • admission to minors:
    the written declaration of consent of the legal guardian and the presentation of their identity cards.
  • for companies (GmbH, AG, OHG):
    Extract from the commercial register (proof of address required), business registration (proof of address required), power of attorney of the managing director or personal appearance of the managing director.
  • for clubs:
    Extract from the register of associations; Identity card and power of attorney of the designated representative(s).
  • for civil law companies (GbR):
    Complete overview of the shareholders (usually submit a shareholders' agreement), power of attorney and declaration to which natural person the admission is to be granted (confirmed by all shareholders by signature).


The vehicle tax remains in full for the respective vehicle. The car insurers provide information about a possibly reduced insurance rate.
Interchangeable license plates are not used for seasonal license plates, red license plates, short-term license plates or export license plates.

§§ 3, 6 and 8 para. 1a Ordinance on the Registration of Vehicles for Road Traffic (Vehicle Registration Ordinance - FZV).

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