Motor vehicle deregistration

You can unsubscribe your vehicle from the competent registration authority, if you intend to sell it, if you do not use it temporarily, or if you want to have it used. The decommissioning (deregistration) terminates the registration of the vehicle for public road transport. The most common reason for this is the sale of the vehicle. Another common reason is the temporary non-use of motorcycles over the winter half-year. After unsubscribing, you will no longer have to pay insurance or taxes for the vehicle. The registration authority therefore informs your motor insurance company and the customs administration that collects the vehicle tax about the deregistration. The vehicle may no longer be driven or parked on public roads after deregistration. The deregistration can be made at any licensing authority. You can reserve your license plate for one year for the purpose of re-registration.

Unsubscribe via the Internet You can also unsubscribe from your vehicle via the website of the competent registration authority. Prerequisites for this are: an identity card with an electronic proof of identity function, new stamp plates on the number plates and a new registration certificate Part I (vehicle registration certificate). Note The new stamps and the new registration certificate have concealed but freely available safety codes. This can be seen in the stamp badges on an externally visible printed piece number and in the registration certificate Part I (the vehicle registration certificate) by a silver sticker.

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Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Unit LA 23

Last update or date of publication
12.07.2017