Registering a vehicle from abroad

If you buy a new or used vehicle abroad or move to Germany with a vehicle registered to you abroad, you must apply for the allocation of an official license plate for this vehicle in Germany.

Onlineantrag und Formulare

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Zuständige Stelle

Kfz-Zulassungsbehörde (vehicle registration authority)

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Service details

Procedure

Application

  • As the owner, you must apply for the registration of your vehicle at the responsible registration authority.
  • You can also appoint a representative (for example, your car dealer) with a written power of attorney. It is important that the power of attorney also includes your consent to the disclosure of vehicle tax-relevant data to the authorized representative as well as your consent to the vehicle fee arrears check (form see -> Online application and forms).
  • In order to be able to complete the procedure quickly, it is above all necessary to submit all the necessary documents to the authority as completely as possible.
  • If necessary, you may have to present the vehicle to the registration authority for an identity check. This is particularly necessary in cases where the registration certificate Part II (vehicle title) cannot be presented.

Preferred license plate

If you would like to have a personalized license plate, you can reserve it in person, in writing, by telephone or online, depending on what the registration authority has to offer.

Stamping the license plate

If nothing stands in the way of registration, the license plates are stamped, i.e. provided with stickers for the main inspection and the registration area.

Information from foreign authorities

  • In the case of used vehicles from abroad, it is possible that a foreign authority will request proof of the vehicle's whereabouts.
  • This is usually done by your Saxon registration authority where you registered the vehicle. For this purpose, a notification is sent to the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (Federal Motor Transport Authority), which in turn informs the foreign competent authorities.
  • As a rule, this process takes up to three months. If you have problems with a foreign authority because of this, it is advisable to ask your Saxon registration authority for help.

Required documents

  • Valid ID card or passport with current certificate of registration
  • If being represented, the following are also required:
    • Written power of attorney (for approval and publication of any existing vehicle tax)
    • The authorised representative’s ID card or passport with latest certificate of registration
  • For companies:
    • Natural person: business registration an dcommercial register extract
    • Legal entities: business registration and commercial register extract
    • Company under civil law (GbR): articles of association and power of attorney for authorised signatures as per the contract
  • For minors the following are also required:
    • Written power of attorney of the legal guardian, as well as their ID card
  • Insurance certificate
  • If applicable confirmation of reservation for the preferred licence number
  • Declaration of participation in the SEPA direct debiting scheme for vehicle tax
  • If registering a new vehicle imported from within the EU, also:
    • Certificate of origin / foreign vehicle documentation, particularly the registration certificate Section II (if stipulated in the country of origin)
    • If registration certificate Section II is not available: Certification of the vehicle ID number by an officially accredited expert, or vehicle identity check by the registration authority
    • EC certificate of conformity (COC paper).¿This contains the vehicle manufacturer’s confirmation that the vehicle conforms to an approved model. If no EC certificate of conformity is available, a survey report by an officially accredited expert according to § 21 StVZO (German Road Traffic Licensing Regulation) (full survey report) is required.
    • Proof of ownership (complete traceability from the time of import): Purchase agreement(s) or original invoice(s)
    • VAT return
  • If registering a used vehicle imported from within the EU, also:
    • Foreign registration papers, registration certificate Sections I and II
    • If registration certificate Section II is not available: Certification of the vehicle ID number by an officially accredited expert, or vehicle identity check by the registration authority
    • Clearance certificate (Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung) from the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (Federal Office for Motor Vehicles) (at the registration authority's request).¿ For example, it provides information on whether the car has ever been registered in Germany (applies if the registration authority has no access to the data of the Federal Office for Motor Vehicles).
    • Proof of ownership (purchase agreement(s) or original invoice(s))
    • Previous foreign licence number (except if defunct)
    • VAT return if the initial registration is no more than six months old, and the mileage to date is less than 6,000 km
    • If an EC model approval is available: inspection equivalent to a main inspection ("Hauptuntersuchung", HU) and an exhaust gas inspection ("Abgasuntersuchung", AU), if this is necessary based on the date of initial registration
  • if no EC model approval is available: survey report by an officially accredited expert according to § 21 StVZO (German Road Traffic Licensing Regulation) (full survey report)
  • If the vehicle has been imported from countries outside the EU or NATO armed forces (applies for both new and used vehicles), also
    • Certificate of conformity from the customs office (Note: also applies for EEA / EFTA states)
    • Proof of ownership (complete traceability from the time of import): Purchase agreement(s) or original invoice(s)
    • Certificate of origin or the foreign vehicle documentation
    • If an EC model approval is available, HU (main inspection) and AU (exhaust gas inspection) stickers, otherwise a survey report by an officially accredited expert according to § 21 StVZO (German Road Traffic Licensing Regulation) (full survey report)
Note: As you will be receiving high-quality, forgery-proof registration certificates, provide the registration authority with the originals or certified copies of your personal or business documents. Simple copies are generally inadequate.

Insurance certificate

You can obtain the insurance certificate for the third-party liability insurance from the insurance company of your choice. In most cases, you can request the insurance certificate by telephone from your insurance company.

It comprises a completed paper template (formerly called: "Doppelkarte" (provisional insurance card)) or a seven-digit string (so-called electronic insurance confirmation, "eVB"), which allows the insurance data from the insurance company to be retrieved, assessed and recorded in the vehicle register by the registration authority.

Licence numberplates

You can have the required number plates made during the registration process. To do this, contact the private providers which are normally located near the registration authorities. The costs for the number plates are not included in the fees.

Costs

Depending on administrative expense: from EUR 26.30

Legal basis

Release note

saxonian state chancellery 19.10.2017