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Licence for the (cross-border) carriage of goods by road for commercial purposes / Community licence

The commercial performance of transport services with vehicles with a permissible total weight of more than 3.5 tonnes is subject to authorisation. A distinction must be made between a licence for the commercial carriage of goods by road (valid only in Germany) and a Community licence (valid within the European Union). The main grant factors are:

  • Professional aptitude

Specialist knowledge examination at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) or training as a transport specialist or forwarding agent (training started before 04.12.2011)

  • Financial capacity

Equity of EUR 9,000 for the first vehicle, EUR 5,000 for each additional vehicle)

  • personal reliability

Certificates of good conduct and information from the Central Trade Register must be applied for at the Citizens' Registration Offices and sent directly to the licensing authority. If entrepreneurs are already self-employed, certificates of good standing from the tax office, the employees' health insurance companies and the employers' liability insurance association must also be submitted. The documents for personal reliability must not be older than 3 months at the time of application).

The application is submitted to the locally competent licensing authority (place of business of the company).

Process flow

  • You must apply for a Community licence (EU licence) or a national road haulage permit from the competent authority. The content of the application for a permit or community licence must be in accordance with Annex 1 of the General Administrative Regulation on Road Haulage Law (GüKVwV).
  • The competent authority will make a final decision on the application.

Who should I contact?

Authorisation granted by the competent authority under state law.

In Lower Saxony, the responsibility lies with the district, the independent city or the large independent city.


The permit for the commercial carriage of goods by road will only be granted to you if:

  • the safety and efficiency of the operation are ensured,
  • there are no facts that demonstrate your unreliability as an entrepreneur or of the persons appointed to conduct the business,
  • you as an entrepreneur or the person appointed to manage the business are professionally qualified and
  • You and the contractors commissioned by you to carry out transport services have their place of business or their branch office within the meaning of commercial law in Germany.

Which documents are required?

  • Police clearance certificate (will be sent to the competent authority after application has been submitted to the Citizens' Registration Office)
  • Excerpts from the Central Trade and Transport Register
  • Proof of proficiency and expertise examination of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • Clearance certificates from the tax office and social security institutions
  • Certificate of Equity / Statement of Assets

Please check with your local authority to see if you need to submit any further documents.

What are the fees?

Emission: free of charge
The administrative fee for the issuance of the permit or licence is EUR 300.00 plus EUR 80.00 per copy/certified copy for each vehicle used.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?


Applications / forms

  • Applications must be submitted in writing. There are no special requirements for the form.
  • The application forms, which are publicly available on the Authority's website, facilitate the submission of applications and should therefore be completed and sent to the competent authority.
  • As a rule, it is not necessary to appear in person at the authority
  • No online service possible (in Berlin)


  • Contradiction


Text reviewed by the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Transport

Technically approved by

State Office for Civil and Regulatory Affairs (LABO), Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Driving Licences, Passenger and Goods Transport

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Straßenverkehr
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible


Margret Varel
Telephone: 05931 44-4044
K II, 44
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Stadt Meppen
Address: Markt 43, 49716 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 153
Fax: 05931 153-5253

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)