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Particulate Matter Sticker/ Environmental Sticker Information

For areas with poor air quality, there are air pollution control plans. Air pollution control plans contain measures to improve air quality. Low emission zones are one possible measure of such air pollution control plans. Low emission zones reduce particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide pollution. Vehicles with high pollutant emissions are not allowed to drive in environmental zones.

If you want to drive your vehicle in such an environmental zone, you must purchase a fine dust sticker/environmental sticker. The sticker is available in three different colours, each of which is assigned to a pollutant group. The classification of your vehicle into one of the pollutant groups is based on the emission code numbers. These can be found in the vehicle documents.

Note: The environmental zones are indicated by a separate traffic sign. The additional sign indicates the colours of the stickers with which vehicles can travel freely in the specific environmental zone.

Process flow

Some urban and rural districts provide online services. You can use them to order an environmental sticker. You pay by direct debit, bank transfer or credit card. The badge will be sent to you by post. The exact regulations can be found on the website.

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the licensing authorities of the districts and independent cities.


To obtain an environmental sticker, your vehicle must meet the criteria of pollutant groups 2, 3 or 4.

You cannot obtain a sticker for vehicles in pollutant group 1. These are:

  • petrol engine without regulated catalytic converter and
  • older diesel vehicles with Euro 1 emission standard or worse.

Which documents are required?

Vehicle registration document (for older vehicles) or registration certificate Part I (for newer vehicles)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?


Processing duration


In most cases, you will receive the badge immediately.


It is pure information. No objection or legal proceedings can be initiated against them.

What else should I know?

If you are planning to drive into an environmental zone, try to buy a fine dust sticker/environmental sticker as early as possible. If there are delays and you do not have a fine dust sticker/environmental sticker, you are not allowed to drive into the environmental zone.

An overview of environmental zones throughout Germany can be found at the Federal Environment Agency ( ).

For certain journeys, you can obtain an exemption from the traffic restrictions in environmental zones.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation

Professionally released on



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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 : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes


Reiner Egbring
Telephone: 05931 44-4004
K II, 4
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

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