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Vehicle registration plates Allocation H-plates for historic vehicles

Vehicles that were first registered for traffic at least 30 years ago are considered "historic". The day of the first approval is decisive.

Process flow

The application must be made in person or by a person authorised in writing. Your insurance company and the main customs office will be informed by the competent authority about the allocation of the plate.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the independent city in which you have your residence.

The main residence according to the identity card is decisive. In the case of legal persons, it is the registered office of the main establishment or the registered office of the branch.


Vehicles are considered historic if they

  • serve primarily for the maintenance of the cultural heritage of motor vehicles,
  • are not used for commercial purposes,
  • were first authorised at least 30 years ago,
  • have been assessed by an officially recognised expert, a technical inspection centre or a test engineer from a monitoring organisation and
  • are in a good original state of preservation.

Which documents are required?

  • Current identity card or passport with confirmation of registration – not older than 3 months
  • Electronic insurance confirmation (eVB) according to § 23 Fahrzeug-Zulassungsverordnung (FZV)
  • SEPA direct debit mandate for the collection of motor vehicle tax
    • This must be submitted in writing in the original signed by the holder upon admission, also by third parties. In the event of a different account holder, this mandate must be signed in the original by the holder and the account holder. The bank details provided must be proven.
    • Alternative:
      • a certificate stating that the Hauptzollamt waives the collection of vehicle tax, or
      • Proof of exemption
  • If applicable, reservation confirmation for the desired license plate

in the case of execution by third parties additionally:

  • Identity card or passport with current confirmation of registration from the authorised person

for companies additionally:

  • Excerpt from the trade register or commercial register
  • the identity papers of the responsible person authorised to sign (managing director, authorised signatory) and their power of attorney
in addition, in the case of an already registered vehicle:
  • Registration certificate Part I
  • Registration certificate Part II
  • registration plates
  • Expert opinion according to § 23 Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO) (expert opinion for the classification of a vehicle as a classic car) and main inspection (HU)
in addition, if the vehicle is immobilised before 1 October 2005:
  • Decommissioning certificate
  • Vehicle registration document
  • Expert opinion according to § 23 Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO) (expert opinion for the classification of a vehicle as a classic car) and main inspection (HU)

Please present original documents.

§ 23 Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV)

§ 23 Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO)

What are the fees?

Fees may apply. Please contact the relevant authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.

Applications / forms

If the competent body requires an application form, you can obtain it in advance from the competent body or, depending on the offer of the competent body, retrieve it on the Internet.

If you would like a desired number plate, the registration or reservation, depending on the offer of the responsible body, can be made in person, in writing or by telephone as well as as an online service via the Internet before admission.

Technically approved by

AG Kommunenredaktion


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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)