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Exemption permit Belt-laying and helmet-carrying obligation: grant

In order to protect road users, the legislator has stipulated that seat belts must be fitted during the journey and that safety helmets must be worn when driving motorcycles.

However, it is possible to be exempted from this obligation on request. The resulting significant safety risk is borne by the applicant.

Exemption from the belt-laying obligation is possible if

  • if it is not possible to wear seat belts for health reasons.
  • if the applicant's height is less than 150 cm.

Exemption from the helmet wearing obligation is possible,

  • if it is not possible to wear a safety helmet for health reasons.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the county-free city

Which documents are required?

Provided that the conditions for an exemption of a health nature are met, a medical or medical certificate must be presented that the exemption to be applied for is absolutely necessary for medical reasons. A diagnosis does not need to include the certificate.
For the height less than 150 cm, a medical certificate with the measured height must also be brought along.

What are the fees?

The decision is made free of charge for severely disabled persons.

Fee: 10,20 - 767,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The exemption is granted for a period of one year, unless the medical certificate states that the exemption must be granted indefinitely, as the state of health will no longer improve.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes


Point of contact:
Viktor Hartung
Telephone: 05931 44-1123
B 123
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)

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