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Vehicle Registration Number: Allocation of H License Plates for Historic Vehicles

"Historic" vehicles are those that were first registered for circulation at least 30 years ago. The date of the first admission is decisive.

Process flow

The application must be submitted 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 number plate.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the district-free city in which you reside.

In this case, the main residence according to the identity card is decisive. In the case of legal entities, it is the registered office of the principal place of business or the seat of the branch.


Vehicles are considered historic if they

  • primarily serve the preservation of the cultural heritage of motor vehicles,
  • not be used for commercial purposes,
  • were first approved 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 of the Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV)
  • SEPA Direct Debit Mandate for the Collection of Motor Vehicle Tax
    • This must be presented in writing in the original, signed by the holder, at the time of approval, also by third parties. In the event of a different account holder, the original of this mandate must be signed by the holder and the account holder. Proof of the bank details provided must be provided.
    • Alternative:
      • a certificate stating that the main customs office waives the collection of motor vehicle tax, or
      • Proof of tax exemption
  • If applicable, reservation confirmation for the desired license plate

in the case of third-party processing, additionally:

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

In the case of companies, additionally:

  • Excerpt from the trade register or commercial register
  • the identity documents of the responsible person authorised to sign (managing director, authorised signatory) as well as their power of attorney
in the case of a vehicle that has already been registered, additionally:
  • Registration Certificate Part I
  • Registration Certificate Part II
  • Registration number
  • Expert opinion according to § 23 of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO) (expert opinion for the classification of a vehicle as a classic car) and general inspection (HU)
if the vehicle is taken out of service before 1 October 2005, additionally:
  • Decommissioning certificate
  • Vehicle registration document
  • Expert opinion according to § 23 of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO) (expert opinion for the classification of a vehicle as a classic car) and general inspection (HU)

Please provide original documents.

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

If you would like a license plate of your choice, the registration or reservation can be made in person, in writing or by telephone as well as as as an online service via the Internet, depending on the offer of the responsible authority, even before registration.

  • SEPA-Lastschriftmandat (ausfüllbar)

  • SEPA-Lastschriftmandat, gültig ab 24.03.2014

  • Vollmacht zur Fahrzeugzulassung - NEU

  • Zulassung: Info - SEPA


Technically approved by

WG Municipal Editorial Office


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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, wheelchair-accessible


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

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