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Fine dust sticker/ environmental sticker issue

Clean air plans exist for areas with poor air quality. Clean air plans contain measures to improve air quality. Environmental zones are one possible measure of such clean air plans. Environmental 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 colors, 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. You can find these in the vehicle documents.

Notice: The environmental zones are indicated by a separate traffic sign. The additional sign indicates the colors of the stickers with which vehicles have free passage in the specific environmental zone.

Process flow

Tip: Some municipalities and counties provide online services. You can use these to order an environmental badge. You pay by direct debit, bank transfer or credit card. The sticker will be sent to you by mail. You can find the exact regulations on the websites.

Who should I contact?

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


In order to obtain an environmental badge, 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

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

Which documents are required?

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

What are the fees?

Fee: 6,10 EUR
Payment in advance: No
Additional fees may apply for handling and/or shipping.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?


Processing duration


In most cases, you will receive the badge immediately.

Legal basis


You can file an objection. If the objection is not granted, you can file a complaint with the competent administrative court.

What else should I know?

If you are planning to drive into an environmental zone, make every effort to purchase a fine dust sticker/ environmental sticker as early as possible. If there are delays and you do not have a fine dust sticker/ environmental badge, you will not be allowed to drive in the environmental zone.

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

Technically approved by

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


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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)