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Apply for a permit for commercial postal transport

If you want to transport letters commercially, you must apply for a permit.

You need a license for the commercial transport of letters whenever you collect, forward or deliver letter mail. For this permission, you must prove that you have the necessary reliability, performance and expertise.
If you only transport correspondence as an assistant for a licensed postal service provider, you do not need a license. Even if you transport letters that are attached to another shipment and relate exclusively to its content (for example, an invoice), you do not need permission.

Process flow

You can apply for a licence to transport letters in writing or by e-mail:

  • Send the completed form together with the other documents by post or e-mail to the Federal Network Agency.
  • You will then receive a separate consultation letter in which you will be asked to submit further information and documents.
  • You will be appointed a contact person for the licensing process who will accompany you through the procedure
  • The Federal Network Agency will inform you in writing whether you will receive the license.


  • You must have registered your business
  • You must not be over-indebted or insolvent
  • You must demonstrate that you meet the requirements for reliability, performance and expertise

Which documents are required?

  • Detailed description of your business idea
  • Business registration (in copy, current)
  • Excerpt from the commercial register
  • Further documents (e.g. certificate of good conduct, central trade register information) upon request

What are the fees?

Depending on the scope of the services requested and the type of company: EUR 175 - 700

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?


Processing duration

maximum 6 weeks after submission of all documents

Applications / forms

Form: Application for a postal licence

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

Application for a postal licence (pdf, 1 MB)

What else should I know?

If you deliver letters of no more than 1,000 grams without permission, this can be punished with a fine of up to 500,000 euros.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railways

Professionally released on


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

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.