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Vehicle deregistration for decommissioning

Since 1 March 2007, there is no longer a distinction between temporary and permanent closure. A vehicle has either "registered" or "decommissioned" status.
Return journeys after removal of the stamp plates may be made with the unstamped number plates in the registration district designated by the number plate and in the adjacent district:
be carried out on the day of decommissioning by 24 hours of the same day at the latest. The number plates must be attached to the vehicle.
When driving, the shortest route must be taken without detour.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, with the district-free city and with the municipality, joint municipality and city entrusted with this task.

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

Which documents are required?

  • Registration certificate Part I
  • Previous license plates
  • informal declaration of whereabouts or proof of destruction for the disposal of cars and small trucks up to 3.5t total weight abroad or their recycling in Germany

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.

What else should I know?

Vehicles that are taken out of service from 01.03.2007 no longer automatically retain the previous number plate. This is released after a short period of time by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). If you wish to use the same number plate again in the event of a later re-registration, you should definitely have your number plate reserved in advance with the competent authority.

From 01.01.2015, the decommissioning can take place in the online procedure if the requirements are met.

Technically approved by

AG Kommunenredaktion


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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