Updated : 10/01/2013
Car registration documents and formalities – Germany
* Information not yet provided by national authorities
How often must vehicles undergo roadworthiness tests in Germany?
- General inspection: every two years
- emissions testing: possibly each year, depending on type and age of vehicle
Must a roadworthiness test be conducted each time a vehicle changes owners?
Do the German authorities require a roadworthiness test when a new resident from another EU/EFTA country registers their car?
Yes – either you submit your car for a roadworthiness test, or you submit a certificate of conformity ("EWG-Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung/COC-Bescheinigung") (compulsory for cars built after 2000).
What does a roadworthiness test Germany typically consist of?
- Checklist of 160 items, (relating to vehicle chassis, equipment, light, brakes, wheels and tyres, exhaust, etc.)
- Tests can be performed by: TÜV and DEKRA
- On passing the test, the vehicle owner receives documents and a stamp ("Fahrzeugschein"); the car gets a new mark on the licence plate.