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Updated : 10/01/2013

Car registration documents and formalities – Germany

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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?

No.

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.
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