Deregistering a Vehicle

How to deregister and dispose of a vehicle when living in Germany...

To deregister a vehicle registered in Germany on a temporary, or final, basis, visit the local vehicle registration office (Kraftfahrzeugzulassungsstelle).

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The following documents must be provided:

  • Proof of ownership and registration (Zulassungsbescheinigung Teil I und II)
  • Vehicle licence plates (Kennzeichen)

Disposing of a vehicle

If a vehicle is to be disposed of, then proof of recycling is required and certification for correct vehicle disposal must be submitted to the registration authority. Since the Act on the Disposal of End-of-life Vehicles came into force on 1 July 2002, manufacturers and importers are obliged by law to collect end-of-life vehicles and a nationwide collection system is being set up. This means that owners who wish to dispose of their vehicle can return it to the manufacturer or importer free of cost for recycling and reclamation. The dismantlers issue a certificate of destruction and are obliged to meet stringent recycling targets.