Vehicle deregistration: how to deregister your car

 Vehicle deregistration: how to deregister your car

Find out here how to deregister your car and what you need to do so.

 Vehicle deregistration: how to deregister your car

Vehicle deregistration How to deregister your car

 Vehicle deregistration: how to deregister your car

Dusseldorf According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, 8.11 million passenger vehicles (cars) were deregistered permanently or temporarily in 2020. Just under 6.1 million of these de-registrations involved privately owned cars. Most of the cars taken out of service were internal combustion vehicles, at 96.4 percent. In contrast, only 2.92 million cars were newly registered in 2020.

Where to sign out a car?

The deregistration of a car can be done at any registration office in Germany. It does not have to be the registration office at the place of residence. With some registration portals, it is now possible to deregister the car online. The following requirements must be met for online deregistration:

  • You have an ID card with online ID function
  • They have the "badgeApp2" installed on their smartphone or an appropriate reader
  • The motor vehicle was registered for the first time after 1. January 2015 registered
  • The car has license plates with stamped stickers and security codes
  • You have the vehicle registration document (Zulassungsbescheinigung Teil I) with security code

What does deregistration cost at the registration office??

The deregistration fee differs by DMV, but the difference is very small. In most cases, the fees charged by the responsible road traffic office are less expensive and amount to an average of approximately 6.90 euros. Deregistration at other registration offices costs an average of ten euros.

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What documents does the road traffic office need for deregistration?

In addition to the license plates, which must be cancelled, the road traffic office needs Part I and Part II of the registration certificate, i.e. the vehicle registration document and the vehicle title, as well as the current TuV report from the last general inspection (HU). In addition, the identity card is required. If a friend or family member of the owner takes over the deregistration, a power of attorney Not necessary.

If the car is to be scrapped and thus finally deregistered, a certificate of destruction must also be submitted. The certificate of disposal is obtained from the company contracted to dispose of it.

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Can I drive home with the deregistered car??

Yes. You are still allowed to make one last trip home with the cancelled license plates, as long as it is covered by the motor vehicle liability insurance. This must be done by the end of the day of the shutdown. The cancelled license plates must be reattached to the car for this trip.

What else needs to be considered after deregistration?

If a vehicle is deregistered, it may no longer participate in road traffic. This also means that parking is prohibited on public streets, roads and parking lots. The car must be located exclusively on private property. So the own or rented garage or a private property are allowed.

The deregistered passenger car can be immobilized for up to seven years until the operating license expires. Within these seven years, the car can be registered again.

Must the car insurance be informed by the owner about the deregistration?

No. When the car is deregistered, the registration office automatically informs the car insurance company as well as the main customs office.

Does the car have to be deregistered before or after sale?

Both are possible. If the car is deregistered before it is sold, the car may no longer participate in road traffic or be parked on public property. The parking of the vehicle can be as complicated as the test drives of potential buyers. If the car is already deregistered, a subsequent test drive on public property would require applying for a short-term license plate, which is then valid for five days.

However, if the vehicle remains registered when sold, care should be taken to document the date of sale in the sales contract. Because: If the vehicle is still registered to the old vehicle owner and the buyer has an accident, the insurance of the still registered vehicle owner has to pay the damage. This also applies to misdemeanors. The corresponding fines continue to go to the old vehicle owner.

That’s why it’s a good idea to deregister your car on the last day before you sell it. Otherwise, you have no control over when the buyer has the car re-registered to you.

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