Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration
Transport & Mobility Foreign Vehicle Registration
Whether you need to register your car in Germany depends on your length of stay.
Foreign Vehicle Registration - Hamburg Welcome Portal
If you keep your normal residence in a foreign country and you stay in Germany for less than 6 months, you do not need to register your car or pay any taxes here – your car will remain registered in your country of residence.
Stays Over 6 Months
If you move from another EU country to Germany and take your car with you, you must register it in Germany and have to pay the corresponding taxes. Registration must be made within 6 months.
Motor vehicles and their trailers must be accredited for participation in public road traffic.
The car registration in Hamburg is to be executed by the State Office for Transport (Landesbetrieb Verkehr – LBV).
Contact: State Office for Transport (Landesbetrieb Verkehr – LBV)
You can register your car upon previous appointment at one of the five locations of Hamburg’s State Office for Transport (LBV):
Online appoinment scheduling: https://www.lbv-termine.de/LBV/index.php (service in German language)