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You have to deregister your car if you no longer want to drive it on the road. With the right knowledge, vehicle deregistration is quick and easy. Here you can find out everything you need to know about the necessary documents, the costs and the process.

There are many reasons to deregister a car: For example, if you have it scrapped, sell it or just don't want to drive it anymore. We clarify all important questions about deregistering your car:

  • What documents do I need to deregister?
  • What will the cancellation cost me?
  • Where can I deregister the car?
  • Who has to deregister the car?
  • What is vehicle deregistration?
  • When do I have to deregister the car?
  • What happens to the insurance?

What documents do I need to deregister?

We will explain to you which documents you should have with you when deregistering your car.

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You will need the following documents to deregister your vehicle:

  • Registration certificate part I (formerly: vehicle registration document)
  • Registration certificate part II (formerly: vehicle registration document)
  • License plate of the car
  • Current TÜV report
  • Your identity card or passport (with registration certificate from the residents' registration office)
  • For final vehicle deregistration: Proof of destruction from a certified end-of-life vehicle collection point

The documents are always necessary, regardless of whether you sell your car after deregistration, scrap it or want to do something else with it. All documents are important for deregistration.

What to do if Part I of the registration certificate is missing?

You are not allowed to deregister your car without a vehicle registration certificate (registration certificate part I). Driving is also not allowed without the document. You will get the license when you register or re-register your car. It is there to be able to correctly identify the car.

Incidentally, applies: You must be able to show the registration certificate part I immediately during vehicle inspections. For this, the vehicle registration document should always be close at hand in the car.

You must immediately report the loss of the registration certificate Part I to the responsible registration authority. You can only drive the car again when you have a new vehicle registration document. Selling your car and registering, deregistering or changing your registration are only possible with Part I of the registration certificate.

What to do if Part II of the registration certificate is missing?

You cannot re-register your car without a vehicle registration document. The registration certificate part II (vehicle registration document) is the proof that you are the owner of the vehicle. You cannot sell or deregister your car without the vehicle registration document. But you can still drive it.

In order to be able to de-register the car, you have to report the loss to the registration office and apply for a new vehicle registration document. You can only deregister the car with the new registration certificate Part II.

What will the cancellation cost me?

To de-register a car at the vehicle registration office, doesn't cost much. Usually you pay to unsubscribe between seven and ten euros. De-registering is cheaper than registering or re-registering a car.

Do you register the car same admission office from the one with whom you registered it, you have to pay less. In that case, you can expect around five to seven euros. Became the car at another registration office registered, it costs around ten to twelve euros.

When deregistering, it does not matter whether the car is to be shut down permanently or only temporarily. The costs stay the same. What exactly you have to pay, however, always depends on the respective approval district. Because the exact fees are not regulated uniformly. The costs differ only minimally between the admission offices.

The compulsory closure is expensive: The shutdown of the car is not requested by the vehicle owner, but is enforced by the authorities. Reasons can be a danger to the car in traffic or unpaid insurance premiums. The compulsory shutdown can cost the owner up to 290 euros.

Where can I deregister my car?

The vehicle can be deregistered at any registration office in Germany. This is different from registering and changing registrations. It makes no difference whether the authority is in your place of residence or whether you have already registered or re-registered the car here. This is regulated in the whole of Germany.

De-register your vehicle online

Since 01/01/2015 you can also use your vehicle at some registration portals Log off online and then log back on. You can also reserve your license plate there. This makes sense, for example, if you've bought a new car and want to keep your license plate. This saves you having to go to the admissions office.

The online de-registration only works if certain terms and conditions are fulfilled. We have summarized for you what you have to pay attention to:

  • Registration date: Is your car approved after 01/01/2015, you have the one for the online de-registration necessary security codes. You can find them on the registration certificate Part I (seven digits). You can also find the code on the back of the stamp sticker or on the seals of your license plate (three-digit).
  • Proof of identity: You have to new ID card with online ID function have.
  • Payment method: You need one to pay Credit card or Giropay.
  • Purpose of unsubscribing: Cars that are to be scrapped or have already been scrapped cannot be deregistered online. Online deregistration is only possible for vehicles that are sold or temporarily shut down.

Who has to deregister the car?

Basically, you should have your car personally deregister at the vehicle registration office. You can also hire a representative to de-register your vehicle for you.

In contrast to vehicle registration and re-registration, the representative does not need a power of attorney to deregister. The main thing: all important documents are available.

That means: Anyone who has the necessary documents for the car de-registration can de-register the car at the registration authority. It doesn't matter whether you are the vehicle owner or not. This is a great advantage if you don't have time to unsubscribe yourself. Relatives or friends can take over the de-registration of your car for you.

What is vehicle deregistration?

If you no longer want to use your car in traffic, can you do it deregister at the admissions office and put out of service. Another term for logging out is the decommissioning of the car.

What does shutdown mean?

Whether you just use the car want to shut down temporarily or permanently, you need to, do you need to do not decide immediately. You can first have the car temporarily shut down at the authorities.

There is a deadline of seven years, in which the de-registered vehicle can be re-registered. That was decided by the court in 2007. You can also have your car shut down for good when you deregister. This can be useful after a total write-off, for example.

The de-registration of a vehicle is therefore valid a maximum of seven years. The car was shut down during this period. A new registration or registration of a deregistered car is usually possible without any problems.

After the deadline has expired, the authorities will request proof that the vehicle has been recycled. Because: After seven years, the operating license for the car will definitely expire. You will then need a full report for re-admission. You can get the full report from the TÜV. An expert will check whether you can re-register your vehicle.

You should know that: As soon as the car is deregistered or taken out of service, it can no longer be parked on public land. This includes all streets and parking lots, but also private paths that are open to residents. You can only park the car on your private property, for example in your garage or one of the underground parking spaces you have rented. The decommissioned car can also be parked on the private property of acquaintances, friends or family members.

What is the forced shutdown?

Basically, your car can too from the authorities be shut down. This is true even if you don't want to. In this case, it is referred to as compulsory closure. That can different reason to have. For example, your car can be shut down if

  • the road tax has not been paid.
  • the car has not been re-registered to the new owner.
  • the car does not have a valid MOT.
  • the owner has not paid the cost of insurance and the car is not covered.
  • the vehicle is no longer roadworthy and the driver or other road users are endangered as a result.

Before the forced closure the keeper is informed of this by the authorities. He usually still has the opportunity to act. For example, he can pay his outstanding debts or repair the defects in the car. For that will him a deadline set. He must then provide the authorities with evidence of the changes. If he does not do this, it will be forced to close down.

After the forced shutdown, the owner is no longer allowed to drive the car or leave it on the street. The forced shutdown costs a lot of money. In that case you have to come with up to 300 Calculate euros for deregistering at the admissions office.

When do I have to deregister the car?

As soon as you have deregistered your car, you are no longer allowed to drive it. We explain the reasons for deregistering a vehicle, what happens when deregistering and give you tips when it makes sense to deregister your vehicle.

Reasons for unsubscribing

There can be various reasons for deregistering or decommissioning a vehicle. These are:

  • Sale of the car
  • Age or wear and tear of the vehicle
  • Total loss
  • Car owner's financial reasons
  • Personal reasons for not using the car
  • theft

What happens when I unsubscribe?

When you deregister your vehicle, this will be License plate canceled and the TÜV and HU badges are removed. If the license plate has not already been reserved, it can be reassigned after a period of eleven days.

For the final vehicle deregistration: To finally deregister your car, you need the waste disposal company's certificate of destruction. So it is only possible if you also have your vehicle scrapped. The decommissioning is noted in the registration certificate Part I (vehicle registration document).

Tips for deregistering when selling a car

You can decide for yourself whether you want to sell the car registered or canceled. Both options offer different advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of deregistering before selling

If you deregister the car before it is sold, the new owner must re-register the car in their name. If you sell your car, you don't have this certainty: You don't know when the new vehicle owner registers the car on himself.

If the new owner causes an accident or violates the traffic regulations during this time, it can do that for you become a problem. Because you are still the official contact person for the car. However, if the date of sale has been recorded in the sales contract, the person who caused the accident and the buyer must pay for the damage. You should still inform your insurance company immediately so that they can settle the matter and avoid misunderstandings.

Disadvantages of deregistering before selling

As soon as the car is deregistered, it may no longer stand or be driven on public land. This can become a problem, for example when you want to sell your car and the potential buyer wants to take it for a test drive. You also need a place to temporarily park the car. It is no longer allowed to stand on public roads or paths after deregistration. You are only allowed to park your vehicle on your private property or in your garage.

One tip: You can get a temporary license plate for the car from the registration office. You can drive for up to five days with the special license plate. This can be useful for sales and collection. A short-term license plate costs around 60 euros with application, insurance and license plate embossing.

Tips for logging out in the event of theft

Even if your car has been stolen, you have to deregister it. But there are a few things you should pay attention to. We explain the best way to deal with theft:

If you suspect your car has been stolen, you should do so right away report to the police. There you can make sure that it is really a theft. It is also possible that your car was only towed away or secured due to improper parking or poor security (open window).

If there's a theft, you have to written theft report give up. For this you need the vehicle registration (registration certificate part I) and your identity card. The car is then taken by the police abandoned for a search.

With a copy of the theft report and the registration certificate parts I and II, you should get the car as quickly as possible deregister at the licensing authority. You must also inform your insurance company in writing that your car has been stolen. If the vehicle is leased, you should also let your bank know.

What should I do in the event of a total write-off?

In the event of a write-off, you should wait firstuntil the insurance company has examined the car. You can then unsubscribe. The vehicle registration office will then inform your insurance company. In that case, you no longer have to pay for your car insurance.

What happens to the insurance?

If your vehicle is taken out of service (deregistration / shutdown), a message from the vehicle registration office will be sent to Tax office and the Motor vehicle liability insurance. You will usually get back any premiums you paid too much.

However, the insurance does not expire immediately: a free retirement insurance comes into effect for the next 18 months. This applies to motor vehicle liability insurance, as well as to partially comprehensive insurance and the Fully comprehensive insurance. However, if you want to temporarily shut down your vehicle and register it again within the deadline, you cannot change insurance provider. The protection only ends after the 18 months. After that is a Change of insurance possible.

Unsubscribing: a simple process

De-registering a car is usually a straightforward process at the vehicle registration authority compared to registering a car. You can have your car deregistered at any registration office in Germany and by anyone. Only the necessary documents are important for this.

If a car is to be deregistered, the authorities do not require a power of attorney. The costs of seven to ten euros are also low.

The special: With a car registered after 2015, you can even de-register your car online at some registration offices. But all the other prerequisites must always be in place.

The insurance does not end immediately upon deregistration. A retirement insurance is valid for 18 months. If you buy a car that has been deregistered for over 18 months, or if you re-register after the deadline, you can take out new car insurance.

If you are looking for new insurance for your car, you should first compare the current offers. Read more about Allianz Direct motor insurance. And if you want to know what you have to consider when registering a car, you can find comprehensive information in our guide with a checklist.

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