Emission sticker for Germany

Only with emission sticker - also applies for foreign vehicles!

The so-called Kennzeichnungsverordnung" (Vehicle Registration Regulation) came into effect in Germany on 1 March 2007. This law enable cities and municipalities to set up environment zones if the emission threshold values for fine particles are exceeded. These measures are intended to ensure cleaner air in inner city areas and other densely trafficked areas by only allowing vehicles with the proper sticker to drive in these zones. In this way Germany implements EU Air Quality Directive 1999/30/EC.  Order now...

Numerous cities have set up or decreed environment zones to reduce pollution in their city centres. Vehicles with particularly bad exhaust values such as old diesel vehicles without particle filter systems and vehicles with petrol engine and an insufficient exhaust cleansing (regulated catalyser) are not allowed to drive in the environment zones.
The zones polluted by emissions are designated with the sign "Umweltzone". A supplementary sign shows which vehicles with which sticker are allowed to drive in the environment zone.

Emission sticker for Germany

Vehicle type Product Quantity
Emission sticker
Note: Currently, only green emission stickers (EURO 4 and higher) are available!
Please note: The day of dispatch can be as much as eight working days after the order.
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An environmental badge must be attached to the inside of the windscreen at the lower right-hand edge in order to be valid. It must not be attached anywhere in the upper part of the windscreen. A fine may be due if the environmental badge is not attached correctly.

High fines...

Driving in a designated environment zone without a valid sticker or exemption permit is an administrative offence and since 1 May 2014 carries a cash fine of EUR 80.

German Passenger Car Energy Consumption Labelling Ordinance and pollutant groups

The Vehicle Registration Regulation stipulates uniformly throughout Germany the registration of passenger and commercial vehicles according to their particle emission (fine particles emission) and allocates the vehicle to pollutant groups. This law enables cities and municipalities to set up environment zones if the emission threshold values for fine particles are exceeded. These measures are intended to ensure cleaner air in inner city areas and other densely trafficked areas by reducing fine particle pollution.

There are four distinct pollutant emission categories. The higher the category, the lower the fine particle emission. Passenger cars, trucks and busses may be banned from certain zones. Motorcycles and three-wheeled motor vehicles are exempt, as well as other vehicles with special status (e.g. working machines, vintage cars and disability vehicles).

Vehicles registered in other countries are classified on the basis of their initial registration date. Vehicles registered in Germany are classified as per the model and type number shown on the vehicle registration certificate.

Emission sticker colours:
Pollutant group 4: green
Pollutant group 3: yellow
Pollutant group 2: red

You can look up more information and the exact allocation tables for your vehicle in various languages at the "Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure": 

Did you know?

1. Why are toll tickets available to green environmental badge holders only?
Currently, almost all German low emission zones accept the green environmental badges only. However, the other environmental badges may well be used again in future.
2. Can I use an environmental badge several times on different vehicles?
An environmental badge is vehicle-tied; the vehicle registration number printed on the badge must be identical to the vehicle's number plate. An environmental badge may not be used several times over on different vehicles.
3. Do I need a separate badge for a trailer?
No, you only need an environmental badge for the towing vehicle.
4. Do motorcycles, trikes/3-wheeled vehicles and vehicles that qualify for certain exemptions also need an environmental badge?
All motorcycles, 3-wheeled vehicles and vehicles that qualify for certain exemptions (e.g. vehicles driven by a disabled person and classic cars) do not need an environmental badge.
5. Are there any checks in the low emission zones to see if drivers comply with the environmental badge rules?
Checks are carried out on a regular basis. Driving without a valid badge or certificate of exemption in a low emission zone is a civil offence. Since 1 May 2014, offenders will be fined a penalty of 80 euros.
6. Do I get a replacement environmental badge if I need a new windscreen?
In that case, you will unfortunately have to get a new environmental badge.
7. Am I committing a criminal offence if I attach a counterfeit badge?
Yes, attaching a counterfeit environmental badge to your vehicle is a criminal offence. You may be fined or even imprisoned.
8. Do I have to make sure that the writing on the badge is legible?
Only a clearly legible environmental badge is a valid badge. Therefore, you have to make sure that the number plate on the badge is always clearly legible and get a replacement, if necessary.
9. When is an environmental badge valid?
Only a correctly displayed environmental badge showing the correct number plate and the right vehicle emission standard for that vehicle is a valid badge. An environmental badge that has not been attached to the windscreen is invalid. If the vehicle details change, i.e. you move to another address or you sell the vehicle, you must buy a new environmental badge.
10. Is the environmental badge valid for a set period of time?
No, the environmental badge relates to the vehicle's number plate and emission standard. A correctly attached environmental badge is valid for as long as the number plate or the emission standard remain unchanged.
11. Do I need an environmental badge on the motorway?
No, low emission zones only apply in many German city centres.
All prices include 19% German VAT
Sources: Federal Ministry of Traffic, Building and Urban Development (http://www.bmvbs.de) and Federal Environment Office for People and Environment (http://www.uba.de).
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