What is actually the green license plate?

You surely know the green license plate from agriculture. But why is this license plate also seen on a boat trailer or a caravan?

What is actually the green license plate?

Almost all types of vehicles except buses and motorcycles can get a green license plate if the conditions are right. According to traffic and tax law, this license depends on the use of the vehicle. A vehicle with a green license plate is exempt from motor vehicle tax according to § 3 KraftStG (German Motor Vehicle Tax Act). To do this, you must file an appropriate application with the tax office, which must meet a few criteria.

A green license plate can be used for purpose-built vehicles of clubs or aid organizations. In the case of agricultural vehicles, the regulation is not uniform throughout Germany, but there is a minimum requirement of more than two hectares of land to be farmed.

Trailers for transporting boats, animals used for sports purposes or sports equipment can also be exempt from tax, but may also only be used for this purpose, otherwise the insurance coverage expires.

People with disabilities and showmen's vehicles can also be exempt from tax, as can truck trailers if the tax burden on the tractor is high.

If the requirements are met, the following vehicle classes can receive a green license plate:

Trucks, swap bodies for container transport, truck trailers and semi-trailers, forklifts, self-propelled construction machinery, tractors, caravans and car trailers, cars, as well as trailers and implements used in forestry and agriculture.

Accordingly, all vehicles that are exempt from vehicle tax receive a green license plate, except for the examples regulated in § 9 FZV, such as diplomatic vehicles.

How to get a green license plate?

First you need a confirmation from the tax office for tax exemption, with this you can then submit an application to the licensing authority. In addition, you will need your identity card, your eVB number, vehicle registration document and vehicle title, valid proof of main and exhaust emission tests and, if necessary, a power of attorney and identity card if you are acting on behalf of another person.

Companies or GbRs must ask for further required documents at the registration authority.

Compulsory insurance despite green license plate?

The green license plate exempts from tax, but not from compulsory insurance. You already need liability insurance with eVB number to apply for tax exemption, exceptions are regulated in § 2 PflichtVG.

These exceptions include horse trailers or even boat trailers, but these may then ONLY be used for this purpose. If they are misappropriated, one violates at the same time the obligation insurance law and the motor vehicle tax law.

Agricultural insurance coverage is very favorable, even with a green license plate, due to the specific use of the vehicles. There is generally NO insurance coverage for use outside of agricultural activities, so they should be sure to report such use to their insurer.

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