Re-registering your car and driving licence
If you are moving within Germany to Stuttgart
Since 2015 the procedures for vehicle owners is considerably simplified. Anyone moving to another registration district can take their vehicle licence plate anywhere within Germany. However, you must arrange for your new address to be put onto your driving licence.
If you are moving to Stuttgart from abroad
Once you have registered in Stuttgart you can drive with your foreign driving licence for a further 6 months. You then need a domestic driving licence. You may still need to take tests or provide specific evidence.
Holders of a valid driving licence from an EU member state or another signatory state of the EEA Treaty do not require a domestic driving licence, even if they live in Germany. However, we recommend exchanging your licence for various reasons. You can also arrange to have a European driving licence issued.
If you plan to stay in Germany for longer than six months, you must re-register your car with the vehicle registration office as soon as possible. Also note the respective for your private vehicle that you are bringing into Germany from a non-EU country.
There are to the six-month period for students and persons on official business from non-EU member states. They can use their motor vehicle privately until the end of their temporary stay here. The same applies to commuters (residence in non-EU member states and workplace in the EU).
Stuttgart is an environmental zone. This means that your car needs an environmental badge.
Only vehicles in certain emission categories are allowed to drive in the Stuttgart area. This should reduce the excessive fine particulate and nitrogen dioxide levels in the air. This is implemented in Germany in so-called environmental zones.
You can purchase one directly or alternatively buy it in person at the or . The badges are also available from private organisations and garages (costs may vary and enquiries should be made there). This is also for vehicles that are not registered in Stuttgart. For vehicles with foreign license plates, you can request an environmental badge in advance by mail.
Purchasing your environmental badge
Information on online application
Resident parking permit
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