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Cars registered abroad will also require a pollutant sticker in German low-emission zones

And you can obtain it from GTÜ Gesellschaft für technische Überwachung.

Cars registered abroad can be driven in German cities which have established low-emission zones when the engine is emission controlled and the vehicle bears a pollutant sticker.

Within the low-emission zones, only vehicles bearing the appropriate pollutant sticker on the windscreen may be operated. If the colour of the pollutant sticker on the vehicle is not identical to that shown on the low-emission zone sign, the vehicle may not be driven within this low-emission zone.

Umweltzonen Schilder

Umweltzone = Low-emission zone; frei = free

Vehicles bearing one of the stickers shown on the supplementary sign are exempted from the driving ban.

Which motor vehicles are affected?
Cars, buses and trucks

Two- and three-wheeled vehicles, industrial machines, tractors for agriculture and forestry, vintage cars, vehicles for handicapped people and vehicles en route under special privileges do not need a pollutant sticker.

Classification of motor vehicles according to emission groups

Euro class Pollutant group First registration of cars First registration of trucks Sticker
Diesel engines
Diesel engines
Euro 1 or less
prior to 1 Jan. 1997 prior to 1 Oct. 1996 none
Euro 2 or Euro 1
with diesel exhaust particulate filter
from 1 Jan. 1997
to 31 Dec. 2000
from 1 Oct. 1996
to 30 Sept. 2001
Rote Schadstoffplakette
Euro 3 or Euro 2
with diesel exhaust particulate filter
from 1 Jan. 2001
to 31 Dec. 2005
from 1 Oct. 2001
to 30 Sept. 2006
Gelbe  Schadstoffplakette
Euro 4 and higher
or Euro 3 with diesel exhaust particulate filter
from 1 Jan. 2006 from 1 Oct. 2006 Grüne Schadstoffplakette
Gasoline/gas engines Gasoline/gas engines  
Euro 1 (without lambda-controlled catalytic converter) or less
prior to 1 Jan. 1993 prior 1 Jan. 1993 none
Euro 1 (with lambda-controlled catalytic converter) and higher
from 1 Jan. 1993 from 1 Jan. 1993 Grüne Schadstoffplakette

Reference: vehicles without an internal combustion engine (e.g. electric motor, fuel cell vehicle) are assigned to the pollutant group 4 (green sticker).

The first registration date is given in the certificate of registration in field „B“.

How can you obtain the pollutant sticker?
Please return the fully completed order form, including a copy of the certificate of registration and proof of installation of the diesel exhaust particulate filter, by fax mail or e-mail to us.
We will then check your documents to determine the sticker colour your vehicle will get. You will receive the sticker and the invoice by mail at a price of €10.00 including postage, packaging and VAT.
If no sticker can be issued to you, we’ll notify you of this fact.

Order form for pollutant stickers

The website for Germany can be accessed at