There are two different types of temporary licence plates: The short-term license plate (Kurzzeitkennzeichen) and the export license place (Ausfuhrkennzeichen).
The short-term license plate (Kurzzeitkennzeichen)
This license plate is intended for test drives and transfer trips (e.g. transferring the car from where you bought it to your home town). It is intended for private use and just test drives or transfer trips, valid for a maximum of five days and tied to a specific vehicle. Please note that this plate is not valid outside of Germany - you will need an export license plate (see below).
You can apply for the short-term license plate either at your place of residence or at the place where the car is currently registered. The registration process is similar to a regular registration. There are special short term insurances available which will also provide you with the necessary eVB number. Please contact the insurer directly, Joonko unfortunately does not offer short-term insurance.
You will get a short-term license plate with a yellow bar and numbers on the right side. The numbers indicate the date until when the plate is valid.
The export license plate (Ausfuhrkennzeichen)
If you plan to export your car into another country, you will need an export license plate. They are valid for 12 months.
You will get a short-term license plate with a red bar and numbers on the right side. The numbers indicate the date until when the plate is valid.
The application for an export license plate is similar to a regular car registration. Please ensure to bring the current license plates along as well. Usually, the car registration office will ask to see the car. The car registration office will then invalidate the Zulassungsbescheinigung Teil I (Kfz-Schein), you will keep the Zulassungsbescheinigung Teil II (Kfz-Brief). If needed, the car registration office can issue an international registration certificate.
As with a regular registration, you will need to have proof of insurance and need a German bank account for the car tax payment. There are special export insurances available. Please contact the insurer directly as Joonko does not offer any export insurance.
Please ensure that your car has a valid inspection certificate (TÜV / Hauptuntersuchung) before applying for the export license plate. You will find the date of the last inspection in the car papers (3 years for a new car, thereafter every 2 years).
If the car has been de-registered / temporarily mothballed, you will need to provide the car registration office the de-registration certificate (Bescheinigung Außerbetriebsetzung) as well.