Toll exemption

Register your toll-exempt vehicles with us. This allows you to avoid unnecessary checks.

When is a vehicle exempt from toll?

In accordance with the German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (BFStrMG), certain vehicles and vehicle combinations are exempt from the toll. On the one hand, these are vehicles that do not fall under the definition criteria of a vehicle subject to toll and, on the other hand, vehicles for which the legislature has created special exemptions. Whether a vehicle is or is not subject to toll is directly determined by the law in all cases. On-demand determination by the German Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) or Toll Collect is not required.

Advantages of vehicle registration

Toll Collect offers you the opportunity to register toll-exempt vehicles. This is not obligatory – the offer is voluntary.

By registering, you avoid unnecessary stops, checks and investigations, therefore saving valuable time.

The registration of the vehicles or vehicle combinations implies no legal recognition of toll exemption by Toll Collect or the German Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG).

Requirements

Variant 1

Vehicles that do not fall under the legal definition of a vehicle subject to toll (according to § 1 Paragraph 1 Clause 2 of the German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (BFStrMG))

These are vehicles that are

a) neither structurally intended for road haulage (e.g. self-propelled working machines)

b) nor used for commercial road haulage or own-account transport operations for charged or business-related transportation of goods (in accordance with § 1 of the German Road Haulage Act (GüKG)). Special exemptions according to § 2 of the GüKG are to be taken into consideration, but not for a).

Toll exemption only results when both requirements are fulfilled. Otherwise, registration as a toll-exempt vehicle is not possible.

Variant 2

Vehicles that identifiably fall under one of the toll exemptions given in § 1 Paragraph 2 of the German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (BFStrMG). You can find out how to prove these requirements in the below table “Other examples and requirements”.

Other requirements

  • The vehicle must continuously fulfil the exemption requirements during the selected registration period, not just intermittently.
  • Application for registration may be made only by the keeper of the relevant motor vehicle.
  • It is not possible to register a trailer without a motor vehicle.

Examples of toll-exempt vehicles

  • Fire service and police vehicles
  • Vehicles used in the funfair and circus trade
  • Vehicles used for road maintenance and operation
  • Self-propelled working machines that are only used for performing work and not for transporting goods in commercial road haulage or own-account transport operations

Other examples and requirements

Toll-exempt vehicles according to § 1 Paragraph 1 Clause 2 of the German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (BFStrMG)
Type of vehicleRequirementProof
Exhibition vehicle

Sales vehicle

Mobile workshop

Horse transporter with living space
For all cases:
The vehicle is neither structurally intended for goods transport nor used to this end (see explanation for variant 1)
Vehicle registration certificate part I,
photos of the permanently installed components
Mobile home

Radio and outside broadcast vehicle

Medical examination vehicle
Vehicle registration certificate part I (entry in registration required)
Self-propelled working machine (e.g. mobile crane) or motor vehicle with a working machine trailerVehicle registration certificate part I
(entry in registration required) For working machine trailers: also include their vehicle registration certificate part I
Driving school vehicleVehicle registration certificate part I with an entry referring to the dual controls or proof of installation
Test vehicleVehicle registration certificate part I, entry in registration as test vehicle with an entry as per § 19 (6) German Road Traffic Registration Regulations (StVZO) or proof of exemption as per § 70 (1) StVZO
Gully cleaner vehicleEntry as self-propelled working machine
or as special-purpose motor vehicle with tax exemption as per § 3 No. 4 German Motor Vehicle Tax Act (KraftStG), vehicle registration certificate part I
Calibration vehicleVehicle registration certificate part I, certificate of exemption as per German Road Traffic Registration Regulations (StVZO) if necessary
Agricultural tractor (towing)Vehicle registration certificate part I, entry under letter J (vehicle category) as “87” or “89” and under figure 4 (body type) as “1000”; from 2015: supplementary photos from which the technical features for the cultivation of agricultural or forestry areas are apparent

Old vehicle registration certificates: entry with code no. 8710
Agricultural tractor (equipment carrying)Vehicle registration certificate part I, entry under letter J (vehicle category) as “87” or “89” and under figure 4 (body type) as “2000”

Old vehicle registration certificates: entry with code no. 8720
Historic vehicleRegistration with special registration “H” or veteran/vintage road licence
Toll-exempt vehicles according to § 1 Paragraph 2 of the German Federal Trunk Road Toll Act (BFStrMG)
Type of vehicleIdentifiability of the motor vehicle’s purpose Proof
Buses and coachesNoNo registration necessary. These vehicles are recognised automatically by the toll system.
Military vehiclesYes
Police vehiclesYesVehicle registration certificate part I, registration of relevant authority required, e.g.:
Police authority, the federal government, fire service, German Federal Agency for Technical Relief or suitable private organisations, among others
Civil defence and emergency rescue vehiclesYes
Fire service vehiclesYes
Federal government vehiclesYes
Vehicles used by other emergency servicesYes
Vehicles used for road maintenance and operationYesVehicle registration certificate part I, licensed to a statutory local or regional authority and tax exemption as per § 3 No. 3 or § 3 No. 4 German Motor Vehicle Tax Act (KraftStG)
Vehicles used in the funfair and circus tradeYesVehicle registration certificate part I, tax exemption as per § 3 No. 8 German Motor Vehicle Tax Act (KraftStG) and an itinerant trading licence
Vehicles used to deliver humanitarian aidNoVehicle registration certificate part I, corporate tax exemption (proof of non-profit/charity status); proof of use in transporting emergency aid in serious humanitarian crises (e.g. cargo list) and tax exemption as per § 3 No. 5a German Motor Vehicle Tax Act (KraftStG) -
If the keeper agrees, third party vehicles can also be registered.

How to register your vehicles

Use the list of examples to check the requirements for registration. Have your proof ready.

With the form you can apply for:

  • the first registration of a vehicle,
  • an extension of the registration of a vehicle or
  • the deregistration of a vehicle.

Important

Registration is valid for a maximum of two years. It can then be extended. Any registration that is not extended by the date of expiry automatically lapses.

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  • Calls from within Germany:
  • 0800 222 2628*
  • Calls from outside Germany:
  • 008000 222 2628*

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