Low-emission Zone

Foreign-registered Vehicles

Foreign visitors who bring their vehicles to Berlin also require a sticker.

It can be ordered, for example, from the English website of the Berlin motor vehicle licensing authority at
provided that the licensing authority can identify the necessary information for the assignment of the sticker from the vehicle documents, e.g. from a manufacturer's certification. The required vehicle documents or registration document must be scanned and attached to the email or photocopied and sent by post.

How are foreign vehicles assigned to the emission groups?

The certificate for foreign-registered cars and thus the assignment of a sticker is governed by Article 6 of the Marking Ordinance (35. BImSchV – 35th Ordinance for the implementation of the Federal Immission Protection Act).

If the exhaust emission standard of a foreign-registered vehicle can be clearly identified from the vehicle documents, classification can be effected in accordance with Annexe 2 of the Marking Ordinance. Otherwise the assignment will be effected based on the year that the vehicle was first registered.

The following table provides an overview classification of foreign-registered vehicles based on the date of initial registration (there may be variances in individual cases).

Euro norm Emission
First registration - car First registration - truck Sticker
Euro 1 or older 1 before 1 Jan. 1997 before 1 Oct. 1996 None
Euro 2 2 between 1 Jan. 1997
and 31 Dec. 2000
between 1 Oct. 1997
and 30 Sep. 2000
Euro 3 3 between 1 Jan. 2001
and 31 Dec. 2005
between 1 Oct. 1997
and 30 Sep. 2000
Euro 4 and better 4 from 1 Jan. 2006 from 1 Oct. 2006 Green
before Euro 1
(without 3-way cat)
1 before 1 Jan. 1993   None
Euro 1 and better 4 from 1 Jan. 1993   Green

Electric vehicles without combustion engine belong to emission group 4.