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Emissions stickers

Emissions stickers from TÜV SÜD

ORDERING AN EMISSIONS STICKER

The emissions sticker for Germany from TÜV SÜD is available here.

Buy an emissions sticker

Orders from Germany and abroad can be submitted via this link.

COST OF THE EMISSIONS STICKER

An order by credit card costs € 15 incl. VAT and shipping. You will receive your sticker by return of post after you have submitted your order.

The emissions sticker, often referred to as the environmental sticker, can also be collected from one of more than 300 TÜV SÜD Service-Centres. In this case, the emissions sticker costs € 6 incl. VAT.

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DETERMINATION OF THE APPROPRIATE EMISSIONS STICKER

In order to check the data of your vehicle, we require Part I of the vehicle registration certificate (vehicle registration document) or the equivalent foreign vehicle documents in electronic form when you order the environmental sticker. We will inform you free of charge and reimburse the fee if your vehicle is not eligible for an environmental sticker.

The rationale behind emissions stickers

Road traffic accounts for roughly one-third of particulate pollution. In cities, conurbations and near busy roads, particulate emissions often account for clearly over 50 % of air pollution. In an effort to protect human health, the EU has passed a European Directive which allows municipalities to establish environmental zones in city centres and conurbations. Whether such zones are established and when they will become effective depends on the local conditions.

In Germany, environmental zones are identified by the following rectangular road sign. In these zones, no vehicular traffic is allowed.

Exceptions from a general ban on vehicular traffic are indicated by an additional sign.

Clearance for environmental zones in city centres with emissions sticker

In specially designated environmental zones, vehicles may be operated if they have the emissions sticker which is shown on the additional sign and required to enter the Zone.

The sign may show:

  1. one sticker (green)
  2. two stickers (green and yellow), or
  3. all three stickers

and exempts cars with these windscreen stickers from the general ban on vehicular traffic.

Which sticker for which motor vehicle?

Affected by possible bans on vehicular traffic are passenger cars, trucks and buses. Excluded are two- and three-wheel motor vehicles, industrial trucks, agricultural and forestry tractors, mobile machinery and equipment, vintage cars, cars of disabled people and motor vehicles operated with special Permits.

There are four emission classes: The lower the particulate emission, the higher the emission class.

Motor vehicles in Class 1 are not eligible for emissions stickers. This class includes passenger cars without catalytic converter, pre-EURO-I and EURO-I diesel cars and trucks. All other motor vehicles are eligible for emissions stickers.

Vehicles registered abroad are classified on the basis of the European emissions standard according to which they have been registered, provided this standard is identified in their vehicle registration documentation or can otherwise be proved. If this is not the case, a simplified approach based on the first year of registration is used to issue emissions stickers to foreign cars:

Euro Level

Emissions Class

First registration passenger cars

First registration trucks

Sticker

 

 

Diesel cars

 

 

EURO I or
Pre-EURO I

 

Before
1 Jan. 1997

Before
1 Oct. 1996

None

Euro II

 

From 1 Jan. 1997
to 31 Dec. 2000

From 1 Oct. 1996
to 30 Sept. 2001

Red

Euro III

 

From 1 Jan. 2001
to 31 Dec. 2005

From 1 Oct. 2001
to 30 Sept. 2006 

Yellow

Euro IV

 

From 1 Jan. 2006

From 1 Jan. 2006

Green

 

 

Petrol cars

 

 

Pre-EURO-I
(without catalytic converter)

 

Before
1 Jan. 1993

 

None

EUR I and higher

 

From 1 Jan. 1993

 

Green

Where to place the emissions sticker

The emissions sticker is placed inside the windscreen of your vehicle. Vision is least impaired if the sticker is placed at the top or bottom-right of your windscreen.

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