Car Registration: Should You Bring an Original or Copy?
Many drivers wonder whether they have to carry the original vehicle registration document with them or whether a copy that you just printed out of an HP printer (after a 123 HP printer setup) is sufficient. First of all, it should be noted that the concept of the vehicle registration document no longer exists, but that “registration certificate Part I” is the correct term for the official document, which is also known as “registration”.
The provision of § 11 abs. 6 FZV (Vehicle Registration Ordinance) is clear here. Thereafter, the vehicle registration document must be carried out and handed over if requested.
The common view that it is sufficient to keep a copy of the vehicle registration document in the glove compartment of the vehicle is incorrect. Copies are not valid documents. According to § 48 No. 5 FVZ in conjunction with the annex to the catalog of fines, a warning fee of 10.00 euros is to be paid if you do not carry the vehicle registration document – in the original – with him. Other ways of handling by the local police authorities are merely a gesture of goodwill on the part of the controlling police officer.
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A further danger is the carrying of the vehicle registration document as a copy in criminal terms. Anyone who carries the vehicle registration document as a color copy and then shows it to the police officers is in enormous danger of forgery of documents. Therefore, if copies of the vehicle registration document are to continue to be used despite this article, they should only be used in black and white and at best be marked as a copy. However, a warning fee of 10.00 euros is also risked in these cases.
It is also not advisable to leave the registration certificate Part I permanently in the glove compartment. As a result, the insurance cover can be risked. In its judgment (file number 8 U 62/07), the Higher Regional Court of Celle confirmed the insurance company in its opinion that there was a grossly negligent increase in risk by leaving the “approval” in the glove compartment. The vehicle was stolen and the insurance company was subsequently released from its performance obligation after it came out that the registration had been left in the car.