Dates and Standards
* From 15th February 2009
o Diesel Euro 2(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Red Sticker.
* From 1st March 2011
o Diesel Euro 3(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Yellow Sticker.
All diesel vehicles, and petrol vehicles without a closed loop catalytic converter (Euro 1 or equivalent).
All vehicles must have a sticker - see National Scheme below.
What is the LEZ boundary
LEZ Road sign
Need to Register? National
A sticker must be bought and displayed in the windscreen - see National Scheme below. This sticker is then valid for all LEZs in Germany.
Proof of emissions standard (given on German vehicle papers) is needed to purchase the sticker. Stickers can be purchased from the vehicle registration, authorities, authorised local garages, vehicle test organisations like TÜV, DEKRA, or some websites.
The LEZ city authorities and other cities also sell stickers, often over the internet – see the individual city for more details. Many hotels in LEZ cities also offer to order the stickers on behalf of their guests, if they receive the requisite documents in advance.
German LEZ stickers can be purchased online for all vehicles in all countries for 12.50€, also in different languages.
Foreign vehicles are also enforced and are required to buy a sticker. Foreign vehicles emissions are taken primarily by vehicle age, as in the table below.
View Foreign Vehicle Table (opens in popup) or in a new page
German vehicles need to have a particulate trap certified on behalf of the German government. Local garages can advise on which filters should be used and retrofit page.
Hours of operation
Permanent, 365 days a year.
Manual enforcement by police of sticker in the windscreen. Even if the vehicle meets the emissions standard, if there is no sticker in the windscreen, the vehicle is illegal in the zone.
40€ fine and one point in the national traffic penalty register for German vehicles.
A National Framework sets out the Emissions Classes and main rules that can be used by cities for LEZs in Germany (see Need to Register?). The cities or regions then decide whether, where and when to do a LEZ, and what emissions standards will be required.
View National Scheme Table (opens in popup) or in a new page
Additional local Exemptions
Local name for an LEZ
Germany website, Nordrhein Westfalia