Munich Low Emission Zone

Information and overview of the low emission zone of the state capital Munich.


Overview for vehicle owners

Since October 1, 2008, Munich has a low emission zone. High-emission vehicles are no longer allowed to drive into the city centre. A environmental badge is required to prove that your vehicle fulfills the EU exhaust standards.


The regulation covers all automobiles, buses, motor homes and trucks. Low emission zones are marked with traffic signs and additional signs. Vehicles are categorised into emissions groups according to their particulate emissions and they receive a environmental badge in the colour marking the respective emissions group:

  • red for emissions group 2
  • yellow for emissions group 3
  • and green for emissions group 4.

Only vehicles displaying the required green sticker may enter low emission zones. In addition since October 2012 only vehicles with a green sticker are allowed to drive into the so called middle ring which itself is not part of the low emission zone.

Further Information

Stickers can be obtained online, from the local licensing administration or other competent bodies designated under federal state law. Another option is to go to bodies authorised to carry out exhaust emission tests (garages, service stations with garages and inspection agencies such as DEKRA and TÜV (Technical Inspection Authority) in Germany or their offices abroad).

The environmental badge can be ordered via TÜV Süd or via DEKRA .

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