Vehicles brought from the continental U.S., previous duty station or purchased locally must be registered with USAREUR. All shipped vehicles and used vehicles purchased in Germany must pass a mechanical safety inspection before they can be registered, except new POVs. New POVs that have never been registered in any system for more than three months are exempt from the requirement for a mechanical inspection before initial registration. Safety inspections may be completed up to 75 calendar days before a registration expires. An inspection is also required when a POV registration has been canceled for failure to renew the registration or to provide proof of liability insurance. Inspections of POVs conducted by the Technischer Überwachungs-verein (TÜV) or the Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein (DEKRA) are valid and honored for 30 calendar days from the date of the inspection.
All inspections for new vehicle registrations, inspections for registration renewals, and re-inspections for previously failed vehicles will require an appointment. Please follow the Appointment Plus link on the top right side of this webpage.
Inspectors will not inspect a vehicle that does not have a valid registration.
Complete AE Form 190-1AA or 0190-1O.
POVs must carry a first-aid kit that meets or exceeds German legal. Kits must not be more than five years old.
POVs must carry an approved portable, reflectorized warning triangle.
POVs must carry a reflective vest
Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 metric tons will be rejected if they are not equipped with an approved warning triangle, four-way flasher, or portable flashing lamp.
If a POV fails a thoroughly completed mechanical inspection, the inspector will----
(1) Stamp the original copy of AE Form 190-1A “REJECTED,” the date, and official inspection stamps. If the vehicle is safe to operate, it may be driven to a repair facility and be repaired
(2) Stamp AE Form 190-1H or AE Form 190-1I “UNSAFE TO OPERATE” if the deficiency constitutes an immediate safety hazard. If the vehicle is unsafe to operate, it must be registered nonoperational immediately. The POV owner is responsible for initiating a safe movement of the POV from the inspection station to a point of repair or disposal.
A previously inspected vehicle must be re-inspected at the original inspection station and will be checked only for the deficiencies listed on the validated AE Form 190-1H or AE Form 190-1I unless the inspection period exceeds 30 calendar days from the inspection date.
Previously inspected vehicles exceeding the 30-day period must undergo a complete new inspection.
POV must pass a mechanical safety inspection within 30 calendar days before the date of transfer. In this case, the buyer may receive a 1- or 2-year registration.
Buyer may accept the seller’s POV registration expiration date without a mechanical safety inspection. To be able to do so, the registration must have at least 60 calendar days remaining at the time of transfer.
Schedule your vehicle inspection appointment here.
86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron
Kapaun AS, Bldg. 2807
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. to 11:30 and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30
CLOSED ON ALL U.S HOLIDAYS AND DOWN DAYS.
LAST DUTY DAY OF THE MONTH, INSPECTIONS ARE CONDUCTED FROM 0700 to 1130
Baumholder, Smith Barracks Bldg. 8421
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:45-11:45 a.m. & 12.30-15:45 p.m.
Closed on U.S. and German Holidays
Airbags in vehicles equipped with airbags must be operational. A vehicle will be rejected if the light that indicates the airbag has been activated stays illuminated or is missing
A brake-test machine will be used to verify proper brake effort and imbalance. Also a visual inspection of all visible brake components will be conducted. Dry-rotted brake hoses and excessively corroded metal brake lines or any brake components to include brake rotors will be rejected. Brake lines and hoses improperly installed or kinked are prohibited.
Glass in front, rear, or side windows directly to the right or left of the driver with cracks that impair or distort the driver’s vision. Windshield with cracks or fracture damage in that part of the windshield located in the driver’s windshield-wiping area. Cracks outside the driver’s windshield-wiping area that are larger than 2.5 cm (1 in), star-shaped fractures larger than 12.5 mm (½ in), or any condition concerning glass breaks or cracks that obstruct the driver’s visibility.
Vehicles with excessive corrosion and damaged frame components will be rejected.
The exhaust system must be secured tightly and free of leaks. Tailpipes must extend behind the rear wheels or beyond the side edge or rear of the vehicle body unless prevented by the manufacturer’s specifications. Vehicles will be rejected if it emits excessive blue or black smoke. All exhaust line parts must be strong enough to resist normal hand pressure applied by the inspector. All repairs to exhaust systems must be made by welding or component replacement. Repairs using muffler or exhaust tape or chemical weld compounds (for example, liquid metal) are considered temporary repairs and will not be accepted.
All motorcycles and automobile exhaust systems will be inspected for noise levels. Noise level may not exceed 95 decibels.
The first-aid kit cannot be expired and must meet or exceed the legal requirements and standards of the Deutsche Industrienorm (DIN 13164). You must also have a warning triangle and reflective vest located in the vehicle during the inspection and at all times. Items are available at the local Base Exchange or Shoppette.
Minimum body-ground clearance for flexible body parts, such as ground-effect spoilers or air dams, and metal parts, such as exhaust systems or frame and suspension components, must be at least nine cm.
The vehicle will be rejected if there is evidence of an excessive leak or an ongoing slow leak of oil, antifreeze or saturation of the underbody of the vehicle. If there is evidence of a slow leak, the undercarriage must be cleaned and re-inspected to verify whether or not there is still a slow leak. Excessive leaks are immediate failures.
License plates will be attached horizontally to the front and rear of the POV at the location prescribed by the manufacturer and the law so that both plates are clearly visible. The rear plate will be centered under a light or placed between lights on either side. Motorcycles and trailers will display one plate attached horizontally to the rear. License plates will be attached firmly to the POV using bolts, screws, mounts or brackets directly on the front bumper. The use of string, wire, zip ties or double-sided tape to secure permanently-issued plates is prohibited.
Headlights must be aimed correctly. The inspectors will verify correct adjustment using an authorized special tool. All lights must be securely mounted and function properly. All lighting must be the correct color, position and intensity in compliance with regulation AE 190-1. Damaged or cracked lenses (brake, headlight, tail light, etc.) will be rejected. All lighting housing assemblies should be free of moisture and water. After-market lighting located around the windshield, behind the front grill or underneath the vehicle is prohibited. Painted or tinted lights or lenses are not acceptable. Spotlights on the rear or facing the rear of the vehicle are prohibited. All other spotlights must be covered by a black cover.
Loose fenders, bumpers and any damage with sharp edges that present a safety hazard will be rejected.
Factory window tint within the glass by the manufacturer of the vehicle is authorized. Clear or tinted film material is prohibited on the windshield and the driver and passenger front-door windows. Clear or tinted film material is allowed on the rear-door windows and the rear window. Vehicles found with after-market tinting material on the windshield or the driver and passenger front-door windows during inspection will be rejected.
Wipers not operating. Wiper blade missing or obviously defective. Washers not operating adequately.
The tread depth of the vehicle tires must be at least 1/16 of an inch (1.6 mm). Inspectors will use a tread-depth gauge at any two adjacent major grooves at three areas spaced approximately equally around the outside of the tire. If at any point the tire tread is less than 1/16 of an inch (1.6 mm), the tire is excessively worn and must be replaced. Tires must be free of chunking, breaks, bumps, knots, or bulges showing cord or tread separation from the casing or other adjacent materials. The use of re-grooved tires is prohibited. Tire cords or belting materials must not be exposed to the naked eye or when cuts or abrasions on the tire are probed.