Vehicle with a foreign number plate

If your vehicle meets the entry requirements for the low emission zone, you have to register it first. It's free of charge.

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Description

If you want to enter the low emission zone with a vehicle with a foreign number plate, please use the online tool to check your vehicle in advance.
  • You are allowed to enter? Then you need to register this vehicle. The registration is free of charge and valid in all Flemish cities with a low emission zone until 31 December 2024 (Diesel vehicle with Euro standard 5) or until 31 August 2027 (Diesel vehicle with Euro standard 6). You can apply for an extension for the next time period.
    Attention: Do you drive a vehicle with a Dutch license plate? Then you do not need to register the vehicle. The Dutch vehicle details are automatically retrieved from the RDW's vehicle registration register.
  • You are not allowed to enter? Please check whether you can buy a paid permit for 1 week, 1 month, 4 months or 1 year or a LEZ day pass for this vehicle.

Conditions

You drive a vehicle with a foreign number plate that meets the entry requirements? Then you need to register this vehicle. Registration is free of charge and compulsory for all vehicles: passenger cars, motor caravans, vans, trucks, agricultural vehicles and buses (including tourist coaches).

Required documents

  • your vehicle's foreign registration document
  • your European Certificate of Conformity
  • You also have to register a foreign rental car. Do you not have the registration certificate? If so, you will need an official document stating the number plate, the date of 1st registration and the Euro standard. 

Procedure

Register your vehicle online. Need some help? Take a look at the frequently asked questions about foreign vehicles or contact us at lez@stad.gent or +32 9 210 10 30.

Register your vehicle no later than 1 day after entering the low emission zone. This ensures that your number plate appears on the list of allowed vehicles in time and prevents you from being fined.

Note: The decision regarding your request is only final once you have received a confirmation. Processing your request can take up to 14 days.  If you enter the Ghent low emission zone before having received confirmation, you do so at your own risk. If it appears afterwards that your request was denied because you did not meet all requirements, you can be fined. You are therefore advised to register in advance.