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I am driving to Germany today and just noticed that I am traveling to a city which requires a so called "Umwelt-plakette" or environmental badge to enter. Normally you need to order them in advance. Is it possible to buy them somewhere while on the road?

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According to Wikipedia you can buy it at various certification agencies (TÜV, DEKRA) and theoretically any auto repair shop that's certified for doing emission tests (though apparently many don't offer this service). You need to show them the vehicle license and registration papers, from which they determine whether your car can get such a badge, and which one.

Here's detailed information in English from a TÜV website, and here are lists of branch offices where you should definitely be able to get the badge:

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@Andra: not impossible, I hope... –  Michael Borgwardt Mar 9 '12 at 22:55
    
It was. I ended up just taking my chances. The penalty is 40 Euro's for not having the umwelt plakette and I was lucky –  andra Mar 11 '12 at 7:14
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@Andra: OK, I've adjusted the answer. –  Michael Borgwardt Mar 11 '12 at 11:49
    
I guess that the best thing is still to just buy it on the Internet if you live in a neighboring country. –  andra Mar 11 '12 at 13:14
    
I did get one by just showing up at DEKRA, showing the car's paper, waiting 15 min and paying about 5€ so ordering in advance or making an appointment is not always necessary. It's not as convenient as stopping on a motorway petrol station though. –  Relaxed May 21 '13 at 15:17
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