The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) is able to receive and process electronic invoices (e-invoices). Everything you need to know to exchange invoices electronically with us is described below. New orders will also be provided with the appropriate information material with immediate effect.
As of November 27, 2020, electronic invoicing will be mandatory for billers. Exceptions to the obligation (for example, in the case of direct orders up to € 1,000 without VAT) are governed by Section 3 (3) of the E-Invoicing Ordinance (E-RechV).
We ask you to make use of the possibilities of electronic invoicing. As an invoicing party, you will also benefit from the advantages even before the upcoming obligation:
More efficient workflows, shorter processing times, faster invoice payment.
Quicker and easier access to invoice data
Enabling digital, audit-proof archiving
Cost savings for paper, printing and postage
For questions regarding electronic billing of your existing order with the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, please contact:
The KBA receives electronic invoices via the Central Invoice Receipt Platform of the Federal Government (ZRE). You can reach the ZRE at xrechnung.bund.de.
According to § 5 E-RechV, an electronic invoice must contain at least the following information in addition to the invoice components required by VAT law (cf. § 14 UStG):
Routing identification number - You will be informed of the routing ID when you place the order.
Terms of payment or alternatively the due date
Bank details of the payee
De-Mail or e-mail address of the biller
Please note the following information when exchanging invoices electronically with the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt:
Specification of the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt for suppliers
Routing identification number (Routing ID)
This is a mandatory information on every invoice.
Please include this routing ID on all electronic invoices
You can also find the routing ID on the order document.
Invoice formats that do not meet the requirements of the European standard cannot be considered.
Invoice supporting documents or attachments must be embedded in the invoice record and may not be sent as an attachment to an e-mail or De-Mail.
Invoice documents with attachments that require a paper-based method of dispatch according to other legal regulations (export certificates, customs documents or similar) remain unaffected by the above regulations.
For the transmission of electronic invoices, only the Central Invoice Receipt Platform of the Confederation (ZRE) is to be used, which can be accessed at https://xrechnung.bund.de/. This requires prior registration and activation of the desired transmission channels in the user account. This requires prior registration and activation of the desired transmission channels in the user account.
For questions regarding the transmission of electronic invoices via the ZRE, you can contact the responsible support:
Support Hotline: Available from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the telephone number: +49 228 99681-10101.
Billers and bill senders can contact the support hotline set up for this purpose if they have questions about the ZRE.
The hotline can be reached from Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 16:00 on the telephone number: +49 228 99681-10101.
You can find further information on the ZRE in the brochure for billers and in the FAQ section on e-billing on the BMI website athttps://www.e-rechnung-bund.de/.
The E-RechV of the Federal Government obliges the public administration to receive electronic invoices and the suppliers and service providers of the Federal Government to send electronic invoices within the scope of public contracts. The E-RechV regulates the deadlines, transmission methods, data standards and exceptions to the electronic exchange of invoices.
In principle, the obligation to send invoices electronically to the federal government applies from 27.11.2020. The exceptions are regulated in the ordinance and are described as follows:
Invoices issued after the fulfilment of a direct order up to an amount of 1,000 euros.
Invoices subject to the exceptions under § 8 or § 9 of the E-RechV (invoice data subject to secrecy as well as foreign service matters and other procurement abroad)
Invoices to be issued in organ lending procedures under section 159(1)(5) of the Act against Restraints of Competition (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen).
Irrespective of the legal obligation, an obligation to submit e-invoices may also arise from the respective underlying order or contractual relationship.