How to pay (or avoid paying) a BVG fine

How to pay (or avoid paying) a BVG fine

Guten Tag, die Fahrkarten bitte. It's the controllers. Passengers awkwardly dig their tickets out of their wallet, and the ticket checkers set in motion. You pat your back pocket... no wallet. You glance at the door, but it's too late. You're surrounded. When the controller reaches your seat, you mutter out "ich habe meine Brieftasche vergessen", but life's hard and he doesn't care. At the next stop, you are escorted out of the train, fined and wished einen schönen Tag.

You now owe the BVG 60 euros. What do you do?

Can I avoid the fine?

If you forgot your ticket at home, and that ticket is not transferable (no one else can use it), you can have your fine reduced from €60 to €7.

You must fill this online form within one week of receiving the fine and prove that you had a valid transport ticket in your name at the time. This can also be done at any BVG or Deutsche Bahn Kundenzentrum.

If your ticket is transferable (anyone can use it), you must pay the full fine. Yearly, monthly, daily and single tickets are usually transferable.

Can I ignore the fine?

No! Ignoring a BVG fine means trouble. The fine get more expensive, and you can even be imprisoned for not paying!

Even if you didn't give them your correct address, you will get in trouble. Before I moved to Berlin, I was caught with an unstamped ticket. I ignored the fine, thinking "there's no way they'll ever find me". A few months later, right after my first Anmeldung, I received the fine by mail. It was now €128. Some people received collection letters from the BVG in their home country.

Be a good person, pay your BVG fine, and whatever you do, don't try to kill the controller.

How do I pay the fine?

Pay on the spot

Some scammers impersonate BVG controllers to defraud people riding without tickets. There are even real controllers who pocket the money from those who pay their fines in cash.

If you pay on the spot, don't use cash and ask for a receipt.

Pay at a BVG Kundenzentrum

Bring your fine at one of the BVG and Deutsche Bahn customer service centres, wait in line and pay the fine. Make sure you keep the receipt.

Pay by bank transfer

The easiest way to pay the fine is by bank transfer. You simply make an IBAN transfer to the following recipient:

Recipient: infoscore Forderungsmanagement GmbH, Baden-Baden
IBAN: DE36 6601 0075 0025 4037 55
BIC: PBNKDEFF660
Reference number: BVG-EBE your EBE number here

This information should be on the yellow payment slip that came with the fine. Make sure you get the reference number right. You will find the EBE number on the fine you were given by the controller. It's a 13 digit number labelled EBE-Nr.

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Voilà, the fine is paid. You will not get a receipt from the BVG if you pay by bank transfer, so keep the transfer confirmation from your bank.

What if I live in another country?

If you live in Europe, you can still make a bank transfer. If you don't live in Europe, you can use TransferWise to send money to the BVG.

What if I lost the fine?

If you lost the fine and you don't know how to pay it, you can write to the BVG or visit a BVG Kundenzentrum1.

How do I get legal assistance?

If you need a lawyer to help you sort things out with the BVG, look at our list of English-speaking lawyers in Berlin.