Drivers license

LHow to acquire a german drivers license This issue can quickly become very time demanding. thats why we suggest you read all the instructions carefully We speak in general terms throughout this guide, but be aware that requirements may differ slightly. It's always worth checking at your local FĂŒhrerscheinstelle, or looking online, to be certain.

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We'll take you through the process step by step, explain what you should expect based on your country of origin, and give you all the tips and advice you need to get behind the wheel and obtain your German driving license.

One photograph, 35 x 45mm.

A valid driving license from your country of origin.

A German translation of that licence.

Your passport, or German ID card (Personalausweis).

Proof of how long you've had your current license (if this isn't on the licence itself).

Recent proof that you've had your vision tested.

Proof that you've completed a first aid course.

Confirmation of your registration as a resident of Germany (Anmeldung).

A base fee of EUR 40

Regardless of where you're from, the basic application procedure for a German driving licence will be much the same. You'll need to visit your local driving licence office, or in German: FĂŒhrerscheinstelle. Usually this will be at your local Rathaus (city hall), or BĂŒrgeramt (municipal citizens' office), but you can of course look up the exact location online for your town or city. Before you go, though, be advised that you'll need to bring quite a few things with you, some of which might be surprising. Here's a quick list of the essentials: You can acquire a German translation of your license via the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club or ADAC for a EUR 40. Eye tests can be booked with your doctor, but be advised that this must apply to an existing driving licence no more than two years old. You can enrol in the mandatory first aid course via your local Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (Red Cross). This course normally takes eight hours to complete. Exactly how much of this process you need to complete depends on your country of origin: Drivers from EU/EEA member states don’t need to take the eye test or first aid course if they want to exchange their existing documents for a German driving license. You should only need to provide an up-to-date eye test in order to exchange your license if it was issued in the following territories: Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, French Polynesia, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jersey, Monaco, Namibia, New Caledonia, Korea, San Marino, Switzerland and Singapore. Even if you're using a valid foreign license, be advised that you'll still be subject to German licensing checks and regulations when it comes to things like speeding tickets, licence suspensions and withdrawals. In case of serious penalties, you may be required to re-apply for a new German driving license via the official channels. Once you've gathered the required materials and made your application you should expect to wait at least three to six weeks for your license to arrive. However – as is often the case with bureaucracy in Germany – things may not be quite that simple. Depending on your country of origin, the process may be a little more complicated. Let's break down how it works depending on the country your license was issued in.

With the German's love of cars and the amazing driving opportunities offered by the high-speed Autobahns (at least the ones which aren‘t clogged with traffic or construction zones), you could describe motoring as a German national pastime. So if you've recently moved to Germany, ensuring you have a valid, i.e. German driving license, may well be a top priority for you.

Comments 3

  • Barbara Peters 17 APRIL 2018, 2:05 AM Replay

    Thanks so much fo the information. I was thinking of how i would go through this process and i finally found your post. I will also recommend blog concerning other documents like resident permits and identity cards. With this i'm sure we can really spread information about so many people's worries

    • peter heinz 17 APRIL 2018, 2:05 AM Replay

      I've been through this process and I can definitely say its a little complicated than you present it. You have to deal with some many levels of validation before yo finally get to meet the office personels themselves

  • Martin De marseille 17 APRIL 2018, 2:05 AM Replay

    I really think, there should be a an online website to faccilitate this process. We are much advance in terms of technology and i really can't imagin we're still in a paper based system when it comes to issues asuch

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