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Introduction

As long as you have not taken up normal residence in the Federal Republic of Germany, you may drive or ride motor vehicles with your valid foreign driving licence for an unlimited period.
After taking up normal residence in the Federal Republic of Germany, you are entitled to drive or ride motor vehicles for another six months. After this period, your driving licence will no longer be recognized.
If your foreign driving licence is about to expire or is no longer valid, you will receive a German licence of the same category upon request.


Eligibility

If you take up normal residence in the Federal Republic of Germany, you will need a German driving licence no later than after six months, unless the driver licensing authority has extended the deadline on an exceptional basis.

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Instructions

Applicants for driving licences must have their normal residence in the Federal Republic of Germany. In other words - put simply - they must live here for at least 185 days each year.

Required Information

  • Name of the applicant
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Current drivers’ licence category

Procedure

  • Apply to the Federal Motor Transport Authority for drivers’ licence exchange.
  • Take a practical test
  • Take a medical examination

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Required Documents

  • An official identity document of the applicant (identity card or passport).
  • The certificate of registration from the Residents’ Registration Office.
  • A recent photograph that meets the requirements of the Regulations Implementing the
  • Passport Act (Passverordnung).
  • When applying to be issued categories C1, C, C1E, CE (HGV), D1, D, D1E, DE (Bus/coach), the certificates and/or opinions regarding the medical examinations, regarding.
  • The visual acuity test and regarding the special examination for bus/coach drivers;
  • The original of the foreign national driving licence (the International Driving Permit is not sufficient) together with a translation into the German language, unless the driver licensing authority waives the requirement of a translation on an exceptional basis;
  • A statement declaring that the foreign driving licence is still valid.
  • Certificate of good conduct.

Fees

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Validity

Validity is generally unlimited.

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

http://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/EN/Anlagen/VerkehrUndMobilitaet/Strasse/fact-sheet-foreign-driving-licences.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

http://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/EN/Anlagen/VerkehrUndMobilitaet/Strasse/driving-licence-provisions-fact-sheet.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Federal Ministry of Transport and digital infrastructure
Unit L 23
Civil Service and Visitor Services
Invalidenstr. 44
10115 Berlin

Citizens Telephone: +49 30 18300 - 3060
(Mon-Fri 9:00 - 12.00 clock)

Inquiries by e-mail to
buergerinfo@bmvi.bund.de
or via the contact form

Office Flensburg
Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt
Fördestraße 16
24944 Flensburg
Phone: +49 461 316-0
Fax: +49 461 316-1650/1495
E-Mail: kba@kba.de
Post address
Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt
24932 Flensburg

Office Dresden
Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt
Office Dresden
Bernhardstraße 62
01187 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 47385-0
Fax: +49 351 4738536
E-Mail: dd@kba.de
Post address
Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt
Dienstsitz Dresden
Postfach 12 01 53
01002 Dresden

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Information which might help

You will be issued the German driving licence for the corresponding category of motor vehicles, once you have passed the theory and practical tests for that category.
When taking the practical test, you have to be accompanied by a driving instructor.
Training in a driving school, which is required when obtaining a driving licence for the first time, is not necessary.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

It can be used for identification(proof of identity).

External Links

Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development in 2005.
http://www.bmvbs.de/EN/Home/home_node.html

https://www.deutschland.de/en

Others

Please note that you are not permitted to drive or ride a motor vehicle if you do not or no longer have the entitlement to drive and that doing so will be treated as driving without a driving licence and penalized accordingly.

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