You would like to have your
existing driver's license converted
into a German driver's license?
In principle, German driver's license law applies to
every holder of a foreign driver's license who moves
his or her normal place of residence to Germany. This
is the case if you live in Germany for at least 185 days
(6 months) a year. It does not matter what nationality
you have as the holder of the foreign driving license,
only the normal residence is decisive.
Existing foreign driving licenses are recognized
differently for transcription. Germany distinguishes
between three groups of countries of origin of the
• Possession of a driving license from an
EU/EEA member state
Here, a transcription is only required when the
validity of the foreign driving license expires.
• Possession of a driving license from states
according in Appendix 11 FeV (“list states”)
Here, a transcription is required in any case. The
exact scope of the recognition of the driving licenses
of the listed states is regulated in the Appendix 11
of the Driver’s Licensing Ordinance (FeV). Driving
licenses (of certain classes) from these countries
can be transferred in Germany in some cases
• Possession of a driving license from
other countries ("third countries")
A transcription is required in any case. In contrast to
the countries listed in Appendix 11 FeV, a theoretical
and practical test is always required here. In
contrast to the first acquisition of a driving license,
as the holder of foreign driving license you are
exempt from the obligation to undergo training
You would like to drive in Germany
with a driving license that does not
originate from an EU or EEA state?
If you are in possession of a driving license from a
state that does not belong to the EU or the EEA, this
license is valid for six months after the establishment
of a normal place of residence in Germany (in individual
cases, an extension of up to twelve months is possible).
After this period, your driver's license no longer entitles
you to drive vehicles requiring a driver's license within
A driving license issued in Germany is then required
for further participation in domestic road traffic. The
requirements for the issuance of a German driving
license depend, among other things, on the country
in which you acquired your driving license. A foreign
driver's license does not entitle you to drive on
German roads if:
• it is no longer valid;
• it is a learner's permit or another temporarily
issued driver's license;
• you have not yet reached the minimum age required
in Germany for a driver's license to be issued;
• your driver's license has been revoked in Germany; or
• you are banned from driving in Germany or your
driver's license has been confiscated, seized or
taken into custody.
Driving a motor vehicle with a foreign driver's license
that is not or no longer recognized in Germany is
punished as driving without a license.
USE OF FOREIGN
In addition to the initial acquisition of a driver's
license, we also offer you the transfer of your
existing and valid foreign driver's license. Driving
lessons are currently available in English, Italian
and Turkish. You can even take the theory test in
13 official languages.
Below you will find more information about the use
of existing driving licenses in Germany.
Source: TÜV Rheinland
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Free annual ADAC membership incl.
driver safety training worth approx. 100 €
Pracitce drives à 45 Min.
Presentation to the theoretical exam
Practical driving exam
+ Teaching material premium (incl. money-back guarantee)
+ First aid course incl. eye test and passport photo
Repetition of the theoretical exam
1x Basic amount
6x Practice drives à 45 Min.
1x Presentation to the theoretical exam
+ Driving school training costs
1x Practical driving exam
Driving school training costs
The number of driving hours is an example value.
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+ TÜV & Official charges
Prices of the respective place