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Driving licence

One of the questions most frequently asked on entry to Germany relates to driving licences. The following basically applies: driving licences issued in EU or EEA states are recognised in full but citizens of other countries need to have their driving licences transferred within six months of arrival.

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To receive a German driving licence, you need to take and pass a theory test and a practical test. When you have passed these tests, you will be given a German driving licence. Driving licence holders whose licences were issued in Canada, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, South Korea as well as many US states can receive a German driving licence without having to take the test; the applicant must have reached the age of 18 years.

The following documents are required:

  • Passport, registration card
  • Foreign driving licence including translation by a legally authorised translator
  • Statement that the driving licence is legally valid
  • A biometric photo
  • If necessary, proof of a passed driving test
  • Proof of attendance at a first aid course
  • Fee: 35 to 43.40 euros

Please see the following links for further important information:

Information on the transfer of foreign driving licences:
www.duesseldorf.de | German
www.kreis-mettmann.de

Vehicle registration authorities:
www.duesseldorf.de | German
www.kreis-mettmann.de