German Driving Licence

If you are a citizen of an EU country you will not be required to hold a German driving licence.

A valid driving licence from most other countries (other than the EU) is valid in Germany for the first six months of your residency. If you are planning to stay for more than six months but less than one year it is possible to have your licence extended. However, if you will live in Germany for more than one year you are obligated to apply for a German driving licence. In most cases, you can simply exchange in your existing licence for a German one.

In some cases you may be required to take a written exam, a driving test, or both. The written test can be taken in many languages; it is composed of multiple-choice questions, which may have one or more correct answers. It is a difficult test, requiring you to know about traffic signs and general rules of the road. If you are required to take a driving exam you may need to attend a driving school for a number of lessons. Some driving schools offer lessons at a reduced rate for foreign residents who already have a driving licence from another country but must pass the test here. To exchange your license for a German one, you will need a number of certified documents, proof of attendance from a driving school as well as a first aid course certificate and a vision test.

If you do not have a driving licence and would like to learn how to drive in Germany, you will be required to go to a certified driving school. In total it will cost you about 1.300 Euros to get your license at a driving school in Germany.

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