Wanting to transfer your existing driver’s licence over to a German driver’s licence? In principle, any holder of a foreign driver’s licence who moves their primary place of residence to Germany is entitled to a German driver’s licence. This is the case when the person concerned lives in Germany for at least 185 days (6 months) a year. The nationality of the foreign licence holder is not important, only their primary place of residence. Existing foreign driver’s licences are recognised for transferral in varying ways. Germany distinguishes between three groups of countries of origin for driver’s licences: • Driver’s licence from an EU/EEA member state Only needs to be transferred upon expiry of the foreign driver's license. • Driver’s licence from countries listed in Appendix 11 FeV (“Listed states”) Transferral is mandatory. The exact extent to which driver’s licences from the listed states are recognised is established in Appendix 11 of the driver’s licensing ordinance (FeV). Driver’s licences (certain classes) from these states may be freely transferred in Germany in certain cases. • Driver’s licence from other countries („External states”) Transferral is mandatory. Unlike the countries listed in Appendix 11 FeV, a theoretical and practical test is always required. Contrary to those obtaining a driver’s licence for the first time, however, holders of foreign driver’s licences are exempt from undertaking the mandatory training. Wanting to drive in Germany using a licence not issued by an EU or EEA state? If you hold a driver’s licence from a country which is not part of the EU or EEA, it will be valid for six months from the time you establish a primary place of residence in Germany (an extension for up to 12 months may be possible in some cases). Thereafter, your licence will no longer entitle you to drive vehicles requiring a licence within Germany. In order to continue driving on German roads, you will require a licence issued in Germany. The requirements for issuing German driver’s licences depend on factors such as the country in which you obtained your licence. A foreign driver’s licence does not entitle you to drive on German roads if • it is no longer valid, • it is a learner’s permit or other temporary driver’s licence, • you are not yet the minimum age required for a driver’s licence to be issued in Germany, • your driver’s licence has been suspended in Germany, or • you are banned from driving in Germany, or your driver’s licence has been confiscated, seized or taken into custody. Driving a vehicle with a foreign driver’s licence which is not or no longer recognised in Germany is a punishable offence equivalent to driving without a licence.
USE OF A FOREIGN DRIVING LICENCE
In addition to the first acquisition of a driving license, we of course also offer you the transfer of your existing, foreign driving license. The driving lessons are currently supportive possible in English, Italian and Polish. You can even take the theoretical 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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Wanting to transfer your existing driver’s licence over to a German driver’s licence? In principle, any holder of a foreign driver’s licence who moves their primary place of residence to Germany is entitled to a German driver’s licence. This is the case when the person concerned lives in Germany for at least 185 days (6 months) a year. The nationality of the foreign licence holder is not important, only their primary place of residence. Existing foreign driver’s licences are recognised for transferral in varying ways. Germany distinguishes between three groups of countries of origin for driver’s licences: • Driver’s licence from an EU/EEA member state Only needs to be transferred upon expiry of the foreign driver's license. • Driver’s licence from countries listed in Appendix 11 FeV (“Listed states”) Transferral is mandatory. The exact extent to which driver’s licences from the listed states are recognised is established in Appendix 11 of the driver’s licensing ordinance (FeV). Driver’s licences (certain classes) from these states may be freely transferred in Germany in certain cases. • Driver’s licence from other countries („External states”) Transferral is mandatory. Unlike the countries listed in Appendix 11 FeV, a theoretical and practical test is always required. Contrary to those obtaining a driver’s licence for the first time, however, holders of foreign driver’s licences are exempt from undertaking the mandatory training. Wanting to drive in Germany using a licence not issued by an EU or EEA state? If you hold a driver’s licence from a country which is not part of the EU or EEA, it will be valid for six months from the time you establish a primary place of resi- dence in Germany (an extension for up to 12 months may be possible in some cases). Thereafter, your licence will no longer entitle you to drive vehicles requiring a licence within Germany. In order to continue driving on German roads, you will require a licence issued in Germany. The requirements for issuing German driver’s licences depend on factors such as the country in which you obtained your licence. A foreign driver’s licence does not entitle you to drive on German roads if • it is no longer valid, • it is a learner’s permit or other temporary driver’s licence, • you are not yet the minimum age required for a driver’s licence to be issued in Germany, • your driver’s licence has been suspended in Germany, or • you are banned from driving in Germany, or your driver’s licence has been confiscated, seized or taken into custody. Driving a vehicle with a foreign driver’s licence which is not or no longer recognised in Germany is a punish- able offence equivalent to driving without a licence.
USE OF A FOREIGN DRIVING LICENCE
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In addition to the first acquisition of a driving license, we of course also offer you the transfer of your existing, foreign driving license. The driving lessons are currently supportive possible in English, Italian and Polish. You can even take the theoretical 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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