Driving license

The first step towards obtaining a German driving licence is to apply to a driving school (Fahrschule). Valid licences from EU member states are also valid in Germany. Holders of these licences may also obtain a German driving licence without taking a test. There is no time limit for the application.

Holders of driving licences from certain countries may obtain a German driving licence without having to take a test, within three years of arrival in Germany. To find out which countries this covers, contact the Driving License Authority at the Citizens Service Center (Phone: 0228-77 66 77). Driving licences from all other countries are valid for six months in Germany if the holder has been granted temporary residence. Drivers must apply for a German licence. A first aid course and an eye test are required, in addition to written and road tests. Driving lessons are not mandatory.

Drivers who need to complete a first-aid course to obtain their driving license in Germany will find an English offer at Johanniter Bonn.
For more information, please visit http://www.johanniter.de/kurse/erste-hilfe-kurse/erste-hilfe-kurse/first-aid-course-in-english/

Members of the diplomatic corps and relatives: special rules apply to members of foreign diplomatic corps, their relatives and families. Holders of a valid driving licence can obtain a German licence without taking a test. Drivers should apply within six months of arrival in Germany. Please contact the Driving License Authority at the Citizens Service Center (Phone: 0228-77 66 77) for further information and appointments.

Citizens Service Center (pdf)

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