Driving licence exchange for EU driving licence

Everything you need to change the old driving licence into the new EU card driver's license

Since 1 January 1999, a number of driving licences have been in place in Germany. Among other things, this regulates the introduction of the uniform card driving licence throughout Europe. This has completely new class classifications and higher minimum requirements for testing.

If you want to exchange your old driving licence because, for example, it has become illegible, you will be issued a new driving licence ("EU driving licence") upon request. However, there is no general obligation to exchange an old driving licence for the card driver's licence.

This principle excludes only the authorisations to carry old class 3 lorries (in so far as lorries with a maximum permissible mass of more than 7.5 t are concerned) and class 2. You must have changed these at the latest by the age of 50, with proof of fitness to drive, in order to obtain this right without interruption.

The new categories of driving licences to which your driving licence will be switched depends on the Regulation on the Registration of Persons to Road Traffic (FeV).

On 18 March 2019, the 13th Ordinance amending the Driving Licence Ordinance was published in the Federal Gazette. This regulates the obligation to exchange the card driving licence, which is uniform throughout Europe. After that, all driving licences issued before 19.01.2013 must be exchanged in stages according to the year of birth or exhibition.

I. Driving licences issued until 31 December 1998:

Year of birth of the licence holder

Day until the driver's license must be exchanged

Before 1953

19.01.2033

1953-1958

19.01.2022

1959-1964

19.01.2023

1965-1970

19.01.2024

1971 or later

19.01.2025

II. Driving licences issued from 1 January 1999:

Exhibition year

Exchange to:

1999-2001

19.01.2026

2002-2004

19.01.2027

2005-2007

19.01.2028

2008

19.01.2029

2009

19.01.2030

2010

19.01.2031

2011

19.01.2032

2012-18.01.2013

19.01.2033

  • old driver's license
  • Id
  • original signature on government form
  • a photograph (biometric) that complies with the provisions of the Passport Ordinance of 19 October 2007 (BGBl. I p. 2007, 2386)
  • a card copy of the issuing authority

Related Links

  • Section 6 (7) Of the Driving Licence Ordinance (FeV)

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