Proof of expertise road passenger transport

If you are travelling by bus or coach or wish to make excursions or holiday destinations, you need a permit from the competent authority. For the granting of the permit

  • in the case of buses and coaches, the Governing Board,
  • for excursions or holiday destination trips by passenger car is the municipal board in municipalities with more than 7,500 inhabitants, and the district committee at the registered office or at the branch of your company


The following proofs are required for the examination:

  • upon registration: completed registration form
  • on the day of the examination: proof of the examination fee already paid, written invitation to the examination, valid identity card or passport


The condition for granting the authorisation is, in addition to

  • the personal reliability of the entrepreneur or the persons appointed to conduct the business,
  • the financial capacity of the company, as well as
  • the registered office or establishment in Germany,

the professional competence of the entrepreneur or of the persons appointed to conduct the business.

The professional competence can be demonstrated by:

  1. Specialist examination before the responsible Chamber of Commerce
  2. Equivalent final examination, provided that the training for this final examination was started before 04.12.2011:
    • Final examination for merchant/businesswoman in rail and road transport, focus: passenger transport
    • Final examination for further training as a traffic expert
    • Final examination as business economist/business manager (DAV), passed at the German Foreign Trade and Transport Academy in Bremen
    • Final examination as a diploma in business administration/business administration in the department of economics I, degree programme in transport and logistics, from the Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences
    • Graduated as a transport economist/transport economist at the Technical University of Dresden

In addition, the highest national transport authorities may also recognise other qualifications as equivalent.

  1. Leading activity:
    • A manager ialing activity for more than 5 years in a domestic company that operates road passenger transport. The end of the activity may not be more than 2 years ago at the time of the application.
    • Persons who can demonstrate that they have managed a road passenger transport company in one or more EU Member States without interruption during the period 10 years preceding 04.12.2009 are exempt from the examination, provided that the activity required to properly manage a road passenger transport company has acquired the necessary knowledge. (These are listed in Annex 1 to Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21.10.2009 establishing common rules for admission to the occupation of road transport operator.)
  • Articles of Association of the relevant Chamber of Commerce

Related Links

  • § 13 Abs. 1 S. 1 Nr. 3 des Personenbeförderungsgesetzes
  • Art. 8 Abs. 1 in Verbindung mit Anhang 1 der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1071/2009 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 21.10. 2009 zur Festlegung gemeinsamer Regeln für die Zulassung zum Beruf des Kraftverkehrsunternehmers und zur Aufhebung der Richtlinie 96/26/EG des Rates

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