You submit an "Application for a Driving Instructor Licence" to the competent office. For professional qualifications from the EU/EEA/Switzerland: You can submit the application and documents directly to the competent body or to the Single Point of Contact. You can also submit the application electronically via the Single Point of Contact. The competent body will then check whether you meet all the requirements. One important requirement is your professional qualification. The competent body then compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and checks the equivalence. If your professional qualification is equivalent, it will be recognised. You still have to meet the other requirements and prove your language skills, after which you will receive your driving instructor's licence as a written document. If your professional qualification is not equivalent, it will not be recognised. You will then receive a written decision about the differences in your professional qualification. If your professional qualification is not equivalent, you can choose between an aptitude test and an adaptation course to compensate for the differences. In the aptitude test, only the differences identified by the competent body are examined. The aptitude test consists of a written and an oral examination. You will also have to pass theory and practical driving tests. The adaptation course is a practical post-qualification and lasts a maximum of 3 years. During the adaptation course, you must complete written practice papers and give theoretical and practical lessons. If you complete the adaptation course or pass the aptitude test (and meet all other requirements), you will receive the driving instructor's licence as a written document. You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority. The decision will then be reviewed. Details can be found in the appeal instructions at the end of your decision. We recommend that you first talk to the competent authority before taking legal action against the decision.