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The profession of driving instructor is regulated in Germany. This means that in order to be allowed to work in this profession, you need a driving instructor's licence. Only with this permit are you allowed to train people to drive vehicles. You can also obtain a driving instructor's licence with a professional qualification from abroad. To do so, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognised. In the recognition procedure, the competent body (an authority) compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and checks the equivalence. The equivalence of the professional qualification is an important prerequisite for the granting of a driving instructor's licence. In addition to the equivalence of the professional qualification, you must meet other requirements for the issuance of the driving instructor license. It is irrelevant which nationality you have or in which country you have acquired your professional qualification. You can also submit the application from abroad.

The responsible office will tell you what documents you need to submit. Important documents are generally: proof of identity (identity card or passport) officially certified copy of your proof of qualification to work as a driving instructor valid driving licence for the relevant driving licence categories If the work as a driving instructor is not regulated in your home country: A certificate that you have worked as a driving instructor for at least 2 years in the last 10 years. Proof of your personal reliability. This proof must be from an authority in the state of your professional qualification. This can be a criminal record extract or a Certificate of Good Standing. (The proof should be no more than 3 months old at the time of application). Proof of your mental and physical health from the state of your professional qualification. The proof must show that you are fit to work as a driving instructor. (The proof should be no more than 3 months old at the time of application). Your home state may not be able to issue the evidence of your personal reliability or mental and physical health. In this case, you can replace these documents with an affirmation in lieu of an oath. The competent authority will inform you of this. The competent office will tell you which documents you have to submit as originals or copies. If your documents are not in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. The translations must be made by translators who are publicly appointed or authorised.


Forms : Forms can be obtained from the relevant office. Online procedure possible : via the point of single contact Written form required : possibly Personal appearance required : no

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Preconditions
You have a professional qualification as a driving instructor from abroad. You are at least 21 years old. You are mentally and physically suitable. You are professionally and pedagogically suitable. You have a valid driving licence. They have not violated the requirements for driving instructors. You have the necessary German language skills to teach learner drivers. You want to work in the profession in Germany.

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Freedom to provide services You can also work temporarily and occasionally as a self-employed service provider in Germany. A corresponding note will then be entered in your driving instructor's licence. However, special conditions apply: You must report your work to the competent office before you start working. The competent office will inform you in detail about the procedure. Procedure for late repatriates As a late repatriate, you can go through the recognition procedure either according to the law mentioned here or according to the Federal Expellees Act. You can decide this yourself. Your competent office will advise you on this.
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.

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Last update or date of publication
10.04.2018