Driver's license, rewrite foreign driver's license (list state)

The Federal Republic of Germany has agreements with some states on the recognition of driving licenses, which simplify the conversion into a German driving license.

Appendix 11 of the Driving License Ordinance (FeV) contains a list of countries whose driving licenses entitle you to drive a motor vehicle for a maximum of six months after entering Germany. If you want to continue to drive motor vehicles in Germany afterwards, you must have your driver's license converted into a German one. As a citizen of a listed state, however, you often do not have to take a new exam, just submit an application. Corresponding links can be found under "Forms, Services and Links".

Provisional driving licenses or learner's driving licenses do not entitle you to drive a vehicle in Germany and therefore cannot be converted into a German driving license. You need a full driver's license from the list state to rewrite.

Attention: This service is only available in the Hamburg-Mitte and Hamburg-Nord locations!

Please bring the following documents with you to the appointment:
  • an ID card or passport with a current confirmation of registration
  • the valid foreign driving license in the original (possibly with an official translation)
  • a biometric passport photo 35 x 45 mm
  • if necessary, a translation and/or classification of the driving license by an officially sworn interpreter (the necessity can only be decided after a consultation)
  • the appointment confirmation
  • Depending on the country of issue, additional documents may be required

For category C and D driving licenses you also need:

  • an ophthalmological report is not older than two years
  • a medical report is not older than one year
  • a medical report is not older than one year (class D only)
  • a certificate of good conduct (class D only), which must be applied for at the responsible residents' registration office and is not older than three months
  • If applicable, proof of professional driver qualification for commercial goods and/or passenger transport

Attention: You only need the medical reports if the driver's license is to be extended at the same time as the transfer.


In order to have the driver's license rewritten by the Landesbetrieb Verkehr (LBV), the applicant's main place of residence must be in Hamburg. In addition, the foreign driving license must be valid at the time the application is submitted.

The transfer is also only possible if the foreign driver's license was obtained at a time when the applicant had had a normal residence for at least 185 days (six months) in the issuing country. This means that you must have lived abroad for at least six months in order to be able to have the driving license you acquired there converted into a German one. For example, if the driver's license was obtained during a four-week vacation, it cannot be converted into a German driver's license.

Information is also available in other languages on the BMDV website (see link below).


Only the driving license offices LBV-Mitte and LBV-Nord are responsible for changing driving licenses in Hamburg. The application must be submitted in person; you need an appointment for this.

appointment booking
Appointments are booked via the LBV. Proceed as follows:
1. Visit the Appointment Booking website (see link below) and select below the service group Driver's License Foreign Driver 's License Conversion Service.
2. Use the location selection to display appointments at a specific location.
3. After choosing the location, use the calendar displayed to choose a free appointment (date and time).
4. Now enter your name and e-mail address for booking.
5. You will receive an email. Please confirm the appointment.

Please be sure to bring the appointment confirmation that you will receive afterwards with you to the appointment.

Related Links

  • LBV appointment bookings
  • LBV medical report Annex 5 FeV
  • State Office for Transport (contact details)
  • Appendix 11 FEV
  • BMDV - Validity of foreign driving licenses (driving licenses) in the Federal Republic of Germany

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