Apply for a driver's license, driver card

Drivers of certain vehicles have to have their driving and rest times monitored; a driver card is required for the digital tachograph.

In all newly registered commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 3.5 tonnes and buses with more than nine seats, digital tachographs are mandatory as a replacement for manual tachographs. These devices are necessary for recording, saving, displaying, printing and outputting the driver's activity-related data.

Please take the following documents with you to the appointment:
  • an identity card or passport with the driver's current registration certificate
  • a biometric passport photo 35 x 45 millimeters
  • the driver's license in the format of the new EU card driving license (date of issue from January 19, 2013
  • the old driver card in the event of damage or renewal
  • the appointment confirmation


The application to the Landesbetrieb Verkehr (LBV) is only possible if the driver has his main residence in Hamburg and is in possession of an EU driving license with the date of issue from January 19, 2013. If you still have an older driver's license, this must first be exchanged for the new EU card driver's license format. For more information, see Driving License Exchange.


Validity period
The driver card is valid for five years. The application for an extension may be submitted no earlier than four weeks before the deadline.

Postal application
The driver card can also be requested by post from the LBV. Once the application form and all the necessary documents have been submitted to the LBV, your driver card will then be sent to you by post. A visit to the LBV is not necessary in this case.
For an application on site, please book an appointment. The application by an authorized person is not possible.

Appointment booking
Appointments are booked via the LBV. Proceed as follows here:
1. Select the Driver card service under the Driver's License service group.
2. Use the location selection to display appointments at a specific location.
3. After selecting the location, use the calendar displayed to select a free appointment (date and time).
4. Now enter your name and your e-mail address for booking.
5. You will receive an email. Please confirm the appointment Srie.

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

Related Links

  • LBV-Mobil
  • LBV appointment bookings
  • State Office for Transport (contact details)

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