Driving licence: Reclassification - foreign driving licence

Holders of a valid foreign driving licence may carry motor vehicles for a period of 6 months within the scope of their authorization in Germany if they have a normal residence in Germany. If a motor vehicle is to continue to be used in Germany, a rewriting of the driving licence into a German driving licence is required.

EU or EEA driving licences of harmonised driving licence classes do not in principle require a reclassification, unless they are temporary driving licences.

  • Application form (created in the driving licence authority)
  • Photo ID (ID card, passport, expelled ID)
  • Registration certificate from the resident registration office responsible for the main residence
  • a photo (biometric) that complies with the provisions of the Passport Ordinance of 19 October 2007 (BGBl. I p. 2007, 2386)
  • foreign driving licence, possibly with official translation
  • Proof that the foreign driving licence is valid

All other application documents are based on the category of driving licence to be changed and on the state which issued the licence. For more information, please contact your competent driving licence authority.

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