Exchange of an old driver's license into a new driver's license

If the validity of your driver's license has expired, you will need to apply for a new driver's license.

Card driving licences issued from 19.01.2013 onwards are limited to 15 years. If the validity of the driving licence has expired, a new driving licence must be applied for, unless you waive the driving licence. A driving licence issued before 19.01.2013 must - if you do not renounce your driving licence - be exchanged for a current driving licence model by the time shown in the following tables:

However, the time limit only concerns the driving licence document, not the underlying driving licence. A medical examination or other checks are not associated with the exchange of documents.

The rights documented in the driver's license remain valid even if the document is exchanged. Which driving licence classes are allocated in detail when exchanging driving licences is determined by Annex 3 of the Driving Licence Ordinance (FeV).

Related Links

  • Annex 3 of the Driving Licence Ordinance (FeV)
  • official proof of place and day of birth (e.B. identity card or passport)
  • If applicable, current registration certificate
  • Current photograph (size 45 x 35 mm, portrait format, frontal shot) Information and examples can be found in the photo sample board (Bundesdruckerei)
  • Driving licence

Related Links

  • Photo sample board (Bundesdruckerei)

§§ 24a, 25 of the Driving Licence Ordinance (FeV)

Appendices 3 and 8e of the FeV

Related Links

  • Scale of charges for road transport measures (RFees)

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