Driving licence issued with professional qualification from abroad
Would you like to work as a driving instructor in Germany?
Then you need a driving license.
Even with a professional qualification from abroad, you can obtain the driving license in Germany.
The activity as a driving instructor is regulated in Germany. This means that in order to be allowed to work in this profession , you need a driving license. Only with this permission may you train people to drive vehicles.
Even with a professional qualification from abroad, you can obtain the driving license. To do this, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognised. In the recognition procedure, the competent authority (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 issuance of the driving licence.
In addition to the equivalence of the professional qualification, you must also meet other requirements for the issuance of the driving licence.
It is irrelevant which nationality you have or in which country you obtained your professional qualification.
You can also apply from abroad.
The competent authority will inform you which documents you need to submit. Important documents are generally:
- Proof of identity (identity card or passport)
- officially certified copy of your proof of qualification about working as a driving instructor
- valid driving licence for the corresponding driving licence classes
- If 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 an extract from the criminal record or a Certificate of Good Standing. (The proof should be a maximum of 3 months old when applying.)
- Proof of your mental and physical health from the state of your professional qualification. Proof must prove that you are suitable for working as a driving instructor. (The proof should be a maximum of 3 months old when applying.)
Your home country may not be able to provide evidence of your personal reliability or mental and physical health. Then you can replace these documents with an insurance on oath instead. The competent authority will inform you about this.
The competent authority will inform you which documents you must submit in the original or as a copy. If your documents are not available in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. Translations must be carried out by translators who have been publicly appointed or authorised.
- Forms : Forms can be obtained from the competent authority.
- Online procedure possible : Via the Point of Single Contact
- Written form required : possibly
- Personal appearance required : no
Online procedure at the Point of Single Contact
- You have a professional qualification as a driving instructor from abroad.
- You are at least 21 years old.
- They are mentally and physically suitable.
- They are technically and pedagogically suitable.
- You have a valid driver's license.
- You have not violated the requirements for driving instructors.
- You have the necessary knowledge of German to teach learner drivers.
- You want to work in the profession in Germany.
Freedom to provide services
You can also work temporarily and occasionally independently as a service provider in Germany. Then a corresponding note will be entered in your driving license. However, special requirements apply: You must report your work to the competent authority before the first activity. The competent authority will inform you exactly about the procedure.
Procedure for ethnic German repatriates
As a ethnic German repatriate, you can either go through the recognition procedure according to the law mentioned here or according to the Federal Displaced Persons Act. You can decide for yourself. Your competent authority will advise you on this.
§ 1 et seq. Driving Instructor Act
§ 1 Implementing Ordinance to the Driving Instructor Act
No. 302.2 Annex to the Scale of Charges for Road Transport Measures
§ 10 Federal Displaced Persons Act
- You submit an "application for the issue of the driving licence" to the competent authority.
- For professional qualifications from the EU/EEA/Switzerland: You can submit the application and documents directly to the responsible body or to the Point of Single Contact. You can also submit the application electronically via the Point of Single Contact.
- The competent authority will then check whether you meet all the requirements. An important prerequisite is the professional qualification.
- The competent authority 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 must also meet the other requirements and prove your language skills, and you will then receive the driving licence as a written document.
- If your professional qualification is not equivalent, it will not be recognised. You will then receive a written notification of the differences in your professional qualifications.
- If your professional qualification is not equivalent, you can choose between an aptitude test and an adaptation period 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 oral examination. They must also hold teaching samples in theoretical and practical driving lessons.
- The adaptation course is a practical post-qualification and lasts a maximum of 3 years. In the adaptation course, you must prepare 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 licence as a written document.
- You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority. The decision is then reviewed. Details can be found in the notice of appeal 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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