Driving training permit Grant with professional qualification from abroad Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

The activity as a driving instructor or driving instructor is regulated in Germany. This means that in order to be able to work in this profession, you need a driving permit. Only with this permission can you train people to carry vehicles. Even with a professional qualification from abroad, you can obtain the driving permit. To do so, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognised. In the recognition procedure, the competent body (an authority) compares its professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and checks the equivalence. The equivalence of professional qualifications is an important prerequisite for the granting of a driving licence. In addition to the equivalence of the professional qualification, you must also meet other requirements for the granting of the driving training permit. It does not matter what nationality you have or in which country you have acquired 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 qualification certificate of work as a driving instructor or driving instructor valid driving licence for the corresponding driving licence classes If working as a driving instructor or driving instructor in your home country is not regulated: A certificate that you have worked as a driving instructor or driving instructor for at least 2 years in the last 10 years Proof of your personal reliability. This proof must be from an authority from the state of your professional qualification. This can be a criminal record extract or a Certificate of Good Standing. (The proof should be no more than 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 your work as a driving instructor. (The proof should be no more than 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 policy on oath instead. The competent authority will inform you. The competent authority will inform you which documents you need to submit in the original or as a copy. If your documents are not available in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. The translations must be made by translators who are publicly appointed or authorised.


Forms : Forms are available from the competent body. Online procedure possible : Via the Single Contact Written form required: possibly Personal appearance necessary: no

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Preconditions
You have a professional qualification as a driving instructor or driving instructor from abroad. You are at least 21 years old. They are mentally and physically suitable. They are professionally and pedagogically suitable. You have a valid driving license. They have not violated the requirements of driving instructors. They have the necessary Knowledge of German to teach students. They want to work in the profession in Germany.

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Freedom to provide services You can also work temporarily and occasionally independently as a service provider or service provider in Germany. A corresponding note will then be entered in your driving permit. However, special conditions apply: you must report your work to the competent authority before the first activity. The competent authority will inform you exactly about the procedure. Procedures for late emigrants As a late emigrant, you can go through the recognition procedure either according to the law mentioned here or under the Federal Persons of Displaced Persons Act. You can decide for yourself. Your competent body will advise you on this.
They shall submit an 'application for a driving licence' to the competent authority. For professional qualifications from EU/EEA/Switzerland: You can submit the application and documents directly to the competent authority or to the Single Contact Point. You can also submit the application electronically via the Single Contact Point. The competent body then checks whether you meet all the requirements. A prerequisite is professional qualifications. The competent body 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 have to meet the other requirements and prove your language skills. Then you will receive the driving permit as a written document. If your professional qualification is not equivalent, it will not be recognised. You will then receive a written notice of the differences in your professional qualification. If your professional qualification is not equivalent, you can choose between an aptitude test and an adaptation course to make up for the differences. The aptitude test examines only the differences identified by the competent body. The aptitude test consists of a written and oral examination. They must also hold lessons in theoretical and practical driving. The adaptation course is a practical post-qualification and lasts a maximum of 3 years. In the adaptation course, you must complete written practice papers and teach 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 instruction permit as a written document. You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority. The decision will then be reviewed. Details of this can be provided in the appeal notice at the end of your decision. We recommend that you speak to the appropriate body before taking legal action against the decision.

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Last update or date of publication
10.04.2018