Driving licence: transfer of a foreign driving licence

EU or EEA driving licences of harmonised driving licence categories do not require any rewriting in principle.

Holders of a valid foreign driving licence may drive motor vehicles in Germany for a period of 6 months to the extent of their entitlement if they do not have a normal place of residence in Germany. If a motor vehicle is to continue to be driven in Germany after the reason for the establishment of residence, the issuance of a German driving licence on the basis of the foreign driving licence is required (so-called transfer).

EU or EEA driving licences of harmonised driving licence categories do not require any rewriting in principle.

In the case of driving licence classes that are limited in time in Germany, the German validity periods also apply if no or a longer period is entered in the foreign driving licence.

  • Application form (to be drawn up in the driving licence authority, if applicable),
  • official photo ID (identity card, passport),
  • where applicable, registration certificate,
  • current photograph: frontal image according to international standards (biometric photograph),
  • valid foreign driving licence (for non-EU/EEA driving licences with official translation).

All other application documents depend on the driving licence class to be converted and on the state that issued the driving licence. More detailed information can be obtained from your competent driving licence authority.

Hints

Information on driving licences and driving licence rights can also be found on the website of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Technology of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (MWAVT).

  • Driving licence and driving licence law
  • Chapter 5 Ordinance on the Admission of Persons to Road Traffic (Driving Licence Ordinance - FeV),
  • Scale of charges for road transport measures (RFees).

Related Links

  • FeV, Chapter 5
  • GebOSt

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