Driving licence: First issue

Anyone who wants to drive a motor vehicle on public roads in the Federal Republic of Germany needs a driving licence (proof by driving licence).

Anyone who wants to drive a motor vehicle on public roads in the Federal Republic of Germany needs a driving licence. The driving licence is issued in certain categories and must be proven by a driving licence. The conditions for obtaining a driving licence for the different categories of driving licence differ greatly.

The driving licence is issued for the respective class if the applicant:

  • has his normal residence in Germany,
     
  • has reached the required minimum age:
    • 15 years for classes AM,
    • 16 years for classes A1, T and L
    • 17 years for classes B, BE
    • 18 years for classes A2, B, BE, C1, C1E, C, CE, D 1, D1E, D, DE
    • 20 years for classes A, D, DE
    • 21 years for classes A, C, CE, D1, D1E, D, DE
    • 23 years for classes D, DE
    • 24 years for classes A, D, DE
    Detailed information on the different requirements of the driving licence classes can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
  • is suitable for driving motor vehicles
     
  • has been trained to drive motor vehicles in accordance with the Driving Instructors Act and the legislation based on it,
     
  • has demonstrated the ability to drive motor vehicles in a theoretical and practical test,
     
  • masters the basic features of the care of injured persons in road traffic or can provide first aid,
     
  • meets the requirements for vision,
     
  • does not hold a driving licence in this category issued in a Member State of the European Union or another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area

and proves the fulfilment of the requirements accordingly.

Procedure:
The application for a driving licence must be submitted in writing to the driving licence authority. The driving licence authority shall examine the documents and determine whether there are any doubts as to the applicant's suitability to drive motor vehicles. The driving licence is issued by handing over the driving licence. This is usually done upon passing the practical driving licence examination.

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  • Driving licence classes
  1. For all classes:
    • identity card or passport,
    • where applicable, registration certificate,
    • Current photograph: Frontal image according to international standards (biometric photograph).
  2. For class AM, A1, A2, A, B, BE, L and T in addition to 1 .:
    • Proof of training in first aid,
    • Eye test certificate.
  3. for class C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D and DE in addition to 1.:
    • Proof of training in first aid,
    • certificate or certificate of vision,
    • Testimony or expert opinion on physical and mental fitness.
  4. for class D1, D1E, D and DE in addition to 1st and 3rd:
    • expert opinions on special requirements,
    • Certificate of good conduct.

You can find out more about this from your driving licence authority.

Hints

Further 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) or at your driving school.

  • MWAVT - Driving Licence and Driving Licence Law
  • ยงยง 4 - 24, Annexes 4 - 7 Ordinance on the Admission of Persons to Road Traffic (Driving Licence Ordinance - FeV),
  • Scale of charges for road transport measures (RFees).

Related Links

  • Fev
  • GebOSt

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Last update or date of publication
31.03.2022