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German Driving Licence
For driving any vehicle, driving licence is mandatory in Germany. The rules for getting a German driving license vary where you come from. It’s tricky for expats to get German driving license. If you have your own driving licence, you can drive any vehicle legally in Germany with your existing licence for atleast six months after residing in Germany. German driving licence application usually takes times between four to six weeks to process.
Introduction To Getting a German Driving Licence
German licence is just equivalent to a license from a non-EU member state. If you have a grant from a non-EU part state, you need to consider how long you are going to stay in Germany.
- You can use your foreign license, if you stay for fewer than six months.
- You need to get an extension for your international permit from the local Driver’s License Department after six months, if you stay in Germany for six to twelve months.
- You need German driving license, if you stay for longer than twelve months.
If you applying or need a German driving licence, find out whether you have to clear a written exam and practical road test or need to clear any one of these exams or not at all. The requirements for applying a German driving licence, completely depends on your country of origin.
Individuals whose driving grant was issued in Andorra, Australia, Canada, Channel Islands & Isle of Man, Croatia, French Polynesia, Israel, Japan, Monaco, Namibia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and Switzerland states can exchange it for a German license.
On the other side, licenses issued by US states or territories such as Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. One have to take at least one of the exams before applying a German driving license, who received their license anywhere.
If you are going for the theoretical test for the German driving license, don’t take it easy. Almost all students gets fail in this multiple choice exam on their firsts try. To preparing for theoretical test, there are several textbooks, guides, and software packages available for the exam preparation.
Applying for German driving license can be expensive, as according to law candidates have to take lot of mandatory classes. If you know driving but you need practice for exam preparation, you can ask your instructor if he/she can offers some special classes or lessons for experienced drivers. Also licenses for young drivers or someone who drives truck, bus, or motorcycle have some extra conditions.
Once you become able to exchange your old permit for a German driving license, you need some important following documents.
- An official translation of your foreign driving permit
- An application form for a German driving vehicle license
- A passport or any ID card (and two photos)
- Your German residence permit
- A statement you received from your driving instructor that you passed the written exam or the road test.
- Proof that you have already taken a first-aid class recently
- Proof that you have passed a medical vision test
Basically, German driving licences are valid for 15 years from the date of issue. To need to make appointment at your driving licence for renewing the licence. It is hard to renew a foreign driving licence in Germany. If you are an expat having foreign driving licence that is about to expire, you need to apply for German one.