Obtaining a Driving Licence in Germany

How can I drive a car in Germany?

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Having a driving licence can be very useful. For those who live in a village or a small remote city without proper access to public transport, in particular, obtaining a driving licence and often purchasing a car is necessary. In this chapter you can learn how to get a German driving licence or transfer (“Umschreiben”) the driving licence you have obtained from your home country. There will also be some tips on how to avoid losing your driving licence.

What do I need to know?

Is my driving licence valid in Germany?

How and where can I register my driving licence?

What documents do I need for a transfer?

How can I obtain a German driving licence?

How much does obtaining a German driving licence cost?

What does the theory test look like?

What does a practical driving test look like?

Can I lose my driving licence?

Can I buy a car despite receiving benefits from the Jobcentre?


You can lose the driving licence you have obtained if you endanger traffic while on a bike -e.g. due to drunk biking. Read more in our chapter "Cycling".