driving instructor; Recognition of foreign professional qualifications
The activity of a driving instructor is regulated in Germany. This means that in order to be allowed to work in this profession, you need a driving instructor's license. Only with this permit are you allowed to train people to drive vehicles.
You can also obtain a driving instructor permit with a professional qualification from abroad. To do this, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognised. In the recognition procedure, the competent body (an authority) compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and checks its equivalence. The equivalence of the professional qualification is an important prerequisite for the issuance of the driving instructor licence.
In addition to the equivalence of the professional qualification, you must also meet other requirements for the issuance of the driving instructor license.
It is irrelevant what nationality you are or in which country you obtained your professional qualification.
You can also apply from abroad.
Who should I contact?
There are many counselling services. These can be found on the Recognition in Germany portal. Let an IQ counselling centre advise you personally on this procedure and your qualifications. The advisors will also help you with your documents before submitting your application. The consultation is free of charge. You can also call the hotline of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. The hotline will answer your questions on the subject of "Working and living in Germany".
Regional authorities are responsible for the procedure, e.g. traffic offices, state directorates or driving licence offices.
- You have a professional qualification as a driving instructor from abroad.
- You are at least 21 years old.
- They are mentally and physically fit.
- They are professionally and pedagogically suitable.
- You have a valid driver's license.
- You have not violated the requirements for driving instructors.
- You have the necessary knowledge of German to teach learner drivers.
- You want to work in the profession in Germany.
Which documents are required?
The competent authority will inform you which documents you need to submit. Important documents are in general:
It may be that your home state cannot issue the proof of your personal reliability or your mental and physical health. Then you can replace these documents with an affidavit in lieu of an oath. The competent authority will inform you about this.
The competent authority will inform you which documents you need to submit in the original or as a copy. If your documents are not in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. Translations must be carried out by translators who are publicly appointed or authorised.
What are the fees?
The competent authority will inform you about the costs. The costs generally depend on the amount of work involved.
In addition, further costs may arise (e.g. for translations and certifications). These costs vary from person to person.
The issuance of the driving instructor license and a driving instructor license costs EUR 40.90.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
Sometimes documents are still missing from the procedure. The competent authority will then inform you by when you have to submit the documents.
The competent authority will confirm that your documents have arrived after a maximum of one month. The competent authority will also let you know if any documents are missing.
If the documents are complete, the procedure will take a maximum of 3 months. In individual cases, the competent authority may extend the procedure by one month.
Applications / forms
- Forms: Forms can be obtained from the competent authority.
- Online procedure possible: Via the Point of Single Contact
- Written form required: possibly
- Personal appearance required: no
What else should I know?
- Freedom to provide services
You can also work temporarily and occasionally as a self-employed service provider in Germany. Then a corresponding note will be entered in your driving instructor license. However, there are special requirements: you must report your work to the competent authority before the first job. The competent authority will inform you in detail about the procedure.
- Procedure for ethnic German repatriates
As a late repatriate, you can either go through the recognition procedure according to the law mentioned here or according to the Federal Expellees Act. This is up to you. Your competent authority will advise you on this.
Technically approved by
Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
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The text was automatically translated based on the German content.