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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.

Process flow

  • You submit an "application for the issuance of the driving instructor licence" to the competent authority.
  • For professional qualifications from EU/EEA/Switzerland: You can submit the application and documents directly to the competent authority or to the Point of Single Contact. You can also submit the application electronically via the Point of Single Contact.
  • The competent authority will then check whether you meet all the requirements. An important prerequisite is the professional qualification.
  • The competent authority will then compare your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and check the equivalence. If your professional qualification is equivalent, it will be recognised. You also have to meet the other requirements and prove your language skills. Then you will receive the driving instructor license as a written document.
  • If your professional qualification is not equivalent, it will not be recognised. You will then receive a written notification of the differences in your professional qualifications.
  • If your professional qualification is not equivalent, you can choose between an aptitude test and an adaptation period to compensate for the differences.
  • The fitness check examines only the differences identified by the competent body. The aptitude test consists of a written and oral examination. You will also have to hold teaching rehearsals in theoretical and practical driving lessons.
  • The adaptation period is a practical post-qualification course and lasts a maximum of 3 years. In the adaptation course, you will have to prepare written exercises and give theoretical and practical lessons.
  • If you complete the adaptation course or pass the aptitude test (and meet all other requirements), you will receive the driving instructor licence as a written document.
  • You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority. The decision will then be reviewed. Details on this can be found in the information on legal remedies at the end of your decision. We recommend that you first talk to the competent authority before taking legal action against the decision.

Competent authority

Regional authorities are responsible for the procedure, e.g. traffic offices, state directorates or driving licence offices.

Requirements

  • 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:

  • Proof of identity (ID card or passport)
  • Officially certified copy of your proof of qualification for working as a driving instructor
  • valid driving licence for the corresponding driving licence categories
  • If working as a driving instructor is not regulated in your home state: A certificate that you have worked as a driving instructor for at least 2 years in the last 10 years
  • Proof of your personal reliability. This proof must be from an authority in the country of your professional qualification. This can be an extract from the criminal record or a Certificate of Good Standing. (The proof should be no more than 3 months old at the time of application.)
  • Proof of your mental and physical health from the state of your professional qualification. The proof must prove that you are suitable to work as a driving instructor. (The proof should be no more than 3 months old at the time of application.)

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?

None.

Sometimes documents are still missing from the procedure. The competent authority will then inform you by when you have to submit the documents.

Processing duration

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

Online procedure at the Point of Single Contact

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

Professionally released on

10.04.2018

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Region Hannover - 32.01 - Team Allgemeine Ordnungsangelegenheiten (Gewerbl. Kraftverkehr)
Address: Hildesheimer Str. 20, 30169 Hannover
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Telephone: 0511 6160
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Address: Friedrichswall 1 , 30159 Hannover
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Telephone: 0800 818-8100
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Data protection information

Stadt Hannover - 18.DSB - Datenschutzbeauftragte/r f. d. Stadtverw. Hannover
Address: Breite Str. 10, 30159 Hannover
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Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
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Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
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Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)