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Driving licence: Reclassification - foreign driving licence

Holders of a valid foreign driving licence may carry motor vehicles for a period of 6 months within the scope of their authorization in Germany if they have a normal residence in Germany. If a motor vehicle is to continue to be used in Germany, a rewriting of the driving licence into a German driving licence is required.

EU or EEA driving licences of harmonised driving licence classes do not in principle require a reclassification, unless they are temporary driving licences.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the county and the county-free city in which you reside.

Which documents are required?

  • Application form (created in the driving licence authority)
  • Photo ID (ID card, passport, expelled ID)
  • Registration certificate from the resident registration office responsible for the main residence
  • a photo (biometric) that complies with the provisions of the Passport Ordinance of 19 October 2007 (BGBl. I p. 2007, 2386)
  • foreign driving licence, possibly with official translation
  • Proof that the foreign driving licence is valid

All other application documents are based on the category of driving licence to be changed and on the state which issued the licence. For more information, please contact your competent driving licence authority.

What are the fees?

Fees may apply. Please contact the appropriate body.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the appropriate body.


Text reviewed by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economy, Labour and Transport; updated on 06/29/2009


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Straßenverkehr

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes


Point of contact:
Silvia Distler
Telephone: 05931 44-2133
B 133
responsible for:
Jan-Marco Diers
Telephone: 05931 44-1147
B 147
responsible for:
Lara Wilmes
Telephone: 05931 44-2147
B 147
responsible for:
Tobias Schütte
Telephone: 05931 44-1133
B 133
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Applications / Forms

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.