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Driving licence: grant

If you want to drive a motor vehicle in Germany, you need a driving licence. The driving licence is issued in certain classes and must be proved by a driving licence.

Process flow

You apply for a licence for the first time. The competent authority shall determine whether there are any concerns about your suitability. This takes a certain amount of time, which is why the application should be submitted no later than the start of driving school training. The inspection order can only be issued after the applicant has been verified.

The application shall be forfeited if the theoretical examination has not been passed within 12 months of receipt of the test order or the practical examination within 12 months of the existence of the theoretical examination. The driving licence is usually handed over with the passing of the driving test.

Who should I contact?

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


  • Proof of a normal residence in Germany
  • Reaching the required minimum age for the desired driving licence class
  • Suitability to drive motor vehicles
  • successfully passed theoretical and practical examination after completing driving school training
  • Control of the basic features of the care of road traffic accident victims or
  • First aid detection
  • Proof that there is no driving licence of that class issued in a Member State of the European Union or another Contracting State to the Agreement on the European Economic Area

Detailed information can be found on the websites of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

Which documents are required?

  • Copy of the identity card
  • copy of the driver's licenseif necessary (for extensions)
  • original signature on certain form
  • current biometric-compatible photo, in passport format (45 x 35 mm) in portrait format, frontal shot without edge, without headgear and without covering the eyes
  • Proof of suitability
    • for class AM, A1, A2, A, L, T, B, BE, Abe (Class A limited):
      • First aid detection
      • Visual test
    • for Class C1, C1E, C and CE:
      • First aid detection
      • ophthalmological opinion
      • medical opinion
    • for class D1, D1E, D and DE:
      • First aid detection
      • ophthalmological opinion
      • medical opinion
      • Expert opinion on special requirements
      • Certificate of management of document type "0"

What are the fees?

Fees will be charged according to the relevant fee regulations of the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The application for a driving licence should be submitted no later than the beginning of driving school training.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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AG Municipal editorial staff

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.