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Driving licence: Extension

In any case, you must personally apply for the rewriting of the driving licence, as your signature is required for the production of the driving licence at the Federal Printing Office.

Process flow

You must apply for a driving licence for the first time.
The driving licence authority will 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.
A driving licence can only be issued after the applicant has been checked. 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.
The licence application is valid for two years. It shall be forfeited if the theoretical examination is not passed within 12 months of receipt of the test order or the practical examination within 12 months of the passing of the theoretical examination.

Who should I contact?

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

Requirements

  • Holder of a driving licence
  • the tests required for the new driving licence class(s) have been taken
  • ordinary residence in Germany
  • required minimum age:
    • 25 years for direct access to Class A
    • 21 years for classes D, D1, DE or D1E
    • 18 years for Class A for access in tiers and for classes B, BE, C, C1, CE or C1E
    • 16 years for classes A1, L, M and T
  • suitable for driving motor vehicles
  • trained to drive motor vehicles in accordance with the Driving Instructors Act and the legislation based on it
  • Proven ability to drive motor vehicles in a theoretical and practical test
  • Ability to provide first aid
  • not in possession of a 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

Which documents are required?

  • Copy of identity card
  • If necessary, copy of the driver's license
  • original signature on certain form
  • a photo (biometric) that complies with the provisions of the Passport Ordinance of 19 October 2007 (BGBl. I p. 2007, 2386)
  • Proof of suitability for class A1, M, L, T, B, BE:
    • Abe (Class A Limited)
    • Proof of instruction in life-saving emergency measures
    • Visual test
  • ... for Class C1, C1E, C and CE:
    • Proof of first aid
    • ophthalmological opinion
    • medical opinion
  • ... for class D1, D1E, D and DE:
    • Proof of first aid
    • ophthalmological opinion
    • medical opinion
    • Expert opinion on special requirements
    • Certificate of management of document type "0"

What are the fees?

The fees are determined by the respective authority according to your fee regulations.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • Driving licence categories A1, M, L, T, S, B, BE, Abe (Class A limited) and Adirekt (open machinery) must be issued without a time limit.
  • The driving licence of categories C1 and C1E is valid until the age of 50.
  • The driving licenceof categories C, CE, D1, D1E, D and DE shall be limited to five years from the date of issue.

What else should I know?

For more information, please contact any driving school or driving licence authority.

Comments

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

Author

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

Ansprechpartner

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

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