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Driving licence: Exhibition - from 17 years

Young people in Germany are already allowed to drive cars and trucks up to 3.5 t at the age of 17, as well as cars with trailers, if they have successfully passed the driving licence test. However, driving is only permitted until the 18th birthday if accompanied by an adult – otherwise the driving licence, fine and an extension of the probationary period are threatened.

Process flow

The application must be submitted in writing by the driving school or personally by the applicant person. If suitable, the competent body shall issue the test order to the competent technical inspection body.

A so-called examination certificate is issued by the competent authority via the driving licence, which is used in Germany to prove the right to drive up to 3 months after the age of 18. This test certificate must be carried on all journeys. The certificate lists the persons designated for accompaniment, so it is not allowed to drive with any number of different accompanying persons.

Who should I contact?

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


for applicants:

  • Minimum age: 17 years
  • Proof of a normal residence in Germany
  • Control of the basic strains of road traffic care
  • Consent of the legal guardians

for accompanying persons:

  • for 5 years in possession of a valid driving licence class B or a corresponding German, EU/EEA or Swiss driving licence
  • Completion of the age of 30
  • no more than 1 point in the driving suitability register (FAER)

Which documents are required?

  • Id
  • original signature on government 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
  • First aid Proof
  • Proof of a visual test (optician or ophthalmologist)
  • Application form for participation in Accompanied Driving at 17
  • Declaration of consent of the legal guardians

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?

Applications can be submitted at the earliest from 6 months before the minimum age.

What else should I know?

For more information, please contact each driving school and the relevant authority.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

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

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

Further Links

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