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Driving licence: issue - on probation

When obtaining a driving licence for the first time, it shall be issued on a probationary basis for a period of two years. The probationary period shall be from the date of grant. When a driving licence is issued to the holder of a driving licence issued abroad, the period since its acquisition shall be counted towards the probationary period.

The test driving licence was introduced in order to counteract the risk to the hazard of beginners. A safer and more considerate driving behaviour is to be achieved; in particular, risk awareness should be promoted and risk detection improved.

Process flow

If a licence holder is on probation and his offence is recorded in the central traffic register, the latter shall notify the driving licence authority at short notice. Measures shall also be taken if the infringement was committed during the probationary period and has since expired.

If a legally binding offence or administrative offence has been recorded against the holder of a driving licence within the probationary period, participation in a postgraduate seminar is ordered.
In the event of a repetition, the holder is warned in writing and is advised to take part in a traffic psychological counselling within two months.
In the case of another serious infringement or two other less serious offences, the driving licence is revoked.

The driving licence authority is bound by the final decision on the offence or administrative offence in the measures. The provisions of Section 4(9) of the Road Traffic Act apply to traffic psychological counselling.

Participants in advanced seminars are to be encouraged to identify and reduce deficiencies in their attitudes to road traffic and safe behaviour by participating in group discussions and by participating in a driving test. A single seminar may only be permitted by the ordering authority in exceptional cases. The advanced seminars may be carried out by driving instructors who hold a corresponding permit in accordance with the Driving Instructors Act.

The aim of traffic psychological counselling is to encourage the holder of the driving licence to identify shortcomings in his attitude to road traffic and in safe behaviour and to develop a willingness to reduce these deficiencies. The consultation takes the form of a one-on-one meeting. It may be supplemented by a driving test if the consultant deems it necessary. The consultant should clarify the causes of the deficiencies and identify ways of remedying them. The outcome of the consultation is intended only for the person concerned and only communicated to the person concerned. However, the person concerned shall receive a certificate of participation for submission to the driving licence authority.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the driving license authority of your county or your county-free city.

Which documents are required?

Documents may be required. Please contact the appropriate body.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Even after the first measure has been ordered, the probationary period is extended by a further two years to a total of four years.


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

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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