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Driving licence: grant - exceptions to the minimum age

If a category of driving licence is to be issued before the minimum age is reached, you must submit an exemption application (decision on exemption from the minimum age rules) to the competent authority.

Process flow

The application must be submitted in writing. Questions are then taken by the competent authority and comments are requested for preliminary examination. The application is then forwarded to the medical-psychological review body.

Who should I contact?

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


  • Application at the earliest 1 year before the minimum age
    • Exceptions to this rule are only possible in special cases of hardship.
  • Expert opinion of an officially recognised assessment body for driving suitability

Which documents are required?

  • Written reasoned request
  • Certificate of leadership

What are the fees?

  • Costs for medical-psychological examination

Fee: 55,00 - 60,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The minimum age required may not be exceeded by the granting of the exemption by more than one year. The exemption is then normally granted until the minimum age is reached.

What else should I know?

The exemption may only be granted if there is an unreasonable hardship for the person concerned. In particular, the reasonableness test shall examine whether the destination can also be reached by other means by public transport or passenger transport, or whether the destination can also be reached by vehicles for which no exemption is required.


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

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.