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Driver's card: grant

The use of a digital recording equipment is mandatory for certain motor vehicles which were placed on the market for the first time on 1 May 2006. The vehicles concerned are vehicles which are used for the carriage of goods and whose permissible total weight, including trailers or semi-trailers, exceeds 3.5 tonnes and vehicles which are used for the carriage of passengers and which are suitable according to their design and equipment and which are designed to do so. intended to carry more than nine people, including the driver. The digital recording equipment records driving and rest periods, makes it difficult to manipulate traffic and facilitates controls. The driver card replaces the previous speedometer disc and stores the driving and rest periods for at least 28 days. After that, the oldest data is overwritten. Each driver may only have a valid driver card. This is checked (national: Central Recording Card Register, international: TACHOnet).

The following data can be read:

  • Applicant's name, first name, date of birth, photo and signature
  • Driving licence number
  • Nationality of the issuing State
  • Validity period (from / to)
  • Driving and rest periods (including interruption and whether the driver has driven alone or in two-driver mode)
  • Data relating to the vehicle (operating times, date, official registration number, mileage)
  • Events, errors and controls

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the county-free city.


The applicant should have his main residence in Germany. If the applicant is not yet able to prove a normal residence in Germany (185 days) at the time of the application, it is sufficient if he can demonstrate (e.g. rental contract, employment contract) that his stay is directed towards more than 185 days. The driver's card can only be obtained by holders of a valid driving licence in the form of a driver's license. If a driver's license is not yet available, it must be applied for at the same time when applying for the driver's card (then two photographs are required). At least one of the following categories of driving licences must be demonstrated: B, BE, C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D or DE.

Which documents are required?

  • German EU card driving licence or corresponding driving licence of an EU/EEA Member State
  • Identity card or passport in conjunction with a registration confirmation
  • Photo in front of a bright background in size 35 x 45 mm, showing the applicant without headgear in the half profile (Section 5 (1) No. 4 Ordinance for the Implementation of the Driving Personnel Act - FPersV)
  • alternatively, a photograph (biometric) is also permitted, which complies with the provisions of the Passport Ordinance of 19 October 2007 (BGBl. I p. 2007, 2386)

What are the fees?

When ordering a driver's card, a fee of up to €22.00 plus €12.00 will be charged. If direct shipping by the Federal Motor Transport Authority is requested to the applicant, an additional fee of 3.00 euros will be charged to the Federal Motor Transport Authority for direct shipping. However, direct shipping is only possible if the applicant is in possession of a card driving licence.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The driver card is valid for five years and can be applied for no earlier than six months before the expiry date, but must be reapplied no later than 15 working days before the expiry date.

What else should I know?

Further information on driver cards and digital recording equipment can be found at the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

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:
Petra Kämmerer
Telephone: 05931 44-1153
B 153
responsible for:
Karin Voigt
Telephone: 05931 44-2153
B 153
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.