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Exchange of an old driver's license into a new driver's license

Card driving licences issued from 19.01.2013 onwards are limited to 15 years. If the validity of the driving licence has expired, a new driving licence must be applied for, unless you waive the driving licence. A driving licence issued before 19.01.2013 must - if you do not renounce your driving licence - be exchanged for a current driving licence model by the time shown in the following tables:

Driving licences issued up to and including 31 December 1998:

Year of birth of the holder of the driving licence - day by which the driving licence must be exchanged

Before 1953 - 19 January 2033

1953 to 1958 - 19 January 2022

1959 to 1964 - 19 January 2023

1965 to 1970 - 19 January 2024

1971 or later - January 19, 2025

Driving licences issued from 1 January 1999*:

Year of issue - day by which the driving licence must be exchanged

1999 to 2001 - 19 January 2026

2002 to 2004 - 19 January 2027

2005 to 2007 - 19 January 2028

2008 - January 19, 2029

2009 - 19 January 2030

2010 - January 19, 2031

2011 - 19 January 2032

2012 to 18 January 2013 - 19 January 2033

(*Licence holders whose year of birth is before 1953 must exchange their driving licence by 19 January 2033, regardless of the year of issue of the driving licence)

However, the time limit only concerns the driving licence document, not the underlying driving licence. A medical examination or other checks are not associated with the exchange of documents.

The rights documented in the driver's license remain valid even if the document is exchanged. Which driving licence classes are allocated in detail when exchanging driving licences is determined by Annex 3 of the Driving Licence Ordinance (FeV).

Annex 3 of the Driving Licence Ordinance (FeV)

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

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