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Driving instruction licence

Anyone who trains persons who wish to obtain a licence to drive motor vehicles (learner drivers) requires a driving instructor's licence. The driving licence is issued on application in category BE and additionally in categories A, CE and DE.

The applicant for the driving licence of category BE is initially granted a candidate qualification for the purpose of further training. This is limited to two years.

The driving instruction licence may only be used together with the driving school licence or in the context of an employment relationship with the owner of a driving school. The right to qualify may only be exercised in the context of an apprenticeship relationship with the owner of a driving school.

Process flow

Training to become a driving instructor can only take place in one of the approximately 56 recognised driving instructor training centres throughout Germany. Not only the theoretical training, but also an internship in a training driving school is required.

The training is a "step-by-step training". In the basic level, the driving instructor license of class BE is first acquired. This requires a two-phase application process.
Based on this, the driving instructor licences of classes A, CE and DE can be acquired.

In order for the trainee driving instructor to be able to apply the knowledge freshly acquired in the officially recognised training centre in the training driving school, he shall be granted a candidate authorisation with limited training rights if he has previously successfully passed the practical driving test and the specialist examination in each case.

The entitlement to qualify expires either with the issuance of the unlimited driving instruction licence or after three unsuccessful training tests in theoretical or practical driving lessons or after expiry of 2 years from the date of issue.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, the district-free city, the large independent city and the independent municipality.


Driving instructor is a state-recognised, nationwide uniformly regulated designation for a service occupation in the transport sector. To practice this profession, you need the driving instructor's license. The prerequisites for this are regulated by the Driving Instructor Act. Training and examinations are carried out in accordance with nationwide training and examination regulations on the basis of this law. The driving instructor licence is issued if the applicant:

  • is at least 21 years old
  • is mentally, physically, professionally and pedagogically suitable and there are no facts that make him appear unreliable for the driving instructor profession
  • has at least completed vocational training in a recognised apprenticeship or equivalent previous education
  • holds the driving licence of the category for which the driving instruction licence or candidate qualification is to be issued; a probationary driving licence is not sufficient
  • has held a category B driving licence for at least three years and, if the driving instruction licence is to be issued additionally for category A, CE or DE, also holds a category A2, CE or D driving licence for two years,
  • has been trained as a driving instructor within the last three years, has demonstrated professional competence in an examination, and
  • has the knowledge of the German language required for the exercise of the professional activity.

Which documents are required?

In order to obtain the driving instruction licence, a written application must be submitted to the driving licence authority, stating the desired class. The application shall also be accompanied by:

  • official proof of place and date of birth
  • Curriculum vitae
  • a certificate or opinion attesting to the fulfilment of the physical and mental fitness requirements required of applicants for a category C1 driving licence and a certificate or certificate attesting to the fulfilment of the eyesight requirements required of applicants for a category C1 driving licence which are not more than one year old at the time of application (proof may also be provided by presenting a driving licence with the valid requirements obtained after 31 December 1998). driving licence categories C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D or DE),
  • a certified copy of the card driving licence
  • proof of completed vocational training in a recognised apprenticeship occupation or equivalent previous education
  • a confirmation of registration from an officially recognised driving instructor training centre together with a certificate of the start of training there
  • a certificate of good conduct according to the model "0" for submission to the licensing authority
  • The information from the central traffic register is provided by the licensing authority.
  • The following documents must only be submitted after completion of the respective training:
  • a certificate issued by the officially recognised instructor training centre attesting to the duration of the training provided;
  • in the application for the permanent driving instruction licence of category BE, a certificate from the training driving school stating the duration of the training carried out

What are the fees?

The driving instructor test is taken by a specially established examination board. The inspection fee plus any examiner's travel expenses cannot be stated bindingly here.

  • Fee for issuing a temporary driving instructor's licence: EUR 40.90
  • Fee for extensions to unlimited driving instructor license: 40.90 euros

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The duration of the instructor training shall be:

  • for applicants for a category BE driving instructor licence, at least 8 months in a driving instructor training centre and at least four months in a training driving school
  • for applicants for the category A driving instructor licence, an additional month in a driving instructor training centre
  • for applicants for a driving instructor licence of category CE or DE, an additional two months in a driving instructor training centre
  • (If the applicant holds a category CE driving licence for category DE, the training period is shortened by one month; this also applies to the issue of category CE driving licence in the case of previous possession of category DE).

The training in the driving instructor training centre takes place in closed courses and may not be interrupted, subject to occupational health and safety, maternity protection and holiday regulations.

What else should I know?

Applicants who have already acquired a driving instructor license in the public service (Bundeswehr, police) and are seeking a civilian driving instructor license are not required to take the driving instructor test. In addition to the above-mentioned documents, these applicants must attach proof of possession of the company driving licence (e.g. certified copy of the driving instructor's licence) to the application.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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