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Driving licence: Issuance - from 17 years

Young people in Germany are allowed to drive cars and trucks up to 3.5 t as well as cars with trailers at the age of 17 if they have successfully passed the driving test. However, driving is only permitted until the age of 18 if accompanied by an adult – otherwise there is a risk of revocation of the driving license, a fine and an extension of the probationary period.

Process flow

The application must be submitted in writing by the driving school or personally by the applicant. If suitable, the competent body shall issue the test order to the competent technical inspection body.

The competent authority issues a so-called test certificate for the driving licence, which serves as proof of driving authorisation in Germany up to 3 months after reaching the age of 18. This roadworthiness certificate must be carried on all journeys. The certificate names the persons intended to accompany them, i.e. it is not allowed to travel with any number of different accompanying persons.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the independent city in which you have your residence.


for applicants:

  • Minimum age: 17 years
  • Proof of normal residence in Germany
  • Mastery of the basic principles of care for road accident victims
  • Consent of the legal guardian

for accompanying persons:

  • in possession of a valid class B driving licence or a corresponding German, EU/EEA or Swiss driving licence for 5 years
  • Reaching the age of 30
  • no more than 1 point in the driving fitness register (FAER)

Which documents are required?

  • Identity card
  • original signature on official form
  • Current biometrics-compatible photograph, in passport format (45 x 35 mm) in portrait format, frontal shot without border, without headgear and without covering the eyes
  • First aid Proof
  • Proof of an eye test (optician or ophthalmologist)
  • Application form for participation in accompanied driving at the age of 17
  • Declaration of consent of the legal guardian

What are the fees?

Fees are charged in accordance with the respective scale of fees of the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

An application is possible at the earliest from 6 months before reaching the minimum age.

What else should I know?

Further information can be obtained from any driving school and any competent authority.

Technically approved by

AG Kommunenredaktion


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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