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Extend existing mudflat driver permit

As a rule, a mudflat driver permit is issued for a period of six years and extended for the same period. The time limit is intended to ensure that it can be regularly checked whether you continue to have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to carry out mudflat tours safely and in accordance with nature conservation regulations. This applies in particular to a comprehensive local knowledge of the routes and mudflats concerned.

Process flow

You shall notify the competent authority of your request for renewal, stating the tidal flats or tidal flats and submitting all necessary evidence and documents.

Who should I contact?

The Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park Administration is responsible.


Several proofs are required in the form of documents to be submitted.

Which documents are required?

      • Confirmation of the implementation of at least four watt routes per area/route (for routes between the mainland and an island at least two watt routes in each direction) within the last two years [proof e.g. by excerpt from the logbook, § 5 para. 4 sentence 3 NWattFVO] or proof of participation in at least six watt tours per area/route (in the case of routes between the mainland and an island, participation in at least three watt tours in each direction) within the last two years. Alternatively, proof of current local knowledge can be provided in an examination interview.
      • Proof of participation in a refresher course in first aid
      • current certificate of good conduct (§ 30 BZRG)
      • Current medical certificate of health suitability for the performance of mudflat tours

What are the fees?

Fee: 100,00 - 200,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
The fee depends on the number of approved areas/route.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Period of Validity: 6 Years

Processing duration

Processing Time: 1 - 5 Working days
The renewal of your permit will take place after completeness of the evidence and documents.

Applications / forms

Forms available: No

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: Yes

Personal appearance required: No


You may appeal against the extension or refusal to renew the permit within one month of notification of the decision. The objection must be submitted in writing or orally for recording to the National Park Administration "Lower Saxony Wadden Sea", Virchowstraße 1, 26382 Wilhelmshaven.

What else should I know?

An extension of your permit is generally excluded if its period of validity has already expired for a longer period of time (more than six months). Therefore, please apply for an extension early! Otherwise, a new permit can only be granted, and in particular a new examination interview is required. The competent authority does not issue a reminder of an approaching end of the term.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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