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Driving licence: transfer - foreign driving licence

Holders of a valid foreign driving licence may drive motor vehicles within the scope of their authorisation in Germany for a period of 6 months if they have a normal residence in Germany. If a motor vehicle is to continue to be driven in Germany, a conversion of the driving authorisation into a German driving licence is required.

EU or EEA driving licences of harmonised driving licence categories do not in principle require any reclassification, unless they are temporary driving licences.

Who should I contact?

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

Which documents are required?

  • Application form (to be created by the driving licence authority)
  • Photo ID (identity card, passport, displaced persons ID)
  • Registration certificate from the residents' registration office responsible for the main residence
  • a photograph (biometric) that complies with the provisions of the Passport Ordinance of 19 October 2007 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 2007, 2386)
  • foreign driving licence, possibly with official translation
  • Proof that the foreign driving licence is valid

All other application documents depend on the category of driving licence to be converted and on the state which issued the licence. Further information can be obtained from your competent driving licence authority.

What are the fees?

Fees may apply. Please contact the relevant authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.


Text checked by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport; updated 29.06.2009


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Applications / Forms

  • Merkblatt zum Erhalt des Führerscheins


competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Straßenverkehr
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible


Jan-Marco Diers
Telephone: 05931 44-4012
K II, 12
responsible for:
Nico Gudewill
Telephone: 05931 44-5010
K II, 10
responsible for:
Tobias Schütte
Telephone: 05931 44-4011
K II, 11
responsible for:
Lara Wilmes
Telephone: 05931 44-5017
K II, 10
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

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