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Driving licence: issue

If you want to drive a motor vehicle in Germany, you need a driving license. The driving licence is issued in certain categories and must be proven by a driving licence.

Process flow

You submit an application for the first issue of a driving licence. The competent authority will determine whether there are any concerns about your suitability. This takes a certain amount of time, which is why the application should be submitted at the latest at the beginning of the driving school training. Only after the examination of the applicant can the inspection order be issued.

The application shall lapse if the theory test has not been passed within 12 months of receipt of the test order or the practical test has not been passed within 12 months of passing the theory test. As a rule, the driving licence is handed over upon passing the driving test.

Who should I contact?

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


  • Proof of normal residence in Germany
  • Reaching the minimum age required for the desired category of driving licence
  • Fitness to drive motor vehicles
  • successfully passed theoretical and practical examination after completing a driving school training
  • mastery of the basic principles of care for accident victims in road traffic, or
  • First aid certificate
  • Proof that there is no driving licence of this category issued in a Member State of the European Union or another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area

Detailed information can be found on the websites of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

Which documents are required?

  • Copy of the Id
  • If applicable, copy of the driver's license (in case of extensions)
  • original signature on a specific 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
  • Proof of suitability
    • for category AM, A1, A2, A, L, T, B, BE, Abe (class A limited):
      • First aid certificate
      • Eye test
    • for categories C1, C1E, C and CE:
      • First aid certificate
      • ophthalmological report
      • medical opinion
    • for categories D1, D1E, D and DE:
      • First aid certificate
      • ophthalmological report
      • medical opinion
      • Opinion on special requirements
      • Certificate of good conduct of document type "0"

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?

The application for a driving licence should be submitted at the latest at the start of the driving school training.

Technically approved by

AG Kommunenredaktion


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Applications / Forms

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)