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Exchange old driver's license for a new one

Many holders of a driving license are still driving with the old paper license. These documents have been gradually losing their validity since 19.01.2022 - staggered according to the holder's year of birth.

If the validity of your old paper driving license has expired, you must have it replaced by the currently valid European Union (EU) standard card driving license.

As the holder of an older driving license in credit card format, you are also affected by the exchange campaign.

Card driving licenses issued from 19.01.2013 are limited to 15 years. For driving licenses issued before this date, certain deadlines apply for exchanging them.

Based on your year of birth, you can see in the following overview by when you must exchange your driving license. These deadlines apply to driving licenses issued up to and including 31.12.1998:

  • before 1953 - 19.01.2033
  • 1953 to 1958 - 19.07.2022
  • 1959 to 1964 - 19.01.2023
  • 1965 to 1970 - 19.01.2024
  • 1971 or later - 19.012025

Based on the year of issue, you can see in the following overview by when you must exchange your driving license. These deadlines apply to driving licenses issued from 01.01.1999:

  • 1999 to 2001 - 19.01.2026
  • 2002 to 2004 - 19.01.2027
  • 2005 to 2007 - 19.01.2028
  • 2008 - 19.01.2029
  • 2009 - 19.01.2030
  • 2010 - 19.01.2031
  • 2011 - 19.01.2032
  • 2012 until 18.01.2013 - 19.01.2033


  • Holders of a driving license whose year of birth is before 1953 must also exchange their driving license by 19.01.2033, regardless of the year of issue of the driving license.
  • The respective time limit only affects the driving license document, not the underlying driving license. A medical examination or other checks are not associated with the document exchange.
  • The rights documented in the driving license remain in effect even if the document is exchanged.

- Proof of identity, for example identity card or passport
- Current biometric passport photo
- Original copy of old driver's license
- Transcript of record card, if applicable
- current registration certificate, if applicable

Fee: 25,00 - 30,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
The fee is based on the scale of fees for road traffic measures (GebOSt). If the driver's license is sent directly to your home address, an additional shipping fee will be charged.

Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV)


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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


Melanie Backs
Telephone: 05931 44-5018
K II, 10
responsible for:
Petra Kämmerer
Telephone: 05931 44-4010
K II, 10
responsible for:
Karin Voigt
Telephone: 05931 44-4018
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)