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Driving licence: issue - exceptions to minimum age

If a category of driving licence is to be issued before reaching the minimum age, you must submit an application for exemption (decision on exemption from the minimum age rules) to the competent authority.

Process flow

The application must be submitted in writing. Subsequently, inquiries are made by the competent body and opinions are requested for preliminary examination. The application is then forwarded to the medical-psychological assessment centre.

Who should I contact?

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


  • Application at the earliest 1 year before reaching the minimum age
    • Exceptions to this rule are only possible in cases of particular hardship.
  • Report from an officially recognised assessment centre for fitness to drive

Which documents are required?

  • Written reasoned request
  • Certificate of good conduct

What are the fees?

  • Costs for the medical-psychological examination

Fee: 55,00 - 60,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The exemption may not exceed the prescribed minimum age by a maximum of 1 year. The exemption is then usually granted until the minimum age is reached.

Legal basis

What else should I know?

The exemption can only be granted if there is an unreasonable hardship for the person concerned. In the assessment of reasonableness, it shall be examined in particular whether the destination can also be reached by other means by public transport or carpooling or whether the destination can also be reached by vehicles for which no exception is required.

Technically approved by

AG Kommunenredaktion


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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)