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Driving licence: issued - on trial

When a driving licence is acquired for the first time, it is issued on probation for a period of two years. The probationary period lasts from the date of issue. Where a driving licence is issued to the holder of a driving licence issued abroad, the time taken since it was acquired shall be counted towards the probationary period.

The probationary driving licence was introduced in order to counteract the risk of danger to novice drivers. Safe and more considerate driving behaviour should be achieved; in particular, risk awareness is to be promoted and hazard identification improved.


If a driving licence holder is noticed on probation and his offence is recorded in the central traffic register, this will notify the driving licence authority at short notice. Measures shall be taken even if the infringement was committed during the probationary period and this has expired in the meantime.

If a final criminal offence or administrative offence has been recorded against the holder of a driving licence within the probationary period, participation in an advanced seminar is ordered.
In the event of recurrence, the owner will be warned in writing and advised to take part in a traffic psychological consultation within two months.
In the event of one further serious offence or two other less serious offences, the driving licence shall be withdrawn.

The driving licence authority is bound by the final decision on the criminal offence or administrative offence. The provisions of § 4 Abs. 9 of the Road Traffic Act apply to traffic psychological counselling.

Participants in advanced seminars are to be induced to identify and reduce deficiencies in their attitude to road traffic and in roadworthy behaviour by participating in group discussions and by participating in a driving test. An individual seminar can only be permitted by the issuing authority in exceptional cases. The advanced seminars may be conducted by driving instructors who hold a corresponding licence in accordance with the Driving Instructor Act.

In the traffic psychology consultation , the driving licence holder should be induced to recognize deficiencies in his attitude to road traffic and in roadworthy behavior and to develop the willingness to reduce these deficiencies. The consultation takes place in the form of a one-on-one interview. It may be supplemented by a driving test if the adviser deems it necessary. The consultant should clarify the causes of the deficiencies and show ways to eliminate them. The result of the consultation is intended only for the person concerned and can only be communicated to him. However, the person concerned receives a certificate of participation for submission to the driving licence authority.

The responsibility lies with the driving licence authority of your district or your independent city.

Documents may be required. Please contact the competent authority.

Once the first measure has been taken, the probationary period is extended by a further two years to a total of four years.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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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

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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)