Germany Guide – Part 2 / The German driving license

Germany Guide, Germany driving licence

After we talked about life and work in Germany Part-1, in Germany Guide articles series, part 2, we will explain in detail how to obtain the German driving license. The driving license is very important for those who have decided to reside in Germany.

Driving school registration in Germany:

There are two types of schools, some of which start with both theoretical and practical lessons, and some require passing the theoretical section first and then starting with the practical.

Required Documents :

Here we must distinguish between those who have previously held a driver’s license from outside Germany, and those who have never obtained it.

If you have a driving license from another country, you will need:

  1. A copy of the German residence permit
  2. A copy of the driver’s license (and they verify its validity)
  3. First aid certificate, which is one session for one day only. And it takes from 8 in the morning until 5 in the evening, to learn how to behave in case of accidents or dangers. During which they also examine the eyes.

Exam Preparation:

There are a theoretical and practical examination.

Firstly, Theoretical section: It is available in all languages, including Arabic. It consists of 1,300 questions that must be studied; In addition to videos showing traffic conditions.

Secondly, Practical section: Previously, the training was according to the person’s choice of manual or automatic car, but since the beginning of 2021 it has been stipulated that the applicant receive lessons in both types.

The coach prepares the trainee to drive in all climatic conditions (rain and snow), day and night, on highways and large roads. If he is in a mountainous city, he takes lessons in off-road mountain roads as well. There is no minimum number of practical lessons, but the trainer is the one who decides if the applicant is ready to provide the examination, some people become ready after 5 lessons and others may need more than 10 lessons.

German driving license Test:

As for the examination of the theoretical section: it takes 45 minutes and consists of 30 questions in a multiple-choice style. 10 errors mean failure.

As for the practical test, it will be attended by the trainer who gave you the practical lessons and the examiner, and he will sit in the back seat to follow all your movements and behaviors. The exam will be in German only.

The test is on city streets, not within a certain track. The examiner’s instructions must be followed.

In case you’re not driving well, you will hear “stop”. The trainer continues driving and back to the test centre. But if you drive well, you will get a pass document from the exam centre.

As for people who have never obtained a driver’s license from another country, they must go to the driving school and attend 14 days of theoretical lessons, then follow the same procedures.

Finally, the German driving license:

After receiving the pass document from the exam center; you will give it to the Traffic Directorate with your old driver’s license and school papers; your German driving license will be ready directly.

The first two years will be a trial; and your license may be withdrawn in case you make mistakes and you will have to retake the exam.

The German driving license validity period is 15 years, knowing that previously it was given for life.

The cost of the license: varies according to the applicant’s need for the number of practical lessons; but generally starts from 750 euros to 3000 euros.

The good news for under-18s:

There is a special driving license for those under the age of 18, and over the age of 16. It is conditional on being accompanied while driving the car by a person holding the license of minimum 3 years.

It is worth noting that the German driving license is the second strongest in Europe and the world.

If you are a fan of culture & history, and are interested in studying and education in Germany, look forward to the next article in Germany Guide.

To be continued ..

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