As your driving licence is issued in one EU country, you can use it anywhere in the EU. Make sure, however, that your driver's license is still valid. You may not drive in another country with a provisional driving licence or certificate. The following categories of driving licences are recognised throughout Europe: AM, A1, A2, A, B, BE, B1, C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D and DE.
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In the beginning the driving licence was only valid within Germany. Meanwhile you are allowed to drive a car in Austria under compliance with the German accompanying regulations. However, make sure you check this with your liability insurance beforehand.
The minimum ages in the driving licence categories vary within Europe to some extent. In Italy, for example, the minimum age for a moped driving licence is 14, in Belgium 16. So an Italian youth has to wait until he is 16 years old before he can ride a moped in Belgium.
If you lose your driver's license abroad or it is stolen, you should report the loss immediately to the police station and the consulate or embassy. The consulate then contacts the German authority and the police can issue a provisional document. This allows you to travel in the affected country for a limited period of time. If you travel through several countries, you must repeat this procedure in each country. Back in Germany you have to apply for a substitute driving licence.
As a general rule, your car insurance policy issued in Germany covers personal injuries caused by you throughout the EU. If you travel with a trailer, you must also have insured this one. In some EU countries your trailer must be covered by your own insurance. It is therefore best to check with your insurer in advance. Always take the insurance documents with you in your holiday luggage.
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