Driving licence category AM

Scooter driver's license

The AM category driving licence is the classic scooter driving licence. With it you can already be on the road at the age of 16 and enjoy the freedom on two wheels. In contrast to your big brother, the motorbike, you are here at a more leisurely pace. Your scooter may have a maximum speed of 45 km/h. The scooter is therefore the perfect entry-level vehicle into the world of two-wheeled vehicles.

The scooter driving licence is the ideal entry into the world of two-wheelers and already at the age of 16.
Couple drives happily together on a white scooter through the city.

Find your scooter driving school

Are you looking for the perfect introduction to the world of two-wheelers? Here you can quickly and easily find nearby driving schools in which you can obtain the AM category driving licence - i.e. the scooter driving licence.

General information about the AM driving licence

  • Minimum age: 16 years. (in some federal states 15 years as part of a pilot project). You can take the theory test 3 months before your birthday, the practical test 1 month before your birthday.
  • Documents: Eye exam, first aid course and biometric passport photo
  • Limitation: none. However, the driver's license is only valid for 15 years. At the latest then you have to apply for a new document, which will be valid for 15 years.
  • These categories of driving licence you get automatically with the AM driver's license: none
  • Special feature: If you already have a moped driver's license, you can't count the theory lessons you completed at that time towards your AM training.


You can drive that with your AM driver's license:

Lightweight double-dragged motor vehicles

with a displacement of max. 50 ccm, a maximum design speed (bbH) of max. 45 km/h and a power output of max. 4 kW.

Three-way drift moped

with a cubic capacity of max. 50 ccm for external ignition motor, a cubic capacity of max. 500 ccm for self-ignition motor, a bbH of max. 45 km/h and an output of max. 4 kW. In addition, the vehicle must not have more than 2 seats and an unladen mass of max. 270 kg.

Light four-drive motor vehicles

with a cubic capacity of max. 50 ccm for external ignition motor, a cubic capacity of max. 500 ccm for self-ignition motor and a bbH of max. 45 km/h. The output may be max. 6 kW, but only 4 kW for road Quads. In addition, the vehicle must not have more than 2 seats and an unladen mass of max. 425 kg.


In your theoretical driving licence training you will be familiarised with the basics of driving and the traffic regulations. The theoretical training includes the basic material and the additive. The basic material includes the general test material, which is valid for all driving licence categories. The additive contains the special requirements of the respective vehicle category. 

For the basic substance in the category AM you have to visit a total of 12 double hours à 90 minutes in order to be admitted to the theory test. If you already have a driving licence, the basic substance is reduced to 6 double hours.

In addition, you must have visited at least 2 double hours à 90 minutes for the additive.

The following applies: If you have problems with a certain topic, e.g. the right of way rules, you may of course also wear the material a second time in class. The hours mentioned above are the minimum prescribed hours.

In theory, you'll learn everything you need to know to drive a car.


In your driving lessons you will familiarize yourself with the scooter and the traffic regulations. Contrary to many other licence categories, there are no mandatory hours in category AM. The number of required driving lessons depends on your skills and learning progress. A driving lesson always lasts 45 minutes. When you are ready for the test, your instructor will let you know and give you valuable tips for your test drive in a final lesson. Have a look at your difficult places from your test area in the Drivers Cam App an. 

During your practical training you will gain your first driving experience with the scooter.

Scooter test

In order to officially take off with the scooter, you must first take a theory and then a successful practical test for the AM driving licence. The practical examination usually lasts 45 minutes and is accompanied by an official examiner of the TÜV or similar bodies.