Required documents and training contract

The application procedure in Germany is not uniformly regulated. This means that depending on the federal state, city or municipality, different offices are responsible. Sometimes you have to apply at the "Einwohnermeldeamt", sometimes at the "Straßenverkehrsamt" or the "Kreisbehörde". It is best to inquire directly at your driving school. They know the exact procedure and can sometimes even submit the driver's license application for you. However, the prerequisite for a successful application is always that you submit the following documents:

Only when you have all the necessary documents together can you apply for your driver's license.
When you have all the documents you need, you can apply for your driver's license.

3 steps to a successful driver's license application

  1. Ask driving school how to proceed
  2. Assemble required documents
  3. Submit application early

Required documents

For the application you need the following documents

You will need a valid passport or identity card for your truck driver's license application.
[Translate to English:] Bring deinen Pass oder Perso beim Führerscheinantrag mit.

Special case Accompanied driving from 17 (BF17)

Additionally you need here:

  • Personal data and signature of accompanying person(s)
  • Copy of the identity card of the accompanying person(s)
  • Copy of the driving licence of the accompanying person(s)
  • Request for Accompanied Driving
You're the driver and you're in charge of BF17.
You're the driver and you're in charge of BF17.

Special case of truck and bus driving licences

Additionally you need:

The C-Categories:

  • Certificate of examination of vision by an ophthalmologist or occupational health practitioner.
  • Certificate of medical examination for aptitude for health.
  • Proof of training in first aid
Get your C license and drive the big cars.

The D-Classes:

  • Certificate of vision examination by an ophthalmologist or occupational health physician (form available for download)
  • Certificate of an examination for health suitability either by an officially recognised examination body for fitness to drive or by an occupational health physician
  • Proof of training in first aid

Period of validity of documents

The following documents may not be older than one year at the time of application:

  • Medical examination for health suitability
  • Examination of health suitability by an officially recognised examination centre for fitness to drive or by an occupational health physician

The following documents may not be older than two years at the time of application:

eye test by an ophthalmologist or optician

  • Examination of vision by an ophthalmologist or occupational health physician

No time limit:

  • Training in "First Aid"

Special case Driving licence not at primary residence

You would like to get a holiday driving licence in another city or in a driving school at your school and not at your home in the village? Here's what you need to keep in mind: If you do not obtain your driving licence at your primary residence, the Road Traffic Licensing Office at your primary residence must approve that the place of training and examination is elsewhere.

 

The background to this regulation is that, with regard to road safety, it should be ensured that you are safe on the road after your training. If, for example, you will drive in a big city later, but have practiced in the country with little traffic, this can easily lead to problems at the beginning.

Processing time for your driver's license application

You should expect about four to six weeks to process your driver's license application. So submit it early, otherwise your driver's license may be delayed. The driving school is only allowed to register you for the exam once you have received the test order. Of course, you can start your driver's license training beforehand.

It takes four to six weeks to process your driver's license application.
It takes four to six weeks to process your driver's license application.
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Everything in view in Fahren Lernen Max

In the online driving licence training course Fahren Lernen Max you will find a checklist with all the documents you need to submit and see which documents are already available at your driving school. The receipt of the test order is also displayed, including the expiration date.

Tips for the training contract

Once you have found your driving school and your positive impression has been confirmed in the counselling interview, the next step is to sign the training contract. If you are under the age of 18, i.e. still a minor, you will need your legal guardian to sign.

Of course, the training contracts vary from driving school to driving school, but some points are equally included in all driving schools.

The most important are of course the prices (e.g.: the basic fee, basic and special trips, teaching material, registration fees for the exams...). The contract also contains your contact details and the details of your driving school (including bank details). If you want to get your driver's license in an official foreign language, this is often recorded.

The training contract will be filled in and signed at your driving school. For the "driving licence at 17" you still need the signatures and copies on both sides of the identity cards of both legal guardians and all accompanying persons. In addition, copies of the driving licence on both sides of the latter are required.

And after you've transferred the basic fee, you can start right away.

Your driving school will help you register for your driving licence.
Your driving school will help you register for your driving licence.
Stack of documents in three folders

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Any questions? Start looking for your local driving school now and get personal advice on when and which documents you need for a quick start to your driving licence training.