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Rewrite foreign driving licence - Annex 11 FeV

Driving licenses lawfully obtained in a country listed in Annex 11 of the Driving License Ordinance entitle the holder to drive motor vehicles of the issued classes for a period of six months from the establishment of normal residence within the Federal Republic of Germany.

If the foreign driver's license is valid for a limited period of time, this authorization is only valid until the expiration of the time limit. In order for you to be able to continue to use your driver's license in the Federal Republic of Germany after the expiration of these periods, the foreign driver's license must be transcribed into a German driver's license.

What documents do I need?

  • Proof of identity

    (Presentation of a valid identity card or passport)

  • Foreign driving licence with official translation (the driving licence must not have expired for more than 3 years)

    The translation is not required for driving licences from Switzerland.

  • 1 current photo
  • Important information about the photo booths in all offices of the Citizen's Office:
    • The machines are operated by outside companies and often do not work. It cannot be guaranteed that passport photos can be taken on site. We advise you to bring passport photos to the appointment.
  • Eye test at selected facility 11 countries

    according to "official note 7" of annex 11 FeV (see under "i Where can I find out more?")

  • for classes C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E:
    • Certificate of a visual examination according to Annex 6 No. 2 to the Ordinance on driving licences according to the prescribed model (not older than 2 years at the time of application)
    • Certificate of medical examination in accordance with Annex 5 to the Driving Licence Ordinance according to the prescribed model
    • Certificate of a supplementary medical examination in accordance with Annex 5 No. 2 to the Driving Licence Ordinance. The certificates on the medical examinations may not be older than one year at the time of application.
  • Name of the driving school

    but only if a practical driving test must be taken (see Annex 11 of the Driving Licence Ordinance)