Teenagers and Driving

Understand the regulations affecting teenage drivers in Germany...

Mopeds

A Mofa is a small moped or motor-assisted bicycle that can be driven without a driving licence. It is, however, necessary to pass a written and practical test, available at the majority of driving schools (Fahrschüle).

  • A Mofa must not be ridden by anyone under the age of 15 years
  • Helmets do not need to be worn
  • Mofas must not be driven over 25 Km/hour
  • A Mofa must comply with the following:
    • The engine must be less than 30ccs
    • It must use less than 0.5 Kw of power
    • It must weigh no more than 30 Kg when empty
    • The front wheel must be no more than 26cm wide
    • The back wheel must be no more than 28cm wide

The Mokick (from the words Motor and Kickstarter) is slightly bigger than a Mofa and is licensed to carry two people. It is 50cc and can be driven up to a speed of 45 Km/hour.

A driving licence is required to drive a Mokick and this can only be applied for if the person is 16 years old or older.

Driving licence

In all regions of Germany 17-year-olds may get a driving licence but may not drive alone until they reach 18 years old.

From the age of 16 and a half, teenagers may apply to a driving school for a driving licence with parental permission. If the application is approved, the young person can start having lessons with a driving school. These cover both theory and practical sides of the exam. The written and practical tests may only be taken one month before the 17th birthday. When both parts of the test have been passed and the driver reaches 17 years, they are eligible to obtain a full driving licence.

At 17 years, drivers must be accompanied while driving by a person who is at least 30 years, who has at least five years' driving experience, and their name must be on the test certificate. There is no limit to the number of 30+ year olds who can be named on the test certificate.

Note: Up until the age of 18 no one is allowed to drive without an older named person in the car.