Young Drivers

Find out the rules for new young drivers in Germany...

New drivers reaching the age of 18 then have a maximum of three months to apply for (and collect) a full driving license. During this three month period the driver can continue to drive with the test certificate and is permitted to drive unaccompanied. However, drivers should not drive abroad during this three month period since the test certificate will not necessarily be recognised by other countries.

New legislation introduced in early 2009 means that 17-year-olds may have a driving licence but may not drive alone until they reach 18 years old, in all regions of Germany.

  • For the text of this legislation: Click here (in German)

For this to happen, a 16-year-old can apply to a driving school for a driving licence with parental permission to do a Class B or BE type driving license. If the application is approved, the young person can start having lessons with a driving school. These cover both the theory and practical sides of the exam.

Once the theory and practical tests have been passed, the driving test can be taken at the earliest one month following the 17th birthday. Passing this test results in a test certificate (Prüfbescheinigung) as opposed to a regular driving license (Führerschein) being issued. This document is only recognised in Germany, to prevent new drivers from driving abroad.

Until they are 18, they must be accompanied while driving by a person who is at least 30 years old, with at least five years' driving experience and no more than three points on their license. The older person's name must be on the test certificate. There is no limit to the number of older drivers who may be named on the test certificate.