Getting a Driving Licence in Germany As a Migrant
If you are an immigrant planning on driving in Germany, a German driving license is mandatory for every motorised vehicle, except mopeds under 50cm3 with speeds below 25km/h and motorized bicycles. Your previous country of residence license can remain valid up to 12 months before it must be exchanged for one issued in germany (or it could be revoked). To gain your driving permit in germany you need to take both practical and theoretical exams; also an eye exam and first aid training are mandatory (check this table to determine your exact requirements).
As a migrant in Germany, getting your driving license may be long, bureaucratic and expensive; but it isn’t impossible. Your best approach would be to approach a Fahrschule that has experience working with migrants; for a fee they will take care of all paperwork while helping prepare you for tests; they might even offer a first-aid course if required by local law.
Cost for this service varies by Fahrschule, but expect to pay approximately EUR100. To avoid any surprises when signing up with one, it’s a good idea to ask your Fahrschule what its exact costs will be first before signing. In some instances, proof may also be needed of completed medical exams for categories C or D (large trucks and buses) license applications as well as first aid course completion certification.