Driving Rules and Regulations

Driving in Germany is fairly east with the outstanding road networks and motorways. Germany has no toll fees for cars but petrol prices are quite high. The roads in Germany are great but drivers may come across many small roads, other than this signs are easy to understand.

Nationals from another country will be allowed to drive in Germany for six months on any international drivers’ license before obtaining a German license. An extension of up to one year is available on application. Licenses that are issued in EU countries are valid for the period of validity. Non-EU nationals who will be living in Germany for over a year will be required to exchange their license for a German one and may be asked to take a written or practical test. To find out

Applying for a License

To apply for a German driving license you will need to submit:

  • The relevant application form
  • Passport
  • Residence permit
  • Existing drivers license
  • 2 passport sized photos
  • Evidence of attendance at a driving school in Germany
  • First aid course completion proof
  • Eye-test certificate

All drivers are required by law to carry a first aid kit along with a red reflective triangle, which should be placed on the road at a certain distance if the car is broken down.

Speed Limits

With the Autobahns in place, Germany is the only country which has a general speed limit on its highways. The highways have limits of up to 81mph.

The federal government has set the general speed limits and all limits are multiples of 5km.

The two default speed limits are 31mph on built up areas

  • Built up areas : 31mph
  • Outside built up areas: 62mph