In Germany and in other countries, it is obligatory to keep your driving licence with you on every car journey. Outside the EU, you will possibly need a certified translation. This also holds true if you would like to move abroad for a longer period of time.
The application for the grant of a German driving licence is always to be submitted at the traffic office responsible for the motor vehicle driver’s residence (driving licence authorities). There is no time limit for the application. The responsible authorities can give you exact information on which requirements are to be met (theoretical and practical examination, exceptions depending on the country, facilitation of transcription for certain driving licence classes, certified translations etc.). If you would like to have your US driving licence transcribed into a German driving licence, you will also have to prove residence of at least 185 days in the USA.
At first glance, a driving licence does not contain much text – however, if you look at different driving licences more closely and compare them, you will realise that the vehicle classes are not always the same. Therefore, an expert translator will possibly explain what the differences are in his/her translation so that the driving licence can be transcribed without problems. This will help the authorities with the classification of the foreign driving licence.
In the following, you will find detailed information on the subject of (the translation of) driving licences.
Translating a driving licence – it’s as simple as this
TetraLingua Fachübersetzungen will be pleased to prepare a certified translation of your driving licence! Our sworn translators will translate quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively, and, of course, they will also certify the translation. Please call us or come by – here you will find the directions.
Foreign driving licences:
Transcription of a USA driving licence: