We translate your driver’s license into German. Drive safe and legally on the German Autobahn

If you are moving to Germany and you need to have your US driver's license translated into German, we are here to help you with your request. But first of all, here are some basic information on when you need to have your driver's license translated into German and by whom.

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When do I need my driver's license translated into German?

If you go to Germany as a tourist or for less than 6 months, you can drive with your US driver's license, provided there is a certified German translation attached to it. In this case, your German driver's license translation have to be made by the German Automobil Club, called ADAC. You have to visit one of their branch offices and show them the original document. On this site, you will find their contact details and a short English description of the procedure at the bottom of the page.

If you move to Germany permanently, i.e. for more than 6 months, you can only drive on the German Autobahn (and on other streets, of course) only if you have a valid German driver's license.

How to get a German driver's license?

According to this source, the German Act regulating driving permits (FeV), Germany has bilateral agreements with several US federal states regarding the mutual acceptance of their driver's license classes. In this case, you can visit the local authority in Germany, responsible for issuing your driver's license, called "Führerscheinstelle", and they will exchange your US driver's license to a German one, without much hassle. More often than not, they will require the certified translation of your German driver's license. In this case, please turn to us.

Your US driver's license class will be accepted in Germany if it was issued in one of the following states and territories:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South California, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

If your state is not in the list, you will have to go to the German Automobil Club branch office and reclassify your driver's license or pass an exam. The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany has more information on this topic for you.

Here is some vocabulary that might be useful:

  1. The driver's license in German is called: "Führerschein" or sometimes "Fahrerlaubnis"
  2. The DMV or BMV offices in Germany are called: "Kfz-Zulassungsstelle".
  3. The department called "Führerscheinstelle" is responsible for your German driver's licenses.

If you need your driver's license to be translated into German, turn to us with confidence. We look forward to your inquiries.