New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany

Driving in Germany

It is possible to drive on a valid full New Zealand driver licence accompanied with an International driver permit, for up to 6 months in Germany.

Residents (for at least 185 days per year) in Germany planning to return to New Zealand after one year may apply for an extension of up to 12 months.  Written approval is needed as proof of the extension.

Residents (at least 185 days per year) in Germany staying for more than 6 months/12 months need to convert their New Zealand licence into a German licence.  To apply for the conversion contact the local Fahrerlaubnisbehörde (drivers licence bureau) or Bürgeramt, (Municipality).  A translation of your licence may or may not be required depending on the policy of the state government where the licence is converted.

A New Zealand driver licence class 1 will be converted into a German driver licence classes B, AM and L.

Conversion guidelines are as follows: 

  • Original valid full New Zealand driver licence
  • Personal ID
  • Biometric Photo
  • Pay relevant fees
  • A translation should not be required but may be requested
  • Eye test or a first aid course is not a requirement
  • Theoretical test is not required
  • Practical test is not required

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