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When driving for an extended period in Germany it is necessary to convert a foreign driver license to a local German version, Führerschein. It is highly important to do so within the first six months after arrival in the country. Following that time, the original license is no longer valid and driving not permitted. It is possible but not recommended due to the inconvenience to convert a license for up to three years following commencement of residency.

During that time, however, the process can become more involved even leading to the necessity to sit a new driving test. This system operates for licenses issued in most countries, though exemptions do exist.

EU citizens encounter the smoothest options. US nationals have a hit and miss situation with some state licenses fully convertible, others with restrictions and yet more have no reciprocal agreement whatsoever.

By Vincent Green, Mar 11 2020

Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

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40200 Düsseldorf

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We stand in a foreign culture finding ourselves pointing, gesticulating and hoping to be understood. Germans mostly speak at least some English. However, some expats relocating to Düsseldorf may wish to carry a few basic but helpful words with them for use in awkward moments.

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