Driver's Licence

EU driving licence sticking out of a pocket

EU driving licence, © picture-alliance/ dpa


Canadian Driver's Licence in Germany

You can use your valid Canadian driver's licence in Germany for up to six months, if it is accompanied by a certified translation or an international driver's licence.

If you intend to reside in Germany, you can exchange your Canadian licence for a German driver's licence at the competent authority at the place of your residence in Germany. If you have already held a German licence in the past, you should bring this to the attention of the competent clerk in Germany.

Please read the following fact sheet for holders of foreign driving licences from non-EU states on driving licence provisions in the Federal Republic of Germany, published by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. PDF / 171 KB

German Driver's Licence in Canada

Regulations for driver’s licences vary according to province or territory.

The German driver's licence is recognized in Canada, and can be used for a limited time. However, holders of a German driver's licence who intend to stay in Canada for longer must obtain a Canadian driver's license.

To find out more about getting licenced to drive in Canada, visit the website for the motor vehicle licencing agency in your province or territory.

A German licence can be transcribed and exchanged for a Canadian licence. The German Foreign Mission can issue a driver's licence certificate in English language, which is recognized by the province's driver's licence offices.

Read more (in German language)

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