JOFTAA provided this useful information 7 years, 5 months ago:

Get your USAREUR Driver License ASAP!

If you are looking for the online study guide and practice test, look here.
If you are looking for the online study guide and practice test discussion, look here.

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If you are going to drive in Germany, you must have a USAREUR driver license. There is no exception to this rule.

If you have not already heard the horror stories about taking the test to get your license, do yourself a favor and ignore anyone who tells you how difficult it is to pass the test. You may download the study guide, study for the test, and take practice tests at USAREURPracticeTest.com.



Both my wife and I passed the test the first time. All it takes is a little effort on your part.

For more information on the driving test, picking up your POV, and more, look here. Something that I noticed missing from this information is that if you have tinted windows, even clear tint, you may NOT have the tint film on your windshield or front driver/passenger windows. You will not pass inspection if your have tint on these windows, and that means you cannot get your license plates.

Plan ahead!



You need to make an appointment to get your driver license. When I called for my appointment, I was ready to take the test. I was prepared. I was psyched. I was ready to drive! Unfortunately, the driver license administrator had a different idea. The soonest appointment available for me to take the test was two weeks later. This was a major bummer!

I suggest you call and make your appointment at least 10 days prior to being ready to take the test. You should be able to study the material and take the practice test and be very prepared to pass the test by the time your appointment comes around.

Here is the info on who to call. I highly suggest that while you are on the phone making your appointment, that you ask what they require you to bring with you. If I recall correctly, I needed a copy of my sponsor's orders, my stateside driver license, and a check for $10. Verify what you will need with you, otherwise you might not get to take your test and you'll have to wait until the next available appointment.

Remember, study and know the signs, and get 100% on the practice test. I can't guarantee this will work for you, but it worked for both myself and my wife. We both passed the first time.

The text in the following box is from HERE

Drivers MUST have a U.S. Army Europe license to drive in Germany, no exception. An international driver's license is not acceptable, nor can you legally drive a rental car while you wait for your vehicle to arrive without one.
Current United States Army Europe (USAREUR) rules require all members of the US Forces, including civilian employees and family members, to have a USAREUR driver's license to operate ANY vehicle overseas. This license may be obtained ONLY from a USAREUR driver testing facility--not in the States. Drivers should get an international driving permit before driving a vehicle outside of Germany (see AE PAM 290-34), however, driving while pending a USAREUR certificate of license is possible only for sponsors who meet applicable regulation-specified criteria and, even then, is discretionary with the ASG Commander (see AER 190-1, para 2-1b). An International driver's license is not acceptable for U.S. sponsored individuals overseas in lieu of a USAREUR driver's license. This requirement applies to either a U.S. Forces-registered vehicle or a vehicle bearing German license plates (e.g., rental vehicles). Be prepared to take the driver's test soon after your arrival overseas. Sponsors can provide a copy of the USAREUR driver's handbook so that individuals may study for this driver's test.

Individuals who will be stationed in Germany should review the Driver's Handbook and Examination Manual for Germany, USAREUR Pamphlet 190-34.

A written test is required for individuals possessing a valid driver's license from any state. BE ADVISED however -- it is challenging. Studying is a must to successfully pass the test. The test is a combination of road sign recognition and multiple-choice questions on a variety of driving and safety topics.

Individuals must continue to hold a valid state driver's license and a military driver's license or a German driver's license (former German assignments only) in addition to the USAREUR license. Anyone planning to drive in Europe must obtain a valid state driver's license before leaving the United States.

Since posts in each country administer their own exams, individuals may contact their sponsor for information on obtaining a driver's license and available study aids.
The Driving in Germany videos are also at USAREURpracticeTest.com.

There is also information presented before the test about drinking alcohol and how long you need to wait to drive. Know that info. You will be tested on it.

On the day of testing you must have the following items:

a) Valid ID Card.
b) Valid stateside driver's license.
c) Sponsor's local unit, unit address, and phone number.
d) Personal mailing address.
e) $10 check or money order.
f) Corrective lenses if needed.
g) The Driver's Study Booklet must be returned on testing day.

If you arrive for your test without any/some of the above, you will be rescheduled to test on another day.


MOTORCYCLES
If you have a valid stateside license with a motorcycle endorsement, you will need to pass a 30 question written test along with a nine exercise proficiency test before being able to legally drive any motorcycle in Germany. If you fail either portion of the test, or do not have a stateside motorcycle endorsement, you can take the required course on the economy at your own expense.

Motorcycle license testing is offered February through October only. Each applicant is required to bring:

a) Valid stateside license with motorcycle endorsement.
b) Valid USAREUR POV license.
c) Motorcycle and protective headgear.
d) $10 check or money order.

Bldg. 2106, Room 201
Ramstein - Airbase
Telephone: 06371-47-2394 From The U.S. dial 011-49-6371-47-2394 or 011-49-6371-47-5534
Alternate: 06371-47-5534
DSN: 480-2394
DSN: 480-5534
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 0700-1500, Wed 0700-1300
Mon, Wed-Thu 0715, Tue 1200
Fri re-test only 0845

AER190-1 13 August 2010



7 years, 5 months ago

Also there are some bases/post in the states that will let you take your USAREUR drivers test there. I wish I knew that. So you may want to look into that before you head over.

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6 years, 11 months ago

A little info to add, only the military member can take the test stateside. Dependents have to wait unitl they get to Germany. At least thats what the education center at Goodfellow told us. I'm bummed, I was looking forward to getting it over with.

6 years, 11 months ago

This is true. As of right now only active duty can take the stateside test. If you are on top of things you can have your License test scheduled for the day after you arrive in Germany. I arrived on the 2nd of the month and had an appointment for the 3rd of the month.

Like JOFTAA said really study the signs! Also understand the right of way. If you miss a question on the example test in the study guide figure out why and do it until you get all the questions right and until you understand why you got them right and you will be just fine.

6 years, 9 months ago

JOFTAA,

Does the "official USAREUR Driver License test" consist of the same questions as the practice exam? Meaning, can I memorize all the answers and pass the test?

Thanks - Nick

6 years, 9 months ago

Quote by NickG:
JOFTAA,

Does the "official USAREUR Driver License test" consist of the same questions as the practice exam? Meaning, can I memorize all the answers and pass the test?

Thanks - Nick


I don't remember the real test, but I did post above what/how I studied and passed. That is really all I can tell you. I will go on a limb and say that if you know both study guides AND know the material in the videos, you should be OK. There are some questions on the test from the videos. One of them that I remember dealt with legal limits of blood alcohol.

Good luck to you!

6 years, 9 months ago

is the drivers test multiple choice for the written and signs test

6 years, 9 months ago

Quote by willing:
is the drivers test multiple choice for the written and signs test


Multiple choice and matching. The road signs portion is matching. You can study/practice for the test at www.USAREURpracticeTest.com

6 years, 6 months ago

A bit protective are we! Lol

I am in no way disparaging your program and studying material - it to is a very good resource which I will use - just providing other resources as I come across them for others to consider.

I like your program use when I have internet connection - the other I can use on my laptop when I'm not connect (at the gym, on the train, in the car - which is about half my day!).

Quote by JOFTAA:

4. Very outdated. Their pamphlet is from 2001.


You may want to edit this out, if you look it actually says "This pamphlet supersedes USAREUR Pamphlet 190-34/USAFE Pamphlet 31-206, 1 January 2001."

It is still out of date, as the most current is 2009.

6 years, 6 months ago

Quote by DcCow:
A bit protective are we! Lol

I am in no way disparaging your program and studying material - it to is a very good resource which I will use - just providing other resources as I come across them for others to consider.

I like your program use when I have internet connection - the other I can use on my laptop when I'm not connect (at the gym, on the train, in the car - which is about half my day!).



You may want to edit this out, if you look it actually says "This pamphlet supersedes USAREUR Pamphlet 190-34/USAFE Pamphlet 31-206, 1 January 2001."


You are correct about the pamphlet date, however, since the software has not been updated since 2004, it is at least 7 years out of date.

I am more concerned with people blowing up their Windows configuration than I am their using competing software.

Not to mention, for those with a Mac, it is not usable at all.

6 years, 6 months ago

Just installed and uninstalled on both an XP computer and Vista with no issues - but then again, I'm no computer expert.

Again, will be helpful at least for me to use while off line (rather than playing solitaire!)

6 years, 1 month ago

I took the driver's license test prior to, how long does it take before I get my license and am able to rent a car to drive?

6 years ago

Is the test timed? Is it paper and pencil or taken on the computer?
Thank you for your hep!

6 years ago

Quote by Orpah:
Is the test timed? Is it paper and pencil or taken on the computer?
Thank you for your hep!


Officially, it is not timed. Un-officially, if you are not finished at the same time as everyone else, you are going to fail. The reason I say that is because if you know the information as you should, you'll whiz right through the test and pass. If you don't know what you are doing, it won't matter if the test is timed or not, you are not going to pass. The bottom line is to know the material before you show up.

You are given a question book and an answer sheet. If you mark in the book, you fail. You must use the answer sheet for your answers. They will provide you with the writing implement to use.

6 years ago

Quote by acrod:
I took the driver's license test prior to, how long does it take before I get my license and am able to rent a car to drive?



My husband took the test prior to our arrival and I took it the day after we arrived. He had to sit through the videos first and then they issued him a temporary license. I passed (thanks largely to studying from the links provided here!!) on my first try. We both paid our $10 and exactly two weeks later received the actual licenses in our APO box.

5 years, 11 months ago

Try the link below if you want to get the test done prior to arrival. I believe you can do it 60 days out and must have a CAC at a DOD computer.

USAFE DLT site DOC

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