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Stretch67 provided this useful information 10 years, 1 month ago:

International Driving Licence / International Driving Permit (IDP)

Once you have gotten over the hurdle of getting your USAEUR driver's licence, it is an easy process to get one that will allow you to drive everywhere in Europe. It takes going to the licence place on Ramstein, getting a form, having a passport sized photo taken and $15. Go to the licence place in Kaiserslautern in the Centrum and you can get the licence.

The address etc for your GPS is on the form you get from Ramstein. Many military members and dependents forget that the one you take the test for only allows you to drive legally in Germany. So, if you travel by car over the border you can be stopped and arrested for driving without a proper licence. This has happened to a lot of people in the last year or so.

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8 years, 12 months ago

Can someone who has been to the Kusel Rathaus for the IDP tell me where to go and what the hours are? When I got my form from the driver's licensing office on base they gave me the paper for the KL Rathaus and I live in Kusel county.

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8 years, 12 months ago

I searched Google for kusel rathaus. Got this: http://www.suchen.de/kategorie-katalog/rathaus/kusel.html

8 years, 11 months ago

Does any one have any great tips on passing the driver test exam...?

Do you need to take a driving test and a written test? Is the writen test mult choice type? short answer etc.

I arrive Aug. 7th and need to start studying so I can get wheels and a place to stay.

ALso, any suggestions on temp. lodging, I'm a single civilian, assign to RIS.
I'm interested in buying a nice used BMW and a small two/ maybe three bed room house or condo/ apartment.

Any help would be appreciated very much!

8 years, 11 months ago

Quote by Orpah:
Does any one have any great tips on passing the driver test exam...?

Do you need to take a driving test and a written test? Is the writen test mult choice type? short answer etc........


www.USAREURpracticeTest.com is the place to go. The test is multiple choice and matching. If you follow the instructions at the link I just gave you, you'll pass with flying colors.

8 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for your quick reply!

Any other tips on buying a car and house in the area of Ramstein would be greatly appreciated. How have you lived in the K-town area?

rpah

I am stateside, but leave for Ramstein Aug.6th. Should I get my IDA at AAA befoe I leave? Or do I need my German licenses first? Also, can I use AAA in Europe?

8 years, 11 months ago

Please take a look on this site for info on the IDP. There is plenty of info. Just type IDP into the search window in the upper right.

One of the things you'll read about is the fact that you CANNOT use an IDP in Germany. Period. You can use the IDP when driving outside of Germany, only. This is why it is so important to get your USAREUR driver license as quickly as possible. You want to start studying now so you can take your test as soon as possible after getting here.

As for buying a car, look at www.ramsteinyardsales.com. We did a lot of shopping when we got here and found the dealerships are all over priced and take advantage of Americans. Buy a used car from someone PCSing out of Germany. Make sure, before you pay for the car, that it passes inspection, and that you have a certified mechanic give it an inspection as well. You don't want to buy someone else's problems.

As for housing, you just have to start looking at ahrn.com and in the various newspapers. And, call as many realtors as you can if you cannot find something on your own. Be prepared to pay for the realtor, though. They are not cheap! If you look long enough, and still cannot find something, as housing to approve reimbursement for a real estate agent.

8 years, 8 months ago

Because I live in Vogelweh Housing, they made me come to the drivers license place at Merkurstrasse 45. It's the white building in the back. Go to the reception desk and they will send you upstairs to the waiting area. Once your number is called you head back to the room. Make sure you have the Word document version and not the PDF. They told me that my version that I had Kapaun registration fill out didn't look like the original (which it was). Don't forget that the stamp that Kapaun registration gives you is only good for 7 days!!

8 years, 8 months ago

That is pretty stupid. Word vs. PDF? Really? The document is the same, regardless.

8 years, 6 months ago

Can someone tell me how long this takes? I'm suppose to transport my POV to another European country ASAP. Thanks!



Also, I found the information below on the Kaiserslautern website. It gives addresses for various offices. Appears you can go to this office directly without any need for an extra step at Ramstein.



link:
http://www.kaiserslautern-kreis.de/en/agency/verkehr/fuehrerscheinwesen.html

International Driver's License for Personnel stationed in Germany in accordance with the NATO Status of Forces Agreement



Members of a force, of the civilian component or their dependents stationed in Germany in accordance with the NATO Status of Forces Agreement require for the application for an International Driver's License the following documents:


  • Application for the issuance of an International Driver's License (available at or our Driver's License Section or at the vehicle registration office on Base)
  • A biometric photograph
  • USAREUR driver's license
  • ID Card

Fee: € 15.30

8 years, 6 months ago

Thank you, snarky, for the reminder. Although this info is in the 10th post up from here, it is good to have a reminder for those who missed it the first time.

Edit: I forgot to answer your question about how long it takes. We went to get our IDP at the address you posted (as well as in the other posts) and it took under 20 minutes to get since we had the proper paperwork with us. Again, you get the paperwork from vehicle registration.

8 years, 6 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
Thank you, snarky, for the reminder. Although this info is in the 10th post up from here, it is good to have a reminder for those who missed it the first time.


Similar, but not complete. If you live in downtown Kaiserslautern like me then the Lauterstraße office isn't the right one (even though only 5 minutes away walking). The link I provided gives the addresses and phone numbers for all the various offices ... including the one I needed. Thanks.

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