JOFTAA provided this useful information 9 years, 11 months ago:

You may not have to take the USAREUR driver license test

This is a nice way to get your USAREUR driver license without having to take the USAREUR driver license test.

If you live in a state with a full reciprocal agreement, you can take your driver license to the German office and get your GERMAN driver license. Full info on this is available at the link I posted above.

Once you have your German driver license, you can take that to the USAREUR driver license office and get your USAREUR driver license without having to take the test.

Keep in mind, regardless of how you get your USAREUR driver license, you may not drive in Germany until you get your USAREUR driver license.

Example: Suppose you come from Alabama. You are in possession of a valid Alabama driver license. You can submit an application for a German driver license directly to the local Stadtverwaltung (Führerscheinstelle), (Administration / driver license-place) in Germany. An applicant will usually be asked to present the following documents:


  • An official identification document such as a passport
  • A residency registration certificate from the Einwohnermeldeamt (population registry office, government office which handles resident registrations )
  • The original U.S. license together with a German translation
  • A statement by the applicant that the license is still valid
  • A recent photograph (35mm x 45 mm)
  • Documentation of a recent eye test is also often required


If you come from a state that does not have full reciprocity, you may still be able to get a German license with a written test. But, if you are going to do that, you might as well take the USAREUR driver license test because it is a lot less expensive.

Further information can be found here.



9 years, 6 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
This is a nice way to get your USAREUR driver license without having to take the USAREUR driver license test.

If you live in a state with a full reciprocal agreement, you can take your driver license to the German office and get your GERMAN driver license. Full info on this is available at the link I posted above.

Once you have your German driver license, you can take that to the USAREUR driver license office and get your USAREUR driver license without having to take the test.

Further information can be found here.


JOFTAA, you are amazing! I have an Ohio Drivers License, so I don't need to this test! I had been studying, and was feeling pretty good about it anyway, but one less thing to worry about.

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9 years, 5 months ago

In your post you wrote
"Once you have your German driver license, you can take that to the USAREUR driver license office and get your USAREUR driver license without having to take the test."

But the legal page says...
"Please note that this information does not apply to the driving privileges of those holding a valid AE Form 190, USAEUR Certificate of License (USAEUR Driver's License)."

Has anyone done this?

My wife just got her German License after 3 unsuccessful USAEUR test attempts but now we are unsure of her going to get the USAEUR license.

9 years, 5 months ago

Wow. Your wife passed the actual German test, but can't pass the USAREUR test? That is so odd. The USAREUR test is very easy compared to the real German test from everything I have heard.

Give a call to 06371-47-5534. Someone there should be able to answer your questions. Let us know what you find out, please.

Just remember, this is only good if you are holding a U.S. driver license from one of the states with full reciprocity.

9 years, 5 months ago

Has anyone tried the getting their license through state reciprocity?

Unregistered
8 years, 5 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:


Keep in mind, regardless of how you get your USAREUR driver license, you may not drive in Germany until you get your USAREUR driver license.


Further information can be found here.


JOFTAA, You provide awesome info for a lot of topics. Thanks. I am confused about the statements above (if I quoted them right), regarding the requirement to have a USAREUR license to drive in Germany. In the link you provided for further information, it specifically states, "Background - Under the current regulations, U.S. citizens may drive in Germany with a valid U.S. driver's license for up to 364 days. Thereafter, a German license is required." Can you clarify? According to that, from the 86th AIRLIFT WING RAMSTEIN LAW CENTER, we can legally drive for a year prior to getting a USAREUR license. Thanks for your time.

8 years, 5 months ago

I am not sure what that is referring to, but the rule is as follows:

If you are an employee of DoD, you must get your USAREUR driver license before you drive. No IDL/IDP is allowed. So, until you get your USAREUR driver license, you cannot drive. Simple as that. There are exceptions to this rule, but qualifying isn't something I have ever seen anyone do.

Unregistered
8 years, 5 months ago

Thank you. I guess they are referring to citizens not subject to USAEUR, so I'm not sure why they would post that at all. Maybe for visiting family members. Anyway, thank you.

8 years, 5 months ago

You can not drive a USAREUR plated car until you have the USAREUR Certificate of License. You don't need it to rent a car or borrow a German plate one.

Also, I got my USAREUR license back in 1996 and converted that to a German one. Not sure that is still possible unless you got it before a certain date.

8 years, 5 months ago

Quote by Bergman:
You can not drive a USAREUR plated car until you have the USAREUR Certificate of License. You don't need it to rent a car or borrow a German plate one.

Also, I got my USAREUR license back in 1996 and converted that to a German one. Not sure that is still possible unless you got it before a certain date.


Things may have changed. If you are a DoD employee, you are not allowed to use your IDL/IDP within Germany. Not even for a rental car. When we arrived in Germany, all we had was our IDL/IDP. We rented a car with it. Of course, it is not the job of the off base rental agency to make sure we had our USAREUR license, so he rented us the car. My wife got pulled over by military police for driving 2km over the speed limit (no, I am not kidding! 2km!). Anyway, she had her IDL with her. It turned into a real big issue because we were not supposed to be using the IDL/IDP within Germany.

The IDL/IDP is for driving outside of Germany, only.

You may still get your German license, but you have to go through the same process as the Germans. A couple of thousand Euro, lots of driving lessons, etc. A real pain in the ass to get.

8 years, 5 months ago

True IDL are not supposed to work in your resident country. 2kms...sounds like a slow night for the MPs.

8 years, 5 months ago

Also note that the USAREUR driver's license is good only in Germany, technically. The on-base DL office has a form for you to get a German-issued IDL. You get the form, go to the KMCC and sit in the booth and pay 5 Euro to get passport-style picture, and then take these, along with your USAREUR DL, to the office in downtown K-town. You will pay a small amount (I think that it was 15 Euro in 2011) and you get a German-issued IDL, which along with your USAREUR license makes you legal to drive all over Europe! Family members with a USAREUR license can do it as well. Note that once you get the form you only have a few days to take it to the German agency. If it times-out, you have to get the form reissued at the USAREUR DL office.

8 years, 5 months ago

Quote by TarHeel:
Also note that the USAREUR driver's license is good only in Germany, technically. The on-base DL office has a form for you to get a German-issued IDL. You get the form, go to the KMCC and sit in the booth and pay 5 Euro to get passport-style picture, and then take these, along with your USAREUR DL, to the office in downtown K-town. You will pay a small amount (I think that it was 15 Euro in 2011) and you get a German-issued IDL, which along with your USAREUR license makes you legal to drive all over Europe! Family members with a USAREUR license can do it as well. Note that once you get the form you only have a few days to take it to the German agency. If it times-out, you have to get the form reissued at the USAREUR DL office.


There is quite a bit of info, here.

7 years ago

Just an FYI. If you have been stationed in Germany previously, and it has been no more than one year since your license expired then you can get a renewal for $10 and not have to re-take the test! Worked for us today and made things much easier.

7 years ago

Quote by kanajb:
Just an FYI. If you have been stationed in Germany previously, and it has been no more than one year since your license expired then you can get a renewal for $10 and not have to re-take the test! Worked for us today and made things much easier.


You will still need to have a valid stateside license to do this.

7 years ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
You will still need to have a valid stateside license to do this.


That is correct, although they did not even check ours. We gave them our previous USAEUR license, filled out the paperwork and got our license. Took about ten minutes.

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