The days of your old driver’s license are counted
dpa/federico gambarini/illustration From 2021 the driver’s licenses must be changed
Site expert Tobias KlingelhOfer
The old driver’s license has to go. And much earlier than noted on most paper driving license in the expiration date. Germany thus implements an EU directive defined in 2006. What you have to pay attention to not to miss appointments.
110 different driving license documents that are currently available in the EU are standardized and controls are simplified. And the driver’s license tourism, in which drivers who were withdrawn from the driver’s license, simply got new documents in the neighboring country, should be contained in this way. In order to prevent an application chaos at the competent authorities, the changeover is gradually introduced from 2021.
Driving license in the new format
Anyone who got their driver’s license from 2013 already knows the new format: it is like a check card and fits into every wallet. However, 45 million old rags must be exchanged by 2033 at the latest, because from this point on only the card format is issued.
Tobias KlingelhOfer is a lawyer and has been a legal expert for Arag for many years. As a guest columnist for site, he informs consumers about their rights and obligations in different life situations.
There are new driver’s licenses according to the year of birth and the date of exhibition
First of all, the 15 million drivers are on their own, their driver’s licenses up to 31. December 1998 were exhibited. Restricted after born years, their old documents will be renewed until 2024: owners who were born between 1953 and 1958 must get a new driver’s license as early as 2021. Born before 1953 have time until 2033. From 2025 to 2033, the approx. 30 million driving licenses, from 1. January 1999 were issued, exchanged in plastic cards, graded after the exhibition year.
1. Fair aus until 1998
Federal Council Exchange obligation for driver’s licenses: This applies to older drivers
2. Fair auses from 1999
Federal Council Exchange obligation for driver’s licenses: This applies to newer driving licenses
Driving license with a temporary term
The validity of the uniform driver’s licenses is significantly shorter at the age of 15 than before. But a new examination does not have to be taken in the future if the driver’s license has expired. The advantage: With the regular replacement of the document and the owner photo, it is always up to date in terms of safety. This makes false and thieves making life more difficult.
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