German driving laws – fines for speeding, drunk driving, parking violations etc.

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German traffic laws for foreigners

german traffic laws for foreigners
German traffic laws for foreigners

Regarding the question, whether Germans are considerate or rather reckless drivers, everyone will have a different answer after a visit to Germany. That is not surprising considering there are 43 million registered cars in Germany after all. And there are a variety of differences between their drivers. Therefore, the “German driving style” can hardly be evaluated, because there is no such thing as “a German driver”.

According to a recent survey conducted by an insurance company, 96% of all German drivers consider themselves as “very good” or at least “quite good” drivers. Admittedly, the number of traffic deaths is declining every year, but nevertheless, the proportion of traffic deaths in other countries like the UK or the Netherlands is still smaller than in Germany. In spite of that, you can give credit to the Germans that only a sixth of the 43 million car drivers has got so called Punkte in Flensburg (points in Flensburg).

The Flensburger Konto (account in Flensburg) generally records, if someone committed traffic violations like speeding. The bigger the hazard caused by the misbehaviour, the more points will be recorded on the account. If a traffic offender has gathered 8 points, he or she must hand in the driving licence permanently.

FAQ: German driving laws

Is my driving licence valid in Germany?

Usually foreign licences are valid in Germany. Depending on how long someone is staying, different laws apply. Please check here for more information.

Is there a speed limit valid in Germany?

Yes, in communities the general speed limit is 50 km/h. Information about other speed limits and about fines for violations of those can be found here.

Will drunk driving be punished in Germany?

Yes, drunk driving is a traffic violation and from a certain point onwards will be seen as a criminal offence. The general limit is 0,5 ‰ and 0,0 ‰ for drivers under 21 or with a new licence. Check here for more informtion.

The points also apply to foreigners

Points for foreigners
Points for foreigners

Under German law, foreigners travelling through Germany are able to collect points in Flensburg as well, if they commit a violation according to the schedule of fines. The rules regarding the points apply to foreigners just like they do to natives. Additional to the points, there are further penalties which can be imposed on foreigners.

  • For instance, a fine which is sent as a penalty notice to foreign countries as well. If the recipient does not pay the fine, it will also result in enforcement proceedings – at least in the EU.
  • Furthermore, car drivers who committed certain violations like running a red light may be punished with a temporary driving ban which usually lasts for one to three months.

The German schedule of fines is a unified compilation of all German traffic violations and fines according to German driving laws. It also states which additional penalties are imposed on offenders. The schedule of fines defines if the violation entails a driving ban and how long this ban will last. It also determines if points are being recorded and how many.

Furthermore, the German law states that criminal offences like drunk driving can already result in the revocation of the driver’s licence – even if the offender has not gathered 8 points on the account in Flensburg yet. A so called MPU is one of the steps to regain the driver’s permit. It is short for Medizinisch-Psychologische Untersuchung (medical-psychological examination) and requires a report which must attest the offender a more careful driving style in the future. It is often not that easy to receive one. As long as this report is not issued, the offender cannot drive a car in Germany with his or her previous driver’s licence.

In this instance, the traffic offender can lose his or her driving permit abroad as well. The EUCARIS (European Car and Driving Licence Information System) has the data of holders of a driver’s licence from many European countries and provides authorities abroad with it. Thus a driving ban can be enforced there. A general statement if this will happen in other countries is not possible though.

If it happens, there is the possibility that only the violatioin against the regulation of “carrying a driving licence” is punished abroad as sometimes the criminal offence “driving without a driving licence” does not exist in this country.

Revocation of a foreign driving permit

German driving laws allow for two different kinds of driving bans. In the case of a temporary driving ban, the driver’s licence will be revoked as a penalty for a period of up to three months. Afterwards, the holder reacquires it from the authorities. This procedure is also legitimate with a foreign driver’s permit. The ban is usually marked on the concerned licence.

Even if someone is in Germany for just a short time – as a tourist for example – and is punished with a driving ban, the traffic offender cannot unmake it by leaving Germany. The temporary ban prohibits driving in Germany for the defined period of time. If an offender drives during the ban, her or she can be charged with driving without a licence upon re-entry into Germany. This is a criminal offence by German law which is punished with a fine or even a prison sentence of up to one year.

A permanent driving ban for the holder of a foreign driver’s licence is regulated by section 69b in the StGB (German criminal code). It states that the preliminary permission to operate a vehicle in Germany with a foreign driving permit is revoked with the driving ban. Furthermore, it is not possible to get a German driving licence within a retention period set by the authorities.

If the offender is from an EU country, his or her seized driver’s permit will be sent to the appropriate authority in their home country. In some cases, it might even be sent to the home address of the offender. If not, the ban will be noted on the licence itself – the licence then will not be valid anymore in Germany.

Again, if someone drives a car in spite of that, he or she commits a criminal offence. This driving without a licence will not be treated as a traffic violation according to the schedule of fines, but as an offence as per German law. This also means the case will be taken to court. Legal consequences differ from country to country, if you drive without a licence outside of Germany.

Do I need a German driving licence?

Information about the German driving licence
Infomatione about the German driving licence

Someone who is staying in Germany for extended periods of time and is driving a car here, may want to get a German driving licence. According to German driving laws, this is not necessary if the stay is a short one! The foreign driver’s licence is valid in Germany in the first few months, especially if you are from an EU country. You should check the age limits or time restrictions for the different kinds of licences in Germany. A driver’s licence class C1 and C1E for example needs to be renewed every five years.

Drivers from one of the member states of the EU or a contractual state of the European Economy Area (EEA) will have less problems having their foreign driver’s permit validated in Germany. A translation of the driver’s permit into German is not necessary in these cases. A driver’s licence acquired and issued in such a country will still be valid, if the holder registers a new place of residence in Germany as per German law.

But heads up: the termination date of the driving permit remains valid! Possibly, you have to request an extension with the German authorities. Since the processing will take some time, you should contact the authorities opportunely. You will receive the German documents together with the extension of your driver’s licence, provided that your registered residence is in Germany and you spend at least 185 days a year there.

Driving permits from non-EU countries

So a driver’s licence which was issued within the EU is usually applicable in Germany without any problems. If you have a foreign driver’s permit, though, which was not issued in a EU country nor an EEA country, we strongly advise you to get professional consulting at your local admissions office. According to German driving laws, your current driver’s licence will be valid for the first six months when you have registered a German residency. After that time it will expire. You will have to apply for a German driving licence in due time.

The regulations for acquiring the German driving licence depend on the country the original driver’s licence was issued in. You can find out the regulations for your country at your local driving licence office. Provided that you are not staying longer than a year in Germany, you can get a special permit; thereby you do not have to get a new licence. This special permit must be recorded in your documents; otherwise you might get into trouble at a traffic check.

Speed limits in Germany

Speeding fines in Germany should not be  underestimated.
Speeding fines in Germany should not be underestimated.

Germany has a speed limit of 50 km/h within built-up areas and 100 km/h outside built-up areas – like most European countries. On the other hand, there is no speed limit on the German Autobahn (motorways) – just a recommended speed of 130 km/h. Car drivers are required to drive according to the weather conditions, though. For instance, ice and snow can make it necessary for drivers to drive slower. Consistently, there are heated discussions on establishing a speed limit on the German Autobahn as well. Up to now, this is not the case though.

However, there are traffic signs indicating a speed limit on many street sections and on the motorways as well. Drivers who are speeding in Germany may be caught by a speed trap. The driver must be recognizable on the photo which can be automatically taken by the radar trap. In Germany it is the driver that is liable, which lies in contrast to other countries. Therefore, the registered keeper of the vehicle does not always receive the penalty notice, but it must be undoubtedly clarified on the basis of the photographic evidence that the suspected person was in fact driving.

The following table contains some fines for speeding violations against German driving laws along with the related point and shows if a driving ban is imposed.

German speeding fines

Out of townFinePointsDriving ban
…1 - 10 km/h€ 20
…11 - 15 km/h€ 40
…16 - 20 km/h€ 60
…21 - 25 km/h€ 701
…26 - 30 km/h€ 8011 month
…31 - 40 km/h€ 12011 month
…41 - 50 km/h€ 16021 month
…51 - 60 km/h€ 24021 month
…61 - 70 km/h€ 44022 months
> 70 km/h€ 60023 months

In townFinePointsDriving ban
…1 - 10 km/h€ 30
…11 - 15 km/h€ 50
…16 - 20 km/h€ 70
…21 - 25 km/h€ 8011 month
…26 - 30 km/h€ 10011 month
…31 - 40 km/h€ 16021 month
…41 - 50 km/h€ 20021 month
…51 - 60 km/h€ 28022 months
…61 - 70 km/h€ 48023 months
> 70 km/h€ 68023 months

How fines changed due to the new StVO:

Speeding out of townFine: old → newPointsDriving ban
up to 10 km/h€ 10 → € 20--
11-15 km/h€ 20 → € 40--
16-20 km/h€ 30 → € 60--
21-25 km/h€ 70 → € 701-
26-30 km/h€ 80 → € 801new: 1 month
31-40 km/h€ 120 → € 1201new: 1 month
Speeding in townFine: old → newPointsDriving ban
up to 10 km/h€ 15 → € 30--
11-15 km/h€ 25 → € 50--
16-20 km/h€ 35 → € 70--
21-25 km/h€ 80 → € 80 1new: 1 month
26-30 km/h€ 100 → € 1001new: 1 month

Parking violations

Parking violations
Parking violations

Many tourists do not know the regulations when it comes to parking in Germany. That is not surprising, since there are a lot of rules to follow: it is stated in the StVO (German driving laws) that it is forbidden to park 5 m in front of crossovers or side roads (8 m if there is a cycle path). Lowered kerbs are also off-limits. Moreover, drivers are supposed to park in a space-saving way and must not park in front of a driveway, bus stop signs or on manhole covers. Overall, parking is not allowed in a lot of places pursuant to German driving laws. If these regulations are violated, the driver will get a parking ticket. Parking is permitted at places with a blue traffic sign with a white “P” on it. Sometimes you will have to get a pay-and-display-ticket first, though.

German Parking FinesFinesPointsDriving ban
Parking at unclear road locations, sharp bends, on pedestrian crossings, 5m before / 10m after traffic lights€ 35
with obstruction€ 55
over 1 hour€ 55
over 1 hour with obstruction€ 55
Parking on foot- or bicycle paths€ 55
with obstruction€ 701
over 1 hour€ 701
over 1 hour with obstruction€ 801
over 1 hour with danger€ 801
over 1 hour with accident€ 1001
Parking on a confined space + obstruction to rescue vehicles€ 1001
Parking in front of or in fire service access road€ 551
obstructs emergency vehicles€ 1001
Parked on restricted areas in second row€ 55
with obstruction€ 801
with danger€ 901
with accident€ 1101
over 15 minutes€ 851
over 15 minutes with obstruction€ 901
Exceeding the parking time by up to 30 minutes€ 20
Up to 1 hour€ 25
Up to 2 hours€ 30
Up to 3 hours€ 35
Over 3 hours€ 40
Parking on a disabled parking spot€ 55
Parking on pedestrian areas or other prohibited zones€ 55
with obstruction€ 70
over 3 hours€ 70
Parking in the travel area of rail vehicles€ 55
with obstruction€ 701
Parking in places where stopping is prohibited€ 25
with obstruction€ 40
over 1 hour€ 40
over 1 hour with obstruction€ 50
Parking on special lanes and at bus stops€ 55
with obstruction€ 70
with danger€ 80
with accident€ 100
over 3 hours€ 70
over 3 hours with obstruction€ 80
over 3 hours with danger€ 100
over 3 hours with accident€ 100
Unpermissable parking on parking spots for E-Vehicles€ 55
Unpermissable parking on parking spots for Carsharing-Vehicles€ 55
German Stopping FinesFinePointsDriving ban
Stopping in narrow or unclear places, on sharp bends, on acceleration or deceleration strips, within five metres of pedestrian crossings, at taxi stands, up to ten metres in front of traffic lights, and where prohibited by markings, traffic lights and road signs€ 20
… with an obstruction€ 35
Stopping in the second row€ 55
… with an obstruction€ 701
… with danger€ 801
… with accident€ 1001
Stopping on bicycle lanes€ 55
… with an obstruction€ 701
… with danger€ 801
… with accident€ 1001
Unpermissable stopping on a bus lane or at bus stops€ 55
… with an obstruction€ 70
… with danger€ 80
… with accident€ 100

Safety regulations in the car

It is advisable to equip your car according to the safety regulations before driving in Germany. It can be inspected at a traffic check, if you have

  • a reflective vest
  • a first aid kid
  • a warning triangle

in your car. This equipment is obligatory in Germany just like in most EU countries. Furthermore, the condition of the tyres is sometimes checked as well. The minimum tread depth in Germany is 1.6 mm as per German law; it also is mandatory to have winter tyres, if the weather conditions dictate it.

There is a seatbelt requirement in Germany, too: all passengers must wear a seatbelt while driving. By the way, this also applies to coaches!

Passengers of full age are punished with a fine of € 30, if they do not wear a seatbelt in a moving car. In accordance with German driving laws children smaller than 150 cm have to be double secured: with a seatbelt and a children’s, baby or booster seat. As soon as one of the obligatory safety measures is violated, a fine of € 30 is inflicted. If a child is detected with no safety device whatsoever, the driver will have to pay a fine of € 60 and will get a point in Flensburg. If several children are not secured at all, the fine will increase to € 70.

Drunk driving and drug driving

drunk driving
Drunk driving

It is undisputable that the consumption of drugs and alcohol limits the ability to respond. Therefore, the risk to get into a car accident increases enormously. This way, you not only endanger yourself, but also others on the road.

The German alcohol laws and drug laws are very strict, thus the punishment for drunk driving or for driving under the influence of drugs is particularly harsh. The fines go from € 500 to € 1500. Additionally, long driving bans are imposed and multiple points are recorded.

A driver who is caught with 1.1 mg/ml or higher commits a criminal offence and is taken to court. A car driver who is at least 21 years old and has his or her driver’s licence for at least 2 years has a legal alcohol limit of 0.5 mg/ml. There is no traffic violation existent up to this limit, as long as the driving style is not suspicious or endangers others. Adolescents under 21 have a legal limit of 0.0 mg/ml: they are not allowed to drink any alcohol, if they want to operate a vehicle afterwards. The same is valid for new drivers, who have had their licence for less than two years.

The use of marijuana is also prohibited by law in Germany. Therefore, drug driving can not only result in prosecution, but a driving ban as well.

Fines for cyclists and pedestrians

Most of the violations mentioned in the schedule of fines refer to drivers of power-driven vehicles. Pursuant to German driving laws, pedestrians and drivers of non-motorised vehicles can receive a penalty notice as well, though. Cyclists whose bike is not equipped with the proper lighting have to pay a fine of up to € 25. Pedestrians have to pay a warning fine of € 5, if they cross against the red light. Cyclists get a point and a fine of € 60 for this violation. Helmets are not mandatory for cyclists in Germany. By the way, a ride with the bike with over 1.6 mg/ml or a suspicious driving style with at least 0.3 mg/ml can already lead to a criminal charge! Additionally, the offender gets 3 points.

German driving laws are mostly only slightly different to the regulations in other countries. All these sets of rules, like the StVO, are intended for the same thing: increase traffic safety so most accidents can be prevented. Car drivers who are on the road in Germany can do little wrong, when they stick to the prescribed guidelines in section 1 of the StVO: All road and transport users are urged to be considerate of others and drive carefully at all times. Everyone who takes these principles to heart will have no problems while driving in Germany or elsewhere.

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  1. Caleb sagt:


    How does one receive there ticket (legal code)? for instance a parking ticket by the local city in Germany. Which address would they need to send it to to insure that the responsible individual receives the correct ticket.

    If I never received a ticket would I still be held responsible later on for not getting it? Or is it the individuals responsibility to notify the legal authority if a fine is pending but not received?

    How does one make sure he receives the ticket legally?

    • sagt:

      Hello Caleb,

      the ticket will be sent to the car owner. He can be found via the licence plate. You do not have to inform the authorities.

      The editorial staff of

  2. Maria sagt:

    My car was parked and i wanted to get out of it. Trying to get out boy ran into me with his bicycle and he pulled his muscle. He spent six days at the hospital. I have eight months till my probational period ends. How bad is this for me? Please advise

  3. Elle sagt:

    We have a speeding notice which indicates that there is a right to refuse to disclose who was driving the car. What are the implications of ticking this box?

    • sagt:

      Hello Elle,

      you have a right to refuse to disclose who was actually driving, if the driver is a close relative. If the driver cannot be found, you might have to keep a driver’s logbook.

      The editorial staff of

  4. Ken sagt:


    I received a notice about a ticket on BAB 3, km 48,050, Gem. Neustadt/Wied, FR Koln from 2 months ago. I was going 126, but apparently the speed had reduced to 100 and I was not aware. I was traveling with a lot of other cars at the same speed and did not see a reduced speed sign.
    I live in the US and am having trouble understanding the notice I received. There is not a fee listed on the paper. What is the best way to proceed?
    I will be traveling back to Germany in late December. Can I deal with it then?

  5. CIHAN sagt:

    Hi 03.september I was coming back to England.I past from cologne city I was in otobahn.After 2 weeks I receive a letter regarding exceeding speed limit on the letter says buildup area the speed limit was 100km but I was doing 148km 48km over.The fine was 160 euro and 28.50 euro expenses and fees total fine is 188.50 euro which I have paid by IBAN.1 month band.After the payment they send me a other letter the fine was increased 348.50 so they want me to pay other 160 euro.Which is not fair.I couldn’t speak German so my cousin call the German authorities why it’s been increased they said because I didn’t send my UK driving license.But on the letter doesn’t says that please send your UK driving license.Im a British citizen and I never lived in Germany.I was just passing through from cologne city.By law German authorities not allowed to take or hold my UK driving licence.Only I need to pay the fine.Which was 160 euros also they make me pay for the fees and expenses.This is not fair at all.

  6. Bel sagt:

    Hello. My husband drove a car and he has no driver’s license. The police got the car. What penalty will he soon face because of what he done? Thank you.

  7. John I. sagt:


    I got caught drink driving in Berlin, then was taken to the police station for blood test. According to online BAC calculation, it seems that i had around 0.09 promill. There was a gap of 2,5 hours between my last drink and the blood test so i was already sober during the test. Im guessing that my average alcohol level was about 0.07. There is no accident or crime made, i was suspicious and police said that i wasn’t driving safe. My driving record is very clean and its the first time that its happening. Will my license get cancelled? and if does, what are the ways to get the license back and what is the procedure? How long will it take? Many thanks in advance.

  8. Robert sagt:


    I was stationed in the US Army in Germany in 2012 and was flashed 2 times for speeding. I did not receive the tickets prior to be assigned back to the US and now I am looking at working for the US in Germany again this time as a government civilian. How do I go about paying the tickets, this was on my USEUR Drivers License.

  9. Yana P. sagt:

    Hello. We received a penalty for €10 from this summer but we saw now the letter. How much I need to pay now. Return day is 27.09.2018 so we are more then 1 mounth late.

    • sagt:

      Hello Yana,

      if you do not pay punctually, official proceeding will be initiated. This means that you will most likely have to pay an additional sum (28,50 Euro).

      The editorial staff of

  10. Luca sagt:

    I have a German driving license. The police stopped at the autobahn and the tests were positive for THC. Small amount. I received a letter few months later asking me to do few more tests to prove I was clean, which I did and the results confirmed I was clean. I sent the results to the driving authority and still they sent me a letter stating that they are banning me from driving. I have 10 days to appeal. What should I do?

    The funny thing is that the police dept who stopped me at the autobahn is also charging me for driving under the influence and asking me to pay 500 euros and handle my license for 1 month. Which means, there are two cases going on against me that contradict themselves. I don’t know what to do. Please advise me.

  11. Ramya ramesh sagt:

    Hi ,

    I was driving through a signal when it was yellow. My mistake was that I speeded a bit .
    I was flashed twice . Not sure if it was for the red light or because of speeding . It would be great if I could get a feedback on that.

  12. Ramya Ramesh sagt:

    I was driving within the city limits. at the intersection, I drove over when it was yellow. It felt like I was flashed twice. was it because of the speeding or jumping the red light ?

  13. Mark O. sagt:

    I am a UK resident with a UK Licence. How long do the Flensburg points last? If I receive a one month ban I assume that’s a one month ban on driving on German roads and does not affect my UK licence or ability to drive in the uk during the one month ban. Tganks

    • sagt:

      Hello Mark O.,

      a driving ban only affects the ability to drive in the country of the official directive.

      The Team of

  14. Krul sagt:


    I got a problem because I got speeding ticket by radar on tripod. It was in August and I still don’t know how much I need to pay. How long I need to wait?

  15. Rengarajan sagt:

    Hello ,
    A month back I drove at 126 kmh in 100 km zone. I got a fine and got 1 point in my licence. I did the same mistake and got another point. Will I have to surrender my license for a month?

    • sagt:

      Hello Rengarajan,

      in that case the ban on driving as a incidental legal consequences should appear in the official order.

      The Team of

  16. Chris W. sagt:

    I have a $20.00 fine. What is the best way of paying this, Is there a online method please.
    Kind regards

  17. Rajendra sagt:


    I have a fine regarding very low Abstandhaltung in Autobahn at 144 kmph of only 19 m, where the rule says 72 m.

    So, I have to pay fine of 240 € with 2 points in Flensburg and 1-month driving ban.
    Now I accept it and ready to pay the fine
    But my question is regarding driving ban
    can I submit the driving License anytime in 6 months time frame after paying the fine as I am not in Probezeit?

    Thank you

    • sagt:

      Hello Rajendra,

      if it is your first driving ban within two years you can chose when to start the driving ban – provided, that you chose a date within 4 months after the driving ban is final.

      Your Team of

  18. Daniel sagt:


    I had an car crush last year while i was working in Germany and at that time i had a romanian driving licence.
    Nowdays ive received a court decision in wich my driving licence is going to be banned for 3 monts.

    The only issue is that now i have a british driving licence. Therefore my driving lincence will be banned only in Germany or i should expect that my driving licence to be banned as well in UK?

    Thank you for your reply,

  19. Neil F. sagt:

    I have recieved by letter, notification of a fine for overtaking another truck in a no overtaking section of road. How much is this likley to be.
    N.B. whilst driving my truck.
    Thank You.

  20. Candra sagt:

    I got a ticket for the red light jump of 200Euros fine and 1month driving prohibited. I am confused with next step and I have paid fine and should I have to submit my driving license to authority and from when my prohibition will start and should I drive the car before submitting my driving license(I don’t have a probation period of 2years on my German driving license). Please help me.

  21. Sam sagt:

    I have a german drivers license and was pulled over for a random inspection. I did not have my license on me as I forgot my wallet at home. I passed the breathalyzer test and then the officer said I smell like marijuana and that they wanted to test my urine. The results came out positive and then they tested my blood. This was my first time being pulled over but I do have some minor speeding violations and 1 red light violation. What should I expect?

    Thank you!

    • sagt:

      Hello sam,

      normally, the administration will dispossess the license after someone has been pulled over because of drugs.

      The Team of

  22. Anan sagt:

    I have German licence and took a rental car around Venizia, Italy in Oct’18. Now I got a letter which says that I was driving at 107 km/hr in 90 km/hr Limit road with a fine of 135.10 euros (which I paid) and an additional letter saying that I need to send my address & copy of licence because I get 3 Points as well. Isn’t it too much or? Will these 3 points equivalent to 3 Points in Germany? Also, both the letters were in German. Please suggest. Thanks!

  23. Lehel sagt:

    Hi! I have mislaid the battery cover of the truck while driving and caused a very small damage to a dacia logan. The lady called the police and I got a 150€ fine. Is it normal? Whatever, the policeman asked me how to pay this, cash or credit card. My answer was credit card and he asked me to give you my credit card that I did. I received a sales slip with my name and card details and also was marked the amount to be paid. What’s next? How can i pay it?

  24. Syed sagt:

    How long does it take for red light violation ticket to arrive. I feel might have violated red light.


  25. John M. sagt:

    Thank you for sharing superb information. I am impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. This is very useful information when you are driving in Germany and you should follow all the rules and regulation while driving.

  26. Niki sagt:

    I’ve a question.
    What is the fine if somebody drive in the line of on coming cars by mistake and going back to his line quickly?

    Thank you so much in advance for your reply.

  27. Jim N. sagt:


    I was in Germany on June 2018 and rented a car from Hertz. On July I got a letter from Hertz saying that I made some traffic violation and another report will follow. I never got the another report. Hertz couldn’t provide more details when I asked them. How can I check what kind of traffic violation did I make? Can I contact some general authority in Germany with my passport license and ask them to check?


  28. Jim N. sagt:


    I was in Germany on June 2018 and rented a car from Hertz. On July I got a letter from Hertz saying that I made some traffic violation and another report will follow. I never got the another report. Hertz couldn’t provide more details when I asked them. How can I check what kind of traffic violation did I make? Can I contact some general authority in Germany with my passport license and ask them to check?


  29. rad sagt:

    hello! i was speeding on german motorway. paid on spot penalty fee. i have also got one month driving ban. i have lost the letter since and not sure where to send my driving licence. can you help me please!?

  30. rad sagt:

    hello… i have uk licence. was driving on german motorway in june 2018. got stopped for speeding. paid on spot penalty fee. also got letter saying i have 1 month driving ban in germany. do i have to send my licence somewhere? letter was in german which i dont speak. i have also lost the letter since. can you tell me if i have to send my licence away and if so on what address? please! it happend on A93 in bavaria. thank you!

  31. Pawel sagt:


    i was travelling though germany and speed camera catch me. The speed limit was 100 km/h on motorway and I was driving 161km/h.

    I’m back in UK now, the question is if I will get just points and fine or that will be also ban? If Ban then that will be ban just in Germany or in UK also?

  32. Martin sagt:

    Hi, I’m a UK resident on a full UK driving license. I was away on business in Germany last week and hired a car to get from Hamburg to Bremen for my meeting. I was nabbed by a fixed speed camera at 23:30 and it is alleged that I was driving 40km/h over the posted speed limit (50km/h) – unfortunately I wasn’t aware that the limit had changed and wasn’t aware of any posted signs notifying drivers as such. The offence occurred on 15.01.19 and I have just received notification this morning. I am not contesting that I was driving but unfortunately it was an unfamiliar area and vehicle which played a part. Everything was obviously worded in German in the documentation, I have asked the relevant office to send the documentation in English, are they likely to do this? What are the time limits?

    Thank you…..

  33. George sagt:


    I work as a cabin crew with an airline based in Dubai. I was in Germany in December and have exceeded the speed limit by 25 km. The car belongs to my friend’s mom and now they got a ticket with my photo on it. What can I do not to cause them troubles?


  34. teja sagt:


    I got a speeding ticket when I was in vacation, but I saw the letter now which is 2 weeks over the deadline. What should I do in this case ?

    Do I need to inform the authorities about the situation and pay the current fine or should I have to wait for another letter with new fine ?

    Thanks in advance.

  35. Uros sagt:

    Hi there and thank you in advance for providing advice. Friend of mine was pulled over in Germany, tested for drugs and was positive on amphetamines. After processing him and confiscating all his money they gave him his car back with only enough fuel to leave Germany, not to come back home. There was no preventive detention or driving ban or anything. Couple hours later he was in a sever car crash and suffered heavy injuries as a result of being tired, without food or enough money to sleep somewhere. Were they allowed to not detain him to sober up and send him back on road when he was clearly under the influence, even the test shows so?

    Thank you!

  36. Jeeba sagt:

    My friend was driving my car which is under my company registration in a 30km/h zone. The speed was definitely between 40km/h-50 km/h. He got a red flash.Will the ticket come to my company or to my personal address? The insurance is paid by me and the registration of the car is under my Company.
    Thankyou so much in advance.

  37. Irma sagt:


    Year 2017 i was stopped by police being drunk having EU draving license but not German.The police took my license. I was banned for 8 months driving”, the fine and MPU as well if I want to drive in Germany. The fine is paid. I still don’t drive. The driving license i have from my country back. No signs on it limiting driving in Germany. In my EU country driving license portal is writen “Valid”.

    My question is: “Should I go through the MPU getting exactly German driving license or in any case if i want to drive in Germany? What can happen if the police would stop me with my valid driving license which I have from 2015?”

    Thank You in advance,

  38. Chris sagt:

    Got a letter saying they caught me with 105km/h in a 80km/ limit zone. What charges can I expect to get?

  39. Janis sagt:

    Hello,my situation was in 2014,for alcahol driving.So now everything is gone only, I have outstanding fine 1500 euro what I want pay.

    I want drive in Germany,but don’t think it’s good idea before I didn’t pay my fine.

    Did there is some website where I can confirm for fine or know some info?


  40. Stephan h sagt:

    I was driving and got a random traffic control. They said I was driving 3 days over my 6 months. What will happen?

  41. Kamara sagt:

    I used to live in Germany and then moved to Uganda for two years. I’m a holder of a Ugandan drivers license and will be moving back to Germany. Do I quality to use my license for six months?

  42. Jacinta sagt:

    I was over speeding a month ago,it was on the highway and so I was at 152 instead of 100
    I got a post and lost my driver license for a month.but before loosing it,while driving to Frankfurt on the highway again I got a post that I was speeding at 133 instead of 100,will I loose my driver licence again? received my post today,and my driver licence is not yet back until after 10 days from first ban.kindly advice.

  43. Choudary sagt:

    My probation period was extended around 1,5 years ago due to over speeding in town (21 km/h).
    I got a camera flash today on Autobahn and I guess I was overspeeding around 21-22 km/h.
    What consequences can this have on my driving licence? Do I have to again go to Seminar for new drivers and will my probation period once again be extended?
    Thanks in advance for sparing time to answer my queries.

  44. Daniel sagt:


    I was driving on the highway with waze app and the spped limit was 130 on the app and i saw two indicators with 130 speed limit and 80 right below 130 sign. On the side of the road was a police car and i think i saw a flesh but i was on autopilot driving relaxed because i saw 130 limit…

    What to expect?
    I have an uk driving licence

  45. Yordan sagt:

    I’m EU citizen driving quite often in Germany.
    1. I would like to ask you whether there is a way to check for my registered violations in the system of the German police, for example speeding fines – e.g. online portal, or writing an e-mail to the German road police, etc? I’m asking this question because I wondered whether I will receive all my tickets for violations on my address in my country of residence?
    — What if some letter is lost by an accident and doesn’t arrive, and hence I’m unable to proceed accordingly?
    2. Could you please also explain in further detail the “driving ban” – i.e. for 1, 2, and 3 months? In a previous commentary you said that if a driving ban was imposed for the first time per driver, we can choose WHEN we start? What is the procedure if the driving ban is imposed for a 2nd time, etc.? And HOW do we start the “driving ban”? WHERE do we send our driving license in order to be registered in the police data base? Can we request that our driving license is returned to a temporary address of residence in Germany?
    Thank you very much for these clarifications!
    Have a nice day.
    BR, Yordan

  46. Amir sagt:

    I do have a question, if im still in the 6 month period to drive with my foreign license,and i hold automatic but driving manual car , is this normal or not?

  47. Gregorio sagt:


    6 years ago I got my driving license removed for 16 months due a drink driving offense. After that time I got the driving back, german driving license.

    Last month I commited a speed offense, only 1 point as I was driving 121km/h in a 100km/h road.

    I got a letter from “Regierungspräsidium” where they said Im recidivist and therefore I have to pay much more than the initial 70€.

    I sent a complain that I wasnt agree with this statement and then they just replied with the proof of what happened 6 years back in time. In that record I can see that I got my point increased in number of 5 but they appear “crossed out” so I have no idea if among removing my driving license they add 5 points into my counter …

    So I have 2 questions here:
    1. Didnt I already paid within 16 months and x€ not to be recidivist?
    2. Are those points added into my record even though I got my driving license removed and got a new one?
    3. How can I find this out?

    Thanks a lot,

  48. Kamil sagt:

    camera on motorway make me a picture for speeding. There is any way i can check on any web site that the picture was taken for me or car front of me??

  49. Denny sagt:


    My partner was in Germany in 2013 and had an accident and tried to run away from there and was drunk. They took his driving license and offered him either 100 days prison or €3200 fine and he chose the fine, paid the first instalment and had to go home to Bulgaria for a holiday but decided to stay there and was afraid to go back since then. My question is can he drive or enter Germany at all? Is there a period of time the fine is active?


    • sagt:

      Hello Denny,

      your partner should consult a lawyer for an assessment of his situation.

      The team of

  50. Ray sagt:


    I will be moving to Germany in next few months from another EU member country.
    I only had my license for half a year so far. Which would mean in Germany I would drive in the probationary period. I’ve heard from some sources that you could only lose your license (while in probation) if you get issued one point (or more) because of the violation. For example: Driving 21 km/h + over the limit. So in the unfortunate event I would get caught speeding, however driving only for example 15 km/h over. Is it only punished by fine ? Or are there further repercussions ? And is there any difference regarding this because of me having foreign (though still EU) license ?


  51. Onyebuchi o sagt:

    I was caught for the first time with alcohol in my system while driving , what will be my Punishment ?

  52. Sandy sagt:

    I was driving on A5 where there was restricted speeds due to construction. I drive on this stretch almost everyday. There was a limit of 60 km/h and I was driving above it (do not remember how much but should be less than 80). Normally there is no issues and almost everyone drives above. Today I saw a policeman seated on a bike on the other side (normally noone is there) near the exit looking around and writing something down and also felt a ray (not sure if it was sunlight or flash but it did not seem to be a normal flash). Do you think there were mobile camera around ? If so will there be driving ban ?

  53. Svet sagt:

    Hello. I’ve received a fine for passing on red light which results to one month driving ban.
    As I admit my mistake and I’m willing to take the consequences I need information on where I should give/send my license to ensure the penalty is being served. There was no specific information in the letter except that I have to give it within 4 months.
    If it makes difference the region is Badden-Württemberg, Heidelberg.

    Thanks in advance.

  54. imran r. sagt:

    hello i got camera flash while i was on 40km even road speed was 50km and i don’t cross red light i am not sure what happened why camera flashed even nobody was speeding that was rush time and every one was going with same pace do camera make mistake?

  55. Anonimus sagt:

    My friend drived with 0.62alhohol in germany and drug in his blood what is the punishment??

  56. Sagar M. sagt:

    I am a resident of Germany with a germany driver’s license. Recently i had a friend visiting me from India who took my car out to drive in the city. He holds an Indian driver’s license and is a good driver. While driving he entered a 30 zone and was 21 kmph over the speed limit and got flashed. I have not received any fine letter yet but i am expecting it soon. My question is as follows
    – My friend is happy to have his name disclosed when i submit a response. How can i provide his details to the authorities so that he receives the fine letter and pays the fine. He has already left for India. Do the authorities send a letter to him directly or can I pay the fine in euros on his behalf?
    – What proof do i need to provide to the authorities so that I dont get charged for his driving. Do i need to provide his driving license number or visa etc?
    – lastly, what if i choose not to disclose his name to the authorities. What are the next steps in such a case?

    • sagt:

      Hello Sagar M.,

      you can just give his contact information to the authorities when you receive their letter. A proof for you not driving should be the picture they took of the driver who drove too fast. If you refuse to give those information, they could oblige you to create a list of all the people who drive your car. If this list does not match the formal regulations, you might have to pay a fine.

      Your team of

  57. Hossein sagt:

    Im Februar 2018 habe ich für zwei Jahre die Temporäre Aufenthaltskarte in Anspruch genommen (Firmengründung) und bin immer auf Reisen und vielleicht für einen Monat eine Woche in Deutschland. Kann ich einen internationalen Führerschein führen, bis ich einen deutschen Führerschein erhalte, oder muss ich einen deutschen Führerschein haben, weil ich in den letzten sechs Monaten eine Karte bekommen habe?

  58. saif a. sagt:

    i bought a moped 50cc scooter in Berlin and i was checking it without helmet and insurance on pavement a police officer caught me and said you will be fined can anyone tell me how much will be the fine for driving without insurance ?

  59. Maria sagt:

    My son accidentally hitted an old person while driving a pedelec. No serious injury was caused and he was not driving too fast (the old person was crossing the road not in a pedestrians crossing point). We have received a letter that says that criminal charges has been dismissed but can he still get a fine?

    • sagt:

      Hello Maria,

      we are not familiar with your case an therefore not able to tell you if there could be a fine. In principle it is possible.

      The team of

  60. Peter sagt:

    I have received three tickets in three months all speeding over 20kmph in construction zones. How many points can I loose before I receive a driving ban?

  61. rachel sagt:

    Is there somewhere online where we can check to see how many points our license has?

  62. PBM sagt:

    I recently got multiple letters for parking violation 6 months after the event..How many parking tickets can get before points are taken from my license?

  63. Anastasia sagt:

    I moved to Germany half year ago. I went across the road against the red light on my bicycle and got the fine police. I provided my address to police and waited the waited for a receipt. But the two weeks latear I moved to new apartment and my old landlord sent my post back and removed my name from the post box. I already changed my registration but I actualy can’t recive the my recipt now. How I can got my fine?

  64. Austin S sagt:

    What penalty would be imposed to drivers who are speeding in Germany? Do they have to take driving lessons again?
    Thank you

  65. Samatha sagt:

    I was found drunk with 1.1mg what can happen to me. I am so scared about this problem. Please help

  66. Michael sagt:

    Hi, last week I was stopped whilst riding an E-scooter and I was over the limit according to the roadside test. I went to the police station where they took my blood. I am likely to loose my licence, but I was wandering what the possible penalty might be??

  67. Samir sagt:

    I got a letter from a Straßenverkehr saying that i have violated rules of speeding.
    I was driving at 97km/h and the allowed speed was 50km/h inside the Build up area.
    Can anyone tell me what will be the fines for that case ?
    And is there any way to reduce that?

  68. Jean sagt:

    My daughter rented a car from Europcar to drive my husband and I through Germany. We have been notified by Europcar that Violation 1087259910 (or Freiburg: 505030067325) was issued on 14,06,2019. How do we find out what the offense was and how to take care of it?

    We have received nothing from anyone except Europcar.

    Please reply in English if possible.

    Thank you.
    We are US citizens and daughter has International Drivers Liscense.

  69. Lucky sagt:

    I want to know what can happen and what can be penalty for driving on red light in probation time Germany how much fine I have to pay and what penalties will get in probationary time

  70. Praveen sagt:

    I was fined for lane splitting. The police said I will get a letter of 150€ fine and a point. Since I am in the probation period, they may send to schooling costing another 300€. How can I avoid this schooling class? When I go for an inquiry, should I accept my fault or no? What I shall do?

  71. Wei sagt:


    Is there a way to check pending traffic violations/tickets in Germany online? Danke!


  72. Aleksandar sagt:

    Hi. I got cought by a radar in Koln, I was driving around 45 in a 30kmh zone… That was back in May but I never recived a ticket for that? is this normal or what? because I was caught by radar before and I never waited more than a month for a ticket.

  73. HP sagt:

    When i was trying to park the car. I was too close to a car that was parked in my back.

    I breaked hard as i heard my Parking distance sensor was intimating me that i was too close. Since i was worried that Sensor intimation was too close,I moved the car a little far away on the same road and checked if i had hit with my car. There was no signs that there was a touch from my car. since i dint feel the touch and there was no scratch or hint of touching i drove the car away. This was the first time i was driving my new car and its first time i came very close with another car during parking, hence dint know if i had to stay as i had not hit the car.
    Next day, i had Police come to my house for a Hit and run. I explained that there was no touch that i felt and there is no touch on my car.
    Even the Police checked and confirmed the same. I am not sure of the status of the case now. Could you please let me know what would be the consequence of this?

  74. Zohair sagt:

    I am a student in Bremen, Germany. I was on my bicycle and there were two signals next to each other one was red and the other was green. I crossed the road, a police officer stopped me and ask for my details and now I got a fine of 128 euros. It is too much as I am a student, is there any way to reduce the fine or get an exemption. If not can I pay the fine in installments if yes, then from where I can make the installments ??

  75. Ravindra sagt:

    Hallo All,
    I had a strange situation today morning. I had to rop my kid at school and all the park places are full.
    Hence I had to park my car for 5 minites infront of garage. Meantime the owner of the house came out and taking photos, when I retrned ge was taking pictures and I said sorry and left the place.
    The owner is not police, will he go to police to complain about me?
    Now my question is will I get the fine for parking?
    I have not blocked any vehicle, no damage etc…
    Many thanks in advance.

  76. Manuel sagt:

    Hello, Is it possible for anyone to call the police and say for example“ The car with xxxx number plate is driving over the speed limit, or is running a red light, or is behaving badly in traffic“ ? How could the police verify their statement? Will the driver get a fine just because someone told on him? What if I just want someone to get fined and i lied about him? Can I lie? how could he demonstrate the contrary?

  77. Edrian sagt:

    ich habe eine fragen, ich bin heute Auto gefahren ohne Fahrerlaubnis und die Polizei hat mich kontrolliert. Ich habe die Theorie Prüfung bestand, auch fertig mit fahr stünde und fällt noch die praktisch Prüfung das bald stattfinden. Was kann ich jetzt tun, soll ich weiter die Prüfung oder nicht?

  78. Jac sagt:

    Can I new driver loose his driving license with 1 point ?

  79. denka sagt:


    in august 2006 i was stopped by the german police in a rental car.
    i am not german and my sweat was tested for drugs and proved positive.
    my blood was taken and the police told me they would send the results to my address in spain.
    i never received any news from the police.
    i emailed the police last week and received no reply.
    lawyers want 2.500 euros or more just to ´´help me´´.
    would i need to contact the Bundeszentralregister?


  80. Lara sagt:


    I was driving 22km/h to fast in Germany. I’m from Belgium (Flandern). I received the letter in French.
    I have to pay 70 euro. I found out that this is correct.
    BUT they said that I have to pay a tax and fee charge of 30 euro extra. Is that correct? In my last fine (20 Euro, 17km/h) I didn’t had to pay any taxes and fees.

    Does anyone know if that is correct?
    Thanks in advance

  81. C.H sagt:

    Is there an email address to report cars parked in a forbidden parking area. Every day there are cars parked in a “verboten” street. Nobody controls it.

  82. Dave sagt:

    Hi I was wondering what would happen if I was caught towing a caravan on my b category which in fact needed a B+E category which I don’t have:( are there any fines/points or prison sentences?

  83. Aiyubi sagt:


    I was sleeping at home one of my friends took my car key without my permission and drove my car in the city and caught by speeding camera, now what is the solution I will pay the fine or my friend will pay? If he will do again such actions and drive my car without my permission if the police stop him what will happened to me as the owner of car ?

    Please answer to me.

    Thanks and Regards

  84. Amit P sagt:

    Hallo, I have received two points because of over speeding in Germany. One point I received was in May, 2017 and the other in Sep, 2017. Never received any point after that. Have my points expired?
    The website [Link entfernt] says: “””A single point automatically expires after 2½ years and Two accumulated points automatically expire after 5 years”””. I am confused regarding the second statement. Though, I have 2 points, but received on separate occasions.
    Can anyone provide some perspective?
    Thanks a lot

  85. Jasper sagt:

    Hello I was drving a rental car with my friend last year and total got 4 tickets. Rental car company submitted my information and 2 bills have been posted to my home cotunry and i have paid for the fine. Meanwhile another two i didnt receive any letter, is there anyway i can check and pay for the ticket? Thanks

  86. Igor sagt:

    Hello im 7months in germany amd i haved macedonish driving licence.Because of corona sitiation i dont changed on time and was stoped by police they say i will have punish.How much will be and what is it

  87. Bob sagt:

    I received the court proceedings for negligent driving without driving licence. I am Canadian living in Germany, I did not that I have to exchange my driving licence to German, and drove the rental car randomly over 1.5 years. What happened was that after 1 year living in Germany, I drove the car for over speed, got the speeding fine, and paid for it, at same time I applied for exchange and got my Germany licence. However, the police knew that I did not have Germany driving licence from the case, and sent me the form for explanation, I did explain that I really did not know the exchange of driving licence which only cost EUR50. Today, I just received the court letter for the court proceedings which is against me for negligent driving without driving license. My questions is that can you tell me that what would be the court decision? If they give me a fine, what would be the fine amount? I just lost my job in Germany, and plan to go back to Canada before the end of this year.

    Thank you very much!

  88. Watson sagt:

    Wie ist Strafe für 1.64mg alcohol am Steuer?

  89. Sunday sagt:

    Hallo l just got my driving license and whiles l was trying to park our company car it scratched a car without my notice. The next police invited me to fill all my information. What should l expect?

  90. Samuel sagt:

    I got my driving license in Germany Last Month.and I bought a car last two friend has a driving test next week.he asked me that I learn him how to parking.and I learned him once in small street.but someone took a picture and sent the photo to a police.The police caught me and my we are waiting our punishment.i am Stress now.what is my punishment please ?

  91. Alex N sagt:

    hi,i received a speeding ticket in 2017 ,while driving a uk registrated car .i received the letter from the german police at the uk address, i sent it back but never got a reply there anywhere online where i can check and pay the fine? will i be able to pay the fine if the police stops me in germany?

  92. Jack sagt:

    How did you go with this situation? I may be facing similar.

  93. lochan P sagt:

    i got fine for crossing red light in Berlin. i got two letter with different file number,what should i do? its 128 euro for each.

  94. Ken T sagt:

    I was wondering if I may inquire about things that are now pertaining to our son.He has dual German and American citizenship and had a German driving license until it was suspended for not complying with GMU requirements. About a couple of years back he was stopped driving his car by the Police and he failed a blood test for THC and subsequently had his license suspended and, due to his own faults,  has not had them reinstated.  He has not made any effort to rectify his situation with his German license.
    This is what he is trying to accomplish:
    Since he is also an American citizen he wants to come back here to the US, get another American drivers license to come back to Germany and exchange for another German license.  This is how he intially obtained his German license, by handing in to the Germans his American license, he received a German license.
    We, his parents, are under the assumption that until he has cleared the infractions on his suspended German license he will not be able to exchange another American license for a new German license, as he intially did. We also believe that he will be committing a crime while driving in Germany with an international license while having a suspended German license.
    He has to attend an MPU and is telling us he needs an international drivers license to attend the MPU.  We think this is false.
    We are concerned that he, in his own mind,  is attempting to fabricate a fraudulent loophole that will only get him into more trouble with the Polezei.

    We just want some clarity as to which way it would probably go for him if he does this. We are fearful he’ll make a very bad decision.

  95. Nabil A K sagt:

    Hallo, Ich habe falsch geparkt und dafür eine Bußgeld von 15 Euro bezahlt. Dann erhielt ich einen weiteren Brief von der Polizei wegen des gleichen falschen Parkens und der schriftliche Grund war “Ihr Auto wäre abgeschleppt worden, aber Sie haben Ihr Auto vor dem Abschleppen entfernt”. Aus diesem Grund schickten sie mir einen weiteren Bußgeldbrief in Höhe von 190 Euro.
    Soll ich diese 190 Euro bezahlen? Während ich mein Auto schon vor dem Abschleppen entfernt habe. Ich warte auf deine Antwort. Vielen Dank

  96. Magnus sagt:

    Are these informations up-to-date? Compared to fines for germans these are different

  97. Ibrahim a sagt:

    Im from norway. Its first time in germany and i drove on the autoban i was driving on the road with no limit and then it became 100km/h . And u dindt have so much time to slow down right away and the photobox was very close behind the 100 sign. It came like a red light amd i wasnt sure if ut was photobox or not. How much is the penality if i was 50 over?

  98. Matvii sagt:

    Hello! Thanks for the useful information.
    Is the list of fines in the section on pedestrians and cyclists complete? Does this mean that there are no other fines for them in Germany? Thanks.

  99. Balaji sagt:


    Ich benutze das Auto meiner Freunde oft für lange Fahrten. Wenn ich zufällig die Regeln breche, bekommt mein Freund einen Punkt oder ich. Es ist nicht mein Auto, sondern das Auto meiner Freunde und ich fahre es. Freundlich helfen.

    Vielen Dank

  100. Krzysztof S sagt:

    Hello I was driving through Germany about 2 weeks ago, and the photo radar took my picture I was going 70 in a 60km zone . The car is registered to me in Poland but I still haven’t received the ticket how can I find out where to pay the fine?

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