German driving laws – fines for speeding, drunk driving, parking 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 → € 1001-
26-30 km/h€ 80 → € 15011 month for repeat offenders
31-40 km/h€ 120 → € 20011 month for repeat offenders
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 → € 1151-
26-30 km/h€ 100 → € 18011 month for repeat offenders

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. 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?

  2. 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?

  3. Jac sagt:

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

  4. 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?


  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. Watson sagt:

    Wie ist Strafe für 1.64mg alcohol am Steuer?

  14. 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?

  15. 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 ?

  16. 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?

  17. Shahzad A sagt:

    Hello my name is amir and before 3 day police controlled with speed camera and its one way road 2 track the in the city the speed limit is 60 but am i drived 105kh 45 plus the police say 1 mont licence bend and 200 euro fin and that time i am t jab im with pizza with have oder i told them that i have 2 oder thats why im driving fast my question is can i pay extra if thay dont ben my licence because if they ben my licence 1 month then i can’t do my job and its first time in Germany and i have itlian license and how many points i los

  18. Jack sagt:

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

  19. Alagie C sagt:

    Hello I want to know the punishment for driving after you driving licence have taken away.i was haven driving licence but they take it now I have to do mpu tests but they control me without driving licence,what is that punishment?

  20. Jihan sagt:

    Hi. My husband got a right side right of way ticket by police. When i as a passenger tried to explain that the police car was far away into the street and we were already crossing the function and not in fault. He began shouting and giving rude orders to me to shut up when talking to the driver, my husband. Is that legal for him to use his authority by screaming to us like criminals or kg1 kids? Thx

  21. Barbara sagt:

    Did any of you take a driving test or read the German driving rules before getting your drivers license? Reading these posts explains a lot of why my car is full of scratches and dents from hit and runs. Also this is why the rules get harder and harder on others. Grow up people and become a responsible citizen. You’re not in “Kansas anymore Dorothy”

  22. Stephen sagt:


    Last night I got pulled over and the police took me to hospital to get my bloods checked. I had taken around 4gs of Magic Mushrooms earlier in the day but wasnt driving dangerously or anything. They said I will probably lose my license for 1 month and a 500 euro fine but this seems pretty light to me. Will it be a longer driving ban? Have to wait 2-3 weeks to find out!
    Thank you!

  23. mustapha f sagt:

    Ich möchte meine Trans-Traffic-Zahlung bezahlen

  24. 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.

  25. Den sagt:

    Are there any time limits on how long can a car be parked in the street? E.g. just a street with houses, not restricted to park (with “no stopping” or “no parking” sign and with no additional parking conditions (like residents only, 2 hours max with parkschein etc).

  26. 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.

  27. 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

    • User sagt:

      Yes, you should still pay the fee. If you move your vehicle before the tow truck arrives, you still have to pay the towing company that they dispatched a tow truck to the location (“Leerfahrt” in German).

  28. Magnus sagt:

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

  29. 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?

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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?

  33. xhorxho sagt:

    hi everyone ..i wonder what hapens if police catch for the second time with drogen possitive ? first time i paid 700 euro..but i was not on drugs ..just pipi test give positive and 5 days after that you take drugs what hapens the second time they stop you. im.asking just thet we know the rule before we make party 🙂 and i have no german driving licenc ..and im not resident on germany

  34. Andrew D sagt:

    I was parking in Germany at Frankfurt train station allocated parking, I parked in a marked bay adjacent to the parking meter, paid 4 Euro for the time I spent there. I got a ticket for 30 euro issued by contipark claiming the space was reserved for ‘Share now’ vehicles.
    There was a green sign on the wall with ‘share now’ written on it, but no indication or warning that the space was reserved or not for general parking. It seems very unfair to get issued with such a ticket with inadequate warnings and worse that in effect my liability is increased to 34 Euro having paid to park than if I had not paid. what should I do here. I have protested to contipark but they are resolute with the fine standing.

    Ich habe in Deutschland am Frankfurter Bahnhof geparkt, ich habe in einer gekennzeichneten Parkbucht neben der Parkuhr geparkt, habe 4 Euro für die Zeit dort bezahlt. Ich habe ein Ticket für 30 Euro bekommen, das von contipark ausgestellt wurde und behauptete, der Platz sei für ‘Share now’-Fahrzeuge reserviert. An der Wand hing ein grünes Schild mit der Aufschrift „Jetzt teilen“, aber es gab keinen Hinweis oder eine Warnung, dass der Platz reserviert war oder nicht für allgemeines Parken. Es erscheint sehr unfair, ein solches Ticket ausgestellt zu bekommen, und schlimmer noch, dass meine Haftung auf 34 Euro erhöht wird, wenn ich das Parken bezahlt habe, als wenn ich nicht bezahlt hätte. was soll ich hier machen. Ich habe bei contipark protestiert, aber sie sind entschlossen mit dem guten Standing.

  35. Tomas sagt:

    I was stoped in Germany by police for drug test in july and officer said that if its positive (im sure it is) im gonna get letter with fine. But i had to move out of that adress and i never seen that letter. How i can get info about my case? At that time i was living in Nederlands.

  36. Pablo P. sagt:

    Thank you very much for all this information.
    I am really worried as I did a stupid thing.
    I drove with 1,4% alcohol with a new driving license.
    My driving license is from Spain and it’s 9 months old. Police took my driving license and I am waiting now for 5 weeks for a letter with the ban but still didn’t get anything.
    Have you got any idea how long that letter can take ? Or usually how long do they ban you from driving?

    Thank you very much for your time and help

    Kind regards

  37. Gajendra sagt:

    In Germany , How i can check the current points accumulated on my driving licence and any thing online ?

  38. Fasil sagt:


    I arrived in Germany in March of 2021. I have been driving with my foreign (indian) driving license for the first few months.
    I rented a car for the weekend during my 8th month in Germany. I still hold only my Indian license. The document from BMVI related to validity of foreign license indicates that the license is valid for 6 months after one attains normal residency. Normal residency is the place you live 185 days in a year.
    I interpreted the above as ‘normal residency is attained after 185 days in German’ + ‘license valid for 6 months from the 185th day in Germany’ while the polizei explained that since I plan to live here longer, my normal residency started on my first day in Germany and therefore my license is not valid.
    I had taken the car on rent only because I believed I am legally allowed to drive here. Could you tell me how to proceed with this and what could be the outcome if I were to receive any legal charges from the concerned department. This happened over the last weekend, so I am not sure as to whether they are imposing charges or not.

  39. Venkatesh S sagt:

    I crossed the signal when it was yellow..
    But when I crossed it there was a sensor which flashed on me. This happened in Munich nord.

  40. Ramandeep S sagt:

    Hello before one month with e roller I fall down and I have personal injury and I call the the police my self I have blood alcohol 2.3 with this I lost my driving license or no ?

  41. Chaterra W sagt:

    Hello, I have received a serious driving violation a few months ago, may someone please contact me via email so we may speak more privately? Thank you

  42. Kelly I sagt:

    Good day

    Please what are the rules governing new drivers?
    Most especially speeding violations

    I will really appreciate it, when I get a feedback

  43. Johny sagt:

    Hi, do you know what can be the fine in amount for 315d violation and how long can be the ban?

  44. Justin sagt:

    I drove with 79 km/h in the city and expected to get 180 Euro speeding fine(according to catalog). However, They sent me letter which says I have to pay 360 euro. I went to office to ask this, they said I drove quite above the limit so this is done by my intention so I have to pay double. Is there a law like that ? Who decides that this is my intention ? Can I object this ?

  45. Pedro sagt:

    Hello, on the first column of the tables regarding speed tickets, those are the actual speed of the car or the difference between allowed speed and actual speed? E.g. if allowed speed is 70km/h and I get caught in camera driving at 86km/h. Will I pay 70 or 680 euros of fine?

  46. Harlem sagt:

    Hi, I receveid a car fine exceeding the speed limit in 21km7h, but different from the ones I received in the past, the cost to be paid is not mentioned in the letter. Will they send another letter with the cost, or should I pay based on the Spee limit table costs?

  47. Kinny S. sagt:

    Is it possible to transport 6 people in a five-seater car and will this be a violation of the rules?

  48. James sagt:


    I’m a UK resident, I was leaving a festival in Germany last year, i waited until 4:30pm on the Monday to drive out after calling it a night around 10pm the night before.

    10 miles outside the festival i come to a police stop and the force me to do a drugs test. long story short, its come back positive with very low amounts (obviously) its very annoying as i did feel 100% sober but i guess in future i’ll leave it an extra day.

    they have given me a 1200 euro fine, a 1 month ban and 2 points.

    How does this affect me firstly here in the UK? what does it mean for driving in Germany in the future>? does this apply just in Germany or the whole or Europe? how do they apply a ban to me and how to they put it on your license?

    A German solicitor said they put a sticker on your license, is that right?

    Its odd and the solicitor said its odd as the letter and fine appear to be from the area and not police, he said its a lower offence than the police and not a criminal matter which is good.

    Any help would be so greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance :]

    • Shane sagt:

      Fines are never sent directly from the police. You’ll always receive it from the nearest district office.
      Your driving ban only applies in Germany. You can still continue driving anywhere else like you normally would. It doesn’t affect you in the UK.
      As for driving in Germany, you can continue to drive after the 1 month ban but your points will still be on record.
      Nevertheless, you are required to pay the fine. They’ll keep sending letters and increasing the fine if you don’t pay it.

  49. Marc sagt:

    Hi, I have been taking my driving practical lessons. Presently I am at 53hours of driving, without yet any packing practical lesson. Almost every driving lesson, when I make an error, the instructor will insult me that I am “obstinated and stupid”. He doesn’t assess my driving, yet I keep paying driving fees in which I do about 6 lessons weekly. I don’t know what next to do, if to change the school or maybe take him to court of excessive abuse of authority. What next could I do?

  50. Nina sagt:

    I am a new driver from Serbia, with the beginners licence, can I drive in Germany? Thanks

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