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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. Robert sagt:

    Sir,

    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.

  2. 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.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org 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 bussgeldkatalog.org

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Ramya Ramesh sagt:

    Hi,
    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 ?

  6. 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

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Mark O.,

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

      The Team of bussgeldkatalog.org

  7. Krul sagt:

    Hi,

    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?

  8. 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?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Rengarajan,

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

      The Team of bussgeldkatalog.org

  9. Chris W. sagt:

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

  10. Rajendra sagt:

    Hello,

    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
    Rajendra

    • bussgeldkatalog.org 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 bussgeldkatalog.org

  11. Daniel sagt:

    Hi,

    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,

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello sam,

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

      The Team of bussgeldkatalog.org

  15. Anan sagt:

    Hello,
    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!

  16. 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?

  17. Syed sagt:

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

    Regards,
    Syed

  18. 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.

  19. Niki sagt:

    Hi.
    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.

  20. Jim N. sagt:

    Hi,

    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?

    Jim

  21. Jim N. sagt:

    Hi,

    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?

    Jim

  22. 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!?

  23. 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!

  24. Pawel sagt:

    Hi,

    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?

  25. 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…..

  26. George sagt:

    Hello,

    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?

    Thanks

  27. teja sagt:

    Hi,

    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.
    teja

  28. 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!

  29. Jeeba sagt:

    Hallo,
    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.
    Regards,
    Jeeba

  30. Irma sagt:

    Hello,

    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,
    Irma

  31. Chris sagt:

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

  32. 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?

    Thanks

  33. 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?

  34. Kamara sagt:

    Hi,
    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?
    Thanks

  35. 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.
    Regards

  36. Choudary sagt:

    Hello,
    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.

  37. Daniel sagt:

    Hi,

    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

  38. Yordan sagt:

    Dear Bussgeldkatalog.org
    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

  39. 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?

  40. Gregorio sagt:

    Hello,

    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,
    Gregorio

  41. Kamil sagt:

    Hi,
    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??

  42. Denny sagt:

    Hello,

    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?

    Thanks

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Denny,

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

      The team of bussgeldkatalog.org

  43. Ray sagt:

    Hello,

    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 ?

    Thanks.

  44. Onyebuchi o sagt:

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

  45. Sandy sagt:

    Hello,
    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 ?

  46. 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.

  47. 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?

  48. Anonimus sagt:

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

  49. Sagar M. sagt:

    Hi,
    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?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org 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 bussgeldkatalog.org

  50. Hossein sagt:

    Hallo
    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?
    Danke

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