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. Paul b. sagt:

    Hello die gents ihnen,

    I’ve had my driving license taken away due to drink driving, of which I’m ashamed and have a 15 month ban, it was my first infraction in 30 years, no fines what so ever. My license has been sent to the UK, I know I have to pay the fine which I am and to be able to drive in germany again I need to do the MPH, but if I want to leave germany how do I get my license back when the 15 months are up.

    • sagt:

      Hello Paul,

      the driving ban is only in force in Germany. You should be able to go back to the UK and pick up your licence there – that is if your violation does not have any consequences in the UK.

      The editorial staff of

  2. Karthik P. sagt:

    I am student currently studying in Germany, I have been in Germany from past one and half years but I was not driving. However recently when I went back to my home country, I got myself a international driving permit. Which is valid for a year ( till March 2019). My student visa expires on December 2018. Can I drive till it gets expired in Germany and in other EU countries?? Recently I was stopped by police on the Autobahn when I was traveling to Austria from Germany. They checked all my papers and license they said everything was fine. I just want to reconfirm. I am not sure if I will stay in Germany after I complete my studies. Hence, I don’t want to apply for German Driving License.

    • sagt:

      Hello Karthik,

      if you are already living in Germany for more than six months, your driver’s licence is not valid anymore – but you can apply for an extension if you will not stay in Germany for more than twelve months. If you are only visiting this rule does not apply.

      The editorial staff of

  3. Peat sagt:

    Allo allo … My Friends was taken in a police razzia recently after going home from a festival and was tested positive for several narcotics in his blood, no alkohol though.
    A deposit of 850€ had to be paid, and we had to wait 24hrs to be able to pick up the car and drive away.

    What can he expect? And is German penalty’s givin over to danish police for even more struggles?

    Have a great day

    • sagt:

      Hello Peat,

      it is likely that there will also be a driving ban for one month, which would only be valid in Germany. It could be possible that the German authorities inform the Danish authorities about the incident.

      The editorial staff of

  4. Zaida Isabel Marrufo A. sagt:

    When do you have to pay the fine or penalties if you are stopped by a police officer?

    • sagt:

      Hello Zaida Isabel Marrufo A.,

      you can pay the fine right to the police officer or after you got the ticket with the post.

      The Team of

  5. Zaida Isabel Marrufo A. sagt:

    Which are the violations considered felonies and may be punishable by
    Germany operates a point system for driving offenses, what happen if you receive four?
    What is the most common way to get a ticket in Germany?
    If you will be establishing residency in Germany, for how long is your driver’s license is valid?
    When operating a vehicle, you must carry what in addition to a valid driver license or provisional license?
    What do you have to do if an officer is not motioning and has both shoulders facing you? (often with arms outstretched)
    What does it mean if he has one hand in the air?

    • sagt:

      Hello Zaida Isabel Marrufo A.,

      normally, you get your ticket with the post. When you have eight points, your license will be withdrawn. After you moved to germany, your license is normally valid for 180 days. While driving, you need to have your license and the car documents with you. If a traffic policeman is not waving you to drive along, you should stop for security.

      The Team of

  6. Rita sagt:

    I went on a holiday to Europe in 2015 and was distracted and caught speeding in Cologne in a hire car. I received a notice several months later. My German is pretty terrible and I couldn’t see any € amount and I’ve kept on putting it off. Apart from possibly wanting to go back at one point I hate that it is hanging over my head.
    I can’t seem to find the notice and I am worried that there may be more than the one fine. Is there a central registry?
    What would be the best way forward from here?

    • sagt:

      Hello Rita,

      there is no central registry. You have to contact the authorities that are responsible for the area where the incident happended. Perhaps you could also contact the rental car company for further information as they would have been informed as well.

      The editorial staff of

  7. Sema sagt:

    Ho, i got flashed today by a camera in a zone 30km and I was 41km, how much the ticket would be? And how can I pay it?

    • sagt:

      Hello Sema,

      you will have to pay 25 €. You will get a penalty notice in which you will find information about how you can pay the fine.

      The editorial staff of

  8. Katherine sagt:

    What are the consequences of driving without a license in Germany?

    • sagt:

      Hello Katherine,

      that is hard to tell because it depends on the individual circumstances. You will receive a fine at least.

      The team of

  9. Marius Bildea sagt:

    Hello, I have been caught in BAB 3, km 48,050, Gem. Neustadt/Wied, FR Koln, last year on the 30.08.2017 at 11:24. Unfortunately I have not payed so far. Can I know how can I pay it now and how much will the penalty be? Thank you.

  10. Sushma sagt:

    Hi My husband drunk and drive hit a parked car,what penalty he will get?can we defend consulting a lawyer

    • sagt:

      Hello Sushma,

      we cannot predict the exact penalty, because that differs from case to case. You will get at least a fine around 200 to 400 Euro. Additionally, you might get problems with your insurance.

      Die Redaktion von

  11. Amanda.ZH sagt:

    I got a camera flash when passing a construction site. This is out of town in B10. The limit is 50km/h, while my speed is around 68.
    How much fine can I expect?

    • sagt:

      Hello Amanda.ZH,

      your fine will probably be around 30 Euros. Since it was near a construction site, it might be a bit higher.

      Die Redaktion von

  12. Srujana sagt:

    Hi ,My husband got drunk and hit a parked car in the mid night,no body got hurt,this is his first time doing like this,what consequence he may get?

  13. Heidi sagt:


    I have recieved a fine for speeding on the A7, which I believed is an autobahn and therefore had no limit. I was doing 125km/h and they state the limit was 80km/h. I live in the UK and was driving a hire car in Germany, I will return the form with my details but wish to know how I would have known of the reduced speed limit and what will happen now. They have said my licence will be suspended for one month, is this my UK licence?

    Best regards,


    • sagt:

      Hello Heidi,

      the reduced speed limit is shown by traffic signs. The driving ban is only in force in Germany. Normally you have to give your licence to the german authorities who send it back with a sticker that says that there is a driving ban in Germany.

      The editorial staff of

  14. JOHN G. sagt:

    really???? a camera hidden in bushes at the bottom of a large hill . I was driving an HGV from a race meeting now been sent a photo .Don’t know what the fine is?? The speed limit said 70 I was doing 67. not realising that in Germany a single road is 60 it’s 80 in the uk that’s what caught me out. What will I be expected to pay for 7km over???

  15. Lauren sagt:

    I’ve just driven through an amber light through a cross-roads and I got flashed, but I think I was possibly about 20-30km/h over the limit too (50 limit, not sure if in city limits, probably knowing my luck and stupidity) Was I flashed for the speed? Surely not the amber?? Unless it switched red as I was crossing? Would that red light have triggered a flash too and so will I get sanctioned for that?
    What penalties do you think i will face?
    Also I’m driving on a UK driving licence, been registered in germany and living here for 8 months. I’ve been under the impression that my licence is valid but now I’m worried! The address on my UK licence is a valid address for me (parents address).
    Thank you.

    • sagt:

      Hello Lauren,

      you will probably be charged for the speeding. The penalties are listed in the text. Your license should be valid.

      The team of

  16. Lery sagt:

    I got a traffic offence for driving speed limit in Hannover. Speed limit 100 km/h and measured speed 137 km/h. Car is registered in the uk (my husband’s car) but my drivers licence is from South America.we got the ticket by post with my picture on it. They are asking my husband to be a witness and to replay in German (we
    Don’t speak) the form with personal details from driver. Do we have to pay the ticket? Am I in big trouble for driving with a foreign drivers licence? I live in the uk for a bit more than a year, I’m very worry as I’ve never had any troubles since I started driving 20 years ago

  17. Nitu sagt:


    I recently got my driving licence. So I went for a test drive of a car with my friend. While taking the vehicle for test drive, I gave my credentials as proof. My friend also drove for half of the distance while test drive and he drove unknowingly into einbahnstraße and continued. Then while going out of the einbahnstraße i felt he jumped the red light signal due to anxiety. I am worried about the consequences that What may happen next? Please answer.

  18. Nadia sagt:

    How do you pay a German traffic ticket? I was recently traveling in Germany on holiday and upon my return home received notice of a speeding infraction. I expect the ticket to follow. I live in Canada, how do I pay the violation?

  19. Shawn sagt:

    Hello. I got my driving license taken for canabis. I payed 650 euro penalty, but i don’t wanna go through MPU. Is it a problem if i relinquish my residence in Germany and go back home?

    • sagt:

      Hello Shawn,

      normally, there should be no problem if you don’t want to drive in Germany any more.

      The Team of

  20. Dane sagt:


    Is there any restrictions with where a speed camera can be placed in Germany? A couple of weeks ago I was driving in Marburg, for the first time, at 10:30pm. I came around a right hand corner in an open speed limit zone, so I was driving at 170km/h, and on the exit of the corner there was a 100km/h sign so I started slowing down but maybe 100m into the 100km/h there was a speed camera. So now I have a fine for driving 148km/h in a 100km/h zone. I find this really unfair und I can‘t imagine it‘s legal because what are you supposed to do if your doing 240km/h and then have 200m to get down to 100km/h. Thats more dangerous than using a few hundred meters more to slow down.

    So if someone can tell me if there is and restrictions with where speed cameras can be placed that would be great.

    • sagt:

      Hello Dane,

      the rules differ from federal state to federal state. In most states a speed camera can be placed 75 to 200 metres behind a sign. In some there are no special rules.

      The editorial staff of

  21. Manuel sagt:

    I got fined few months ago cause I passed with a red traffic light with my bike but still I haven’t received any mail. I think it’s because of my anmeldung which is going to be registered in October. Can I pay online or I need to wait for the mail in any case?

  22. Manuel sagt:

    I got fined in march cause I passed with a red traffic light with my bike. I still haven’t received any post at home, I just got the green paper the police gave me at that time, but it is not possible to pay without any information on how to. What shall I do? I would like to avoid paying more than 60Euros.

  23. JRH sagt:

    I have an official permit from the parking authority to park my car in an area of Berlin for a four week period, and it is displayed on the windscreen. It runs out on 15th september. This week I have received two tickets but I am uncertain why. The car is parked properly within lines and in the appropriate zone. The tickets have no parking officers number or an official tracking number of any kind (is that normal?), they both say it is a first warning and that I will receive a letter. There is a bank account on the back of the ticket, which I am supposed to pay the fine into, but no fine amount is listed. The only identifying information on the ticket is my car registration, the date and time and parking place number and street name. Is this normal? How can I know how to proceed. There is no contact telephone number on the ticket.

  24. Tony sagt:

    I was in Germany for holidays, everything went good. When i get back in my country, i saw that I had already a 25 euro fine in my door that comes from Germany,Hanover. It says that I was driving with 90 km/h in a 80 zone. I send this papers to my friend there and hi said to me that he has paid them online and everything is good, but he didn’t send me any picture that the fine is payed. All want to know is how can I check my fine online, if it is paid or not ??
    Ps. I don’t want my fine to get bigger, so please help me!!!

  25. barry B. sagt:


    We just got pulled over. And my friend driving was caught after being at festival having taken several narcotics. His narcotic use was the night before.

    His blood was taken at a local station. Apart from the fine. What else could he be looking at?

    Many Thanks


  26. Ammus sagt:

    Yesterday I rented a car in Germany and I opted for a full insuarance when I rented the car (Vollkasko), while driving on the autobahn I was on the left most lane , another car which was on the lane next to me drifted onto my lane and both the mirrors colided. There is a very small damage on his mirror and my mirror has a very visible scratch. We stopped the cars, spoke that we need to call the police at the next pertol station. We further drove and upon reaching the petrol station I called the police.
    The police came asked what happened – he said I was at fault and I said he was at fault. Finally the police told me that my fault is not much and I will get a letter later asking meto pay 35€ fine. He also said the other person may have to pay a fine of 100€ as he was trying to overtake from the right. Police said its a minor case and hence both party insuarance will handle the issue and its got nothing to do with the police.
    We exchanged information regarding name, insuarnace company, address, telephone number etc.

    I now have the following questions

    1. What is the implication of this accident and fine. Will points get added to my driving license?
    2. Will the car rental company ask me to pay any money for the damage?- Even though I had a Vollkasko
    3. If that person claims money for his damaged mirror(even though its small – if he says he needs new mirror) Will I have to pay from my pocket? I opted for a full insuarance when I rented the car (Vollkasko)
    4. What is that 35€ fine that I will have to pay when I get a letter- as told by the police?

    What are the different scenarios that I can expect?

  27. Florin ANTON sagt:

    Hello , I been Caught speeding in Germany. I know the value of the fine but I get one speeding point. I want to know how long that point it’s gonna follow me. My driving licence it’s a UK one. Please let me know. Thanks.

  28. Ashwin sagt:

    I hold German driving licence from December 2017.
    I was driving towards Hamburg from A7.
    I don’t smoke, and also do not consume alcohol while driving.
    On the Autobahn there was no traffic sign for speed limit 100 kmph.
    And now I got a ticket from Landkreis Göttingen which says that the limit was 100 kmph and I was driving at 156 kmph.
    I had realized the red flash when I was driving, and also I told my wife that there were no speed limit sign and still I got flashed.
    Now, I am in the probezeit, I saw the fine is upto €240 and one month driving ban as penalty.
    My question is, can I protest this? if yes, then how? or I must blindly pay the penalty and bear the consequences?
    I hope I will not get a permanent ban on my driving licence.
    Please reply,
    Kind regards,

  29. Zvone sagt:

    Hallo, train has stoped and didnt gave a sound that passengers will exit and there was a green light and I went on second track and passengers start to exit and he gave a sound so I suddenly stop so what should I expect?

  30. Dorienne sagt:

    I received 3 notices from my rental company that i was charged administrative fees for passing on information for speeding tickets. Received nothing from authories yet but i have both reference number for the fines. Where can i check what the fines are pls.


    • sagt:

      Hello Dorienne,

      you will have to wait to find out until the speeding tickets will be delivered.

      The editorial staff of

  31. Lauren sagt:


    I got pulled over for speeding and do not have a valid German drivers license. I was supposed to get a license after 6 months of moving to germany, and I have been here 10 months. I am so scared! What penalty can I expect, and fees? Do I need to hire a lawyer?

    Thank you,


    • sagt:

      Hello Lauren,

      if you drive a vehicle without a valid driver’s licence, this is a criminal offence. This can lead to a prison sentence (up to one year) or a financial penalty.

      The editorial staff of

  32. John sagt:


    I got photographed on a motorway in Germany back in beginning of August. The speed limit was 100 km/h and I think I was doing about 150 km/h. It’s been nearly two months now but I have not had a ticket. I just wonder what the turnround is for those to be issued?


  33. ALi sagt:


    My question is i was driving on german motorways and speed was limited to 70km in construction area.
    It was so rainy and can’t see good due to truck was before throwing water on windscreen.

    I over take 80/km and flash.
    Can you explain me how much is speed fine.
    I am from belgium .

    Kind Regards,

  34. Simon sagt:

    Hello. I got a fine and driving ban for one month from German police. I would like to know when the driving ban starts and ends?

  35. tim sagt:

    I got speeding ticket from Koln for doing 120km in a 100km zone how do I pay the 30 euro fine.? what if I pay late? There form is in german & has IBAN & BIC number on form but no address

  36. Felix sagt:


    I want to know the range of fixed speed cameras? When do they take picture? 50m? or less?


  37. D sagt:


    I am a fairly new driver (under 50km driven) and recently got a company car. I drove through 2 yellow lights. Is there gonna be a problem? Also, in the 3rd day, after driving, I found a large scratch on the car but cannot understand where it comes from. It is a long (20cm) thin (1cm) scratch on the rear side bumper on the driver side. On that trip I only took 5 lefts. I didn’t hear the scratch, that is what scares me the most. Do german drivers try and stop you if you crashed them? How can I find out what happened?

    Thank you in advance!

    • sagt:

      Hello D,

      if you drove through a yellow light, you will have to pay 10 to 15€. It could be possible that another car damaged yours when it was parked. Otherwise you should have noticed something. To find anything out after a while might be pretty hard if the other driver did not report anything.

      The editorial staff of

  38. Ivan sagt:

    Hello there,

    I have speeding offence in Germany with 89km over the speed limit.
    I have paid the penalty of 600 euro but also state that the German police will suspend my licence for 3 months.
    I am UK Resident i was wondering whether German police can suspend my UK licence for 3 months.
    Any feedback will be appreciated.
    Kind Regards,

  39. c p s sagt:

    it’s any website to check and pay a German speed ticket?

  40. Carina sagt:

    Hello, Tonight I drove in the street, the Polizei saw my Car and they did stop me. I did stop the Car and the did stop behind me, my Violation is I forgot to turn on the Abendlicht. The police told me its already 15 minutes and I am driving without Abendlicht. And I sais I really forgot it to turn on. I was living in the same ort i did just watch movie in cinema. The police asked me if I did drink Alcohol and I said i dont drink alcohol thats true. Then he asked my license and the other one I forgot the name.the one gehört the Car. And also he asked me the firs aid kit if I hav the I showed to him. Then he give back my license and rhe other one green card. My Question is do I have to pay fine? Do they send me my fine in mail? I am new driver license holder.

    • sagt:

      Hello Carina,

      you might have to pay 20€ if you did not use the dimmed headlights correctly.

      The editorial staff of

  41. Alket sagt:

    I have to pay a fine in Berlin but I don’t know how much and where to pay. Becaus it was investigated. I had to move urgently to my country so I don’t know where to ask for my fine and how to pay it . The reason was that I forgot car papers to my friends house . I didn’t bring me back so the police block the car . But the next day I moved to my country . I know that I have something to pay . 🤔🤔

  42. Babaroga sagt:


    im croatian with residence in munchen and i have croatian driving licence (eu)…now i have 1 month of ban from german traffic becouse of speed violations and my question is there any way to keep my croatian driving licence and somehow just get a ban from german traffic becouse i need my licence often otside the germany?

  43. Kolli sagt:


    From Left turn lane at a crossing, I drove straight Carefully giving way to the other cars but the one behind seems annoyed and noted the car number plate details. What could be the consequences.


    • sagt:

      Hello Kolli,

      we do not know which kind of violation the other driver thinks you have committed, so it’s pretty hard to determine what kind of consequence there might be.

      The editorial staff of

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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?

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

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