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. Dave sagt:


    I am an EU reaident and was caught by a flash in Germany. If there is no ticket sent to my adress within 3 months, can I be assured that the case is perscribed?


    • sagt:

      Hello Dave,

      the statute of limitation is quite complicated. Under some cicumstances the ticket can also arrive after 3 months. Pleace contact an lawyer for legal certainty.

      The editorial team of

  2. serkan d. sagt:

    hi I hve paid my fine by transfering money to Iban number but still asking to make payment! Also the letter i have received not English!!

    • sagt:

      Hello Serkan,

      we are an independent information service and no official authority or anything. Those letters are usually never in english.

      A couple of things first:

      In Germany, the perpetrator liability is the basis for any sanction. This is why before you get the official fine for speeding, you will be sent a “Zeugenfragebogen” or “Anhörungsbogen”. This translates roughly to “witness survey”. It might be possible that you got one of those surveys and mistook it for the fine, but we cannot tell for sure.

      If this should be the case, you have to fill in your data first and sent it back before you get your offical fine.

      The team of

  3. serkan d. sagt:

    Hi second time im trying to posting ! I have paid my fine but still receiving letter to pay for it? i dont no what to do because letter is not English!

    • sagt:

      Hello Serkan,

      normally it should be fine if you have paid the fine. For further information, please contact the issuing authority or consult with a lawyer.

      The editorial staff of

  4. Naveed Khan sagt:

    I am living in Spain but during my visit in Hannover Germany I have been double flashed when I was passing yellow light,It was not red light that time, but I received a letter that I crossed red light,with letter there is not fine information,what will be happen because I want to go back Spain next month,
    If that suspend my licence how I can get back my licence?
    Police will send my licence to Spain?
    And how much I have to pay?

    • sagt:

      Hallo Naveed Khan,

      please contact the appropriate authorities mentioned in the penalty notice.
      Generally, the ban on driving is valid in Germany but not in Spain.

      The editorial staff of

  5. Jimmy sagt:

    I received a letter by mail to my address on UK i was speeding 27 km over the speed limit, was 80kmh and i was 107kmh. They explained to me for 80 euros +28.50 fees, but which i don`t understand is take off 1 point from my driver license?
    Is gone effect my UK driver license? or 1 point is just for German record?

  6. Subhransu sagt:

    I am an Indian citizen but have residence permit of Germany and live in Germany since last 5 yrs. Recently, while taking a left turn, a vehicle coming from opposite direction hit my car and one of the door got damaged. The Police came and investigated but after few days, sent me a notice with charges under ss 229 / 223 StGB and 1,9,49 StVO: ss 24 StVG. Could you please let me know how much fine i may have to pay ? (as they have not mentioned any amount)

    • sagt:

      Hello Subhransu,

      since the charges are of bodily injury, the sanctions have to be set in court. You should consult a lawyer for further advice.

      The editorial staff of

  7. terry sagt:

    I received a letter from Sixt wanting to charge me 25 euro admin fee because the car I was driving was caught speeding on 16th Oct outside Berlin doing 128kmh in a 100 zone. They attached a copy of the letter from the police, however I have heard nothing more from them nor have I heard anything official from the Police. It’s now more than 3 months, So far I have not paid Sixt and will not until I have had an official request from the Police. How long does it normally take for a fine to arrive?

  8. Omar sagt:


    I booked a holiday trip for Hamburg this weekend. But I did not anticipate that the municipality in Netherlands will get my driver’s license when I filed for the exchange of license.
    They gave me some documents which prove that my Philippine driver’s license is with them and it will take 2-3 weeks before I get the Dutch license.
    Does this mean I cannot drive to Hamburg from Amsterdam? Or the receipts and photocopy of my license will the highway patrol or police accept them if in case they ask for it by any chance?

    Thank you!

    • sagt:

      Hello Omar,

      you need an international or EU license to drive in Germany. Receipts or photocopies will not suffice.

      The editorial staff of

  9. Ds sagt:

    Good evening,

    Following a speed excess of 40km/h, I have a driving ban of 1 month in Germany. I still have an address overthere but I am not working there anymore and thus only come to Germany on weekends once or twice per month. This means that I am unable to bring my driving license to the appropriate office since they are only open during weekdays. How can I make the 1 month ban effective without being in Germany ?

    • sagt:

      Hello Ds,

      usually, there should be the option to send your license via post and also to get it back this way. Try contacting the guys who sent you the fine and ask if this is possible in your case.

      The team of

  10. maureen sagt:

    I received a speeding ticket via mail in 2016 for 33km over the autobahn limit. I paid the fine and was awarded one point. Will this point ever expire or will it remain forever?
    Thank you

    • sagt:

      Hello maureen,

      points in Flensburg expire after a certain while, depending on what you did. A point for overspeeding should expire after two and a half years.

      The team of

  11. Kohler sagt:

    I was in Germany sept-oct 2017. my friend was driving the car and we saw a flash of light twice on the autoband. After we got home she said she was notified that she had gotten 2 speeding tickets. What I would like to know is…who notifys you of the tickets…the rental car business or the traffic people. Does the Rental Car dealer automatically charge the tickets to your charge card and do they charge you a fee to pay the fine? Thank you for your help.

    • sagt:

      Hello Kohler,

      the authorities contact the rental car company, who then passes information about the person who rented the car on to the authorities. The German authorities then contact the driver. The rental car company does not have to pay the fine. In most cases the company will charge a fee because they had extra work passing on the contact information.

      The editorial staff of

  12. Tacoma sagt:

    Almost four weeks ago my rental car company advised by letter to my home in the USA that I received a traffic violation while on holiday in Germany in December, and charged my credit card a fee for sharing my contact information with the German authorities. The letter indicated i would receive violation information from the authorities within a few more days, but now so many weeks later I have not received anything and the rental company will not return my email or phone call asking for any details they have. The letter indicated a reference number: 505.45.576276.0 and date/time of violation 25-Dec-2017. Can anything be understood from this information? I regularly fly to and from Germany from the US as it is the primary hub to catch connections to my company’s plants. I do not want to have a problem at the border or driving again, and I really don’t know what the violation was.

    • sagt:

      Hello Tacoma,

      the reference number is not known to us as a number of the official violation catalogue. However, the actual letter can take some time (up to three months).
      In any case, you should not be faced with difficulties at the border because of a traffic violation so you can fly to Germany without problems.

      The editorial staff of

  13. Hundo sagt:

    Hi, i am German Citizen but lived couple of years in UK with a full UK drives license. When I returned to Germany 2years ago, I decided to continue using my UK registered car.
    I was controlled and now I have a letter from the Author that i should have the car registered here in Germany within 2weeks.
    I now decide to take the car back to UK and sell it.
    Maybe, then get a new car here in Germany.
    My worry now is, if I returned the car without registering it, will they now turn around to purnish me and what’s the likely fine I should expect?

    • sagt:

      Hello Hundo,

      it’s not possible to give any advice without knowing the whole case. Please contact a lawyer an assessment.

      The Team from

  14. mario sagt:

    hello, in that year in August I exceeded the speed by 21 km, it was 60 kilometers per hour and I had 81 kilometers per hour, I received a letter about speeding with the picture, but there was no amount on it or how to pay, only I had to send a letter from who was driving the car, etc .. I did not get any answer how much I should pay. Now I do not know where to register in order to find out how much I should pay for exceeding the speed. This year I want to drive a car through Germany again to Poland and I am afraid that if the police catch me, I will have to pay a lot. Thank you for your answer

    • sagt:

      Hello mario,

      the letter you received was the pre-hearing questionnaire. You should recieve an penalty notice in addition. In this second letter you ahould find the penalty fare.

      The Team from

  15. Joseph M. sagt:

    My wife had a rental Car and received a letter for a speed trap. The person in the picture looks like my cousin who was driving. The speed trap said he was going 143km in a 100km. What is the process?

    • sagt:

      Hello Joseph M.,

      you can file a protest. Generally the penalty has to be payed by the driver. The civil service which send the penalty notice will also answer the protest.

      The Team from

  16. Martin sagt:

    How does it work if I get a month ban in Germany, but I have a dutch license, and I’m already back home in the netherlands?

    • sagt:

      Hello Martin,

      if you get a driving ban in Germany, you will have to send in your license to the German authorities. You can contact a lawyer for further advice.

      The editorial staff of

  17. AryMe sagt:

    Hi …. So i was apparently speeding in Germany 43km over the sleed liimit ….. i paid a fine of 160€ but apparently they kept on sending letters to my address in the UK …… the thing is i dont want to send my licence because in UK i work as a driver and i need it…… now the problem is i want to travel through Germany with my car but someone else Driving not me…… will they still take my driving licence if i am not Driving? Anyone can asnwer me ? Thank you!

    • sagt:

      Hello AryMe,

      generally, the civil service should not confiscate your driving licence (§ 69b Abs. 2 S. 2 StGB) but their is a notation that you are not allowed to drive in Germany.
      Therefore you should be able to pass Germany by car if another person is driving.

      The Team of

  18. Devon B. sagt:


    I was recently given a speeding fine for exceeding the speed limit by 21 KMH. I wqs inforned that i would recieve a 98.50 euro ticket and that if i had been 3 more kmh over i would have lost my license for one month. This information slightly contradicts the information on this website which states that i would not loose my license unles 31 Kmh over and that a 21 kmh speed fine should only cost 80 euro. I am slightly confused. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • sagt:

      Hello Devon,

      if you exceed the speed limit by 21 km/h in town, the regular fine is 80 euros. However, administration fees can be added. You don’t get a driving ban unless you exceed by 31 km/h or more, so the information given to you was not correct.

      The editorial staff of

  19. Kumar sagt:

    Hi, within what time frame we get letter after we feel that we may made a violation? Is it possible that they can send violation fine within a year or two?

    • sagt:

      Hello Kumar,

      usually, the fine should arrive within six month.
      But it would be nessesary to get inspection of files to be certain.

      The Team of

  20. Sayami sagt:

    Few days before Christmas at around 4 A.M. I crossed the redlight. It was yellow but I never realised when it changed to red. So, I think it was less than 1 sec that I crossed the light. I was flashed twice and I was driving about 35kmph ( 50kmph zone). I havenot received any ticket till now. It is already 2 months. Do I still expect to get the ticket? How long does it take for a mail? Is there any possibility that I donot receive anything.

    • sagt:

      Hell Sayami,

      it is not unusual that those mails take a few weeks. If you should not have received anything in three months after the incident, the whole things is usually obsolete.

      The team from

  21. Margaret B. sagt:

    Hello we visit Germany (Ramstein and Kaiserslautern area) in June. Months after we returned to the USA my husband recieved a letter with his picuture on it but it was in German so I think it was a speeding ticket. We rented a car while in Germany the car rental company will have car information to find the license plate of the car. We moved and now cannot find the letter to pay the ticket. Is there any way we can get a copy of the letter to pay the ticket or find the information we need to pay for the ticket. We want to go back and visit but dont want to get into trouble for not paying the ticket.

    Many thanks,

    • sagt:

      Hello Margaret,

      if you still know in which city the violation happened, you can contact the local authorities and ask for further information. Otherwise you could try to contact the rental car company. Perhaps they still have the relevant documents and can tell you which authorities are in charge.

      The editorial staff of

  22. Martynas sagt:

    Hallo, I have a letter where it is said I have to pay 100 eur, for over speeding it came with a bill (and says one month i m late to pay). But i did not received any letters before. It is my father car. The photo which they send is bad quality and it is not possible to recognize a driver (moreover half face is covered with navigation). Where and what should i write? Will someone will have to pay it if it is not possible to recognise a driver?

    • sagt:

      Hello Martynas,

      you might have the possibility to appeal againt the fine. In order to do that, you should consult a lawyer.

      The editorial staff of

  23. Dhruvin S. sagt:

    Hi, is my foreign driving license valid for 6 months from the date of landing in Germany or from the date I registered my address in Germany. From the document above, it seems it is the from the date I completed my local registration. Please confirm. Thanks.

    • sagt:

      Hello Dhruvin,

      your license is valid for 6 months from the moment you settle down in Germany. This may or may not be the date of your local registration. For further advice you should consult a lawyer.

      The editorial staff of

  24. Venu sagt:


    Today i received a letter from Land Brandenburg, i exceeded the speed limit by 41 km in a 100km speed zone on the highway from Berlin to Hamburg, the letter only does not have a fine to pay but requests for a reply. i been driving in germany with german license for 4 years now without any violation till date. due to my work need, i need to drive everyday. kindly advice what is the penalty i will be charged?

    • sagt:

      Hello Venu,

      normally, you have to expect a fine of 160 Euros, two points in the register and a one-month driving ban for exceeding the speed limit by 41 km/h.

      The editorial staff of

  25. Mj sagt:

    I received a ticket on my car saying that in the context of traffic overcrowding, a traffic offense was detected. But the message is only a “first indication” and that I will shortly receive a hearing with the details of the charge. It says I have to pay a warning fee according to road traffic law 24 (StVG) and order law violations 56,57 (OWiG). I says I can handle the matter un-bureaucratically by sending the money within a week to a bank account. It also says I have to give the overleaf file number in the money transfer.

    I have don’t have a permanent address in Germany as a foreigner, will I receive more information on my car ? What is the fine about ? How much do I have to pay ? Is the “file number” my car number ?

    • sagt:

      Hello Mj,

      unfortunately, we do not have enough details to evaluate the whole situation. First of all, make sure this is not a scam by checking the details on the ticket. Second, it is important which country you are living in – germany has some agreements with certain states regarding adresses. Third, we assume from the situation you described that you “only” received a warning, those should not be too expensive. If you want to make sure what the story is in your case, you can contact the authority on the ticket you were given. That is were you need the “file number” – it is not your traffic plate or anything, but the number of your offense, so to say.

      The team of

  26. Waqas A. sagt:

    Hello, My speed was 139 km per hour in 100 zone when the picture was taken. Here’s the table that I would get a fine of 120 euros, but I got 148,40 euros +29,50 euros to where I rented the car, why? it is unfair

    • sagt:

      Hello Waqas,

      it is usual that you have to pay an additional administration fee.

      The editorial staff of

  27. Dimitris sagt:

    I received a letter “Anhorungsbogen”. in which referred : “am 30.01.2018 um 04:54 Uhr in Kamen, BAB 1, Km 317,400, RF Koln” and somewhere else “Ortschaften um 23 km/h. Zulassige Geschwindigkeit: 60 km/h . Festgestellte Geschwindigkeit (nach Toleranzabzug): 83 km/h
    I don’t understand German language but from the context I understand that it is fine for speed limit.
    The problem is that there is not any reference in this letter of any amount that I have to pay. Could you please explain ?
    Thank you

    • sagt:

      Hello Dimitris,

      this letter is just to inform you that you will have to pay a fine and to give you the possibility to send in remarks. A seperate letter with the amount of the fine will arrive later on.

      The editorial staff of

  28. Sami sagt:


    The car rent company send us commission for traffic ticket ~30 EURO, we drove 125 km/h out of town in speed limit 100 km/h.

    I am from Israel in which way can I pay the ticket and what is its amount?

    • sagt:

      Hello Sami,

      contact the rent company for payment informations. Also, you can find the payment arrangements and the amount on the fine.

      The Team of

  29. Salah sagt:


    i recieved a speeding ticket last week where i was driving at 72 km/h in a place where it was 50 km/h. so 22 Km above allowed speed.

    I believe i am on probation period because i got my drivers license 6 months ago. even though i have had a Syrian one for ten years before it. I did the whole procedure of exchanging the drivers license, and did the practical and theoretical tests here in Berlin.

  30. Raha sagt:


    Thank you in advance for helping me.
    I have a valid International driving permit for one year. I am from Asia and living here in Germany around 3 years (nonresident). Can I drive? I read that if you are in Germany more than 6 months you can not drive with your driver licence. But it’s an International driving permit and I can drive with it, can’t I?

    • sagt:

      Hello Raha,

      generally, you can drive with an international driving licence in Germany.

      The Team of

  31. serkan sagt:

    hi im from uk . im having 1 month ban for driving in germany. where do i need to sent my licence to receive points?here or to Germany?

    • sagt:

      Hello Serkan,

      your driver’s licence has to be send to the German authorities.

      The editorial staff of

  32. Zach sagt:

    I am a resident of Germany. I got a ticket for being 25 km over the limit about a year and a half ago and obviously got a Flensburg point. I believe I got blitzed this morning for being about 50 km over in a speed trap. If I receive a ticket for that, will I get a fine and a driving ban of 1 month, or will it be worse since I got another ticket within the past two years?

    • sagt:

      Hello Zach,

      you will only get the “regular” sanctions since the last speeding was more than one year ago. You can find them in the tables above.

      The editorial staff of

  33. Yaser sagt:

    A pedestrian took a photograph of my rented car while I was turning round a blocked alley. Does it mean that he can send the picture to police to fine me?

  34. Ben sagt:

    Hi, i got by post a traffic fine of 20 Euros, and its already a month since i got it, im going to pay this by bank transffer , is that amount increased ( if so, how much /day , just want to know how much should i transfer to be ok with this problem ) ? If i pay 20 Euro will i get further charged for delayed intrests ? Thanks for your help .

    • sagt:

      Hello Ben,

      you are already too late for the traffic fine of 20 euros. You will probably receive another one with a higher fine.

      The editorial staff of

  35. RL sagt:


    Are speeding fines more in construction (baustelle) zones? I think I was going 91 kph in an 80kph baustelle.


    • sagt:

      Helle RL,

      yes, that might be possible, because construction zones hold more risks – which is why drivers have to be extra careful.

      The team from

  36. French101 sagt:

    Hi, I have had a Fahrverbot for 6 months and I was given back my French licence with a nice sticker on it (a barred D).

    The sentence is coming to an end, can I remove the sticker myself or where can I have it removed officially ? (Tribunal : StA Zweibrucken but I live in Saarland)

    • sagt:

      Hello French101,

      you should contact the responsible authority about this as usually you are not allowed to remove the sticker yourself.

      The team of

  37. Dar Sana sagt:

    Where can I find out if I got traffic fine in Germany? do you have a link or website to check it out?

    Many thanks for your kind reply.

  38. Ben sagt:


    I received a ticket for speeding with 2 points and 1 month ban. I live in the UK and was visiting Germany for work. What do I have to do for the ban? Do I need to send my driving license to the authorities in Germany?


    • sagt:

      Hello Ben,

      this seems to be the regular procedure. The German authorities will put a sticker on your licence that states how long the driving ban will last.

      The editorial staff of

  39. Peter sagt:

    Hi guys,

    I am a German doing a working Holiday Visa in Australia. I got a fine for going over a red light (433$ and 3 demerit points). I am only 18 and was therefore wondering if these points will be transfered to Germany (which would mean I will lose my license due to my age).


    • sagt:

      Hallo Peter,

      da Sie aus Deutschland kommen, gehe ich mal davon aus, dass Sie der deutschen Sprache mächtig sind. Ordnungswidrigkeiten im Ausland führen nicht zu Punkten in Flensburg.

      Die Redaktion von

  40. Bwni sagt:

    I’m an EU citizen from Croatia, 5 months ago I got pulled over And was drug tested for cannabis and failed. (Did not know at all that I couldn’t have weed in my system when I want to drive) and was wondering what consequences I’m gonna face

    • sagt:

      Hello Bwni,
      unfortunately we can’t tell you exactly which consequences you will have to face. Usually you have to pay a fine of 500 euros if they caught you the first time driving with drugs in your system. A driving ban is also possible. We would recommend you to wait until you hear from the authorities.

      The editorial staff of

  41. Pranav sagt:


    I ran a redlight unknowingly, due to the confusion of two red lights next to next. Definitely after way past the initial seconds and got flashed. What am I ought to expect?

    I am really worried.

    • sagt:

      Hello Pranav,

      it depends on how long the red light was actually already on. If it was on for less than one second, you have to pay 90 € and you will get one point. It is was on for more than one second, you will have to pay 200 €, you will get two points and there will be a driving ban that lasts one month.

      The editorial staff of

      • Waqas sagt:

        Sir I am from Pakistan refugee and I don’t have a international license even not German licence but I can drive in Germany police caught me on driving I don’t have idea what he can do tell me how my procedure next and how much fine me and he can ban me license or not

        • sagt:

          Hello Waqas,

          it is hard for us to evaluate your situation, since we have no specific details on your case.

          The editorial staff of

          • Love sagt:

            I came from Ghana and I have been using my Ghanaian driving license for 2years now, I had an accident and was told to do a German driver’s license but when I took my document to the license office they said I have 5 points and illegal driving license so they cant take my document. Please I need help what is the necessary thing for me to do. Thanks

  42. Luis sagt:

    Dear Editorial staff,

    My girlfriend is from Uruguai, she was in Portugal with me, and she has an temporary residence Visa for Portugal, until May 2018.
    I´m from Portugal and due to my work I had to move into Germany. She will join me in the next times, to live with me here in Germany, she will register at the city and start/ apply for a VISA here.
    Question is: Can she drive here ? is it 6 months valid here since she is registered here or as she was already more then 6 months in Europe (Portugal), she has no right to drive here?

    Thank you in advance

    • sagt:

      Hi Luis,

      your girlfriend’s current driver’s licence will be valid for the first six months from the date she has registered a German residency. Then it will expire.

      The editorial staff of

  43. Calvin sagt:

    I am currently in Germany on vacation.
    I was driving in Munich and the road we drove to our place goes from 50km/h – 70km/h. I thought that the second i was on was a 70km/h speed limit and speed up. Unknowingly Police officers were on the side of the road and pulled me over. They said I was doing 79 in a 50 zone. I didn’t argue as I know I had made a mistake . I was asked to do a drug test and alcohol test.(passed both) and was made to pay 125€ on the spot. I want to know if I will receive points in my license. I do plan to come back to Germany. I am from outside the EU.
    Another question. After getting home I had realized I could not find my Driver license.. Some how the time I need it most it is no where to be found. the police officer said I have 10 days to bring all my papers(passport/drivers ect) to the police station. I have contacted my embassy to request temporary papers but they say they can not help me.. what would your advice be on this matter? I have certified copies of my drivers license but the local authorities don’t accept paper copies apparently. Would it be possible for me to leave and apon my return I go to the police station and show them my drivers card?

    • sagt:

      Hello Calvin,

      you can get points in Germany, but normally they apply only in Germany, not in your home country. If you cannot find your license, you have to expect another fee. Please contact the administration or a lawyer to discuss the best procedure.

      The Team of

  44. Felix sagt:

    Hi, I got caught with 0,41 per milliliter. I had to do the test twice as the machine apparently was not working that well and in my declaration I said I was in a “x” street and was moving to “z” street, but they wrote wrong addresses. At the end the alcohol level could hardly decrease under 0,5 per milliliter, but is it possible to claim a reduction of the penalty fee? Instead of 500 Euros, maybe 250? If not, is it possible to pay the fine over a period of time? maybe 4 payments of 125 Euros?

    • sagt:

      Hello Felix,

      you can request paying the fine in istallments. A lawyer can advise you about your chances concerning an objection against the accusations.

      The editorial staff of

      • Felix sagt:

        Hi again!

        Thanks for the details.

        My alcohol level was effectively 0,41mg/ml, but it shows that the limit is 0,25mg/ml. This article mentions that the limit is 0,5mg/ml. It happened in Bavaria, are the limits different in this state or did the limits change recently?

        • sagt:

          Hello Felix,

          normally, the limit is 0,5 per mill. But it can varies, for example if the driver was impairing the safety of road traffic.

          The Team of

  45. Karthik sagt:

    I was over taking a bus on double lane before it was going to be single lane and had to pass over the Hatching marks on the road to over take the bus to avoid danger. Speed limit was 120 Kmph and I was within the limits. Will I get fined if yes how much?

    • sagt:

      Hello Karthik,

      if one drives over the boundary of the lane while overtaking another car/bus etc., this can provoce a fee of 30€, generally.

      The Team of

  46. Piyush sagt:


    Is it fine to carry a small kid (2 years old) on Passengers lap? We have 5 seater car, but number of travellers are 6(5 adults + 1 2 year old kid).


    • sagt:

      Hello Piyush,

      no, that is not allowed. There can only be as many passengers as there are seats. Furthermore a child has to sit in a special infant car seat.

      The editorial staff of

  47. Megan sagt:


    During a recent trip to Germany, I rented a car. The car was rented under my name, but when my friend was driving, he was speeding and caught by camera…twice! Once for 16km over and another time for 40km over.

    Today I received the first ticket in the mail for €25 that shows his face in the photograph. I expect another one to come shortly.

    My questions:
    1. Is there a way that I can have the name corrected so that I don’t receive any penalty/points? I’d like his name to be on the record, not mine.
    2. What are the implications of having points? I travel to Germany 1-3x per year for work and need to drive while I’m there, so I don’t want that to impact my ability to drive on my next trip.

    Thank you for your help!

    Megan, from Canada

    • sagt:

      Hello Megan,

      you can file a protest, putting on record that it’s not you driving (like you can proof on the basis of the picture). You can send the protest directly to the authority.

      In Germany having points means that the authority registered a minor breach of the law. To many points can cause for example a ban on driving.

      The Team of

  48. Miko sagt:

    I was driving the A2 today and got the Blitz from the camera, there where no marks of speed limit from the interchange till the camera (about 1-2km away from the interchange or less), I was driving 130km/h at the time….
    I know that every blitz have a ticket so I just wonder – how can I prove that there where no signs of speed limit and only the blue mark of the Autobahn (at the Airport it’s usually states 130km/h).
    Can it be that on the A2, before the interchange, there are speed signs and drivers need to figure it somehow?

    • sagt:

      Hello Miko,

      normally, there are signs if there is a speed limit. Please contact a lawyer if you want to file a protest.

      The Team of

  49. Khan R. sagt:

    Hi today I drive in the town and the speed limit is 30 but I am not sure about my speed may be its 45-50 so what is the law for this

  50. Feridoon J. sagt:

    Hi I was was driving n autobahn the speed limit was 100 I noticed the the sing quit lat and I was driving at speed of 131 and I have my driving licence 7 months ago. What’s going to happen to me but I have another that I have to pay 108€ because before that the camera caoch me is well 70km I drove 98 they have give me one point so this is the second time in one week.can u please explain it

    • sagt:

      Hello Feridoon,

      you will have to pay 120 € and you will get a point in Flensburg. There might be further sanctions.

      The editorial staff of

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