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. Bill sagt:

    Hello, I have a German driving license and Germany registered car.

    I just received a letter from Brandenburg Polizei, it says I was travelling 129 in a 100 zone.

    There was a Benutzername & Passwort in the letter, which I used to login to the Police website.

    I saw the photos etc, provided my details and confirmed I was the driver at the time.

    In the comments I asked them what to do because I can’t find any fine amount to pay.

    What will happen, what should I do now?

    • sagt:

      Hello Bill,

      you will probably recieve a “Bußgeldbescheid” in which the amount of the fine and all the details for the payment will be explained.

      The editorial staff of

  2. Jamie sagt:

    Hi, I live and work in Germany as LKW fahre.
    I found myself on a street where it was okay to drive to a fuel station but for LKW no further.
    The fuel station was too small to enter so had no choice but to go on. I was flashed by a camera I wasn’t spreading but obviously broke the ban.
    Will I lose my license because of this

    • sagt:

      Hello Jamie,

      if you have used a street which you should not have used driving a truck, you will most likely have to pay a fine. Under normal circumstances you will not lose your license.

      The editorial staff of

  3. Rein sagt:

    I was told by the police that my driving licence which the police kept, will be sent to my home address not anywhere else, so
    whats on this page is not entirely sure.

  4. Eric sagt:

    Hello guys,
    Do you know if somebody has some points in his international driving license, and after a while he applies for a German driving license, the points will be transferred?

  5. Ramez H. sagt:


    I’m an Egyptian citizen with an Egyptian international driving permit, but live in the UK (EU residence)
    in September 2016 I was caught drink driving in Germany (just over the limit), they made me pay 400 euros on the spot and took my driving permit and was let to go.
    After nearly 3-4 months i got back my egyptian driving permit with a german driving ban on it, and was notified that i will be getting a fine in the next two weeks. (all the letters are sent to me in the UK)
    after nearly 11 months from the incident i received an invoice for the fine totalling 2200 euros after deducting the 400 euros i payed on the spot.
    my question is 1)will this affect me in the UK (as i just got a UK driving licence), or only my egyptian driving permit?
    2) i dont have all the money, is there an option for instalments?
    3) is it normal to be fined after 11 months of the incident?
    thank you so much

    • sagt:

      Hello Ramez,

      usually a violation will only have ramifications in Germany. In many cases, you can ask for deferred payment. But we do not know if this applies to citizens of other countries. Concerning your third question you should ask a lawyer for advice.

      The editorial staff of

  6. Andreju sagt:

    hello i can ask if i drive aftaban zone 80 i drive 160 my driver licens going end i kent take beck or its posibel take back .. can sambody help..

    • sagt:

      Hello Andreju,

      you will get a driving ban which will last three months. During this time you will not be allowed to drive in Germany.

      The editotial staff of

  7. Andreju sagt:

    have much need points germany for drive licens going ..

  8. Bennett C. sagt:

    Got a driving ticket in Heidelberg. The ticket states I can send a cheque. Really — from the U.S.A.? Or is it a Euro Cheque?

  9. Ricky sagt:

    SO i have been flashed 3 times (small fines like 15-20 euros) in the above article, it states that these fines usually occur with no points lost. Can multiple small fines lead to points being taken?

    Thank you,

    • sagt:

      Hello Ricky,

      this is indeed possible, but the decision has to be made by the authorities.

      The editorial staff of

      • Nilo sagt:

        Is there any praxis around this?

        Ive gathered a few (6-7) 10-30 eur tickets now and as far as i understand this has no other effect than some money spent in speed tax ?

  10. Chris sagt:

    I got flashed in Hamburg today doing approx 70kmh in a 50 zone
    I’m guessing a Eur35 fine…….how long does it normally take for the process?

    • sagt:

      Hello Chris,

      it can take some weeks until you will get a notification. How long it will actually take depends on various factors. Because of that we cannot give you a concrete answer.

      The editorial staff of

  11. Peter L. sagt:


    Is there any way to check if the rental car I am driving has been issued with a speeding fine ?
    Is there a website where I can enter the licence plate number to see if there is a fine pending and that I can pay prior to receiving notification from the rental car company ?

    • sagt:

      Hello Peter,

      as far as we know there is no way to acquire the information beforehand.

      The editorial staff of

  12. Marsh sagt:

    U.K. Car number plate passing through Germany (Hanover) A2 autobahn got flash camara 12 kph more than normal spead
    I’m not sure A2 normal spread is 120 kph or 100 kph?
    You guys re making money from motorist there’s no clear sigh about camara or reduce spead working

    • sagt:

      Hello Marsh,

      there is no constant speed limit on the A2. It varies from place to place. In Germany the authorities do not have to inform you about a speed control in advance.

      The editorial staff of

  13. George S sagt:


    I was travelling back to the UK and just before we left Germany on the motorway to enter Belgium the speed limit changed from 100km to 60km due to road works and I was flashed by a speed camera (it would appear that many cars were caught out by this quick change). Do you know what will happen in this case?


  14. John sagt:

    Can you please advise?
    I got a letter form my rental company that I have broken some low. It does not say which one.
    Traffic Charge […]
    Can you please advise which law and cost of the fine…?
    Thank you.

    • sagt:

      Hello John,

      we do not have any idea, which Ordnungswidrigkeit it could be. There is no such number given in the German Bußgeldkatalog.

      Sincerely Yours,
      the editorial department

  15. iVO sagt:

    Hi and thanks in advance for helping me. I was catch high
    (cannabis) by police officer while driving rent a car. It is my first violation on German land. I’ve got a letter which says that I have 2 weeks to make an appeal. But it also says that I have to Sign the form and send it back with my driving license. Than I’ll get my fine. The problem is that I took exam for one more category and my driving license is in my born country for switching with the new one. I’ll get it after the deadline I have to appeal. What should I do in this situation and is there a way to lower the fine by appeal. The letter says also: Dise Werte lassen darauf schliessen, dass Sie mindestens gelegentlich Cannabis konsumieren und die Einnahme dieses Stoffes nicht vom Fahren trenen konnen.

    • sagt:

      Hello iVO,

      it seems, police will confiscate yor license until your case is finally closed. Afterwards it is possible, that your drivers license will be withdrawn for at least six months. Please contact an attorney to get proper advice. We are not allowed to give any juridical advice.

      Sincerely Yours,
      the editorial department

  16. Markus sagt:

    Is there 28,50 eur handling costs for each separate traffic offence?
    I got 60 + 28,50 fine = 88,50 eur
    In addition, I may be getting two (1-10 km/h in-town) fines soon.

    So, can it be 3 x 28,50 = 85,50 eur handling fees alone!!???
    When the fines themselves would be 60+15+15 = 90 eur
    Such handling costs would practically dublicate the fine. I hope that’s not happening.

    • sagt:

      Hello Markus,

      unfortunately, this will probably be the case. Usually, you always get the handling costs and the costs for the postal delivery in addition to your fine.

      The team of

  17. Saqib B. sagt:

    My Friend from UK came in Germany and drived in red light i recieved a letter with 158€ strafe and 1 point.. when i write his information then what will happend next? Police will come to my home for asking about him? Or they will write him letter for point or they’ll took his licence?

    • sagt:

      Hello Saqib,

      the authorities will rpobably send a letter to your friend so that he can pay the fine.

      The editorial staff of

  18. Muntaqa sagt:


    Pressured by a medical pain, I mistakenly crossed a red light as a pedestrian. Paid a warning fine as stipulated by the law. My worry is, any further penalty or am safe after that?
    Thank you.

  19. Noel M. sagt:

    I just got an invoice from Europcar for a processing fee about a traffic violation while I was in Germany early June 2017 (3 months ago). They mention “the responsible authority will therefore contact you and give you the opportunity to respond to the accusation of the violation.” I believe this is in relation to speeding inside a city limit (I remember seeing a flash but didn’t know what it was).

    Is there a way I can be proactive with this? Can I contact someone to discuss or just find out what the fine is for and how much? My biggest fear is that I will be landed with late fees and how I can pay the fine. Or worse that my license will be marked as bad in Germany ( I have a brother there so I plan to visit at some stage in the future).

    I would appreciate any help or advice you can provide.

    Noel M.

    • sagt:

      Hello Noel,

      sadly, there is no way for you to do anything until you receive a letter from the authorities.

      The editorial staff of

  20. vimple sagt:

    Hi I have received speed =redlight fine when i was in Germany,kindly help how to pay it

  21. Vijay sagt:

    Hi, Is there any Website or Office or anything where I can find how many Points I have in my license and when the Points will expire?

  22. Sébastien sagt:


    If you get a blitz for speeding in Germany as an EU-foreigner, how long after should you expect the speeding ticket to reach your home country?

    Thanks in advance and regards,

    • sagt:

      Hello Sébastien,

      in Germany the period of prescription usually is three months. In some cases it can be extended to up to six months.

      The editorial staff of

  23. Matt sagt:


    I was recently in Germany and received 4 violations over a month. All of them but one were for 10 kph or less, so the fines were between 10 and 15 euros. The final one didn’t have an amount on it, and now I can’t go into the online portal to confirm my side of things for any of the tickets. What can I do to pay these fines? Will there be a late fee?

    Thank you.

    • sagt:

      Hello Matt,

      you should contact the authorities. The letter should contain all the required information. They can tell you what to do.

      The editorial staff of

  24. Louisa sagt:

    The traffic lights were not working properly.There was a green light and the the light went blank but no other light and I was flashed as I went through. I received a letter asking if I went through the red light.When do I explain about the broken light. I wrote to the police when I arrived home and the light was fixed the next day.I plan to challenge in court if I will lose my licenses for a month.

  25. Roberto sagt:


    my wife was flashed in a speed radar when driving a German car during vacation in France (she was driving at 103 kph for a speed limit of 90 kph). I received a letter from France authorities with a fine of 45€ in my name (that is because the car is registered in my name).

    Two questions:
    1) Besides of paying the fine, does this infraction brings points to the driving license?
    2) In that case, how can I advise the authorities that she was driving the car, not me?

    By the way, my driving license is German, her driving license is French. Does that change anything relating to the points?

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    • sagt:

      Hello Roberto,

      you will only get points if the violation took place in Germany. Your wife would get points according to the French system if she admitted the violation.

      The editorial staff of

  26. Mehroon G. sagt:

    I have received a letter from Bayerische Police that I have driven the car at 51km/h while the speed limit was 40km/h in a tunnel in Munich and charged me 25 euro for this offence. Which means my speed was 11km/h high than the speed limit.I have get my driving licence in Jan. 2017 and still in probation period.
    Can you please tell me that if I have to pay only these 25 euro or there would be any further action against me like points in Flensburg or extension in probation period.

    Furthermore I am not sure if I have violate the law because I always check the speed meter and drive the car below the speed limit. They don’t have send me photo of the driver when it happens but they have mentioned on the paper that they have photo as evidence.
    I am thinking that I pay the fine and mention in the form that i was not the driver when it happens.
    Please guide what should I do ?

    Best Regards
    Mehroon G.

    • sagt:

      Hello Mehroon,

      if you pay the fine, you acknowledge that you have commited the offense. If you are sure that you are not the driver, you can object to the accusations. There will not be an extension of the probation period and no points in Flensburg.

      The editorial staff of

  27. Mick sagt:

    My friend was driving my car and was photographed. What happens now I was not in the car at the time, who is responsible for the fine? There is a photo but it only shows partial chin not the whole face of the driver. How do I dispute the whole issue.

    • sagt:

      Hello Mick,

      in Germany only the actual driver has to pay the fine. You can tell the authotities about the actual driver. If the driver cannot be identified because the photo is of a poor quality, the penalty notice might be invalid. In this case you can object.

      The editorial staff of

  28. Natalija sagt:

    Hi, can you please tell me how much is the fine if I was caught driving with non eu driving licence after six months, thanks

    • sagt:

      Hello Natalija,

      in this case you were driving without a driving permit. This is a criminal offence. You will have to pay a financial penalty or there will be a prison term.

      The editotial staff of

  29. Jane sagt:

    Please can you tell me what the following traffic charge is: 5655368819

    • sagt:

      Hello Jane,

      I’m sorry but this number cannot be found in the German schedule of fines.

      The editorial staff of

  30. ben sagt:

    I have an unpaid speeding fine and 1 month ban from a trip to Germany five years ago.
    Am I banned from driving until it is paid? I’ve successfully avoided paying so far, but don’t want to be driving whilst banned if I come back.

    • sagt:

      Hello Ben,

      after three years the judgment cannot be enforced anymore, so you do not have to pay the fine.

      The editorial staff of

  31. Raj sagt:


    I got 2 penalties (20 and 30 Euro in June 2017 For over-speeding and my rental car company told me that I will revive an official documents from the German traffic authority at my overseas address, but 3 months still I have not received anything. I got a call from the traffic authority two weeks ago and they informed me that I will receive the documents via email, but nothing till now.

    I called the number they provided me and they informed me that the case is closed and now the German Court will contact me for further proceedings.

    Can you please inform me how will it work from here.


    • sagt:

      Hello Raj,

      if you live in the EU, under certain circumstances the fine can be enforced in your home country. For that to be possible the fine has to be 70 Euro or higher.

      The editorial staff of

  32. Janus sagt:

    Hi can somebody help me please with the ticket fine I received from Germany the motorway was 100 . And is showing that I was driving 141 and I don’t know what should I do thi is no account number to pay and what will happen with my license

    • sagt:

      Hello Janus,

      normally you should find the contact information on the ticket. A driving ban will only be in force in Germany. German authorities are not allowed to seize your license, but they can put a sticker on your license which states that you are not allowed to drive in Germany for a certain amount of time.

      The editorial staff of

  33. Kevin sagt:


    I am from the UK and was driving my friends car(who lives in Germany). A letter got sent through my friends door to let me know I got caught doing 131km/h in a 100km/h zone. It is my face in the picture. Can you tell me what kind of penalty I should expect to receive?

  34. K. sagt:

    I think I have been in a speeding violation several times over the past month. It`s my first month of driving in germany. How long does it usually take for the bill not to come yet?

    I am not familiar with German traffic information because I am a foreigner.

    Is there room to appeal against penalties such as fines or ban on driving license?

    In my job, I need a car. Can I get fined instead of driving license suspension?

    • sagt:

      Hello K.,

      if you want to drive in a different country, you should learn about the rules beforehand. In most cases it can take up to three months until you will be contacted by the authorities. You can object against the sanctions, but this will only be successful if you have compelling evidence. There is the possibility of changing a driving ban into a higher fine, but only in certain cases. This is only possible if it is your first traffic violation and if you would lose your job without a license.

      The editorial staff of

  35. Sharlen S. sagt:


    Do you know what happens to your car insurance rates if you get points due to speeding?

    Thanks :)

    • sagt:

      Hello Sharlen,

      in Germany the points do not have an influence on the car insurance rates.

      The editorial staff of

  36. Ioan sagt:

    BAB 3, Km 48.050, Gem. Neustandt/Wied,FR Koln. the following traffic offence pursuant to ss24/ ss24a/ 24c StVG. Exceeding the speed limit within/outside a built-up area/on a motorwayor motor road by29 km, speed limit 100 km. NaviSite did not indicate the speed restriction to 100 km per hour. I was passing a car which entered the second lane instantly, leaving a truck to overcome the lane 1 in the second. There was no time to hold back, had to accelerate to get the emergency lane.What penalties can receive for this offense ?

    • sagt:

      Hallo Ioan,

      you will probably receive a ticket for speeding, which should be around 80 Euro plus one point in Flensburg.

      The team from

  37. Vikky sagt:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    My friend was caught riding his bicycle without light in Dresden. Officials caught him and checked his residence permit in their laptop. They said 20 euros fine. But then, he apologised and told the officials he would trail his cycle with him to the destination. The officials did not neither get a signature nor money. Will they send him a letter indicating fine? I have this query because they did not get any signature from him. Or should it only be a on spot fine? Kindly let me know and thanks in advance.

    • sagt:

      Hello Vikky,

      yes, your friend will probably receive a fine via mail, because he did not pay on that day. Since they checked his residence, the officials should have the data they need. If he should not hear anything in three months, the whole thing usually becomes obsolete.

      The team from

  38. Victoria sagt:


    Can the citizen of Kazakhstan with Kazakh driver’s license drive a car with Russian state numbers in Germany? (the car costs on registration in Russia)
    What documents are needed to make it possible?

    Thank you for your help!

    • sagt:

      Hello Victoria,

      you are allowed to drive a car with foreign number plates in Germany temporarily if it does not exceed one year. You will need a registration document of the car that contains at least the following information (in Latin alphabet): number plates, date of the first registration, full name and address of the owner of the car, name/model of the car, ID-number of the car. In addition, you will need a certificate of the car insurance.

      The editorial staff of

  39. S sagt:


    my colleague received a ticket while in Germany and while he has yet to receive the actual ticket for the Ordnungswidrigkeit, Hertz has already billed him for a Bearbeitungsgebühr. He would like to look up what type of Ordnungswidrigkeit he has committed and when and where but even though I am German I have no idea how to do that or how to help him. I can’t find any online resources. I do have 2 Aktenzeichennummern but no way to look them up. Is there any database in which he could look up this information?

    thank you for your help


    • sagt:


      if you have the Tatbestandsnummer, you can look it up in the Bundeseinheitlicher Tatbestandskatalog which you will find on the website of the Kraftfahrtbundesamt (KBA) as a PDF-file. For further information (when, where) your colleague will have to wait for the actual Bußgeldbescheid.

      The editorial staff of

  40. Randy Z. sagt:


    I received a notice from my car rental company of a fine imposed while I was driving the car. The traffic charge is 4804320381, date and time are 03 Oct 2017 08:06, and the issuing organization is Ordungsbehorde/Amt 31. Can you check to find the nature of the offense and the resulting penalty?


    • sagt:

      Hello Randy,

      please ask the issuing authority for further information. THe number is not known in the Federal catalogue of traffic offenses.

      The editorial staff of

  41. Jon sagt:

    I received a letter to my UK address saying that my vehicle was caught speeding in Germany and I will be subjected to a fine of €70 which could be increased along with points issued once they investigate the claim further. I am currently living in Germany with a UK registered car.

    If I ignore the letter, what will happen?

    • sagt:

      Hello Jon,

      we recommend you to pay the fine, otherwise you will get warning fee and the fine will increase.

      The team of

  42. Daryl sagt:

    I have a reference number from a traffic violation I got in Germany. Can you please let me know what it is for, thanks.
    Reference number [removed]

    • sagt:

      Hello Daryl,

      this seems to be your personal reference number, not the traffic charge number of the official catalogue. You should contact the issuing authority for further information.

      The editorial staff of

  43. Glenn sagt:

    I have been flashed by a mobile roadside camera doing 99kph in a 70 zone on a country road exiting a village in Germany.
    What penalty do I face? I was driving a rental car at the time.

    • sagt:

      Hello Glenn,

      probably you will get one traffic point in Flensburg and you will have to pay a fine of 80 EUR.

      The editorial staff of

  44. John sagt:


    I have just received an e-mail from Sixt regarding a speeding fine that I received whilst driving a rental car on holidays in Germany in October.

    They charged an administration fee of €25. I guess this is reasonable?

    Also the attached ‘Zeugenfragebogen’ said that I was driving at 167km/h in a 120km/h zone, being 47km/h over the limit. According to the list above, that is a €200 fine, 2 points Flensburg, and 1 month driving ban in Germany. The official speeding fine has not arrived yet.

    I am wondering how this will work. I am Australian with an Australian driver licence. I can pay the fine, but how does the Flensburg and driving ban work? I have read that the police will request my driver licence. Will I need to send them my actual Australian driver licence? Will a colour scan do? As it is required by law in Australia to drive with a licence on your person, I will not be able to drive whilst they have my licence. How long will they take to process? Will the Flensburg be translated to our Australian points demerit system? My next trip to Germany is probably not for about 2 years or so, does my 1 month ban start when I pay the fine or when I next visit Germany? Will there be any problems with me driving in Germany or hiring a car in Germany in the future?

    Many thanks for your response.


    • sagt:

      Hello John,

      sanctions for traffic offences in Germany normally don’t have any consequences in other countries. Therefore, the Flensburg points will rest in Germany, if there is not a special agreement with Australia. You will have to send in your actual dirver licence. The German police will put a note about the ban on it and send it back. The ban starts when they have put the note on your licence.

      The editorial staff of

  45. VV sagt:


    Recently, I was caught on camera in Autobahn Germany for exceeding speed limit during business/holiday using a company car. I am now back in Asia. I was informed from a colleague that they have received a picture of me driving and the speed limit exceeded.My company has provided my details (local driving license) to the authorities there.

    My question is what would happen next? Would the Germany enforcement be able to send me the ticket? Do I really need to pay it since I am back here already in Asia. How long does it take before they would reach me and is there any statue of limitation in which if I am not informed within the time limit, the ticket would be forfeited?

    Thank you for your help.


    • sagt:

      Hello VV,

      if the German authorities know your address, it is possible that you will get a ticket – but the German authorities are not authorized to force you to pay the fine. If you come back to Germany however, the authorities can claim the fine.

      The editorial staff of

  46. Aurora sagt:

    I have got a ticket fine for speed in Germany,it was 160+25 € but i didn’t received the letter with requierd information for paying the fine.

    So, this week it came a letter but the fine is increased,now it’s 345 €. What should i do?

    • sagt:

      Hello Aurora,

      you should contact the authorities. You should find more information on the ticket.

      The editorial staff of

  47. hardeep s. sagt:

    hello guys
    i received the ticket for speeding and the amount is 98.5 euros. the ticket was issued on 4.10.2017 and i came to know about it on 13th November as i live in Dubai. i paid the fine on 5th December which is today. what i want to know is there deadline to pay the fine as i cant understand the fine as its all in German

    • sagt:

      Hello Hardeep,

      generally you have to pay the fine at the latest two weeks after you have received the letter. If you have already paid the fine, you should not have to worry.

      The editorial staff of

  48. Musa sagt:

    I’ve received an envelope from Landeshauptstadt Dusseldorf and there are two pages regarding
    traffic fine. All in German. My rental company also charged me 20 euros to give my information
    to the local police authority but they dont help me to explain the letters or how I can pay this.
    the fine reference number is XXX.

    There is a mistake because the car was not in the Dusseldorf at the date/time of the fine.
    I was in the Netherlands with the car.
    I sent an email to bussgeldstelle and inform that is a mistake
    but no reply.

    Anyway I can pay the 25 euros fine but how the authority check, confirm my payment
    and delete it from the system?
    is it enough to write the reference number to the explanation section of bank transfer?

    awaiting yours

    • sagt:

      Hello Musa,

      in Germany it is not possible to object to a traffic fine via e-mail. You have to send a letter to the authorities. If you add the reference number and your name, the authorities should be able to confirm your payment.

      The editorial staff of

  49. Moaaz B. sagt:


    I received a letter by mail that states i was speeding 26 km over the speed limit, outside the city.

    How do I know how much I have to pay? is it 80 euros?
    There’s a BIC and an IBAN at the bottom of the letter, should I just transfer the money to that account from my german account? if I do, how do I make sure that they know it is from the same person as the one on the ticket?

    • sagt:

      Hello Moaaz,

      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, usually you will be sent a “Zeugenfragebogen” or “Anhörungsbogen” (this translates roughly to “witness survey”). The authority can identify you by the address linked to your plate, but since they cannot tell from the picture who was driving on that particular day, you are obliged to fill in the correct data of the driver. If you do not to this, you prevent the authorities from doing their duty, which then will be charged.

      So first, you should make sure if you have one of those surveys or the fine. If it is already the official fine, you should find your detailed sanction on it. In that case, you can just transfer the money, usually there is an ID-number or anything they can identify you with. If there is no specific sanction on it, chances are it is one of those surveys you have to send back first.

      The team of

  50. Amel sagt:


    I need your help. I’m from Serbia, planing to come to Germany with my own car for New Year holidays. I have new, biometric drivers licence. Do I need international driving licence to?


    • sagt:

      Hello Amel,

      if you are only staying for the holidays, your regular drivers licence should be enough.

      The team of

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