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. John fan sagt:

    I was caught by speed camera yesterday. I will stay in Germany for a while.
    Question is
    1, can I go to your office somewhere in Rostock to pay directly ?
    2, If yes, where ?
    3, Or Can I get this fine details from website by registered car number?

    I forget to say the car is rented and registered in Sweden. I just would like to pay it then close this case as soon as possilbe since i am now in Rostock.


    John Fan.

    • sagt:

      Hello John,

      in Germany, officials usually need some time for analysing the pictures and data taken by a speed camera. After some weeks, they may send a letter to the car rental company where you rented the car. Before that, it is usually not possible to pay the fine in advance because it is not clear yet how many money you have to pay.

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  2. Oscar sagt:

    what is the “mandatory lighting” for cyclists in Germany? Front and back? Only one of them?

    Thank you very much in advance.

    • sagt:

      Hello Oscar,

      the lighting for bikes in Germany has to include at least the following installations:

      – one white front light,
      – one red back ligh,
      – one red reflector at the back,
      – yellow reflectors (or white in case of stripes on the tire) at the spokes in front and in the back as well as
      – yellow reflectors at the pedals (front and back),

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  3. Anna sagt:


    I was pulled over for a random bac test .. the officer let me go and didn’t say anything .. i had remember that I had drank a beer six hours before being pull over. My question is would they have let me go but send me a ticket later on and not tell me…

    • sagt:

      Hello Anna,

      usually, the officer would have told you, if you’d violated the law and were driving under the influence of alcohol. It would be unusual if you weren’t informed and would be sent a fine later on. In case it might happen, the fine has to be send to you within three months after the violation occured.

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  4. Eddy sagt:


    I received a fine in april 2016 for speeding, worth 400+ euros. I was not driving, nor was I in germany at the moment. The vehicle was loaned out. I filled in the form that came with it and send it back saying it was NOT me who was driving. This is proven by the picture attached, since I was not on the picture driving the car or even IN the car.

    I have moved to a new house, another city. And I never received any other communication after this. I have to visit Germany for work in the coming months, could this still be a problem for me? And furthermore, If I get pulled over for some reason, could this still have consequences?


    • sagt:

      Hello Eddy,

      probably it won’t be a problem. You did your duty with answering the letter. The picture didn’t show you – so it wasn’t you.

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  5. Colin sagt:

    I have just received a Letter from the German Police in German following the Car Hire Company giving them my details.

    I drove 128 km in a 100 km area.

    I don’t understand the Letter but I will pay the Fine.

    What do I need to do?

    • sagt:

      Hello Colin,

      the first letter is most times a form that you should complete and send back. If you say that you were the driver, you will get the fine and should pay. There will be a banking account with IBAN and BIC on the letter.

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  6. Rid sagt:

    I got a traffic violation penalty of 25 Euros on a rented car. I received a letter saying Verkehrsstrafe: 8101622939. There are no other information about what was wrong. I don’t understand which law I have violated. Could you please let me know ?

    • sagt:

      Hello Rid,

      are you sure this number is correct? We couldn’t find any information about it either.

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  7. Adam sagt:


    I’d like to ask some help. Last Sunday I used a motorway (A8) and there were speed limits because of the snowing. I thought it is just an offernig not unforced, so I drove fastly (140-180km/h). According to this infomration I think fix radar(s) checked me. Could everybody say that there is a rule or everything what could be define the max number of penalty/day? Or as many time I was measured by a radar?

  8. Sam sagt:


    I got a notice in the mail from my rental car company in the middle of October, dated September 30, that I had incurred a citation while in Germany on vacation. I don’t know what it was for as they don’t say if it’s a speeding ticket or moving violation or anything.

    The violation was mid August and I still have yet to receive anything other than notifications from my rental agency.

    Since it now almost middle of November and has been 4 months since the voilation supposedly occured would it still be valid? I still haven’t gotten any notification of how much the violation is or what it is for.

    Thank you.

    • sagt:

      Hello Sam,

      in this case we recommend that you try contacting your rental company. It might that the company paid the violation fines due to the fact that they are the car owner and now want you to reimburse them.
      As we are not allowed to give legal advice, we suggest you contact a lawyer who knows about German traffic law and can counsel you accordingly.

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  9. Rod sagt:


    Is there a time limit within which the fine ticket can be issued? In other EU countries the authorities have to make a decision, issue a document within 30 days since the day the offence was committed. I have received a fine after one year.


  10. Greg sagt:


    I have just received what I think is an infringement notice from a car rental company in Germany. I think it says that the unspecified infringement was committed in Germany on Sept 1 ( was not even in Germany on this date, although I did have a hire car on this date). The notice is not very clear about what the offense is or where it was committed, but the company has already (back in September) extracted E29.75 from my rental credit card (I received notification about a week ago in mid November).

    How can I find out what offense I have allegedly committed, and where this happened?


    • sagt:

      Hi Greg,

      is the infringement notice not written in English? You should demand clear information. And what is more: How does the company know about your credit card data if you haven’t used it for renting the car? Was it stolen? You can always contact a lawer specialised in traffic law. He can advise you in this case.

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  11. Gary H. sagt:

    Hi Sir/Mdm

    I would like to check if I am still able to lease cars if I have 2 points and 3 months-driving-ban.

    • sagt:

      Hello Gary H.,

      it can be a recquirement of the leasing company that the person who is leasing has to have a valid driver’s licence but it doesn’t have to be. You should be able to discuss this with the leasing company.

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  12. Gary H. sagt:

    If I have three months of driving ban, am I allowed to buy a car?

  13. Edward sagt:


    I have just received a letter for speeding on the Autobahn, meaning a fine, 1 point and 1 month driving ban.

    The letter says I was doing 111km/h in a temporary 60km/h zone.
    The pretty photo attached says 115km/h.

    I understand that there is an allowed discrepancy of 10%, so if the camera is saying 115km/h, -10%, this would be 103,5km/H, and not 111km/h as stated.

    If the speed was 111km/h, then I apply the 10% discrepancy, this would be 99,9km/h.

    Which would be correct? The letter, or the photo?
    Can I contest the fine to reduce the penalty? There is conflicting information on the letter and photo.
    If I do this, could they throw the book at me and increase the fine?

    So far I have only received the “Is this you?” letter.. so I guess the fine will come in response to this and they will request me to hand over my UK license for a few days.

    I assume there is a processing time for them to read and process my response; and for them to process the fine etc.. so I estimate that as it is nearly December now, this won’t happen this side of Christmas? (Hopefully!) But what is the time scale for the driving ban to kick in?

    Also. Is this something I can do at my local Police station?

    Any help is welcome.

    Many thanks and keep up the good work!

    • sagt:

      Hello Edward,

      are your sure that the discrepancy is 10 %? Often it is just 3 % with a speed over 100 km/h. So this could explain the 111 km/h on the letter (115 km/h -3 %). If this will be the first driving ban into two years you are allowed to start it within a period of four month. If you don’t do starting, it will start automaticly after this period. So Chrismas should be rescued. Nice to know: The driving ban is just for germany. If you like to start the driving ban it’s most times possible to send your driving licence by letter to the authorities. The will note on it that you have a driving ban in germany and send it back to you.

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  14. Steve sagt:

    I got a letter about a traffic offence in Germany some time ago but really don’t remember the details (from rental company or authorities) or what happened next. I can no longer find the letter. Is there a way for me to check status of my driving record in Germany and whether anything is outstanding? Who do I contact?

    • sagt:

      Hello Steve,

      without the letter it is difficult to check your status. It also dempends what kind of letter it was. Was it already a fine or just a formular to ask you about the traffic offence. It is also important when you received this document. Maybe you can remember where the traffic offense was. Then you can contact the authorities. A list you can find in our article about “Bußgeldstellen“. It is not translated but maybe it helpes.

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  15. Alyona sagt:

    Dear Sirs,
    Can a police officer who doesn’t belong to the Ordnungsamt write a parking ticket or is this right reserved only for Ordnungsamt employees? Also, what is the difference between Polizeistation and Polizeidirektion? Is it still illegal to park on the premises of the police station even when there are no signs/markings?
    Thank you in advance!

    • sagt:

      Hello Alyona,

      a police officer is allowed to give you a parking ticket, if you did something wrong. It is illegal to park on the permises of a police station if there isn’t a public parking spot. The difference between Polizeistation and Polizeidirektion consists in hierarchy. The Polizeidirektion manage several Polizeistationen.

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  16. Olivier sagt:

    Dear editorial staff;

    I was on a trip to Germany in September and had a speed ticket by mail once back in France. I’m going occasionnaly in Germany for business.

    It asks for a 160+28.50 euro fee + 1 month driving ban.

    I understand from all information above : the ban only applies in Germany, I can continue driving elsewhere during the ban.

    My question is : how does that work in real life ?

    I am driving everyday in France and I need to be able to show my licence to authorities if requested to, I cannot spend one day without driving.

    It seems like my licence is also expected to be sent to Germany and kept there during the whole month of driving ban (is that correct ?) or at least enough time to ship is back and forth with a ‘note’ on it (is that correct, if yes, how much time does that take ?).

    Can you please clarify how this actually happens ? Can I send a copy of my driving licence for being retained/noted on, so that I can continue driving as I am allowed elsewhere in Germany ?

    I want to pay my dues and move on, but I need this clarified.

    Thank you !

    • sagt:

      Hello Olivier,
      we would recommend you to talk to the German authorities yourself. Usually they are not allowed to keep your licence for one month, if you send it to them, they will have to send it back to France. A copy of your licence is not going to work as they need the original document. Maybe even the authorities in France can help you and tell you what to do next.

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  17. Leonardo sagt:

    When I was in Germany a couple of months ago, I was driving a rental car which was under the name of a colleague of mine. Today he received a letter: “Anhörung im Bußgeldverfahren”. It says I was going at 94 km/h in a 70 km/h zone, I tried to overtake a truck but I couldn’t get back to the right lane and since there was another truck in front of him and not enough space for me, I decided to speed up and pass the second truck. Also the two-lane road was about to end and my lane merged few meters ahead.
    I know I can send this letter back explaning all of this, but is it worth to tell them my own version or whoever is going to read it will just ignore me?
    In addition, how can I make them know that I am responsible for the fine and not the person they sent the letter to?
    Once they get the letter back, how is the payment method for traffic violations?
    Thank you for your time,

    • sagt:

      Hello Leonardo,

      in this case you have the option to contact the responsible authorities (which are named in the letter) and explain the situation. The letter states that it is a hearing concerning the traffic violation, so your friend has the option the state his side as well. Once that ist settle the authorities will tell you which paying option you have.

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  18. Sami sagt:

    I cross the red light and the camera flashed. 4 secods before the flah I was looking at two drunk people who were abut to cross the street. I dont want to hit them. I thank that I cross the red light 1.5 second after it became red. It is my first time to cross the red light.

    What kind of traffic ticket I expect.

    Thank you.

    • sagt:

      Hello Sami,

      usually, with a time under 1 second, you can expect a fine of 90 Euros and a point. If the light was red for more than a second it can be 200 Euros, two points, one month driving ban and there can be added financial penalties. You have to wait for the letter from the authorities. It will details the fines.

      The editorial staff of

  19. Vicki sagt:

    I live in France and have a question for a French friend of mine.
    Whilst driving a rental car in Germany he received a fine of 25.00€ for driving too fast. The fine was firstly sent to the rental car company who have taken this money from the credit card he used to pay for the car hire.
    However he has now received a paper with a recap of the fine situation and also the photo taken with a form to fill in on the back.
    If he does not want to contest the fine does he need to do anything in particular with this form? The money has already been paid.
    The form appears to enable him to fill in the details of another person if he believes it was not him driving the car at the time the speeding offence occurred?
    Thanks for your help.

    • sagt:

      Hello Vicki,

      if your friend should contact the rental car company to make sure that they paid the fine to the authorities. Otherwise it might be possible that the fine is still open in their system.
      Your friend should also fill out the form with their personal details, a statement concerning the fine is not necessary. If they make a statement it has to be made truthfully.

      If you have the chance to contact the authorities as well, you should maybe inquire if the fine is still open.

      The editorial staff of

  20. Sami sagt:


    Is there a way to reduce points?

    When a fine of one point will be removed?

    When two points fine will be rmoved?

    Thank you.
    Best regards.

    • sagt:

      Hello Sami,

      usually you can reduce points with a voluntary visit of a special seminar, the Fahreignungsseminars, if you haven’t done that in the last five years. Information about these seminars are available at TÜV or DEKRA.

      Points will usually be erased when they have reached their prescription. Usually that is after 2,5 years for one point and 5 years for two points.

      The editorial staff of

  21. Balazs sagt:


    So i was doing like 60 or 60+ on a 30 zone in town … was in hurry to take someone to their job .. anyways i have a couple of questions its my 1st time speeding will i get a ban for a month or just a fine ? and the second question is i dont live in Germany if i get a ban do i need to bring in my drivers license to the police department and let it there ? or i am just banned from driving and if i get caught driving in that month that will be the problem cause i may leave Germany in a week so basically i got no time to wait for the letter that comes from the blitz. The fine i will pay it anyways because i got relatives still living in Germany but if i need to give my drivers license in to them that would be a problem cause i will not be in Germany.

    Waiting for ur awnser !
    Thank you !
    Best regards.

    • sagt:

      Hello Balazs,

      usually the fine for drive 30 km/h oder more too fast in a 30 zone lies between 100 and 160 Euros. A one month driving ban is usual as well. If you aren’t living in Germany the ban can only be executed when you are in the country. This ban will be written into the licence, which you usually can keep but not use during this time in Germany.

      The editorial staff of

  22. martinn sagt: problem is i was driving in the city of wuppertal following a car in from of me and approaches a traffic light of orange. Immediately have decided to stop at red which i did but. just an inch across the line and was court by the red light camera. But did not proceed i have waited till it lit green before proceeding. The camera flashes twice .while still waiting. What are the chances.

    • sagt:

      Hello martinn,

      in this case, you have to wait for the letter from the authorities. We don’t know the exact circumstances and cannot say whether there will be a fine or not. You alwasys have the option to appeal the fine if there should be one.

      The editorial staff of

  23. Geoffrey sagt:

    Is it allowed to drive an 18-wheel truck carrying a 40-foot container inside Berlin? Would it be allowed to drive one in the Kurfurstendamm area? Are there any special hours for making deliveries with such large trucks inside the city or limits on what roads they may use?

    • sagt:

      Hi Geoffrey,

      generally you are allowed to drive in Berlin with such a vehicle. As long as there a no signs which state the opposite there is no problem with that. What is more the usual rules apply: No driving on Sundays and holidays, and so on…

      The staff of

  24. Buster sagt:

    Hi there,

    Last year I got flashed on the road works on the autobahn in a hire car from work. The problem being is I seem to recall getting a letter from Germany about it that my wife told me about but as I was still away working for most of the year I completely forgot to deal with it and now the time has come for me to return to Germany. So I was wondering if I was going to get arrested at the airport for this speeding offence. Ifso can I pay the fine on the spot?

    • sagt:

      Hello Buster,

      you won’t be arrested because of driving too fast. But it depends what the fine was. The authorities has three years time to impose a fine. So you still can pay to don’t having trouble.

      The editorial staff of

  25. Steven sagt:

    While following google maps in Leipzig, I mistakenly drove on in the wrong direction on what at the hour was a pedestrian only street. A surprised looking parking enforcement officer photographed our car (and license plate) as we continued driving. What, if anything, will happen?

  26. Eniyan sagt:


    While riding a bicycle, is it allowed to turn right when the traffic light is red (i.e are right turns free)? If not, how severe is this offense?

    Thank you!

    • sagt:


      this is not allowed in Germany yet. The fine amounts to 60 Euro and a penalty point.

      The editorial staff of

  27. Usama sagt:

    I passed a red signal in Kaiserslautern at night but there was no flash. Does this still mean that I will get a fine or not?


    • sagt:

      Hello Usama,

      if nobody noticed that you passed a red signal, you won’t get a fine.

      The editorial staff of

  28. ANDREW JB sagt:

    is it ever possible to pay speeding fines/parking fines over the internet by credit card?

    • sagt:

      Hello ANDREW JB,

      paying fines via credit card or online via paypal can be an option with some authorities. It is not an option everywhere, so you’ll have to inquire with the authorities wether it is possible or not.

      The editorial staff of

  29. Michael sagt:

    Today, I was stopped on the highway by plain clothes traffic police. I was going about 130 in an 80 zone. Bad.
    They took me to ATM, and I paid 348,50 in cash
    Can you explain how they reach this amount ?
    I am foreign driver in foreign car.

    • sagt:

      Hello Michael,

      if you endangered other drivers while driving too fast, the police officers can double the fine.

      The editorial staff of

  30. Johnny sagt:

    For speeding fine with one month’s ban from driving, when does this one month starts, is it from the date you send your driving license to the authority? I noticed one is required to send in your driving license within 4 months from the date of the fine. Dose it mean one has the flexibility to decide when this one month ban take place within the 4 months period from receiving the fine sentence? Thank you very much for your help.

    • sagt:

      Hello Johnny,

      you are right. If you are getting the driving ban the first time, you can decide when it starts within a 4 month period. It regulary starts as soon as you send the driving license to the authority.

      The editorial staff of

  31. Mr Shayn F. sagt:

    Hi there,

    I received notification of a fine from my car rental company who advised they have passed my details on to the issuing organisation and that I will receive written notification from them directly. I live in Australia. To this day, I still haven’t received anything nor been charged on my credit card other than an administration fee by the car rental company.

    I am able to recall the offence I committed – travelling around 40 km/h in a “Lärmschutz” zone.

    I appreciate any assistance you could provide.

    Freundliche Grüße


    • sagt:

      Hello Shayn,

      as long as you don’t get any fine, you don’t have to pay anything. As the fine fo the committed offense is comparatively low, it is possible, that the german authorities have dropped the case.

      The editorial staff of

  32. North sagt:

    I have questions about driving. I recently got pulled over. I had my state side license which was still valid and I still had time to convert it to get my German license. But instead I got a fine. Now I applied for my German license and they seen this on the computer but never went to court just a fine. So what will happen when they do this German background check? Can anyone please help me?

    • sagt:

      Hello North,

      if it is just a regular fine, there wont be big consequences with the convertation to a german license. But this depends on the reason why they pulled you over.

      The editorial staff of

  33. Lyn R. sagt:

    Can you get a ticket for driving too slow??

    • sagt:

      Hello Lyn R.,
      driving too slowly without a good reason can lead to a fine of 20 euros, if you make it impossible for other drivers to drive normally.

      The editorial staff of

  34. T. Smith sagt:

    I recently received a letter – camera captured me at 95 kph in a 60 kph zone.
    I completed the online “questionnaire” accepting responsibility but there was no fine or points listed. Did I miss a step online?
    Will I receive a follow-up letter with how to proceed?
    I am from USA but living here for 3 years. I received one other “speeding ticket” which was 5 kph over limit. That letter had the fine listed and payment instructions. Both of these infractions occurred before I received my German license – but took 3 months to arrive in my mailbox.

    Thank you for your help

    • sagt:

      Hello T. Smith,
      it seems like the letter you received was the “Anhörungsbogen” where they just want to know if it was you who was driving too fast. After accepting the responsibility they will send you the “Bußgeldbescheid” where they tell you about the fine or points. You just have to wait.

      The editorial staff of

  35. Harjeet S. sagt:

    Greetings Reader,
    I was Caught Driving in Germany with the company Car and was driving at 155 kmph at 100 KMPH Zone, My Company received the letter but did not send the details of mine to the Police(I dont know why), Then i get a call from Police and i commit to the mistake, and then it take so much time to receive the Letter to my home, I was speeding on 21.09.2016 and i received the letter on 19.01.2017, so i think it already past three months shall i be paying the fine or shall i go to lawyer, or what to do, can some one can guide.


    • sagt:

      Hello Harjeet S.,
      we are not allowed to give legal advice, that’s why we would recommend you to consult a lawyer.

      The editorial staff of

  36. Branko sagt:

    Hi, I have one question. Yesterday police stoped me and I had 1,47 promills of alchokol and thay took me for blood test. I know that they will took my driving licence, so my question is, are they gonna take it for all my categories. I’m truck driver and I live from that, and I was stoped in my private car,

    • sagt:

      Hello Branko,
      usually they will only take your driving licence for one category. As they stopped you in your private car, it’s very likely that you will keep the licence you need for your truck.

      The editorial staff of

  37. Arun sagt:

    Hello ,

    I have a question. My car bearing Dusseldorf registration was picked up from Aachen(Street where i lived and having same parking zone ticket). The reason mentioned was that it was blocking the entry to the workshop. I contacted the pickup company and paid the fine there(pickup charges i think). Do i need to do anything more ? Will I be getting more fine for the same issue and how much it will be ?

    • sagt:

      Hello Arun ,

      there usually is a parking fine to be considered as well. The fine for a wrongly parked car that interfered with regular traffic is usually 15 Euros. Additional to this there might be an administrative charge. If you only payed the pick up fine, you might be getting a letter from the authorties soon.

      The editorial staff of

  38. Rob sagt:


    I have been buying cars in Germany for 3 years,

    last week when I drove back to France I got stopped by German traffic police who explained to me that I can not drive on my W plate (trade Plate, or dealers plates) they explained after a long time the I need to use the German export or 5 day tempory plates

    I have looked through the Internet where this is stated and can not finding the law text or information, my plates have the French Carte Gris and insurance, they are European, I fail to understand why they are wrong

    I often see people driving on the W plates in Germany,

    Could you perhaps confirm for me whether this is law?

    Regards Rob

    • sagt:

      Hello Rob,

      maybe it is a bit difficult to explain. But first: The Police is right. It is not allowed to drive with the W plate in Germany. You need a german export plate (Ausfuhrkennzeichen) or a short time plate (Kurzzeitkennzeichen) maybe a plat for merchant (Händlerkennzeichen) could help, too. After crossing the border to france you can change the plate into the w plate.

      The reason is, that expect oft the export plate there is no law that forces the countries to accept the special national plates. It should be but there is often trouble.

      The editorial staff of

  39. marko sagt:

    My driving licenses is from Serbia which at this moment have 6 months validation in Germany. I just pass that 6 months period for a few days. Also I know that very soon (but dont know when, maybe in a week or in one month), Germany will sign agreement with Serbia so I could just translate my license. I got a letter from bmvi that confirms me that deal is close to the end. Even auto school didnt accept my application, they say to wait a bit.

    So what should I do? Also, from which date that 6 months is starting? Because I register my address in August but I got my blue card (resident permit) in January.

    What could be fine if they catch me driving a car? Would that be a fine as a expired licenses or driving without license?

    Thank you

    • sagt:

      Hello Marko,

      it would be driving without license. It depends on you. If for you it is ok to wait, you should do that. If you need to go by car it would be better to do the driving license test. But just driving with doing nothing is full of risk.

      The editorial staff of

  40. Walid sagt:


    Hope you are fine and doing well, In Jan 2017 I was driving in autobahn there were work in progress and my speed was about 180 I reduce my speed to 109 kmph and got the speed limit which was 100 km/h suddenly the next speed sign was 80 and there was speed camera too because of the ice and snow I couldn’t get the 80 kmph today I recived a letter which they asked me to give the information of the driver and they also Worte that I was 24 kmph over speed. can you please tell me about the penalty because Ian in proba site too.



    • sagt:

      Hello Walid,

      this will be 70 Euro and one point. Your time of probation will now be longer. It will extended to four years an you have to visit a seminar.

      The editorial staff of

  41. Lukas sagt:

    Hi, I have received a speeding ticket in November for going 42 over the speed limit on a highway in Germany.

    I filled in the questionnaire and attached a comment that I disagreed with the fine as I believed there was not any sign of speed being limited in that section of the highway and I also mentioned, that I was maintaining a stable speed together with vehicles in front, besides and behind me.
    I have received another letter today where it says my claim was not proven and the fee is now considerably higher than 160 euros according to the German catalog of fees. Also, there was no mentioning in the original questionnaire, that providing a comment to the fine would result in an increase of the fine.

    Can it be a mistake? Can I do something about it?

    Thank you.

    • sagt:

      Hello Lukas,

      yes, this is possible. If your protest was checked and the authorities think it wasn’t true they will keep the fine. It could be higher if they found some reasons that justify a higher fine. At this time you just can pay or keep your protest by going to the court.

      The editorial staff of

  42. Rucsandra sagt:

    Hi guys,

    I got a letter from the Schonefeld town hall i think saying i was driving 36kmh over the limit of 50. It said that I should reply to that letter within 1 week to acknowledge that i was the one behind the wheel. However, i have read on your website that i’ll get a driving ban, but the thing is that next week i will be going to austria for a week. Do I have enough time to give them my driver’s licence if they ask for it? I was thinking of the fact that they might reply to my letter while i am away and i don’t want to get fined for another thing also…


    • sagt:

      Hello Rucsandra,

      this wont be a problem. This was just the first letter. If you say that you were behind the wheel it will take some weeks until you will get the fine. After that you will have two weeks to appeal against the decision. If you don’t do that, you will have four more month to start the driving ban because it will be your first.

      The editorial staff of

  43. Neo sagt:

    Dear Editorial Staff of Bussgeldkatalog,

    I would like to ask your opinion. I am in Probezeit of my German License. I met with an accident and it was my fault. I called the Polizei and my Insurance to inform the incident. what kind of Bußgeld can I expect? Any impact on my German License.

    Best Regards

    • sagt:

      Hello Neo,

      it depends. Not every accident follows a fine. If you broke the rules, the police can give you points and a fine – a impact on your license is possible – but if not the police won’t do that. So it depends on the circumstances.

      The editorial staff of

  44. James C. sagt:


    I have lived in Germany for 5 years with a UK driving licence. I recently received 2 speeding tickets within 2 weeks of each other. The first was 101kmh in an 80kmh zone, the second was 106kmh in an 80kmh zone (I really need to keep my eyes on the signs and not on the road).

    My question is, will I pay a larger fine for getting two tickets so close to each other?and how will the points (1 from each ticket I guess) be added to my UK licence? Will I need to send my licence back to the UK for this, or will I need to send it to Flensburg, or is it done without having to send my licence anywhere?


    • sagt:

      Hello James,

      usually you don`t have to pay a larger fine for getting two tickets close to each other. For the registration of points in Flensburg it is usually not necessary to send the licence to Flensburg.

      The editorial staff of

  45. Dennis sagt:

    I am visiting Germany for first time with a company car. I think u was caught in a camera, not sure. Never happened to me before. How can I pay a possible fine now. Want to avoid letters going to my company. Really embarrassed and sorry. I see the 50 sign but ramp look like motorway to my brain so I speed up.

    • sagt:

      Hello Denis,

      there is no option to pay the fine before getting a letter.

      The editorial staff of

  46. Johnha sagt:


    I received the first letter regarding the small accident I caused in Hamburg. It was my fault so I checked the box that says I admit it and send it back to the police immediately (3 days ago). So normally I should just wait for the fine and pay it. But the problem is i am moving to a new address (still within Hamburg) in ~15 days. I will register my new address for me and for my car as soon as possible as well. But I am still afraid that there might be a chance that the police does not know this and keep sending the next letters to the old address, which also makes me unnoticed and unable to pay the fine. So the questions are:

    – Do I have to notice the police that I change my address in order for them to send the letter to my new address?
    – Do the police know of my new address after I make the new registration (without me telling them).
    – If they fail to send me the fine letter, do they automatically assume that I refuse to pay and then keep raising the amount of the fine or eventually try to bring me to court?
    – If I don’t receive any letters, how long is sufficient for me to wait before I take my own actions (notice them about my new address and tell that I am still waiting for the fine)?


    • sagt:

      Hello Johnha,

      a new and early registration should be ok. You also can do a “Nachsendeauftrag” at the post office. Maybe you can ask the landlord if he would collect your letters.

      The editorial staff of

  47. Murat sagt:


    a few days ago, the police stopped me and controlled my papers. I came to Germany 11.09.2016. I took the residance permission on 20.09.2016. The police stopped me on 15.03.2017. I wasn’t knowing to change my driving licence. The police didn’t let me drive the car again. Because they said your permission has already finished. They said for four days you are commiting crime to drive car. But I told them I took the permission on 22.09.2016. they took the pictures of all may papers (passport, identity card and driving licence). What do you think do they send me a traffic fine?. If yes how much does it cost?

    Best Regards.

    • sagt:

      Hello Murat,

      depends. Driving with finished permission is like driving without a licence. This is a crime and a judge has to decide how much the fine will be. Possible is a driving ban, too.

      The editorial staff of

  48. Julio P. sagt:

    Hello, one year and a half on after I received a speeding flash in Germany on a rented car. I still have not received the actual fine. I received a letter a month after from the hire company about passing my details on to relevant authorities. Just wondering what happened ? I was not speeding a lot, i checked on here it would of been the minimum fine for speeding. Perhaps they thought it’s not worth sending me a letter to the UK for 30 euros?

  49. Riz Ali sagt:


    I visited Germany about 6 months ago and l know l got flashed 3-4 times but not received anything in the post, my concern is that l am travelling back to Germany, firstly do Germany Police have on system that they can check passing cars with outstanding speeding tickets ? Secondly can they demand money on the spot without showing me proof ? By the way l have a British Drive License

  50. Greg H. sagt:

    I didn’t notice a comment asking how long points stay on a driving record in Flensburg.
    If it has been asked and answered above, my apologies. I didn’t have time to read all
    of the above comments.
    Thanks for any information you can give.

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