In Germany, in order to obtain a driving license, it is mandatory to register with a driving school to take the theoretical as well as practical driving tests.
Driving test facilities (e.g. TÜV, DEKRA) offer the theoretical, computer-based test in up to 13 different languages: German, English, French, Greek, Arabic, Italian, Croatian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish (https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/fev_2010/anlage_7.html, see 1.3, in German). The theoretical, computer-based test covers road traffic rules, road signs and hazard awareness, amongst other things.
Practical, behind-the-wheel driving tests are carried out in the presence of the driving instructor as well as an official driving examiner. However, in order to allow for proper mutual understanding during driving tests as well as to fully understand German road traffic regulations so as to prevent any major road traffic violations and accidents, at least basic knowledge of the German language is highly recommended.
For further information on how to obtain and/or transfer a German driving license, please visit the German Federal Ministry of Transport’s website.
BASt (German Federal Highway Research Institute)
BMVI (German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure)
CIECA (International Commission for Driver Testing)
TÜV SÜD (German technical service corporation catering to the industrial, mobility and certification sectors)
Updated: August 21, 2017