offers a variety of landscapes from the coast in the north to the
Bavarian Alps in the south. The country boasts a multitude of
historical towns and cities, romantic castles, and excellent
museums. The tourism infrastructure is well developed and most
of the people speak English.
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OBTAINING YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE
Ensure that your stateside driver's
license is current and not near expiration. The revised Status of
Forces Agreement (SOFA) that went into effect in 1993 requires all US
personnel assigned to Germany to have in their possession a valid
stateside license in order to be eligible for licensing and to operate
privately owned vehicles in Europe. Not that some states allow a
service member to have an expired license while on active duty.
This is NOT considered a valid stateside driver's license in Europe.
All personnel arriving without a valid stateside license will be
required to attend driver training on the local economy at their own
Within Germany, all service members and family members must obtain a US
Army Europe (USAREUR) driver's license in order to legally operate a
vehicle with USAREUR plates. International driver's licenses are
not sufficient. In addition, German law does not allow for youth
under the age of 18 to drive while in Germany.
If you have a valid stateside driver's license, then the USAREUR
driver's license test consists of 1) A 20 minute 50 question
international sign identification test, and 2) A 100 question written
rules (no time limit) test. Prior to initial testing an
orientation and cursory eye exam is mandatory.
Here you can view a copy of the
On the day of testing you must have the following
a) Valid ID Card.
b) Valid stateside driver's license.
c) Sponsor's local unit, unit address, and phone number.
d) Personal mailing address.
e) $10 check or money order.
f) Corrective lenses if needed.
g) The Driver's Study Booklet must be returned on testing day.
NOTE: If you arrive for your test without any of the above, you will be
rescheduled to test on another day.
If you have a valid stateside license with motorcycle endorsement,
you must pass a 30 question written test and also a nine exercise
proficiency test before being able to legally drive a motorcycle in
Germany. If you fail either portion of the test or do not have a
stateside motorcycle endorsement you can take a required course on the
economy at you expense.
Motorcycle license testing is offered February through October only.
Each applicant is required to bring:
a) Valid stateside license with motorcycle endorsement.
b) Valid USAREUR POV license.
c) Motorcycle and protective headgear.
d) $10 check or money order.
Boats have to be registered with the German authorities.
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