Driver's Licence

Officially recognised and certified translation of your check card Driver's License by court-sworn translators.

Paper Driver's licence and NZ driver's licence Translation

Your benefits with lingoking

Available in 
any language 
Translated by
sworn translators
Recognised by 
authorities & agencies
Optional express 
delivery within 48h

Why do you need a certified translation of your driver's licence?

Book your certified driver's licence translation 
in a few easy steps

Your task
Place your Order

Select the desired options. You can upload your original document at the end of the order process once payment has been taken.

Our task

Once we have confirmed your order, our sworn translators will start the translation process right away.

Your task

After the translation, you will receive a notification asking you to approve the final translation.

Our task

Once the certified translation is finalised, you will receive a tracking code to keep tabs on your physical translation copy. The translation process is complete.

Your driver's licence translation

Order your certified translation online in just a few clicks. All we need is a scan or photo of your document so you can keep the original.


· Recognised by all official authorities


· Certified translation by court-sworn translators


· Digital copy available on request


· Quality check


Standard delivery:

After three to five business days you will receive the translation digitally in advance for review. Upon your approval, you can download the translation from your dashboard.


Please note

The certification is carried out by a court-sworn translator who is eligible to legally certify documents in Germany. Therefore we only offer certified translations from German or into German.


For upload:  

In order to protect your personal data, we only ask you to upload your files at the end of the ordering process.

Our Cooperation with ADAC
In over 50 ADAC branches and travel agencies driver's licences are translated and classified by lingoking.

Over 1,500 orders are sent to lingoking by ADAC every month. 


Driver's licence translations can be submitted either via the ADAC webshop or at a branch office. We receive the translation and match your translation with the right translators. After a quality check, the document is either sent directly to the customer (webshop) or to the relevant office, where customers can collect their document from ADAC staff.


You can also book your translation directly with us. We look forward to receiving your order!

Do you have any questions?

Use our quick and easy chat feature or find answers to frequently asked questions in our FAQ section.



Important questions and answers regarding the translation of a driver licence.

If you come from an EU country or a country from the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, you do not need to have your driving licence translated in order to be allowed to drive in Germany. However, different rules apply to drivers from other countries outside the EU. If persons are only staying temporarily in Germany, they may drive motor vehicles of the class for which the driver's licence is issued if one of the following two requirements is met: 


  • The person holds a valid national driver's licence.
  • It possesses an international driver's licence in accordance with the International Convention on Motor Traffic of 24 April 1926, the Convention on Road Traffic of 8 November 1968 or the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic.


If the national driver's licence is not in German or does not comply with Annex 6 of the Convention on Road Traffic of 8 November 1968, the person concerned must have the licence translated. [Source:]

In order to obtain a German driving licence, you must submit a formal application for conversion to the Führerscheinstelle (driver's licence office). You may then have to take a theoretical and/or practical driving test at a driving school. The conversion of your national driver's licence including examinations takes a total of approx. two months. 


The following are required for the application: 

  • Valid national driver's licence with date of issue
  • Certified translation of your driving licence, if necessary with classification
  • Identity card or passport
  • Biometric passport photo
  • Confirmation of first registration in Germany from the Einwohnermeldeamt (residents' registration office)
  • First aid course
  • Eye test from optician (not older than two years)
  • Chosen driving school

 First call the office that will issue your licence (Führerscheinstelle) to find out which documents are required in order to avoid difficulties. Authorities in Germany often have a different set of requirements depending on their location. 

As the holder of a valid foreign driver's licence, you can drive motor vehicles in Germany in accordance with your acquired driver's licence. This regulation applies for a stay of up to six months. After these six months, a transfer of your driver's licence is necessary. If you have an international driver's licence, you do not have to carry a translation in Germany. Translations of official documents must be done by a translator sworn in Germany.

Classification has the task of defining equivalences between two differently named driver's licence classes. More precisely, this means: There have been uniform classes in the EU since 2013. For example, if you have a car driver's licence, your driver's licence will state driver's licence class B. This entitles you to drive a vehicle with a total weight of 3.5 tonnes.


More on classification of driver's licenses

Driver's license translations required for a German authority are always offered at lingoking including certification and classification. Translations for foreign countries, on the other hand, only with certification.

Driver's licence translations required for a German authority are always offered at lingoking including certification and classification. Translations for foreign countries, on the other hand, only with certification. In both cases, the translation is done by a sworn translator in Germany. 


By the way: A scan or photo of your driver's licence is sufficient for the translation, we do not need the original. 


Please note, however, that the Führerscheinstelle (driving licence office) in Düsseldorf only accepts translations of originals. In this case, contact a local service provider or contact us, we will be happy to help you with your search.

The driver's licence is now valid almost everywhere within Europe. This is not limited to the EU states, but also includes Norway and Switzerland, for example. In some European countries, an international driver's licence is nevertheless recommended. Outside Europe, you must always have an international driver's licence or a certified English translation.

If you want to be mobile on the roads outside the EU and rent or drive your own car, you need an international driver's licence, which you can apply for at the citizens' offices — at your city administration or the regional administration office of your place of residence. An international driver's licence is valid for three years and is only valid for driving abroad.