How to get a driver's license
You would like to learn to drive? No problem. There are driving schools everywhere in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region where you can learn to drive. We will explain all the steps you need to take to get your driving license.
To get a driving license, you have to call a driving school or go there directly and register. The normal driver's license to be allowed to drive a car is called "Führerschein Klasse B" (Class B driver's license). This is what you register for. If you want to get a driving license for another vehicle, this is also possible. On the website of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, you can find an overview of the different driving license classes. But you can always ask at the driving school for an explanation as well.
After the registration, you can start with the theory lessons. These lessons often take place in the driving school. Important traffic rules, traffic signs and information about the car would be explained.
The theoretical (written) exam
If you have attended enough theory lessons, you can register with your teacher for the written exam. You will be given an appointment for this. After that you have to study and go through the tasks. There are many questions where you need to know the answer. But you can take enough time to prepare yourself.
During the exam you have to mark the correct answers on the computer and not make too many mistakes. Then you have passed.
Eye test & first aid training
For a driver's license you have to take an eye test at an optician's store. For this you will get a document from the driving school. You can go to any eyeglass store with it. The eye test does not take long. Find out in advance how much the eye test costs. At some stores you can do it for free.
You also have to take a first aid class. You can get information about this at the driving school. There you can also ask if the first aid course is available in a language other than German.
The practical driving lessons
After passing the theoretical test, the actual driving lessons begin. You will drive through your city with a driving instructor. Your driving instructor tells you where you should go and how to handle the car.
Sometimes you will make special trips, for example at night in the dark or a longer distance drive on the highway.
Don't worry: you don't have to have any experience for this! Many people have never sat in the driver's seat before their first driving lesson. They will explain everything to you!
The practical driving test
Your driving instructor will tell you when you are ready for the practical driving test. There are three of you in the car for this test: you, your driving instructor and a person who tests you. This person sits in the back of the car and observes whether you are doing everything right. You have to drive for 45 minutes without making a bad mistake.
After that you have done it: you get your driving license and you are allowed to drive!
Please bear in mind: A driver's license is not cheap. You can't say exactly how much it costs because some people need more or less driving lessons.
For every driving lesson there are costs and there is a fee for the tests. If you fail the test once, you have to pay this fee again.
In total the driver's license costs at least 1500 €.
Most exams in Germany are taken in German. But they are also available in other languages.
For example, these driving schools in the metropolitan region also offer theory tests in languages other than German:
In Ludwigshafen: http://www.fahrschulemajid.de/
In Mannheim: http://www.fahrschule-beck.com/9.html
in Heidelberg-Wieblingen: https://www.fahrschule-hassert.de/index.php?id=1
in Schwetzingen: https://www.fahrschule-spiess.de/index.php?id=1
You can also ask the driving school if there are exams in your mother tongue.