Most youngsters are feverishly looking forward to this day: The day they get to hold their driver's license in their own hands for the first time. Getting behind the wheel of a passenger car by yourself is a feeling of freedom. The acquisition of significantly more flexibility. Possibilities than before.
To drive an ordinary car you need a class B driver's license. This allows you to drive a passenger car with a gross vehicle weight of 3.5 t and a trailer with a gross vehicle weight of 750 kg. In addition, the class B driving license also includes the classes AM and L, so you can also drive mopeds up to 50 cc and agricultural tractors up to a maximum speed of 40 km/h. The path to a Class B driver's license, however, is both time-consuming and costly. In Germany, a driving school course usually lasts several weeks and consumes relatively little time a small four-digit euro amount. This article should help you to identify the cost points, to compare regionally and to save money through targeted preparation.
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What costs will I have to pay?
If you think that the cost of the driver's license is only based on the practice hours and the exam fees, you will now unfortunately be a bit disillusioned. In addition to these obvious costs, there are other cost items that come your way, which are explained in more detail below.
Before you are even allowed to attend theory courses and practice lessons, you will have to pay a basic amount to your driving school for administration and theory lessons. This amount is about 200 euros and is usually charged directly at the time of registration.
The special drives are part of the compulsory program of every practical driving course for the class B driver's license. A total of twelve special sessions of 45 minutes each must be completed. Four of these are made on the highway, five over land and three at night. Usually the prices for the special driving courses are on average 39 Euro per unit and are therefore slightly more expensive than a practice lesson.
In the practice lessons, one generally learns how to drive the passenger car. These are tailored directly to the needs of the student, so that, for example, parking maneuvers or hill starts can be practiced. On average costs one driving lesson about 32 Euro.
In addition to all the practice, of course, the theoretical principles must also be internalized. For this purpose, most driving schools provide teaching materials such as test sheets and various textbooks in addition to their theory courses. Especially for exam preparation additional teaching materials can help you to go into the exam with a good feeling. Here at Führerschein Lehrmittel you will find a wide range of different teaching materials for prices between 25 and 70 Euro.
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Examination costs (theory test)
Before you can take the practical test, you have to prove your theoretical knowledge. The cost of the theoretical driving test at an accredited company such as TÜV or Dekra costs 22,49 Euro. In addition, there are usually costs of about 40 Euro for the registration for the driving school exam.
Test costs (practical test)
After successful completion of the theoretical test, the practical test follows 91.75 euros for a class B driver's license. As with the theoretical test, often an additional approx. 40 euros for the registration due.
In order to obtain a driver's license, you must have a minimum level of vision. An eye test is offered at any optometrist and typically costs between 10 and 15 euros.
First aid course
In addition to a vision test, proof of participation in a first aid course on life-saving immediate measures at the scene of an accident is also mandatory. This is offered for example by the German Red Cross, but also private companies. In terms of price, it is usually between 15 and 40 Euro.
As with an ID card or passport, a current passport photo is also required for a driver's license. The costs for this are in the range of 5 to 10 Euro, with some photographers also something more.
Driver's license application at the road traffic authority
Last but not least, the driver's license must be applied for at the competent authority. Depending on the authority, the costs for the application are in the range of 40 to 70 Euro.
All costs at a glance
If you add up all the costs, Thus, a driver's license costs between 1.500 and 2.400 euros, depending on driving talent and concentrated preparation. However, there are also considerable regional differences in Germany as far as the cost of a driver's license is concerned.
Where is the driver's license cheapest?
Within Germany there are strong price differences depending on the federal state. The cheapest way to learn how to drive a car in the German capital Berlin, there the usual costs are between 1.200 and 1.400 Euro. In Saxony Anhalt, Saxony and Brandenburg the prices are on a similar level. The most expensive way to get a driver's license is in Baden Württemberg, where the average cost is between 1.900 and 2.400 euros, closely followed by the states of Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein. But no matter where you get your driver's license – it's not really cheap anywhere. Nevertheless, there are some tips and tricks on how you can save money.
How to reduce costs?
No one likes to spend money unnecessarily, but rather save it for other upcoming expenses. Therefore, it makes sense to also point out savings potentials for your driver's license, with which you can significantly reduce your costs.
First of all, it is important to prepare for the theory test in the best possible way. Without a purposeful preparation it can happen very fast that one does not pass the theory examination in the first attempt directly. For each new attempt, the examination costs are due again, which (depending on the number of failed attempts) can quickly add up to a three-digit amount. With the help of our various teaching materials you can effectively learn to drive. Efficient preparation for the upcoming theory test. In addition to textbooks and videos, the offer also includes practice sheets, with which you can not only prove your knowledge, but also gain confidence with each exercise. As a positive side effect, you not only build up your knowledge, but also reduce your nervousness and can take the test in a relaxed and self-confident manner.
In addition to theoretical preparation, practical training is of course also highly relevant. Here, too, you can save money with the help of practical preparation courses for learning to drive. Through various instructional videos, you can learn the basics of seat adjustment, pedaling, and starting, for example, and get valuable tips for complicated driving maneuvers such as starting on a hill. With this prior knowledge, you will probably need fewer additional driving lessons and be best equipped to pass the practical driving test on the first try.
If, despite these savings tips, the costs seem insurmountable at first glance, there are a few ways to finance your driver's license.
How can I finance my driver's license??
Most driving schools now accept payment in installments from students, so you don't have to pay the full amount all at once. While the basic amount is usually paid directly upon registration, the subsequent services are usually invoiced in installments, for example, after a certain number of driving lessons. If a driving school does not allow such an installment payment, there is the possibility of financing through a banking institution. In this case, a non-earmarked installment loan for a fixed loan amount that is paid off over consistent monthly installments is a good option. However, you can only take out an installment loan if you are of legal age. If this is not the case, your parents or grandparents, for example, could act as a second borrower.