Please find an overview of things to keep in mind if you'd like to drive in Tuebingen below.
If you do not have permanent residency in Germany, but would like to drive your car in Germany, the easiest way is to get an International Driving Permit before coming to Germany. This International Driving Permit will be valid in Germany and has to be carried with you in the car.
If you do not have an International Driving Permit, you may be required to carry a translation of your driver's license with you. Please ask the local authorities of your home country whether this rule applies to your case.
As a citizen of the European Union you do not have to carry a translation of the driver's license with you - your national driver's license is valid in Germany.
If you have permanent residency in Germany and you driver's license was issued in a country outside the European Union or the European Economic Area, it will only be valid in Germany for six months after having taken permanent residence in Germany. After this period, a conversion to a German license is needed if you want to keep driving. You can convert your driver's license at the District Office (Landratsamt).
If you are a citizen of the European Union, your driver's license will generally stay valid in Germany until its expiration date. You are required to carry your national driver's license with you in the car. An International Driving Permit alone will not be sufficient.
If don't have a driver's license from another country but would like to drive a car in Germany, you need to go to driving school. Driving school consists of theoretical and practical lessons. After passing a theoretical and a practical test, you will get your driver's license. Be aware that driving school in Germany is quite costly: The total for theoretical and practical lessons and exams is often at least € 1500 or more.
|Car Rental and Car Sharing|
There are several car rental companies in Tuebingen.
There are also some car sharing providers. The fee is usually calculated depending on how many hours/days you rented the car as well as kilometers driven. In order to use their cars, you need to become a member of a car sharing community.
|Bringing your own Car|
Registering your car: If you are staying in Germany for more than one year, you need to register your car. In Tuebingen, you can do this at the District Office.
The following documents are necessary for the process of registering your car at the District Office (Wilhelm-Keil-Str. 50, 72072 Tuebingen):
The registration fee is about € 28 - 54.
Taxes and insurance: If you are staying in Germany for more than a year, you will need to pay car tax (KFZ-Steuer). The amount depends on the kind of car you drive. When registering your car, you can fill in a direct debit authorization form for collecting the tax.
It's also necessary for you to have valid car insurance. There are different types of insurance: There is full comprehensive (Vollkasko; covering damage to your own car as well as other cars or a person or object). This gives a good coverage, but can be quite pricy. Another option is partial coverage (Teilkasko; covering fire, theft, damage to windshield, damage due to strong weather or animals etc.). While the basic fee is cheaper than Vollkasko, Teilkasko usually comes with deductibles.
Mandatory car inspection (Hauptuntersuchung, ASU): Another requirement for driving your own car in Germany is passing mandatory car inspections.
Environmental badge (Umweltplakette): In order to ensure good air quality, Tuebingen is a so-called environmental zone. This means that if you want to drive in Tuebingen, your car will need an environmental badge certifying that your car is sufficiently environmentally friendly. There are several ways of getting an environmental badge: