Professional driver; registration for the examination to obtain the basic qualification

Drivers in commercial road haulage or passenger transport must provide proof of a special qualification in addition to their driving license.



  • For the basic qualification test, you need a suitable test vehicle to take the practical test. If you are unable to provide a suitable test vehicle, the IHK can arrange a suitable test vehicle for you on request.
  • Furthermore, you must provide a driving instructor for the practical test who is in possession of a valid driving instructor license for the driving license classes CE for goods transport or DE for passenger transport. If you are unable to provide a driving instructor who meets the above requirements, the IHK can arrange a suitable driving instructor on request.


You register for the examination at the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the examination dates (theoretical and practical examination) are coordinated.

  • The IHK confirms your registration for the exam
  • You take the theoretical examination.
  • After passing the theoretical examination, you will take the practical examination.

After passing both parts of the exam, you will receive a certificate from the IHK, which you present to the driving license office.

Special notes

Journeys for specific purposes, such as:

  • Police vehicles, fire department, emergency rescue by recognized rescue services that carry out transport as part of their duties
  • agricultural and forestry transport

are exempt from the obligation.


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Processing time

As a rule, you will receive notification of whether you have passed or failed the examination approximately 2 weeks after taking it.

Required documents

  • Required document/s

    In order to be admitted to the examination, you must submit the following documents to the responsible IHK with your application:

    1. standard examination:

    • No proof required

    2. transfer test:

    • Proof of the type of transport that is not the subject of the transfer test - proof of passing the "basic qualification"/"accelerated basic qualification" test in accordance with the BKrFQG or
    • Driving license with a valid entry of the key number 95 or
    • Driving license with a driving license category that was acquired before the respective cut-off date or
    • a driver qualification certificate in accordance with Annex II of Directive 2003/59/EC of July 15, 2003 (OJ No. L226/4 of 10.9.2003) or
    • a driver attestation in accordance with Annex 3 BKrFQV or
    • a driver attestation in accordance with Section 5 Paragraph 3 BKrFQV

    3. lateral entrants

    • Certificate of professional competence in accordance with the model in Annex III of Regulation (EC) No. 1071/2009 for the type of transport that is the subject of the lateral entry examination.


  • The examination fee is based on the applicable fee schedule of the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce.


  • In some federal states: Appeal
  • Administrative court proceedings
  • For more details, please refer to the notification of passing / failing the examination


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