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GETTING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE|
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Requirements to Drive
Drivers must have a U.S. Army Europe driver's license to drive in Germany, no exception. An international driver's permit alone does not give you authority to operate a USAREUR-plated vehicle. Additionally, you cannot legally drive a rental car while you wait for your vehicle to arrive without a USAREUR driver's license.
All servicemembers, DoD civilian employees and family members assigned to Spangdahlem Air Base who require driving privileges must do the following:
■ Take the Headquarters USAREUR driver's test
■ Have a valid U.S. driver's license
■ Have a USAREUR driver's permit or license while operating a USAREUR-plated vehicle
Where do I go for information?
■ This site does not require a .mil account
Study materials are available from the USAREUR Registry of Motor Vehicles website at http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/rmv/drivers_handbook.htm.
What are my options to get a USAREUR driver's license?
Option 1: Testing prior to PCS
Visit the USAREUR Driver's License Web site to review study material and take a practice or official exam at https://wwwmil.usafe.af.mil/dlt/Default.aspx?TabID=1&Action=Home
■ Access to the website requires a .mil account and common access card reader. If the site does not open immediately, press 'f5' on your keyboard and it will prompt you to enter your personal identification number.
■ Active duty Air Force members within 60 days of their report no later than date are eligible to test prior to arrival and are given two opportunities to test at the losing base
Option 2: Testing prior to PCS
■ All active duty AF members and DoD civilian employees with projected assignments to Spangdahlem or one of the supported geographically separated units are eligible to test in advance at participating AF installations.
■ A list of participating installations can be found at: https://wwwmil.usafe.af.mil/dlt/Default.aspx?TabID=1&Action=Home
■ Schedule the test through the testing base's education center
■ Bring a copy of your passing score to Spangdahlem when you apply for your USAREUR license. You will not receive your license until you attend the mandatory safety briefing during inprocessing.
Option 3: Testing upon arrival
■ People can schedule a driver's license test with the 52nd Security Forces Squadron Driver's Testing office at DSN: 452-6620.
■ Dependents will be required to stop by the testing office to sign up for a test and fill out the appropriate paperwork.
■ Reporting time for the test is 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, by appointment only. When you test, hand carry a copy of your or your sponsor's orders, drivers orientation slip, stateside license, and $10. Cash is not accepted.
■ Anyone requiring a USAREUR license is required to receive a safety briefing, which is offered during Newcomer's every Tuesday. For more information on Newcomer's, call the 52nd Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN: 452-6422.
Do I need an international driver's license?
If you plan on spending time in Europe before in-processing the base, we suggest you obtain an international driver's permit from your local AAA in the U.S. For more information on this process, go to AAA.com.
Once you have in-processed the base, your AAA international drivers permit cannot be used for international travel. After you obtain your permanent USAREUR license, obtain an application for the European international license through the 52 SFS Driver's Testing office. The license costs 15 Euros and must be obtained at the Bitburg courthouse.
What if I have a visitor who needs to drive a USAREUR-plated vehicle?
The best course of action is to have visitors get an international driver's permit before arrival.
When your visitors arrive, take them to the customs office. The customs officers will need the following:
■ International drivers permit (If the visitor arrives without an international driver's permit, they must have their valid stateside driver's license translated from a court approved translator in Germany).
■ The visitor's passport
■ The sponsor's (vehicle owner's) registration of the vehicle that will be operated by the visitor.
Once the above criterion have been met, the customs office will issue an exception to policy letter. The visitor must carry the letter, passport, stateside license translation or international driver's license whenever they are operating the sponsor's vehicle.
For further information contact the customs office at DSN: 452-4500.
If you plan to buy a vehicle in Germany, there are many used cars available through the base lemon lot or local dealerships. Keep in mind that even an old used car can cost a few thousand dollars, so plan accordingly in terms of how much money you have accessible when you first arrive.
Check out how to Rent a Car in Europe
52nd SFS Driver's Testing
Spangdahlem Custom's Office