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Replace driver card due to theft


The driver card is used to monitor driving times and rest periods in the commercial transport of goods and passengers. The obligation to have a driver card applies to:

  • Motor vehicles with a maximum permissible mass of more than 3.5 t including trailers;
  • motor vehicles with a maximum permissible mass of 2.8 to 3.5 t including trailers, provided that a digital tachograph is installed;
  • as well as for motor vehicles designed to carry more than nine persons including the driver.

Exemptions (for example, for agricultural operations or postal services) are explained in Section 1(2) and Section 18 of the Driving Personnel Ordinance and Article 3 of EU Regulation 561/2014.

You apply for the replacement of a driver card due to theft or loss.

You address the application for replacement of your driver card to the authorities or agencies responsible under state law (for example, driver licensing authority, Dekra, TÜV).

The issuance is subject to a fee.

You must either identify yourself via the online authentication of the user account or present yourself in person on site.

The end of validity of the driver card to be replaced is the same as the end of validity of the previous lost/stolen driver card if the remaining period is more than 185 days.

The start of validity is the date of personalization (production) by the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA). In the case of replacement issuance, the application must be submitted within 7 calendar days.

After application and verification, the card will be issued within 8 working days. During this time, driving may be continued without a valid driver card for a maximum of 15 days. For the period in which the driver is not in possession of a driver card, printouts from the digital tachograph must be made and properly carried.

In addition to the usual documents, a written explanation must be attached in case of loss, a theft report in case of theft and the faulty card in case of malfunction or damage. The office processing the application may require an affirmation in lieu of an oath.

You are entitled to apply for the first issue of a driver card if you are

  • are resident in the Federal Republic of Germany and
  • hold a German EU-card driver's license with one of the following classes: B, BE, C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D, DE.

Driving licenses issued in a member state of the European Union (EU) or another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) must correspond to one of the aforementioned classes.

- Identity card with eID function (or residence permit or EU citizen card)

- Current, digital biometric photo

- A digital copy of your signature

- A digital copy of your current EU driver's license or a comparable driver's license for applicants from another EU/EEA member state.

- If applicable, confirmation from the police regarding the theft report

Cost type:

Cost amount (variable): from 30 up to 45

Cost designation:

Deadline type:

Duration (for fixed time): 7

Duration (for fixed time): 8


DEKRA and TÜV North

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: No

Depending on the federal state, you can submit the application to replace your driver card with the required documents and information online or on site

  • At your local driver licensing authority
  • or at another responsible office (for example, TÜV, DEKRA).
  • To identify yourself online and check your documents, you must have the option of online authentication by means of a user account and digital upload of the required documents.
  • You can pay for the application online via a payment service provider.
  • There is a fee for the creation of a driver card.
  • As part of the application process, you must provide all required information and documents. or upload them.
  • The responsible office will check your information for completeness and accuracy.
  • After a successful check, the KBA (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt - Federal Motor Transport Authority) will issue the personalized driver card.
  • You can collect the personalized driver card
    • pick it up directly at the responsible office in person or
    • have the KBA send it to you directly (after online authentication online payment).


If serious violations (including both criminal offenses and misdemeanors) are found during the replacement process, the driver card may be refused and the application rejected. be refused and the application rejected.

If necessary, administrative offense or fine proceedings will then be initiated.

In Germany, employers are not obliged to reimburse their employees for the cost of driver cards. The Federal Labor Court has ruled that employees are not entitled to reimbursement.

§4 Para.4 S. 3 FPersV

Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing (HMWEVW)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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