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Apply for a driving licence on federal waterways (patent or certificate of competence)

Description

If you want to drive a vehicle on federal inland waterways, you generally need a driving license.

Driving licence on federal waterways

On federal waterways, you may only drive a vehicle if you have a permit to do so. The authorizations are divided into different patent classes:

  • Boatman's patent A: for driving all vehicles on inland waterways and sea lanes to the limit of seafaring
  • Boatman's patent B: for driving all vehicles on inland waterways
  • Boatman's licence C1: for the use of vehicles of less than 35 metres in length on inland waterways and sea fares up to the maritime frontier, excluding
    • approved passenger ships for the carriage of more than 12 passengers
    • approved passenger boats for the carriage of more than 12 passengers
    • Pushand and tug boats with more than 73.6 kW (100 hp) drive power
  • Boatman's patent C2: for the use of vehicles of less than 35 metres in length on inland waterways, excluding
    • approved passenger ships for the carriage of more than 12 passengers
    • approved passenger boats for the carriage of more than 12 passengers
    • Pushand and tug boats with more than 73.6 kW (100 hp) drive power
  • Fire-fighting boat patent D1: for carrying fire-fighting boats and civil and civil protection vehicles on inland waterways and shipping lanes to the maritime border
  • Fire-fighting boat patent D2: for the use of fire-fighting boats and civil and civil protection vehicles on inland waterways
  • Sports boat product (patent class E): for driving sports vehicles of a length not exceeding 25 metres on inland waterways
  • Ferry licence (patent class F): for driving ferries for a specific ferry station

Certain federal and state service vehicles do not require a permit granted by the GDWS to drive service vehicles. These include:

  • Service vehicles of the Bundeswehr, the Federal Customs Administration, the Federal Police, the riot police and the water protection police of the Länder with a length of less than 25 metres.
  • Civil and civil protection vehicles, the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, the Country's Maritime Administration and the fire brigade with a length of less than 20 metres.

Rhine patents

Special regulations apply on the Rhine. You may only drive a vehicle there if you are the holder of a Rhine patent or the holder of a certificate of ship driver's certificate recognised by the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine as equivalent for the type and size of the vehicle and for the route to be crossed.

A distinction must be made between:

  • Large patent: to guide all vehicles on inland waterways and sea lanes to the maritime border
  • Small patent: for driving a vehicle with a length of less than 35 meters,
    • intended for the carriage of no more than 12 passengers
    • if it:
      • is not a towing or pushing boat, or
      • no vehicles moved
  • Sports patent: for driving a sports vehicle with a length of less than 25 metres
  • Government patent: for driving government vehicles and fire-fighting boats

Special regulations apply to small vehicles up to a length of 15 metres: these may be carried on the Rhine with a permit granted in accordance with national regulations. In Germany, for example, this is the sports boat licence.

In order to obtain a certificate of mastership or Rhine patent, you must take an examination at the Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping (GDWS).

Further evidence and patents

For vehicles over 15 metres in length, special route customers are also required on certain inland waterways and the Rhine. You will also receive proof of special route customering through an examination at the GDWS.

A patent can also be granted as a Danube captain's patent. They are then allowed to carry vehicles on the Danube in international traffic, i.e. also outside the scope of the Inland Waterway Patent SalyserS Patent Regulation.

If you, as a boat driver, want to drive a vehicle on a federal waterway, you need a driving license for the respective class.

You must apply in writing to the Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping (GDWS) for a certificate of pilot's certificate or patent:

  • Download the application form from the Electronic Waterways Information Service (ELWIS). Complete it and print it out.
  • Add the necessary evidence. In particular, have an approved doctor examine you and prove your medical fitness.
  • Submit the application documents to the Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping.
  • Apply to the competent authority for a certificate of leadership for submission to an authority. Have the certificate sent to the Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping.
  • If you meet all the requirements for the respective skipper's certificate, the Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping will allow you to check and arrange a suitable examination date with you.
  • Take the exam. If you have passed the test, you will receive a provisional driver's certificate directly on site, with which you can drive a vehicle for three months. Within these three months, your personal patent card will be created by the Bundesdruckerei and sent to you by post.
  • If you do not pass the exam, you can repeat the check after a certain lock out period. As a rule, the Examination Board will impose a blocking period of three to six months. The examination fee will be charged again for the re-examination. The parts of the exam that you passed in the first attempt are generally recognized, so that you are only re-examined for the failed exam parts.
  • Physical and mental fitness to guide a vehicle
  • Reliability (including no criminal record for traffic offences)
  • Passing the relevant test
  • Depending on the type of certificate requested, a certain minimum age:
    • 21 years for the large and small Rhine patent, the government patent as well as the inland waterway patent A, B, C, D and F
    • 18 years for the sports patent and the inland waterway patent E
  • From the age of 50, you must regularly present an up-to-date medical certificate in order to prove your fitness again. Proof is required
    • with the age of 50, 55, 60 and 65, and
    • annually from the age of 65
  • medical certificate of your physical and mental fitness in Rhine or inland navigation (not older than three months)
  • Copy of your identity card or passport
  • Certificate of leadership for submission to an authority (document type "O")
  • current passport image
  • Presentation of the ship's service book

Depending on the scope of the audit, different fees apply:

  • Admission to the examination: EUR 147 or EUR 158
  • Examination fee: between EUR 390 and EUR 585 (the exact amount of the fee depends, for example, on whether, for example, a route customer test is carried out at the same time or a practical examination is included)

Your application and all documents should be submitted to the relevant field office no later than four weeks before the requested examination date. However, due to the high number of applicants, you will usually have to expect significantly longer waiting times before the exam.

Depending on the volume of applications and the location of the examination.
Exams usually take place every two to three months.

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: no

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance necessary: yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure

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