The most important facts about accompanied driving from age 17
“Begleitetes Fahren mit 17” (BF17) is the official term for getting a probationary driver’s license at age 17. First introduced in 2004 in Lower Saxony and 2005 in Bavaria, BF17 has also been available in Baden-Württemberg since January 1, 2008. Predictably, BF17 is very popular among young people as it enables them to get behind the wheel one year early.
Here is an overview of the most important facts:
- young drivers can apply for BF17 and begin driving lessons from age 16½
- the earliest date for the written exam is three months before the applicant turns 17; for the practical driving test, it’s one month before the applicant’s birthday.
- after passing the test, applicants do not receive a driver’s license card, but a test certificate; they also start their two years probationary period
- until their 18th birthday, license holders may only drive a vehicle if accompanied by a previously designated competent adult driver and only within German borders
- BF17 is available for vehicle categories B (passenger cars) and BE (passenger cars with trailer) – categories L (tractors), M (mopeds, small motorbikes), and S (trikes, quads) are included by default
- upon turning 18 the novice driver can apply for a regular driver’s license and receive the license card
- several accompanying drivers can be specified (not only parents)
- must be at least 30 years old and have held a valid category B driver’s license for at least five years
- must have less than three penalty points in the Central Register of Traffic Offenders
- must observe the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.05% when accompanying the novice driver
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