Theoretical driving license test

Practical tips for the theoretical driving test

Well learned is almost passed. If you have answered the questionnaires correctly in the driving school, you can go into the exam completely relaxed. Since 2010, the theoretical driving license test has only been carried out on the PC. This literally consists of the same questions that you know from class. Only the question compilation may deviate.

What documents do you need for the theoretical driving license test?


Required are:

  • an appointment for the theoretical driving license test from your driving school
  • a valid identity card or passport
  • the certificate of completion of the theoretical training, issued by your driving school
  • A statement of account as proof of the paid fees


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Theory exam procedure

  • Please be punctual at the agreed time and place of the test.
  • The TÜV employee establishes your test authorisation.
  • In the examination room, the TÜV expert verifies your identity, checks your training certificate and assigns you a PC test station.
  • On the screen you will see your name and the driving licence classes to be tested. The test programme is preceded by an introductory programme which you can watch or skip.
  • You have enough time to answer the test questions.
  • You decide on your PC when you finally complete your electronic questionnaire.
  • The examination questions correspond to the valid learning programme and are automatically selected by the examination system.
  • After completing the test, you will receive a results report with your test results to present to your driving school.


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You have passed the theoretical driving test

  • Congratulations! The TÜV expert enters the result in the test certificate and hands you a certificate.
  • Share the result with your driving school – now you can concentrate on the practical driving license test.

You have not passed the theoretical driving test

It could be worse!

  • The expert will use the test report to explain where your knowledge gaps are and what the "right crosses" would have been.
  • Share the test result with your driving school.
  • Get another appointment from your driving school, when you feel fit. You can start a new attempt after 14 days.
  • The re-examination is also subject to a fee. Please pay the examination fee after you have received the invoice and take a receipt and your valid identity card with you. You will definitely make it.

We look forward to your visit and wish you good luck.

Minimum scope of the theory test for the driving licence

The aim of the training is to enable the participants to be safe, responsible and environmentally aware road users. Theoretical knowledge is an important prerequisite for this.

The theoretical training is divided into units of 90 minutes (double lessons). It consists of the general part (basic material, the same for all classes) and the class-specific part (additional material).

In the general part (basic material), the minimum scope for the first-time acquisition of a driving licence is 12 double hours; if you already have a driving licence, at least 6 double hours are required. Depending on the driving licence class and previous possession, another 2 to 18 double hours must be completed in the class-specific part (additional material). The details are regulated in the learner driver training regulations.

The learner may only be presented for the test if the specified training objectives have been achieved.


Driving test theory - exam questions

Click, click. Hooray! Since 2010, the theory exam has been available on the PC. So, go ahead and take your first test.

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You can pass this exam with one finger, the finger on the mouse. As a warm-up exercise, we offer you a sheet with current questions on these pages. Fill in, click, gain confidence. You will immediately know whether you would have passed the theoretical driving test. Click here to take the driving test on your PC.

Theoretical driving test with video situations

Short films have been used in the theoretical driving test since 2014. By including videos, you as a learner driver are prepared more realistically for critical situations in road traffic. You experience the situation as you would in reality.

With the computer-animated scenes, which are about 15 seconds long, situations can be presented realistically. For example, the cyclist suddenly emerging from the blind spot; the child playing at the roadside; complicated conditions at intersections with various participants. The whole dynamic of these situations can be depicted much better in a film than on a freeze image or a graphic.

The total number of examination questions has not changed due to the video sequences. The question catalogue comprises 30 tasks - including up to three video films. As a driving licence examinee, you can watch the sequences up to five times before you have to answer the question.

Thanks to the computer animation, the clips can be varied as needed, so that new representations with changed landscapes, streets or vehicles can always be created. In this way, you as the examinee are additionally challenged to analyse certain situations and to react appropriately to them.