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Penalty points and their consequences

The Register of Driver Fitness and the Driver Fitness Assessment System are important instruments to protect the general public from unqualified drivers. The recording of information in the Register of Driver Fitness is a warning and should be taken as an opportunity to review and improve the personal behaviour.

When a certain number of penalty points is reached, the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt notifies the responsible local road traffic authority of the penalty point count of the road user concerned.

Measures taken by the local road traffic authority

  • 4 or 5 penalty points
    Caution and information about the possibility of participating in a road fitness seminar on a voluntary basis.
  • 6 or 7 penalty points
    Written warning and information about the possibility of participating in a road fitness seminar on a voluntary basis. Furthermore, it is pointed out that no penalty points are deducted in this case and that the driving licence will be withdrawn once eight penalty points are reached.
  • 8 or more penalty points
    Withdrawal of the driving licence.

The law governing driving licences falls within the area of competence of the individual Bundesländer (German Federal States). If you have any driving licence-related questions, please contact the local road traffic authority (driving licence authority) that will be happy to help.