Useful for motorcyclists
Driving license with extension B196
What are the requirements?
The B196 candidate must have held a car driver’s license for at least five years. Minimum age: 25 years. Nine hours of training must be completed – at least four theoretical and five practical lessons of 90 minutes each in a driving school.
That’s what the expansion costs
Of course, the driver’s license extension does not come for free. For driving and theory lessons, passport photos and a processing fee at the road traffic office, you have to calculate between 700 and 900 euros, depending on the federal state. For comparison: The A1 driver’s license costs between 1000 and 1700 euros.
What can I drive with B196?
Where does the driver’s license extension apply?
B196 is an extension of driving license class B with the national key number 196. This is only valid in Germany and is not recognized abroad.
For whom is the extension worthwhile?
What special regulations are there?
Light motorcycles up to 125 cm3 Anyone who acquired their driver’s license for the old classes 2, 3 and 4 before April 1, 1980 may drive. This regulation entitles you to drive light motorcycles in Germany and abroad.
Driving license classes for motorcycles
All two- and three-wheeled vehicles
Motorcycles with a cubic capacity of up to 125 ccm and an engine power of no more than 11 kW
motorcycles up to 35 kW; Engine power without displacement limitation
Vehicles that, due to their design, do not drive faster than 45 km/h
20+ (if class 2 was previously owned; at least 2 years)
In other countries there are/were special regulations that allow you to drive a motorcycle with a normal driver’s license. However, these regulations usually only apply to driving license holders in the individual sovereign areas.
So if you only have a German driver’s license, you are not allowed to drive A1 class motorcycles in Italy, for example, although the Italian driver’s license entitles you to do so.