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Your recognition procedure as Certified motor vehicle examiner (m/f)
in Lower-Saxony

What I know already

  • The profession of Certified motor vehicle examiner (m/f) is regulated in Germany.
  • Recognition is necessary in order to be able to work in the profession in Germany.

The competent authority

Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit, Verkehr und Digitalisierung


Quick-Info

We will provide you with general information about the procedure here. This page is currently being edited. Soon you will be able to read more details for your profession. You have the following options:

  • Send us your questions via our contact form. We are happy to help!
  • Contact a counselling centre in your area and receive advice in person. To do this, go back to the page "Your next steps".
  • You can also contact the competent authority directly. Get informed before you submit an application to the competent authority!

For many professions you need specific knowledge of German. In most cases you are then required to provide a language certificate. Please ask your competent authority.

  • One month at the latest following receipt of your application by the competent authority: The competent authority will notify you of receipt of the documents. They will inform you if documents are missing. The procedure begins when the documents are complete.
  • After 3 months at the latest you will receive notice containing the result. In specific cases the competent authority may extend the procedure.

Documents for my application

  • Application form from the competent authority
  • If there is no application form, then apply without a standard application form
  • Proof of identity (e.g. passport or personal identification)
  • Marriage certificate (if your name has changed through marriage)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of your professional qualification (e.g. certificates, certificate of entitlement)
  • Evidence of the content and duration of your training (e.g. diploma supplement, transcript of records)
  • Evidence of your professional experience in this profession (e.g. employment references)
  • Evidence of your other qualifications (e.g. continuing vocational training, seminars)
  • You will possibly be required to provide evidence that you are permitted to work in your country of training
  • Information about an application for recognition already submitted. In this case state to which authority you applied.
  • Possibly further documents

The competent authority will inform you as to which documents you must produce as originals or submit as copies. Some copies must be officially certified. We recommend that you do not send originals by post.

You must submit your documents in German. Sworn or authorised translators must prepare the translations.


My steps to recognition

You may also apply if you are not yet living in Germany.

  • You can send the application by post to the competent authority. Do not send originals.
  • You may be able to send the application via email. Ask your competent authority before you do. Later on in the recognition procedure, you may be required to submit original copies or certified copies of the documents.
  • You are sometimes able to apply online. Later on in the recognition procedure, you may be required to submit original copies or certified copies of the documents. Use the federal state internet portal for the online application. You will then leave our information page.
    To the internet portal Lower-Saxony

Mostly, the following applies:

  • The competent authority receives the application. After one month at the latest, it will confirm that the application has arrived. Once the competent authority has received all the documents from you, it processes your application.
  • The competent authority carries out an equivalence assessment: It compares your professional qualification with the German professional qualification. As part of this, the competent authority takes into account your professional experience, other certificates and other qualifications. In some cases the competent authority also checks other requirements, e. g. your knowledge of German or your personal aptitude.
  • The procedure takes a maximum of 3 months. In specific cases the competent authority may extend the procedure. At the end, the competent authority sends you a notice containing the result.
Outcome: Recognition

Your professional qualification and the German professional qualification are equivalent. Your professional qualification is recognised.

Outcome: No recognition

There are substantial differences between your professional qualification and the German professional qualification. You are not able to compensate for these differences with your professional experience and other knowledge of the profession. Your professional qualification is therefore not equivalent to the German professional qualification. Depending on your profession, the following applies:


My other options

As an Ethnic German Resettler, you can select between two procedures for vocational recognition:

  • You apply for the procedure described here.
  • You apply for the procedure under Section 10 of the Federal Expellees Act (German: “§10 Bundesvertriebenengesetz, BVFG”).

You can decide this. Your competent authority will advise you.


Further information

  • Do you have any questions? Do you need help with the application? Seek advise! You will find your counselling centre two steps in advance. In the navigation, click "Your next steps".
  • Do you have questions regarding entry or residence? Please contact the hotline Working and Living in Germany.

last update on: 24.08.2021
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The competent authority

Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit, Verkehr und Digitalisierung

Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit, Verkehr und Digitalisierung