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Old 12-28-2012, 04:21 AM
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Last chance for a lifetime driver's license

I am not sure whom this might affect, but next week is pretty much the last chance to get a lifetime, German driver's license, or to exchange an old paper license for a lifetime one.

EU licenses issued from 19 January 2013 onward will only be good for 15 years. Older paper licenses will continue to be good until the end of 2032, but by then must be exchanged for an American style replacement good for a lifetime if you request one next week or for 15 years if you wait.

EDIT: Sorry, the above was taken from a somewhat inaccurate newspaper story.

ALL driver's licenses issued before 19 January 2013, be they paper or plastic, will expire on 20 January 2033. There is really no reason to exchange an old driver's license for a new one much before then, unless you prefer plastic to paper. I think, however, that I will mark my 2032 calendar to avoid the crush of conversions around the end of that year.

Last edited by johnf; 12-28-2012 at 10:47 AM.
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