Expired license issue resolved

by U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

The issue concerning the validity of expired United States drivers’ licenses has been resolved at the diplomatic level.

It has been deemed consistent with Art. 9, para. 2 of the Supplementary Agreement to NATO SOFA that the legal entitlement to drive a private vehicle in Germany remains in force even when the corresponding U.S. state license has expired.

German authorities will go back to the old policy and continue to recognize expired state licenses as long as the driver holds a valid U.S. Army Europe certificate of license.

Cases that were initiated solely for driving with an expired U.S. license (but valid USAREUR certificate of license) will be discontinued.