On-road practice (‘L’) – training for all licence categories except A

On-road practice can also be carried out privately as part of driving training under the supervision of an authorised person (e.g. parent, relative, friend). The rest of the training must take place at a driving school. However, it is not possible for learners to carry out private on-road practice for licence category A (A1, A2).


In general, these rules also apply to EU citizens in Austria.

Structure of training


Recognition of the German BF17 certificate in Austria
In Germany, a ‘BF17 certificate’ is issued instead of a full driving licence for new drivers who began training at the age of 17 as part of a supervised driving programme. This allows them to drive when under the age of 18, but only under supervision. When they turn 18, they can apply for a full licence. In Austria, this certificate is recognised up to the holder’s 18th birthday. As a result, holders of this certificate may drive under the same conditions as in Germany (i.e. only when supervised). Once the holder turns 18, they must be in possession of a full licence. The 3-month grace period applicable in Germany for conversion to an EU photocard driving licence is not recognised in Austria

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 11 April 2024

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