‘Remember when I told you that I had a few new ventures on the go?
Well, one of them was driving.
If you’re one of my regular readers, (and why wouldn’t you be?), you’d remember that I don’t drive.
That’s not to say that I’ve never driven!
Funny you should ask, but once upon a time, I actually had a car that I bought for one thousand quid (£1,000)!
It was red!
And even though I couldn’t actually drive it, I used it to whizz around London as if I were a mad woman on wheels!
At that time, I applied to do the theory driving test, and it was easy-peasy.
I’m an academic.
I could have done it in my sleep!
Not so the practical exam.
I did it.
And I failed.
Three (3) times!
I wasn’t all that bothered, as I went backpacking!
Then I moved to Berlin where public transport is excellent, everyone uses their bike, and walking is the best way to appreciate history and architecture.
And that was that.
I never drove again.
Until the pandemic.
I’m a great advocate for the use of public transport.
So what to do?
I don’t drive!
Now, The Music Producer – is an excellent driver.
But if you’re married, and want to stay married, the worst thing to do would be to get one’s own husband to teach you.
Imagine the squabble, the screeching, and pulling of hair!
That isn’t going to work.
Time to find a driving school.
In the neighbourhood.
Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! …
As you can see, I’m still laughing ‘cos it’s easier said than done.
OK. I’ll stop now!
After searching for weeks, I finally found one.
Unfortunately, the process is a bit complicated, but I’ve done all the work, so you don’t have to.
This is Germany.
In order to get any official document, a process must be followed, so I’ve tried to make it as simple as I can.
There are 1,0001 driving schools in Berlin.
Not so, when it comes to driving schools that offer lessons in English.
You would think so, but it isn’t the case.
There are lots of non-German speaking customers, but very few qualified English-speaking instructors who are fluent enough.
Learning to drive as an adult isn’t cheap, so you want to feel safe and understood.
I can’t recommend a variety of schools, I can only tell you what I did using my own criteria of research, and my own comfort level.
I eventually chose The English Driving School Oscar or Fahrschule Oscar
You’ll need to follow the process of registration as closely as you can.
Due to the pandemic, you can only book online, time slots are limited, and appointments can take as long as 6 weeks.
Log on as early as you can!
For registration process, the following documents are requested:
Before you do do anything at all, pre-book an appointment at your local town hall via Service Portal Berlin
You MUST book a First Aid Course. This is a legal requirement and can only be booked in an approved Erste Hilfer Center / First Aid School.
You will need to bring proof that you have completed this course
One (1) new-ish biometric photograph is required for registration, but take another.
Just in case!
You will need to present the Eye Test Certificate that you received in the First Aid Course.
You will need to show proof that you are registered with an approved driving school. You will need :
A valid passport or identification card
Cost – €49.80
The Theory Course is a legal requirement regardless of how many years you’ve been driving.
And let me tell you, the Germans are thorough!
In order to supplement teaching, the driving school offers an English-Learning App in it’s own Online-Learning Centre. I highly recommend you take advantage of it because:
10-12 weeks after registration, you’ll get a letter of authorisation from the Bürgeramt / Local Government.
This letter will confirm details of the initial appointment you booked a few months earlier:
I must be mad.
They say that the number of regular driving lessons, corresponds to your actual age.
I hope not!
I haven’t done it yet!
I’ll let you know!
Follow The British Berliner on Twitter!Tweet
I’m learning to drive in Berlin.
p.s If you’re booking hotels, houses and apartments, use this link to save 15% or more, before 31st March, 2022!
That’s it for now.
Thank you so much everyone. I really appreciate it lots.
You’re all amazing.
All content will continue to remain free of charge but if you feel like buying me a cup of tea, I will graciously accept!
Buy Me A Cup of Tea!
Make A Donation Donate so that I can continue to write hilarious stories and create amazing content! Thanks so much!
If you want to write your own blog, here’s my link to a $25 or €25 discount in credit with any paid plan with WordPress. Don’t say that I don’t give you anything!
Here’s the link again: http://wordpress.com/refer-a-friend/qyyjJjnfWBnRGPVRj0V
Don’t forget, please SHARE this post!
I really appreciate it.
How to find a driving school in Berlin. In English!Tweet
If you want to keep up with reliable news on what’s going on around the world, you can follow me here.
Don’t judge me!
This article is not sponsored but by all means, go ahead and use any of my links on the side bar!
Please note that The British Berliner is a participant in affiliate programmes designed to provide a means for sites to earn fees by advertising and linking to World Nomads Travel Insurance & Booking.com
In short, there are two affiliate link companies connected to this post!
Every time one of these services is used, booked, and paid for via my link, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!
A win-win for all!
Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.
I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond, WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!
So what are you waiting for?
Thanks a million!
See you in Berlin.
If you like this post, please Share it! Tweet it! Or Like it!