I realize I have been talking about it but i never actually laid it out straight. And maybe some people out there are struggling with the issue themselves, so here it goes (for Canadians anyway, Americans differ from state to state, anywhere from 500 Euros up to full price like us poor Canadians!).
First the good news: If you have a Canadian drivers license then that part is easy. Canada and Germany have signed an agreement where they recognize each others licenses. You pay 45 Euros for a translation, 45 Euros for the issuing of the license, and ta da – a valid EU license for cars. Not so for a motorcycle. You go back to scratch. It also means you can cut your 12 required in class lessons down to 6. This is good as the lessons are as entertaining as aiming two sharp pencils at your eyes and then falling forward on to them. This is if you understand the language. If you dont you still have to sit there and hope to the goddess in all things that the 2 hours pass quickly. For me I would have opened my veins with my teeth if I had to sit in the lessons beyond the 6.
In Canada (in Newfoundland anyway) getting your license is not so hard. There you write your written test, do your 2 day course, and drive around a block with your proper hand signals (more or less) and volia you are a licensed driver. In Germany HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH.
First you cant just show up and write your written test. Your driving school books it for you. And if you are unfortunate enough to book and want to cancel there is a good chance your going to pay that 50 Euros anyway, and then again when you find the new time to write it. Then you also have to have compound lessons, road lessons, night time lessons, and highway lessons. Then they will let you take the drivers test. The good news is that if you already have your bike license from home you should pass everything first try and it will cost you around 1500 – 1700 Euros depending on your school. If not your looking at 2000 plus as to fail the road test is 250 alone, plus additional lessons.
I now have my German drivers license (I got it one week before I was to leave for the trip that I had hoped to be driving on!), and the in class is done, this week I start the rest of on bike time. By the end of the month I hope to owe just the 1700, but its Germany so you never know!