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Cyprus – Driving Licenses

If you are a foreign national and you plan to drive in Cyprus, you will need to be aware of the regulations around driving licenses. In this article, we will cover the rules and procedures regarding driving licenses in Cyprus, including the use of international driving permits, penalties for motoring offenses, and more.

General Rules for Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals can use their own driving licenses in Cyprus for up to six months from their date of entry into the country. After that period, they must obtain a Cyprus driving license if they plan to continue driving in the country. It’s important to note that different rules apply for EU and non-EU driving licenses.

Exchange Agreements

There are several agreements in place that allow foreign nationals to exchange their driving license for a Cypriot one without having to take a driving test. These agreements include:

  • European Union (EU) member states: Citizens of EU member states can exchange their driving license for a Cypriot one without taking a driving test. They will need to provide their original driving license, a translation if the license is not in Greek or English, and proof of residency in Cyprus.

  • Non-EU member states: Citizens of non-EU member states can exchange their driving license for a Cypriot one if there is a reciprocal agreement in place between Cyprus and their home country. They will need to provide their original driving license, a translation if the license is not in Greek or English, and proof of residency in Cyprus.

If there is no reciprocal agreement in place, foreign nationals will need to take a driving test in Cyprus to obtain a local license.

Procedure for Obtaining a Cyprus Driving License

If you need to obtain a Cyprus driving license, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Apply for a learner’s permit at the Department of Road Transport. You will need to provide identification documents, proof of residency, and pay the required fee.

  2. Complete the required amount of driving lessons with an authorized driving instructor.

  3. Pass the driving test.

  4. Once you have passed the driving test, you will need to apply for a permanent driving license at the Department of Road Transport. You will need to provide the necessary documents and pay the required fee.

Renewing a Cyprus Driving License

Cyprus driving licenses are valid for 15 years. If your license is due for renewal, you will need to apply for a new one at the Department of Road Transport. You will need to provide identification documents, proof of residency, and pay the required fee.


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International Driving Permits

International Driving Permits (IDPs) are recognized in Cyprus. If you plan to use an IDP in Cyprus, you will need to carry your original driving license with you as well. The IDP is only valid for one year, and it’s important to note that it does not replace your original driving license.

Penalties for Motoring Offences

If you commit a motoring offense in Cyprus, you may face penalties such as fines, penalty points, or even imprisonment. Some common offenses include speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and driving without insurance.

If you are caught driving without a valid license, you may face a fine or imprisonment. It’s important to make sure that you have a valid driving license before you start driving in Cyprus.

In summary, if you plan to drive in Cyprus as a foreign national, you can use your own driving license for up to six months. If you plan to stay longer, you will need to obtain a Cyprus driving license or check if there is a reciprocal agreement in place that allows you to exchange your license. It’s important to follow the rules and regulations around driving licenses to avoid penalties for motoring offenses.


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