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International Driving Permit

An International Driving Permit is not a driving licence.

It is used to enable a visitor to drive in countries that do not accept the domestic driving licence of a particular country as a valid document.

This is sometimes because the licence is not in a language that the host countries officials can read or will accept. It also restricts the time a person can drive in a country before complying with domestic law regarding driving tests and issuing of driving licences.

Validity of International Driving Permits.

A full domestic licence is required before an International Driving Permit is issued. Both documents must be valid and in date and produced together for the International Driving Permit to be accepted.

How to apply for a Cyprus International Driving Permit.

You require:

  • Completed form TOM 26A.
  • Your Full Cyprus Driving Licence
  • Two recent passport size photograph (40x35mm)
  • Fee of € 30

Take the completed form to your local Department of Road Transport Office or Citizens Service Center.

The form in English and Greek can be downloaded pdfhere

Each State authorizes issuing agents within its territory. IDP’s can only be issued by them and they must conform to a set pattern. Other documents purporting to be IDP’s or international driving licences issued by anyone else are not acceptable or legal.

Cyprus has ratified the Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva, 1949) and the Vienna Convention (1968). Those IDP’s issued under the Geneva Convention are valid for one year. Most countries have signed up to the Geneva convention or honour it. A smaller number of countries accept the IDP’s issued under the Vienna Convention.

The information on this page refers to non vocational driving licences.

Driving Licence on Reaching 70 years of Age

Cyprus driving licence

The information in this page refers to FULL non-vocational driving licences.

You should read this page in conjunction with the main Cyprus driving licence page.

To obtain a Cyprus licence.

Application has to be made in person at the District Offices of the Department of Transport or Citizen Service Centers (CSC) with the documents shown below. I would recommend the  Citizen Service Centers

If you already have a Cyprus driving licence you will require:
1) A completed TOM 7 application form – only available in Greek.
The form is is available and an English translation of the main headings can be downloaded pdf here.

2) A form TOM 153 already signed by a doctor, stating that you are fit to drive. This is in the main an eyesight test. Drivers require a medical on reaching 70 years of age and each subsequent renewal.

Staff will take a photo.

Drivers will be issued with a temporary paper licence. The temporary license will entitle the holder to DRIVE ONLY IN THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS until the arrival of the photo-card licence. You will be notified when the new licence is available for collection at the District Offices of the Department of Transport for your area.

Cyprus temporary driving licence

The licence is normally valid for three years.

The earliest a driving licence can be renewed is within the last month before the expiry of the old one.

If you don’t have a Cyprus licence then the document requirements are listed on the Cyprus Driving Licence page.

Importing a used vehicle

Customs formalities when importing a vehicle

The Customs and Excise website now has all the customs information that you will require to import a vehicle into Cyprus from within the EU and third countries. There is a calculator for working out the duties to be paid on cars, double cabs and motorcycles. Some of these duties are designated as a local tax by Cyprus and apply even when importing from within the EU.

Customs website - Importing vehicles and duty free cars (English Version)
Click image to go to Customs website

Registering the vehicle with the Department of Road Transport.

Details of how to register an imported used vehicle with the Department of Road Transport can be downloaded pdf here.

There is a standard registration fee of €150 for most private vehicles.

Used imported vehicles require

A Vehicle Test Certificate (MOT – Roadworthiness).

All vehicles require

Insurance.

If your vehicle is fitted with a speedometer marked only in miles per hour (MPH), it may have to be replaced by one marked in kilometers per hour (kph).

Vehicle Insurance

Insurance Certificate

All motor vehicles being driven on the road in Cyprus must be insured for third party risks as a minimum. Motor vehicles towing trailers must have extra insurance.

Cars:

It is possible to obtain the added protection for fire and theft or fully comprehensive insurance. Breakdown cover is often included.

As in the UK there are differences in cost and cover between companies. I suggest you get at least a couple of quotes.

Because you have comprehensive insurance do not assume you are are able to drive another vehicle not owned by you. This often not the case in Cyprus.
Read the conditions of your policy.

Trailers.

If you intend to tow a trailer of any sort your insurance must specify on the certificate that you are insured to tow a trailer.
Trailers in Cyprus must be registered.

Motorcycles.

Insurance companies will normally only cover third party risks, although it is sometimes possible to obtain comprehensive insurance if you are a good risk, for example if you have advanced riding qualifications.

Car or Motorcycle Test.

If you intend to take a driving or riding test in a non driving school vehicle, special insurance is required. This is an extra insurance which specifically covers your use of the vehicle on the day of the test and for the purpose of taking the driving test.

Rejected Risks.

Any driver, who applies for insurance and is rejected by three Insurance Companies, may apply to the Motor Insurers’ Fund by submitting certificates of rejection from those Companies.

The MIF will then forward the application to all insurance companies, which will decide whether they are willing to consider the issue of insurance cover. Insurance companies have an obligation to respond positively or negatively, within 48 hours of receipt of the request, by e-mail.

If the MIF receives one or more positive responses, it will refer the applicant to the companies that responded positively. Otherwise, the applicant will be referred to the “Cyprus Hire & Rejected Risks Pool”, certified by the MIF as a “Rejected Risk”.

Details can be found at the Motor Insurers’ Fund website.

The MIF will, under specific circumstances, also covers uninsured vehicles, unidentified vehicles and vehicles insured with insurance companies which are under liquidation.

Recycling and Scrapping of Vehicles in Cyprus

Recycling and Scrapping of Vehicles in Cyprus.

crash truck

The laying of end-of-Life (harmonizing) Act 2003

Regulates the environmental management of vehicles reaching the end of its useful life (they are discarded).

At this stage, the Law applies to vehicles belonging to category M1 and N1 (ie, small cars and small commercial) and to motor vehicles.

Under the Act, each vehicle reaches the end of his life (shall then be referred to as “OTZ”) should not be discarded but should receive proper environmental treatment for the reuse of parts or recycling of constituent materials. The treatment must be made in establishments licensed for this purpose.

The licensed premises operating in Cyprus are:
Licensed InstallationTel No.Fax No.Location
1Economidies Metal Recycling Ltd2246618022432154Industrial Area Tseriou
2N. & C. Kolokotronis Parts & Recycling Old Car22511214 & 2242550622316494Industrial Area Tseriou
3Epiphaniou Scrap Metals Ltd22437281 & 2279339022433270 & 22431534Industrial Area Tseriou
4Marios Charalambous Trade Old Metals Ltd9960834025569127Vati, Limassol
5Christos Pierides Scrap Metals Ltd25395540 & 9964579225399627Vati, Limassol
6AE Commodities Ltd2246618022432154Industrial Area Tseriou
7S. Kazepis Auto Recycling & Engineering Ltd2557900025578578Vati, Limassol
8Chrysanthos Antoniou & Sons Ltd2243815222348702Kaimakli, Nicosia
9E. B. T. Tryphon Ltd99624213Vati, Limassol

 

Each vehicle delivered to a licensed facility will be issued with a Certificate of Destruction which is necessary for the permanent removal of the vehicle from a register of vehicles of the Department of Road Transport. Otherwise, the vehicle is deemed to be outstanding and the owner of the vehicle must still pay the registration fee for three years.

Normally, treatment once at the facility is free, but check with the licensed instillation.

The Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services Department as the Competent Authority of the Act, arrange to meet both the obligations of licensed establishments, and owners.

Ο περί των Οχημάτων στο Τέλος του Κύκλου Ζωής τους (εναρμονιστικός) Νόμος του 2003(που στη συνέχεια θα αναφέρεται απλώς ως «ο Νόμος»), ρυθμίζει τα θέματα της περιβαλλοντικής διαχείρισης των οχημάτων που φτάνουν στο τέλος της ωφέλιμης ζωής τους (καθίστανται απόβλητα). Στο παρόν στάδιο, ο Νόμος εφαρμόζεται για οχήματα που εμπίπτουν στις κατηγορίες Μ1 και Ν1 (δηλ. μικρά επιβατικά και μικρά εμπορικά) καθώς και για τα τρίκυκλα οχήματα. Διαβάστε περισσότερα….

Change Ownership of Vehicle

Paphos DoRT

Form TOM 9 has to be completed.

You can download a printable form TOM 9 in Greek for completion pdf here.

Take the completed form to a Department of Road Transport Office or a Citizens Service Center in person or by proxy.

  • With the registration document (logbook)
  • a valid certificate of insurance for the current owner
  • and the new owner.
  • the fee of €8.54.The Muktar or Certifying Officer will charge a nominal fee for certification of both seller and buyers signatures. However, if both parties are present, with identification documents, certification can be done at the Department of Road Transport Office or a Citizens Service Center by one of their officers.A number of companies exist that will carry out all of the work for you for a fee.

Note: You may be asked if you own any other vehicles. If you have you will be required to produce the registration (log) books for all of the vehicles.

Change of Ownership by Proxy

The above documents must be taken along with an authorization (power of attorney) from the owner giving permission for another to sell the vehicle.

The authorization must be properly signed and stamped by a Cyprus Certifying Officer.

If the owner is in another Country then the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in that country has to certify the authorization (power of attorney).

Contact them for instructions. In the UK it is likely that you may be instructed to have the authorization (power of attorney) signed and stamped by a Notary Public and then sent to the Embassy for verification. They will then add their stamp to the document.

You should however check with them at Tel.: +44 (0) 2073214-101/102/103/104, Fax: +44 (0) 2073214-160/165, E-mail : cyprusconsulate@btconnect.com, to ascertain the current procedure.

Change of ownership must be notified to the Department of Transport within 30 days by the buyer and the seller. To fail to comply is an offence.

To change the address of the registered owner of a vehicle:

Take the registration document (logbook) and a note of the new address to your local DoRT or CSC office. They will update the details on the computer.

Road Tax – Circulation Licence

Road Tax

A circulation licence is required to drive a vehicle on a public road. There is the option to buy a licence that is valid for 6 or 12 months.

When to renew your road tax

Road tax can be renewed from the end of the first week of January until a date around the middle of March each year without penalty. Historically the cutoff date has often been extended. Any changes are published locally and in the news section of this site.

From the March cutoff date the police will prosecute. After the grace period a fine of €10 + 10% of the rate of tax for the vehicle will be levied on renewal. If the tax is not renewed for a full year, further penalties apply.

Paying by Installments

Road tax can be paid in monthly installments on application. Failure to keep up the payments will result in revocation of the licence. Road Tax arrears can also be paid in installments.
Application can be made through the Department Website. It will require that you register.

Road tax can also be paid in installments of three, six and nine months, as well as the full twelve months. This can be done  through the methods outlined below.

A circulation licence cannot be renewed if the vehicle requires, but does not have, a current Biennial Vehicle Inspection Certificate (MOT). This information is logged on the DoRT database. If the MOT expires during the currency of the circulation licence, and is not renewed, the circulation licence becomes invalid and you are likely to be prosecuted for both offences.

Do Not Display Any Tax Disc
As of the 12th of March, 2010, the writing, attaching or displaying of any object on the windscreen of a vehicle is prohibited. This includes tax discs.

How to renew your Road Tax

Renewal online.

You will be required to log on or register with JCCsmart.com with your email and a password. The site is in Greek and English. Go to JCCsmart.com (opens in new window).

  • You will require the following details:
  • Registration Document (Log Book).
  • Credit card.
  • The owners’ reference number is the last three digits of your ID, Alien Card or Passport number. This is the one shown on owner section of the logbook for that vehicle under I.C. No. or [C.9] on the newer Greek language log books.

Insurance certificate may be required if cover commenced recently and has not yet been entered onto the database.

Renewal at the Bank of Cyprus, the Co-Op and other commercial banks, District Post Offices and Citizens Service Centers.

You do not need to have an account with the bank.

You will require:

  • Cash for the sum required.
  • Registration Document (Log Book).
  • The last three digits of your ID, Alien Card or Passport number. This is the one shown on the logbook.
  • Insurance certificate may be required if cover commenced recently and has not yet been entered onto the database.
Renew at Department of Transport Offices.

You can apply at the local Department of Road Transport.

You will require:

  • The application form TOM 8
  • Cash for the sum required.
  • Registration Document (Log Book).
  • Insurance certificate may be required if cover commenced recently and has not yet been entered onto the database.

The application form TOM 8 is sometimes available in English. You can download a printable form TOM 8 for completion and an English translation of the Greek form pdfhere.

If your vehicle is going to be off the road. (S.O.R.N.)

If you are not going to use your car, going to the UK on an extended stay for example, you can obtain a rebate of some of the road tax unused during your absence or delay having to renew your road tax.

Before you go away,

Or as soon as the vehicle is off the road, fill in a form TOM 12 and take it with your log book to the Department of Transport Offices or Citizen Service Centers.
You will have to nominate a place, off the road, where it will be kept during your absence so that it can be inspected.

I have been informed of a change in procedure in that;
You should now take your bank IBAN number with you as any refund  is paid directly into your account. On your return re-tax the vehicle.

The notification cannot be backdated and is similar to the Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) in the UK.

You can download a printable form TOM 12 for completion and an English translation of form pdfhere.

Changes to Road Tax 2019

Changes in road tax rates applicable to vehicles registered in the Republic after the law comes into force at the beginning of 2019.

The changes will see a rise in the road tax of passenger vehicles with high CO2 emissions and a rise in the road tax of newly registered passenger vehicles and vans according to their age.

Road tax for those two vehicle categories will take into consideration the combined cycle CO2 emissions – euros per gramme per kilometre.

  • For 120 gr/km the tax will €0.50 per gr/km, or €60;
  • between 120 and 150, €3;
  • 150 to 180, €6;
  • over 180, €12.

Annual road tax cannot exceed €1,500.

On top of this, road tax charged on used vehicles imported after the law comes into force will also include additional charges based on their age.

  • No charges will be imposed on used cars, petrol or diesel, up to one-year-old;
  • between one and two, zero for petrol and €100 for diesel;
  • two to three, €50 for petrol and €200 for diesel;
  • three to four €100 and €300;
  • four to five, €250 and €500;
  • five to eight, €500 to €1,000;
  • eight to 10, €750 and €1,500;
  • over 10, €1,000 and €2,000.

Rates of Road Tax on vehicles registered in Cyprus prior to 1st January 2014.

The general rates shown below apply to cars and small car derived vans and run for 12 months from January to December.

There is also an option to pay for half a year at proportionately slightly increased rates.

To work out the rate for your vehicle, multiply the engine size of the vehicle (cc) by the € rate in the engine category into which it falls.

Tax rates for vehicles registered prior to 2014

Engine Capacity (cc)Up to 14501451 – 16501651 – 20502051 – 22502251 – 26502651 and more
€ per cc€0.04272€0.05980€0.11960€0.14523€0.19649€0.19649
Cost will be in the range      
Private Car€10 – 62€87 – 99€198 – 246€297 – 326€443 – 521€521  +
Van€10 – 62€87 – 99€198 – 246€297 – 299€299€299
Double Cab
(Prior to 2014 only)
€10 – 27€39 – 44€89 – 111€133 – 147€198 – 234€234 – 299

Motorcycles between 1 and 1450 cc are charged €0.04272 per cc and will be in the range €10 – €62.

Any reductions including those with regard to CO2 emissions for vehicles registered prior to 2014 are shown in the pdf file numbered 3. below.

1. For a full list of Road Tax rates for vehicles registered prior to 2014pdf click here.

2. For a full list of Road Tax rates for vehicles registered prior to 2014 in Greek pdf click here.

3. Road Tax calculations on saloon vehicles registered prior to 2014 – It includes any reduction for CO2 emissions prior to 1st January 2014. It is out of date regarding Registration Fees. pdfClick here.

For 2014 the fee is calculated at 2013 rates shown above PLUS a special fee.

For vehicles, including motorcycles, the special fee is
€12 for engine size up to 2050cc with CO2 emissions which are up to and including 100g/km,
€22 for vehicles with greater emissions and engine displacements up to 2050 cc,
€32 for vehicles with engine displacements more than 2050 cc.

Pick-up trucks and larger vans.

Vehicles designed do carry goods with a gross weight of less than 3501, that is pick-up trucks and larger vans, the way the tax is calculated has changed. It is now calculated at .05 cents per cc up to 1650cc and .10 cents for 1651cc and above plus the appropriate special fee in each case. A cap of €299 has been reinstated. Those that have paid over that sum will be refunded the difference.

Vehicles first registered in Cyprus from 1st January 2014 will be charged road tax based on CO2 emissions.

The new road tax will be charged as at the following rates:
vehicles emitting 120g/km, €0.5 per gramme,
121g/km – 150g/km, €3,
151g/km – 180g/km, €3,
over 180g/km, €8.

Road Tax Calculator for vehicles registered after 1st January 2014.

To calculate the road tax for your vehicle you can use the excel calculator here. Enter the CO2 emissions in the white box and it multiplies the figure in the top yellow box by the applicable € figure (.5, 3 or 8,) for a years tax, or use the figure in the bottom yellow box for 6 months tax.

Road Tax changes in 2014 including the special fee in Greek pdf click here.

Biennial Vehicle Inspection (MOT or Roadworthiness Test)

L200

If a vehicle is FOUR years old it is required to be tested every two years.

The vehicle inspection is similar to the MOT test in the UK and is carried out at authorized garages. The test is computerized and takes about 30 minutes.

The test covers:

  • exhaust emissions
  • brakes
  • suspension
  • steering
  • a visual check of lights, tyres, brake pipes etc.

You will not be able to renew your Road Tax without the vehicle passing the test.

The Procedure.
If your vehicle is properly registered and the Department of Transport has your current address, and you have failed to submit the vehicle for testing, you may receive a notification, in Greek, that the test was due.

The form includes information on the current fees and the date by which the test must be carried out. It may be a month or so after the anniversary of first registration.

You will be given a limited time in which to comply with the requirement.

It has been proposed that a text message may be sent to the owner prior to the test becoming due.

If you do not receive notification, you should go through the same procedure. Non receipt of the reminder will not let you off the hook should it come to a prosecution.

Take the vehicle registration document and the fee (currently €35.25) to a testing station authorized to carry out the test.

If a vehicle fails the test a temporary certificate is issued which allows 30 days to rectify the faullts.

The re-test fee is €10.

The result is entered on the DoRT database immediately and a certificate is issued. The certificate is valid for TWO years from the date of issue.

Pass Certificate

If your vehicle does not have a valid vehicle test certificate the road tax becomes invalid. You are likely to be prosecuted for both offences.
Insurance companies may refuse to cover damages to the vehicle if the driver of such a vehicle is involved in an accident.

Information regarding Cyprus tyre law is available on this site.

To download detailed information on the MOT Test with a rough English translation click here.

Currently motorcycles are not being tested.
However the law is in place (from the 6th July 2012) to test:

  • Motorcycles
  • Tricycles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Motor vehicles hired without drivers

Under the amendments to the legislation the above categories of motor vehicles will be invited to undergo inspection at a time to be decided by the Commissioner.

Tyres

Tyre

There have been a number of rumours circulating regarding tyres. Here is a brief rundown of the legislation.

The Law and the Biennial Vehicle Inspection (MOT)

The vehicle will fail the test and you may commit traffic offences if:

  • The tyre does not fit snugly on the rim
  • The rim is dented or distorted
  • Different tyre size
  • Different tread pattern on same axle
  • Cuts greater than 25 mm or greater than 10 % of width, bulges or other damage.
  • The grooves of the tread pattern are not at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising: the central three-quarters of the breadth of tread around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
  • The general condition of the tyre of the tyre is poor e.g. perished rubber.
  • The valve is worn, deformed or broken.

The DOT number

The DOT number is the US Department of Transport number which contains a code for the manufacturer e.g. JJ82, then an internal code for the manufacturers’ use and then the date code. Recent tyres have a 4 figure code the first two are the week of manufacture the second two are the year of manufacture.

The DOT code currently has no bearing in Cyprus law. Nor is there any legislation being proposed that would, for example, make it illegal to drive the vehicle on the road fitted with an old tyre. Nor can the vehicle fail the Bi Annual Vehicle Test (MOT) purely on the date of manufacture of the tyre.

The questions regarding DOT dates was brought about by the importing of secondhand tyres from other countries. The importers asked the Department of Transport if it was legal. The answer was that it is, provided the tyres are safe.

A number of other interested parties, who were not happy with the importers, seem to have started this chain of events and wanted to introduce the DOT date restriction.

The Department of Transport did state however that vehicles being submitted to their offices for Type Approval may be refused if they consider the tyres to be too old. This will effect very few people, those who wish a one off Type Approval.

For further advice on tyres I suggest you look at the manufactures website to check their recommendations regarding the longevity of their tyres.