Category Archives: Driving Licences

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.

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Changes to driving regulations for learners’ and elderly – Cyprus Mail

A consultation period is underway on a bill amending regulations for driving licences for young drivers as well as the elderly. The draft bill provides for granting a learner’s licence at 17, minimum hours of compulsory training for candidate drivers by instructors, as well as annual medical tests for drivers over 75, in order to […]

Source: Changes to driving regulations for learners’ and elderly – Cyprus Mail Cyprus Mail

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.

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Moped Licences

driving licence

Cyprus, UK & EU

Only Cyprus residents who can prove they have lived in the country for six months are eligible to apply for a Cyprus Driving Licence or take any Cyprus Driving Test. This is to comply with EU directives.

UK Moped licence

The definition of moped changed several times depending on when you obtained your licence: These are the definitions from June 1990. Prior to that Moped was group E.

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Moped – Motor vehicles with fewer than 4 wheels which, if propelled by an internal combustion engine, has a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50cc and, if not equipped with pedals by means of which the vehicle is capable of being propelled, has a maximum design speed not exceeding 25km/h.

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Moped – Motor vehicles with fewer than 4 wheels with a maximum design speed exceeding 45 kilometres per hour (km/h) but not exceeding 50km/h and which, if propelled by an internal combustion engine, has a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50cc.

Cyprus Moped licence.

Prior 13 January 2013 the category was I/j and has to be entered on the licence. The UK CBT has no validity in Cyprus.

AM – The Current EU catagory & definition of a moped

Moped – 2-wheel vehicles or 3-wheel vehicles with a maximum design speed of over 25km/h and not more than 45km/h. Light quadricycle With an unladen mass of not more than 350kg, not including the mass of the batteries in the case of electric vehicles, whose maximum design speed is over 25km/h and not more than 45km/h.

Does my UK licence allow me to ride a moped ?

If you have a full entitlement to ride a moped (q,p,AM) it will be stated on the rear of the plastic part of the licence.

As your photo card licence is renewed the category will be updated to the new designation and the old licence category is listed at the bottom of the licence.

UK Provisional Licence:

If you have a provisional entitlement for Moped the appropriate category (q,p,AM) will be on the counterpart licence.

Does my EU licence allow me to ride a moped ?

If you have an entitlement to ride a moped it will be stated on the licence. The catagory will vary depending on when and in which country your licence was issued. It has now been standarized to AM throughout the EU.

If the catagory not listed on your UK, EU or Cyprus licence then you can’t ride a moped.

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Cyprus Provisional / Learner / Student driving licence

Cyprus Provisional Driving Licence

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

Leaner licences issued in Cyprus are paper and only valid in the Republic of Cyprus.

Are you old enough to drive in Cyprus?

Check the drivers minimum ages page of the site.

The Cyprus Highway Code.

The Highway Code is available in Greek only. The Highway Code is fully illustrated and can be downloaded pdf here. There is also a PowerPoint presentation which can be downloaded here.

Much of it is similar to the UK Highway Code but there are some differences. It can be used to assist a prosecution so you should be aware.

Many of the legal differences are already outlined within this site.

Residents: How to apply for a Cyprus provisional driving licence:

To obtain a licence to enable you to learn to drive, application has to be made in person at the Department of Transport (DoRT) with the documents shown below.

You have to pass eyesight and theory tests before a provisional driving licence will be issued. You may be able to take this test immediately or make an appointment with the examiner to return at a more suitable time.

The test is verbal, in Greek or English, on traffic signs and the Highway Code.
The fee is €10.

Return to the front office with the pass document and the documents and fee listed below to be issued with the provisional licence.

Documents required to obtain a Cyprus learner / student Driving Licence:

A completed T.O.M. 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.

Two passport style photographs 40×35
Residents Permit
Produce evidence that you have been resident in Cyprus for six months eg. utility bill. If you don’t have this, or similar proof, you will need to attend the office to find out what might be acceptable in your case.
Passport and copy of the page containing the holders information
The appropriate fee
The verbal theory test pass slip

The cost of a learner / student driving licence is € 20 and is valid for one year.

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

 

mc125Category A1 – Learner riders do not have to be accompanied by a full licence holder.
Learner licence holders aged 17.5. – A rider in this class cannot take the riding test until they are 18 years of age and have held a licence for 21 days or more.
carCategory B (car) and B + E (car + trailer) – Learner licence holders aged 17.5 must be accompanied by an experienced driver aged 30 and upwards who has held a full driving licence for the class of vehicle for no less than five years.
OR
An Authorized Driving Instructor
A driver in this class cannot take the driving test until they are 18 years of age and have held a licence for 21 days or more.
carLearner licence holders aged 18 or over must be accompanied by a person aged at least 25 with a minimum five years driving experience.
OR
An Authorized Driving Instructor.
ELearner licence holders must display E Plates on the front and rear of the vehicle.
This replaces the old L plate
HighwayProvisional / learner / student licence holders are not permitted to drive on the highway unless they are accompanied by a Cyprus Authorized Driving Instructor or taking part in a driving test.

Valid EU provisional / learner / student licences

EU provisional / learner / student licences are valid, as are those licences listed below, and can be used to drive and book a test providing you are old enough to drive in Cyprus and you are accompanied as outlined on this page.

Valid provisional / learner / student licences from outside the EU

Article 20 of the Driving License Laws of 2001 and 2004, recognizes driver’s licences or learner’s licences issued by a competent authority of the country included in the table below:

You must exchange your National driving licence for a Cyprus licence if you are a resident and have lived in Cyprus for six months.

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. Georgia
  4. Iceland
  5. Japan
  6. Liechtenstein
  7. New Zealand
  8. Norway
  9. Russia
  1. Serbia
  2. South Africa
  3. South Korea
  4. Switzerland
  5. Ukraine
  6. United Arab Emirates
  7. USA
  8. Zimbabwe

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