Only Cyprus residents who can prove they have lived in the country for six months are eligible to apply for a Cyprus provisional learner driving licence and take a Cyprus Driving Test. This to comply with EU Directives.
EU provisional / learner / student licences are valid and can be used to drive and book a test providing you are old enough to drive in Cyprus.
The Cyprus Highway Code.
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.
Driving Test Application
Form T.O.M. 25B is available and an English translation with full instructions can be downloaded here.
The test fee is €20.
It is possible to pay an extra €34.17 to take the test out of hours. This is to pay the examiner to work overtime. The test will be in the afternoon, after normal working hours. However, 21 days must elapse between the issue of a provisional licence and the test.
If you fail the test an interval of 30 days must elapse before it can be retaken.
You may also book your test online.
Download the website details and instructions here (The instructions and the site are currently in Greek Only)
Taking the driving test in your own, or non driving school motorcycle.
You will be required to produce:
- Driving Licence.
- Insurance certificate. This is an extra insurance certificate which specifically covers your use of the vehicle on the day of the test and for the purpose of taking the motorcycle test.
- The vehicle must display E plates front and rear.
The Cyprus Motorcycle Test:
|Consists of a short verbal theory test, in Greek or English, on traffic signs and the highway code, similar to that taken when applying for a provisional licence.|
A practical test of skills and behaviour for motorcycles was introduced whereby the examiner would follow the student. However this was abandoned in most cases very quickly after its introduction. Therefore the test in Cyprus does not include an on road element in most cases.
The test therefore usually involves driving in the confines of the driving test center, slowly around a circuit of cones. You will be expected to carry out an emergency stop.
Opinion:- The test is totally inadequate for current road and traffic conditions and cannot be described as a test of skills and behaviour.
The Department of Transport has failed in their duty to ensure that the test is suitable for today’s traffic conditions. Until the matter is addressed the death toll will continue to rise. It is no surprise that the death rate is so high amongst motorcyclists in Cyprus.
Hiring a motorcycle for learner rider training or the motorcycle test.
To take the motorcycle test you must be in possession or have use of a suitable motorcycle. It is now legal to hire a motorcycle for the purpose of taking the test.
The test is specific to the category of the motorcycle on which the test is taken, that is A1, A2, A.
If you take your test on an automatic motorcycle or ATV and pass, you will only be able to drive automatics on your full licence. A pass on a motorcycle or ATV with a manual gearbox will enable you to drive manual and automatics.
Are not a category but are either motorcycles or mopeds depending on their engine size and specification.
Download driving test pass rates by category and by province from 1-1-2007 to 31-12-2007.
Changes to the Theory Test
The Department of Transport have put out to tender for the supply of computers required for adopting a UK style driving theory test for Cyprus. This has been promised for years and has yet to happen.
To prepare yourself properly for the test
you will find some very useful information on driving techniques, including ‘how to’ video clips on this site.
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