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The Cyprus Highway Code

The Cyprus Highway Code.

Cyprus Highway CodeThe Highway Code is available in book shops and is fully illustrated.

It can be downloaded, in Greek only, pdf here.

There is also a PowerPoint presentation, also in Greek, which can be downloaded here.

Much of it is similar to the UK Highway Code web version or pdf download but there are some differences.
Many of the differences between the two Codes are outlined within this site.

The Highway Code can be used to assist a prosecution.

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.

Recycling and Scrapping of Vehicles in Cyprus

Recycling and Scrapping of Vehicles in Cyprus.

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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.

Breakdown Rescue and Recovery

breakdown or tow truck

Vehicles must by law

carry a reflective warning triangle at all times. Larger vehicles should carry two.

Currently items such as First Aid Kit, Fire Extinguisher, Fluorescent Jacket, although advisable are not compulsory.

24 hour Vehicle breakdown, rescue and recovery.

Many insurance companies in Cyprus include a full rescue, breakdown and recovery service as part of the insurance package.

rescuelineOne of the biggest and used by several companies is RescueLine (00357 22 44 66 00) and includes a recovery service for motorcycles.

If this cover is not offered to you by your insurance company you can subscribe directly with them or there are other options, for example, Cyprus Automobile Association Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA).

The CAA is a member of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (AIT).

Breakdown Cover only applies to the Republic of Cyprus.

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.

 

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

The Cyprus Motorcycle Test

Paphos DoRT

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.

 

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.

pdf 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.

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The Cyprus Motorcycle Test:

Test BikeConsists 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.

Test Bike

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.

Motor scooters

Are not a category but are either motorcycles or mopeds depending on their engine size and specification.

 

pdf 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.

2pass.co.uk

The Cyprus Driving Test.

Paphos DoRT

Only Cyprus residents who can prove they have lived in the country for six months are eligible to apply for a Cyprus 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.

 

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.

pdf 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 vehicle.

You will be required to produce:

  • Driving Licence.
  • Insurance certificate. 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.
  • MOT (if required).
  • The vehicle must display E plates front and rear.
  • The vehicles’ handbrake must be in the center of the vehicle to enable the examiner to use it in an emergency.

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The Cyprus Driving 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.
The practical test takes about 35 minutes and consists of a drive on the local roads and includes some maneuvering for example parallel parking.
The result is given at the end of the test.

If you take your test in an automatic car and pass, you will only be able to drive automatics on your full licence. A pass in a car with a manual gearbox will enable you to drive both types of vehicle.

The waiting list for a test is currently between three and four months.

 

A driver must undergo seven (7) hours of compulsory training before taking the Category B+E test.

 

pdf 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.

 

To prepare yourself for the test

you will find some very useful information on driving techniques, including ‘how to’ video clips on this site.

2pass.co.uk

Traffic Laws, Offences, Fines and Points

Police Badge

Here is a list of the main traffic offences in Cyprus.

This list is not exhaustive but is a guide.

The main law was updated on the 5th November 2010. The definitive Government publication in Greek can be downloaded here. An addendum regarding speeding and drink driving was made on the 15th June 2012.

It should be noted that Municipalities and similar entity’s are able enact laws and impose fines.

Some of the offences listed without penalty points may attract them at a later date.

On reaching twelve penalty points the courts will normally disqualify a driver from driving and suspend the driving licence. Currently penalty points are removed three years after the day on which they were imposed.

Payment of Traffic Fines

Traffic fines are not paid to the officer at the roadside. To see the payment methods available, check the link on this site.

Drink driving.

Most Drivers.

The limit is lower than England and Wales and the same as Scotland at 22 micrograms per 100 ml of breath (50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood).

High Risk Groups Have a Lower Limit.

Novice drivers, motorcycles, trucks, buses, taxis and vehicles transporting hazardous cargoes are limited to 9 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath (20 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood).

  • The reading from 23 to 35 micrograms – fine €100 – 0 – 2 penalty points
  • reading 36 to 55 micrograms -fine €200 – 2 – 4 penalty points
  • reading 56 to 70 micrograms – fine €300 – 3 – 6 penalty points
  • Over 71 micrograms – Prison or fine between €150 – €400 will be determined by the court – 3 – 6 penalty points
  • Drunk in charge of a vehicle. Determined by the court

Speeding

  • Speeds between up to 30% over the limit – fine €1 per km/h – 0 – 2 penalty points
  • Speeds between between 31% and 50% over the limit – fine €2 per km/h – 2 – 4 penalty points
  • Speeds between between 51% and 75% over the limit – fine €3 per km/h – 3 – 6 penalty points
  • Speeds over 75% – Determined by the court – 3 – 6 penalty points

Examples: Travelling at 130km/h in a 100km/h limit the fine would be €30 plus penalty points. Travelling at 131km/h in a 100km/h limit the fine would be €62 plus penalty points.

More detailed information can be found regarding the above can be found here.

Some Common Offences

  • Using a mobile telephone with their hands while driving – 2 – 4 points – fine €85
  • Eating or drinking while driving – points and fine as above.
  • Seat belts – omission: (a) installation (b) use by drivers and passengers – 2 – 4 points – fine €85
  • Not carrying a reflective warning triangle – fine €20
  • The writing, attaching or displaying of any object, for example a tax disc, on the windscreen of a vehicle is prohibited – fine – More information here.

Document Offences

  • No driving licence or no insurance – Determined by the court
  • No road tax (circulation licence) – Determined by the court
  • No MOT (Bi annual vehicle inspection) – Determined by the court
  • Registration Plate – Number plate infringements. Police have power to detain and remove vehicles not complying with the regulations – fine €85
  • Failing to notify change of ownership or sale of vehicle within 30 days. – fine

Motorcycle Offences

  • Motorcycle / Moped – Rider or Passenger – No helmet – 1 – 4 points – fine €85
  • Motorcycle / Moped – riding without dipped beam headlights illuminated – fine €50
  • Motorcycle / Moped – pillion under 12 years old – fine €25
  • Motorcycle / Moped – passenger being carried in front of driver – fine €25
  • Motorcycle / Moped – pillion not sitting astride vehicle – fine €25
  • Moped – driving on Highway – fine €85

Driving Offences

  • Causing death through dangerous driving – 5 -10 points – fine determined by the court
  • Dangerous driving – 3 – 6 points – fine determined by the court
  • Careless driving – 3 – 6 points – The fine will be determined by the court
  • Signalling – The driver failing to make signals – fine €25
  • Failing to stop after an accident – 5 – 10 penalty points – The fine will be determined by the court
  • Non-mechanical vehicle on motorways and high speed roads – fine €85
  • Failing – to comply with traffic lights – 2 – 4 penalty points – fine €85
  • Failing – to comply with directions given by a Police Officer – fine €55
  • Failing – to comply with directions given by traffic signs – fine €25
  • Failing – to stop or to conform to the signals of the traffic warden or Crossing Patrol at a school crossing – fine €55
  • Failing – to stop and allow precedence to pedestrians on a pedestrian crossing – fine €85
  • Driving the wrong way down a one way road. – fine €25
  • Failing – to slow down to allow the safe passage of other vehicles or traffic – fine €55
  • Overtaking on the left, on a bridge, top of a hill, opposite a junction, pedestrian crossing a continuous line or other sign – fine €55
  • Driving of motor vehicles in a pedestrian street – fine €55
  • Illegal entry of motor vehicles on the road with restrictions on the movement of motor vehicles – fine €55
  • Priority – driver who does not give priority to vehicles coming from the right at junctions with main road or at controlled crossings or who drives into main road without stopping or slowing down – fine €55
  • Unnecessary reversing – fine €25
  • Unnecessary use of horn in built up areas – fine €25

Construction and Use Offences

  • Cargo – passenger vehicle carrying bulky and hazardous cargo in a vehicle – fine €50
  • Dangerous load or overhang. (More than 10% of vehicles length) – fine €50
  • Shipments – which project or are hazardous – fine €50
  • Driving a motor vehicle which has been modified,changed or adapted – fine
  • Tyre (tire) – dangerous or defective. More Tyre Information (.pdf) – €25
  • Silencers – or lack of silencer system – 2 – 4 points – fine €50
  • Silencers – Using the vehicle with excessive smoke – 2 – 4 points – fine €50
  • Mirrors – infringement regarding reflex mirrors – fine €25
  • Windows – windscreen washers / wipers non-existent or defective – fine €25
  • Windows – glass windows with limited visibility – fine

Other Offences

  • Smoking – in private motor vehicle, with a person under the age of sixteen in the vehicle – fine €85
  • Smoking – in public vehicle – fine €85
  • Smoking – in designated public places where smoking is prohibited – fine
  • Obstruction – of the highway with a motor vehicle – fine €85
  • Obstruction – most other forms of obstruction – fine €50
  • Obstruction – Heavy vehicles – a truck driver or bus does not stop and allow the other traffic to pass – fine €25
  • Parking – Within 10 meters of a junction, within 15 meters of a pedestrian crossing, near traffic lights, on the pavement, on a bus stop or disabled bay – fine €85.
  • Parking facing other than in the direction of traffic flow. This applies at any time day or night even if it is in a permitted parking place – fine €85
  • Driver – who is in an irregular position inside the vehicle or raises his hand from the steering wheel unnecessarily – fine €25
  • Passengers – not sitting in fixed seats, obstructs or interferes with the normal operation of the vehicle or is making signs or gestures could be seen as traffic signals – fine €25
  • Doors – person who opens the door of a vehicle in a manner unsafe or disturbing for other vehicles or leaves the door open making another vehicles movement excessive – fine €25
  • Lights – offences relating to parking lights and placing of a reflective warning triangle – fine €25
  • Lights – offences relating to motor vehicle headlamps – fine €25
  • Dropping litter – fine
  • Taxi Fares – taxi driver fails have a table of charges in a prominent place in the taxi – fine €25

Learning to drive

  • Learner Driver – failing to display E plate – fine €25
  • Learner Driver – driver of a vehicle carrying passengers other than the supervisor – fine €25
  • Learner Driver – driver who is not accompanied by a licensed driver – fine €25
  • Learner Driver – on highway not accompanied by a Cyprus Registered driving instructor – fine
  • Learner Driver – motorcycle driver carrying passengers other than the supervisor – fine €25

Cyprus Driving Licence

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

FULL driving licences issued in the Republic of Cyprus from Monday 29th June 2015 will be EU photo-card licences. This has been an EU requirement since 19th January 2013.

Student/learner drivers and those reaching 70 years should read this page and those pages specifically for those groups on this site.

If you are resident in Cyprus and from the EU :

1) You can drive on your FULL domestic EU licence until it expires.
Providing:
a) the licence was issued by an EU member state,
b) it is valid,
c) you have reached the minimum ages applicable in Cyprus.

You cannot change the address on your EU licence to one outside the issuing country. It is accepted within the rules that the address will be from the issuing country and will not be current.

2) You may exchange your EU licence for a Cyprus driving licence, which is exchanged on a like for like basis.

If your licence is in a language other than Greek or English you have to supply a certified translation. This must be done by the Embassy of your Country or the Cyprus Press and Information Office.

Cyprus may refuse to recognize the validity of a driving licence issued in another State where the holder has a licence that is restricted, suspended or revoked or cancelled in another State.

A driver cannot hold more than one driving licence issued by an EU State.

driving licence

When your current EU or National licence expires:

It must be renewed in your country of current residence.
Photo card licences only have a validity of between 10 and 15 years depending on country of issue and should be renewed before they expire.
The earliest a driving licence can be renewed in Cyprus is within the last month before the expiry of the old one.

If your current EU or National licence is lost or stolen:

It must be replaced by one issued in your country of current residence. The replacement will be based on proof, supplied by you, from the issuing country.

Cyprus driving licence

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.

Documents required to obtain a Cyprus licence:

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.

The photograph can be taken by staff at the District Offices of the Department of Transport or the CSC.
OR
Two recent photographs which are 45mm in height by 35mm in width and complies with passport photograph standards.

  • Aliens Registration/Residents Permit and copy(s)
  • Produce evidence that you have been resident in Cyprus for six months e.g. utility bill. If you don’t have this, or similar proof, you will need to attend the District Offices of the Department of Transport to find out what might be acceptable in your case.
  • Passport and a copy of the page with the holders details on it
  • The appropriate fee

When exchanging your licence, the original and two copies of all pages of your national licence (which you will have to surrender).

The cost of the Cyprus licence is:
€ 40 (up to 65 years of age)
Over 65 free

Drivers will be issued with a temporary paper licence. The temporary license will entitle the holder to DRIVE ONLY IN THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS.

The licences are sent to a laboratory abroad to be prepared. You will be notified when they are available for collection at the District Offices of the Department of Transport for your area.

paper driving licence

Drivers who have a FULL Cyprus paper licence issued on or after the 19th January 2013.

The Road Transport Department will inform those drivers in writing when to go to the District Offices of the Department of Transport of the Department or CSC to obtain their replacement EU licences. The replacement will be FREE because their owners already paid the Department €40 for the plastic driving licence. This is to avoid overcrowding and discomfort to those drivers.

The period of validity is 15 years from the date of issue for categories AM, A1, A2, A, B, B1, B+E.

After reaching the age of 55 years if the driving licence holder falls into one of these categories, the licence will be renewed, valid until age 70 years.

The period of validity is 5 years from the date of issue for categories C, C+E, C1, C1+E, D, D+E, D1, D1+E.

The existing Cyprus full paper licences issued before 19th January 2013 are valid until the expiry date on them, except those that expire beyond 2033. They are only valid until the 19th January 2033 no matter what the expiry date is on the licence. Drivers who wish to exchange their paper licence for a photo-card licence may do so at a cost of €40.

The Transport Department has issued the following guide regarding the new arrangements in Greek. It can be downloaded pdfhere.

If you wish to add a category of your paper licence or it is lost, destroyed or for other reason need to be replaced or renewed it will be issued under the new arrangements.

Doctors Certificate.

Drivers require a medical and a signed form TOM 153 from a doctor stating that the driver is fit to drive in the following circumstances:

  • The applicant is 70 years of age or over (see specific webpage)
  • has disabilities
  • when applying for licences in categories C, C + E, D, D + E, subcategories C1, C1 + E, D1, D1 + E,
  • special classes G, H, I.

The form can be downloaded here.

If you are resident in Cyprus and from outside the EU :

Some countries outside the EU have an agreement to exchange existing FULL domestic licences.

Your FULL Cyprus licence is valid:

For 15 years for cars and motorcycles and 5 years for buses and trucks.

In all EU member states.

In many others when going there as a visitor. Check with the country you are visiting if it is outside the EU to see if you need an international driving permit is also required.

EU

EU Information and Directives:

EU Driving Licences – What you need to know. pdf Download here.
Directive 2006/126/EEC in effect since 19 January 2013. pdf Download here in English. in Ελληνικά.

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