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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

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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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Is your driving licence valid in Cyprus?

Driving Licence

Drivers can drive with a current valid:

  1. EU driving licence – until it expires.
  2. An International Driving Permit (IDP) together with a current valid domestic driving licence – usually until the IDP expires.
  3. Article 20 of the Driving License Laws of 2001 and 2004, recognizes driver’s licences or learner’s licences issued by the EU and a competent authority of the country included in the table below and are valid.
    The driving licences from the countries listed below are valid for 6 months only.

    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

    Exchange Driving Licence
    At the end of that period they must be exchanged for a Cyprus licence.

    When applying for an exchange/conversion licence that 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.

    If your licence is from a third (non EU) country listed above, your exchange licence may not be valid in all EU countries. Other EU countries are not bound to accept an exchange licence issued by one EU country which has a bilateral agreement with a third country.

    Other countries national driving licences are valid for a period of 30 days.
    If your licence is in a language that does not have information in English or Greek you should check whether an international driving permit may be required. Contact the permit issuer of your Country for further information.

    Any driver must have reached the minimum age for the category of vehicle they intend to drive and all licences must be valid for the class of vehicle. The details are on this website.

    The ages are not the same for all EU countries.

    The list of countries with bilateral agreements may change occasionally. Check with the Department of Transport if you believe your country has been added to the list.

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

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Driving Licence Categories and Minimum Ages

Cyprus driving licence
Shown below are the MINIMUM ages that have to be attained to drive different types of vehicles in Cyprus and the driving licence vehicle categories that apply.
They are NOT the same as the UK.

If, for example, you are 17 years old and hold a full UK licence for a car, you CANNOT drive in Cyprus until you are 18. The age is currently under review and MAY be reduced to 17 years. If and when this is finalized this website will be updated.

Residents of Cyprus can apply for a learner licence to drive cars and small motorcycles at 17.5 years of age. However, a driver cannot take the driving test until attaining the age of 18.

Law 79(I)/2012 refers.

DescriptionCategoryMinimum
Ages
mopedMoped – 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.
AM17
mcSmall Motorcycles – A motorcycle with a cylinder capacity not exceeding 125, of a power not exceeding 11kW and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.1kW per kg.A118
17.5 learner licence
tricycleA motor tricycle with a power not exceeding 15kW. and maximum cylinder of 125cc / power 11KwA120
mcA Medium motorcycle of a power not exceeding 35kW, with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kg and not derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.A220 (1)
Providing held a full A1 licence for 2 years
mc125A motorcycle of a power exceeding 35kW or with a power to weight ratio exceeding 0.2kW per kg, or A motorcycle of a power not exceeding 35kW with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kg and derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.A24(2)
or
22(3) Providing held a full A2 licence for 2 years
tricycleA motor tricycle with a power exceeding 15kW.A24
carMotor vehicles with a MAM not exceeding 3500kg having not more than 8 passenger seats with a trailer up to 750kg. Combinations of towing vehicles in category B and a trailer, where the MAM of the combination does not exceed 3500kg and the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle.
Includes automatic.
B and B+E18
17.5 learner licence
carQuadracycles, with an unladen mass not exceeding 400 kg or, in case of vehicles for transporting goods, 500 Kg, not including the mass of batteries in the electric motor vehicles with a maximum net power 15 kWB118
17.5 learner licence /td>
lorryLight trucks than in categories D1 or D, with a maximum authorized mass exceeding 3.500 Kg, but not 7.500 Kg, transport more than eight passengers in addition to the driver
Total vehicle towing vehicle of category C1, ie chassis and trailer or semi-trailer with a maximum authorized mass of over 750 Kg / vehicle combinations with a tractor vehicle in category B and a trailer or semi-trailer with a maximum authorized mass exceeding of 3.500 Kg, but not exceeding 12.000Kg
Γ1/C1 and Γ1/C1+E18
lorryLarge goods vehicles
Vehicles exceeding 3,500kg towing a trailer that does not exceed 750kg
Γ/C and Γ/C+E21
miniMinibuses – Vehicles with no more than 16 passenger seats in addition to the driver and with a maximum length not exceeding 8 metres
with a trailer up to 750kg.
Δ1/D1 and Δ1/D1+E21
Vehicles for the transport of more than 8 passengers, except the driver, i.e. buses, which can be combined with a trailer having a maximum authorized mass not exceeding 750 Kg),
Combination of vehicles with a towing vehicle of category D and a trailer with a maximum authorized mass of more than 750 Kg),
Combination of vehicles with a towing vehicle of category D and a trailer with a maximum authorized mass of more than 750 Kg),
Δ/D and Δ/D+E24

Directive 2006/126/EEC in effect since 19 January 2013. pdf Download here in English. in Ελληνικά.

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.

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CPC – Cyprus Professional Driving Licence

Paphos DoRT

Large Goods Vehicles (LGV)
Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV)
Taxis

To drive a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) or a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) for hire or reward or in the course of a trade or business requires a Cyprus Professional Licence.

The fact that your driving licence may entitle you to drive a vehicle in the LGV or PCV category, it does not entitle you to drive the vehicle for hire or reward or as part of your trade or business.

A professional licence requires training to obtain a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) under EU Directives.

Initial Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training and examinations in Cyprus are in Greek only.

A CPC consists of different parts and continuing training. The ages for driving different categories of vehicle can also vary depending on the training received. Until a driver has a full CPC he will be restricted to driving within National boundaries.

CPC Periodic Training is available in Greek and English.

In order to maintain their Driver CPC, all category C and D licence holders (including C, C1, C1E and D, D1, DE, D1E) will be required to undertake 35 hours Periodic Training every 5 years to be able to renew their licence. Click on the link for information on the mandatory training courses in Greek and English. The page will open in a new window.

It is a complicated subject and there are several exceptions and ‘Grandfather Rights’ etc. They are contained in the EU directives. The links for those are at the bottom of the page.

I have given a brief outline on this subject below.

Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) is the name now given for what used to be called Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV).

In Cyprus the licence category is ‘Φ’ until harmonization.

DescriptionLGVMinimum age
Class 1 (Artic)C+E18 yearsartic
Class 2 & 3 (Rigid)C18 yearsrigid large
<7.5 Ton lorryC118 yearsrigid <=7500
<7.5 Ton lorry with trailerC1+E18 yearsrigid trailer <=12000kg

 

Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) is now the name given to what used to be called Public Service Vehicles (PSV).

In Cyprus the licence catagory is ‘Λ1’ for small passenger vehicles used for tourists, for example Landrover Tours.

The Λ2 catagory is for other PCV’s until harmonization.

DescriptionPCVMinimum age
Mini BusD121 yearsminibus => (1+8)
Small CoachD121 yearsminibus <=(1+16)
CoachD21 yearscoach <=7500
Small Coach with trailerD1+E21 yearsminibus trailer <=12000kg
Coach with trailerD+E21 yearscoachtrailer

The Cyprus ‘T’ Catagory is used for Taxis.

DescriptionCategoryMinimum age
Taxi
The number of taxi licences
issued are restricted
B21 years
+
Two years with a full driving licence
car <=(1+8) <=3500kg

Any transaction that you require in relation to professional licences will have to be made in person at the Department of Transport (DoRT). Speak with the Officer who deals specifically with these applications. It will take more than one trip.

If you already hold a professional driving licence for groups LGV and PCV you may exchange it. (Not Taxi).

Providing:
a) The licence was issued by an EU member state,
b) It is valid,
c) You have reached the minimum ages.
d) The details of your Licence have been translated into Greek by the Ministry of Information.

If your Licence is in English a translation may not be required. Check with your local DoRT Office.

The professional licence test is in Greek and involves:

A theory examination covering:

  • Knowledge of mechanics and your vehicle.
  • Road traffic law and signs.
  • Driving scenarios eg what to do in event of breakdowns.
  • A practical driving test.
  • Drivers hours and safety

To obtain a licence,

Application has to be made in person at the Department of Transport (DoRT).

Various Documents and photographs are required to obtain a Cyprus professional licence, including a completed T.O.M. 211(12/02) application form only available in Greek.

EU Directives:

The rules governing LGV and PCV licences in Cyprus as with all of the EU now comply with EU directives.

To download a copy of the current directive 2003/59/EC regarding professional licences pdfClick here.

This gives full details of the training requirements and skills needed for a certificate of professional competence (CPC).

Directive 2006/126/EEC in effect since 19 January 2013 gives driving licence categories and ages. pdf Download here in English. in Ελληνικά.

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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.

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To add a new category to your driving licence

Driving licence

If you wish to drive a vehicle category not currently on your EU driving licence, you may obtain a learner entitlement on a new Cyprus licence after being resident for 6 months.

Take the Cyprus driving test for that vehicle.

When the Cyprus driving test for the category is passed, the old EU licence will be exchanged and all of the categories be consolidated onto a new Cyprus Licence.

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

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