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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.

 

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.

car

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

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.

Disabled parking permit (Blue Badge) Residents of Cyprus

Disabled Parking - Blue Badge Permits

Visitors click here.

Do not park on roads where parking is prohibited.
Do not drive or park in pedestrian zones unless there is a sign showing that vehicles displaying the Parking Card are exempt.

The Permit allows a disabled driver:

  • To park in marked disabled parking bays.
  • You may park free of charge and without time limit on roads where payment is required. Check locally.
  • You may park without time limit on roads where parking is free but restricted by time.

People who are eligible to apply for a disabled parking permit (Blue Badge) in Cyprus.

  • Recipient of Severe Motor Disability Allowance from the Disabled Welfare Service
  • Persons with a visual disability (the visual acuity of both eyes is such that it does not exceed 6/60 even with the use of corrective lenses)
  • Persons who have received financial assistance for purchasing a car by the Ministry of Finance according to the Scheme of Financial Assistance to Persons with Disabilities for Purchasing a Car
  • Persons with intellectual disabilities with additional motor difficulties

The application form can be downloaded pdfhere. It has instructions in English.

Each Country has different regulations.
Information regarding the use of Blue Badge Permits in the Countries where it is applicable and where the permit allows you to park can be downloaded here.