Category Archives: Department of Transport

Tyres

Tyre

There have been a number of rumours circulating regarding tyres. Here is a brief rundown of the legislation.

The Law and the Biennial Vehicle Inspection (MOT)

The vehicle will fail the test and you may commit traffic offences if:

  • The tyre does not fit snugly on the rim
  • The rim is dented or distorted
  • Different tyre size
  • Different tread pattern on same axle
  • Cuts greater than 25 mm or greater than 10 % of width, bulges or other damage.
  • The grooves of the tread pattern are not at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising: the central three-quarters of the breadth of tread around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
  • The general condition of the tyre of the tyre is poor e.g. perished rubber.
  • The valve is worn, deformed or broken.

The DOT number

The DOT number is the US Department of Transport number which contains a code for the manufacturer e.g. JJ82, then an internal code for the manufacturers’ use and then the date code. Recent tyres have a 4 figure code the first two are the week of manufacture the second two are the year of manufacture.

The DOT code currently has no bearing in Cyprus law. Nor is there any legislation being proposed that would, for example, make it illegal to drive the vehicle on the road fitted with an old tyre. Nor can the vehicle fail the Bi Annual Vehicle Test (MOT) purely on the date of manufacture of the tyre.

The questions regarding DOT dates was brought about by the importing of secondhand tyres from other countries. The importers asked the Department of Transport if it was legal. The answer was that it is, provided the tyres are safe.

A number of other interested parties, who were not happy with the importers, seem to have started this chain of events and wanted to introduce the DOT date restriction.

The Department of Transport did state however that vehicles being submitted to their offices for Type Approval may be refused if they consider the tyres to be too old. This will effect very few people, those who wish a one off Type Approval.

For further advice on tyres I suggest you look at the manufactures website to check their recommendations regarding the longevity of their tyres.

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Is Personal Attendance Required?

Department of TransportCitizen Service Centers

Many applications to the Department of Transport require personal attendance either at their own offices or at the Citizen Service Centers.

If the task can be carried out by an person authorized in writing, online, by email or by post it will normally say so in the article.

If you are not able to attend you should contact one of the many companies who are able to carry out certain tasks on your behalf for a fee, or contact the Department of Transport or CSC directly for guidance.

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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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Department of Transport Forms

Please note that in current versions on Internet Explorer you may have problems viewing PDF files within a webpage. One work around is to right click your mouse and select ‘save target as..’ to download the file to view in a PDF viewer.

The Department of Transport add a suffix at each form change, A to B, B to Γ, Γ το Δ etc. If you come accross an updated form you should use it. Please me know here.

Driving Licence Application Form – TOM 7D.
Download form, print and complete.
English headings for TOM 7.


International Driving Permit Application Form – TOM 26A.
Download form, print and complete.

Medical Form – TOM 153E – Required with driving licence application if over 70 years, drivers with disabilities and applications for licences in categories C, C + E, D, D + E, subcategories C1, C1 + E, D1, D1 + E, and special classes G, H, I.
Download form and print

Driving Test Application Form – TOM 25B.
Download English translation and full instructions
Download form, print and complete

Road Tax Suspension Form – TOM 12. Use when vehicle not in use and off road (In UK called a SORN)
Download form, print and complete
English Translation

Replacement of Document on loss or theft etc. – TOM 46B.
English Translation
Download form, print and complete

Road Tax Application Form – TOM 8.
English Translation
Download form, print and complete

Change of Ownership of Vehicle – TOM 9B.
English Translation
Download form in Greek, print and complete

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Document Replacement

To apply for a duplicate or replacement of any Department of Road Transport document on loss, theft or defacement.

There is a fee.

You require:

Completed form TOM 46.

For replacement Driving Licence a Form TOM 7 and TOM 46 ARE REQUIRED – two recent passport size photographs (40x35mm)
The Fee is € 40.

Take the completed forms to your district Transport Department Office or CSC.

You can download a printable form for completion and an English translation pdfhere.

If your current EU or National licence is lost or stolen, it has to be replaced in your country of current residence. The replacement will be based on the information or proof supplied from the issuing Country. (Article 8(5) of Directive 91/439/EEC).

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Cyprus Provisional / Learner / Student 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 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.


Category A1 – Learner riders do not have to be accompanied by a full licence holder.
Learner licence holders aged 17.5.

Category 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 rider in the above classes cannot take the driving or riding test until they are 18 years of age and have held a licence for 21 days or more.

Learner 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.

Learner licence holders must display E Plates on the front and rear of the vehicle.
This replaces the old plate

Provisional / 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.

Australia
Canada
Georgia
Iceland
Japan
Liechtenstein
New Zealand
Norway
Russia
Serbia
South Africa
South Korea
Switzerland
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
USA
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. (This is could change for UK licence holders after Brexit)
  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.

    Driving 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

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.

Catagory AM – 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.

Minimum Age 17

Catagory A1 – Small 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.

Minimum Age 18 – (17.5 learner licence)

Catagory A1 – A motor tricycle with a power not exceeding 15kW. and maximum cylinder of 125cc / power 11Kw

Minimum Age 18

Catagory A2 – A 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.

Minimum Age 20(1) Providing held a full A1 licence for 2 years

Catagory A – A 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.

Minimum Age 24 or 22(2) Providing held a full A2 licence for 2 years

Catagory A – A motor tricycle with a power exceeding 15kW.

Minimum Age 24

Catagory B and B+E – Motor 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.

Minimum Age 18 – (17.5 learner licence)

Catagory B 1 – Quadracycles, 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 kW

Minimum Age 18 – (17.5 learner licence)

Catagory Γ1/C1 and Γ1/C1+E – Light trucks other 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

Minimum Age 18

Catagory Γ/C and Γ/C+E – Large goods vehicles
Vehicles exceeding 3,500kg towing a trailer that does not exceed 750kg

Minimum Age 21

Catagory Δ1/D1 and Δ1/D1+E – Minibuses – 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.

Minimum Age 21

Δ/D and Δ/D+E – 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),

Minimum Age 24

Directive 2006/126/EEC in effect since 19 January 2013. 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

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.

Directive 2003/59/EC gives information regarding professional licences.

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

Directive 2006/126/EEC  gives driving licence categories and ages.

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Motorcycle Driving Licence

Motorcycle Driving Licence

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.

The current driving licence requirements for motorcycles came into force in the 19th January 2013. Law 79(I)/2012.

The EU Commission is aware that there are a number of anomalies in the way the EU Directive has been transcribed into Cyprus law and is carrying out an in depth analysis of the Cyprus legislation. The Commission has stated that it will take the necessary steps to ensure that the Cypriot legislation fully and correctly transposes Directive 2006/126/EC.

The entry level for motorcycle licences is now category A1. A rider must pass the riding test for Class A1 motorcycles before progressing to larger motorcycles.

Catagory AM – 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.

Minimum Age 17

Catagory A1 – Small 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.

Minimum Age 18 – (17.5 learner licence)

Catagory A1 – A motor tricycle with a power not exceeding 15kW. and maximum cylinder of 125cc / power 11Kw

Minimum Age 18

Catagory A2 – A 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.

Minimum Age 20(1) Providing held a full A1 licence for 2 years

Catagory A – A 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.

Minimum Age 24 or 22(2) Providing held a full A2 licence for 2 years

Catagory A – A motor tricycle with a power exceeding 15kW.

Minimum Age 24

(1) Progressive access to category A2 is permitted provided that the applicant has held a full licence for driving motorcycle category A1 for at least two years.

(2) Progressive access to category A is permitted provided that the applicant has held a full licence for driving motorcycle category A2 for at least two years and has completed seven (7) hours relevant training.

(3) Direct Access to Group A (example 1).

  • After age 18 but prior to age 24
  • pass a riding test on a class A1 motorcycle
  • obtain a full licence for that group.
  • At age 24
  • complete 7 hours compulsory training and obtain the certificate of attendance
  • apply for learner licence for class A
  • apply for the test. (21 days must elapse before the test can be taken).

(3) Direct Access to Group A (example 2).

  • At age 24
  • Apply for a learner licence for a class A1 motorcycle
  • apply for the test. (21 days must elapse before the test can be taken).
  • pass a riding test on a class A1 motorcycle
  • obtain a full licence for that group.
  • complete 7 hours compulsory training and obtain the certificate of attendance
  • apply for learner licence for class A
  • apply for the test. (21 days must elapse before the test can be taken).

Note: Learner licences for class A2 and A only permit the rider to ride off road on private property for training and for the purpose of riding on road for the test only.

Seven hours relevant motorcycle training is required to ride class A motorcycles

The seven (7) hours training takes place in private or specially adapted rooms and is documented and presented before the practical test. A special form is completed monitoring the seven units from a licenced category A instructor. The content of the education is established by Order of the Registrar of Motor Vehicle PI 492/2012 which was published on 30.11.2012 in The Cyprus Gazette. This training does not include on road training.

As far as we have been able to ascertain there very few instructors that carry out the training as required.
Some of you may be happy to pay your money and get the certificate without gaining the knowledge required.
You may change your mind when an untrained motorcyclist kills a member of your family!

To obtain a full motorcycle licence the applicant must pass a practical test of skills and behaviour.

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 to date failed to ensure that the training is carried out to the required standard and that the test is suitable for today’s traffic conditions. Until the matter is addressed the death toll amongst motorcyclists will continue to rise. I

Holders of learner driving licences issued before 19.1.2013

All holders of such licences may NOT ride motorcycles or tricycles in categories A and A2. They may only ride motorcycles or tricycles within Categories A1 and mopeds of category AM.

Moped driving on the highway is not permitted.

Motor scooters:

Are either motorcycles or mopeds depending on their engine size and specification.

UK Motorcycle Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) has no validity in Cyprus.

There is no similar training requirement to obtain a motorcycle licence in Cyprus.
A CBT pass does not entitle you to exchange your UK motorcycle licence for a full Cyprus one.

Driving Licences

More information on Driving Licences, how to apply and validity etc., can be read on the Cyprus Driving Licence page.

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

EU Directive 2012/36/EU that amends Directive 2006/126/EEC above. Download here in English and

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