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Driving Licence Renewal on Reaching 70 years of Age

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

The earliest a driving licence renewal application can be made is within the last month before the expiry of the old one.

The following applies to all non Cypriot Citizens.

Application would normally be made in person at the District Offices of the District Offices of the Department of Transport, CSC or the Post Office CSC at District Post Offices, with the documents shown below. I would recommend the Citizen Service Centers or the Post Office CSC .

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 here.

2) A form TOM 153 signed by your doctor, stating that you are fit to drive.

A photograph will usually be taken by a member of staff.
OR
If the person is not applying in person then two recent photographs which are 45mm in height by 35mm in width and complies with passport photograph standards are required. The photographs have to be certified by the relevent community leader and at the same time, a written authorization must be submitted by the applicant to the authorized person to act as their representative.

  1. Aliens Registration/Residents Permit and a copy. (MEU1/MEU2/MEU3)
  2. Produce evidence that you have been resident in Cyprus with six months of utility bills. EAC bill is strongly recomended, others may not be accepted. EAC customer service will issue to you a statement which is acceptable.
  3. If the applicant is a married woman and the utility bills are in her husband’s name, she will need to take her marriage certificate and a copy. If the applicant is co-habiting and the utility bills are in the name of another party, both may need to swear an affidavit to the effect that they are partners residing at the address. This may be in court or other authorized person. (To speed up court processes sworn statements have been outsourced to lawyers or Citizen Service Centers).
  4. Passport and a copy of the page with the holders details on it
  5. The licence is 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 until the arrival of the photo-card licence.

You will be notified by text when they are available for collection at the place nominated by you

The licence is normally valid for three years.

If you don’t have a Cyprus licence then the document requirements are listed on the Cyprus Driving Licence page.

Department of Road Transport Forms

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.

Click this link regarding personal attendance with the forms.
Driving Licence Application Form – TOM 7D.
Download TOM 7 print and complete
TOM 7 English Guide
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 TOM 153E print for Doctor to complete
Replacement of Document on loss or theft etc. – TOM 46B.
Download TOM 46 print and completeTOM 46 English Guide
Road Tax Suspension Form – TOM 12. Use when vehicle not in use and off road (In UK called a SORN)
Download TOM 12 print and completeTOM 12 English Guide
Change of ownership of vehicle – TOM 9B
Download TOM 9 print and completeTOM 9 English Guide

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Is your driving licence valid in Cyprus?

Driving Licence

Drivers can drive with a current valid:

  • EU driving licence – until it expires.
  • UK licence – Valid while visiting Cyprus. (Visit without a visa is a maximum of 90 days). If resident in Cyprus it must be exchanged as below.
  • An International Driving Permit (IDP) together with a current valid domestic driving licence – usually until the IDP expires.
  • 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 visitors for a maximum of 90 days, or if resident 6 months (one hundred and eighty-five days). Then it must be exchanged for a Cyprus driving licence.
  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. Georgia
  4. Iceland
  5. Japan
  6. Liechtenstein
  7. New Zealand
  8. Norway
  9. Russia
  10. Serbia
  11. South Africa
  12. South Korea
  13. Switzerland
  14. UK
  15. Ukraine
  16. United Arab Emirates
  17. USA
  18. Zimbabwe

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.

Category AM – Moped – Minimum Age 17 – 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.

Category A1 – Small Motorcycles – Minimum Age 18 – (17.5 learner licence) – 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.

Category A1 – Minimum Age 18 – A motor tricycle with a power not exceeding 15kW. and maximum cylinder of 125cc / power 11Kw

Category A2 – Minimum Age 20 – 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

Category A – Minimum Age 24 or 22(2) – 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

Category A – Minimum Age 24 – A motor tricycle with a power exceeding 15kW.

Category B and B+E – Minimum Age 18 – (17.5 learner licence) – 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.

Category B 1 – Minimum Age 18 – (17.5 learner licence) – 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

Category Γ1/C1 and Γ1/C1+E – Minimum Age 18 – 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

Category Γ/C and Γ/C+E – Minimum Age 21 – Large goods vehicles
Vehicles exceeding 3,500kg towing a trailer that does not exceed 750kg

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.

Δ/D and Δ/D+E – Minimum Age 21 – 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),
Minimum Age 24 – Combination of vehicles with a towing vehicle of category D and a trailer with a maximum authorized mass of more than 750 Kg),
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.

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).

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

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

  1. At age 24
  2. Apply for a learner licence for a class A1 motorcycle
  3. apply for the test. (21 days must elapse before the test can be taken).
  4. pass a riding test on a class A1 motorcycle
  5. obtain a full licence for that group.
  6. complete 7 hours compulsory training and obtain the certificate of attendance
  7. apply for learner licence for class A
  8. 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

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.