international driving permit

International Driving Permit

An International Driving Permit is not a driving licence. It must be used WITH your national driving licence.

It is used to enable a visitor to drive in countries that do not accept the domestic driving licence of a particular country as a valid document. As the Cyprus licence is in English and Greek it is accepted in many countries. Check validity with the local Government Offices if you are unsure.

This is sometimes because the licence is not in a language that the host countries officials can read or will accept. It also restricts the time a person can drive in a country before complying with domestic law regarding driving tests and issuing of driving licences.

Validity of International Driving Permits.

A full domestic licence is required before an International Driving Permit is issued. Both documents must be valid and in date and produced together for the International Driving Permit to be accepted.

How to apply for a Cyprus International Driving Permit.

You require:

  1. Completed form TOM 26A.
  2. Your Full Cyprus Driving Licence
  3. Two recent passport size photograph (40x35mm)
  4. Fee of € 30

Take the completed form to your local Department of Road Transport Office or Citizens Service Center.

Those IDP’s issued under the 1949 Geneva Convention are valid for one year. This applies to those issued in Cyprus.

The form which is in English and Greek can be downloaded pdfhere

Each State authorizes issuing agents within its territory. IDP’s can only be issued by them and they must conform to a set pattern. Other documents purporting to be IDP’s or international driving licences issued by anyone else are not acceptable or legal.

Cyprus has ratified the Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva, 1949) and the Vienna Convention (1968).

Most countries have signed up to the Geneva convention or honour it. A smaller number of countries accept the IDP’s issued under the Vienna Convention.

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

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