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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.

Road Tax – Circulation Licence

Road Tax renewal for 2022 started on 07/01/2022

A circulation licence is required to drive a vehicle on a public road. 

There is the option to buy a licence that is valid for 6 or 12 months.

Do Not Display Any Tax Disc
As of the 12th of March, 2010, the writing, attaching or displaying of any object on the windscreen of a vehicle is prohibited. This includes tax discs.

When to renew your road tax

Road tax can be renewed from the end of the first week of January until a date around the middle of March each year without penalty. Historically the cutoff date has often been extended. Any changes are published locally and in the news section of this site.

From the March cutoff date the police will prosecute. After the grace period a fine of €10 + 10% of the rate of tax for the vehicle will be levied on renewal. If the tax is not renewed for a full year, further penalties apply.

Paying by Installments

Road tax can be paid in monthly instalments on application. Failure to keep up the payments will result in revocation of the licence. Road Tax arrears can also be paid in instalments.
Road tax can also be paid in instalments of three, six and nine months, as well as the full twelve months. This can be done  through the methods outlined below.

A circulation licence cannot be renewed if the vehicle requires, but does not have, a current Biennial Vehicle Inspection Certificate (MOT). This information is logged on the DoRT database. If the MOT expires during the currency of the circulation licence, and is not renewed, the circulation licence becomes invalid and you are likely to be prosecuted for both offences.

How to renew your Road Tax

Renewal online – JCCsmart.com

You will be required to log on or register with JCCsmart.com with your email and a password. The site is in Greek and English.

  1. You will require the following details:
  2. Registration Document (Log Book).
  3. Credit card.
  4. The owners’ reference number is the last three digits of your ID, Alien Card or Passport number. This is the one shown on owner section of the logbook for that vehicle under I.C. No. or [C.9] on the newer Greek language log books.

You are able to pay for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months.

Insurance certificate number may be required if cover commenced recently and has not yet been entered onto the database.

Renewal at the Bank of Cyprus, the Co-Op and other commercial banks, District Post Offices and Citizens Service Centers.

You do not need to have an account with the bank.

You will require:

  1. Cash for the sum required.
  2. Registration Document (Log Book).
  3. The last three digits of your ID, Alien Card or Passport number. This is the one shown on the logbook.
  4. Insurance certificate may be required if cover commenced recently and has not yet been entered onto the database.
Renew at Department of Transport Offices.

You can apply at the local Department of Road Transport.

You will require:

  1. The application form TOM 8
  2. Cash for the sum required.
  3. Registration Document (Log Book).
  4. Insurance certificate may be required if cover commenced recently and has not yet been entered onto the database.

If your vehicle is going to be off the road. (S.O.R.N.)

If you are not going to use your car, going to the UK on an extended stay for example, you can obtain a rebate of some of the road tax unused during your absence or delay having to renew your road tax.

Before you go away,

Or as soon as the vehicle is off the road, fill in a form TOM 12 and take it with your log book to the Department of Transport Offices or Citizen Service Centers.
You will have to nominate a place, off the road, where it will be kept during your absence so that it can be inspected.

I have been informed of a change in procedure in that;
You should now take your bank IBAN number with you as any refund  is paid directly into your account. On your return re-tax the vehicle.

The notification cannot be backdated and is similar to the Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) in the UK.

You can download a printable form TOM 12 for completion and an English translation of form pdfhere.

Road Tax 2019

Changes in road tax rates applicable to vehicles registered in the Republic after the law comes into force at the beginning of 2019.

The changes will see a rise in the road tax of passenger vehicles with high CO2 emissions and a rise in the road tax of newly registered passenger vehicles and vans according to their age.

Road tax for those two vehicle categories will take into consideration the combined cycle CO2 emissions – euros per gramme per kilometre.

  1. For 120 gr/km the tax will €0.50 per gr/km, or €60;
  2. between 120 and 150, €3;
  3. 150 to 180, €6;
  4. over 180, €12.

Annual road tax cannot exceed €1,500.

On top of this, road tax charged on used vehicles imported after the law comes into force will also include additional charges based on their age.

  1. No charges will be imposed on used cars, petrol or diesel, up to one-year-old;
  2. between one and two, zero for petrol and €100 for diesel;
  3. two to three, €50 for petrol and €200 for diesel;
  4. three to four €100 and €300;
  5. four to five, €250 and €500;
  6. five to eight, €500 to €1,000;
  7. eight to 10, €750 and €1,500;
  8. over 10, €1,000 and €2,000.

Pick-up trucks and larger vans.

Vehicles designed to carry goods with a gross weight of less than 3501, that is pick-up trucks and larger vans, the way the tax is calculated has changed. It is now calculated at .05 cents per cc up to 1650cc and .10 cents for 1651cc and above plus the appropriate special fee in each case. A cap of €299 has been reinstated. Those that have paid over that sum will be refunded the difference.