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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