Using your UK driving licence in Cyprus

Until December 30th 2020, UK expats living in Cyprus could freely use their driving licence as the UK was a European Union (EU) member. With the UK having left the bloc on January 1st 2021, some expats wonder if they can still use the UK driving licence in Cyprus. The issue has created confusion as expats are afraid that a random police check could incur a fine.

In our blog, we will clarify what UK expats should do with their driving licences now that they are third-party nationals in the EU.

How long can you use the UK driving licence when in Cyprus

Nationals coming from EU/EEA countries have the right to use driving licences issued in the countries for six months. After the six-month period, they are obliged to exchange their licences with a Cypriot one.

The Ministry of Road Transport in Cyprus states that drivers can continue to use their UK licence without exchanging it until July 7th 2021. If you hold a licence from Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, you may need to take a test.

The Republic of Cyprus also recognises licences issued by the countries listed below:

Australia, Canada, Georgia, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America and Zimbabwe.

How to exchange the UK driving licence and which docs are needed

Below you can find the list of documents that you have to include in the licence exchange application:

  • 6 x copies of utility bills
  • 1 x copy of MEU1-2-3 form
  • 1 x copy of passport
  • 1 x copy of the old driving license plus the original card
  • 2 x passport photos
  • 1 x TOM 7D application form

Cypriot authorities require people above 65 years old to have valid medical insurance. The licence exchange costs nothing for the over-65 group of people, but for people under-65 the cost is €40.

Drivers are issued with a temporary paper licence It takes approximately 25 days for the new licence to be prepared. Once the Cypriot driving licence is ready, the Road Transport Department notifies the applicant that the document is ready for delivery.

Below you can find a list of the Road Transport Departments:

Nicosia

Vasileos Pavlou 27, 2412 Egkomi

Tel: +35722807000

Limassol

Koroivou, Polemidia, 3112 Limassol

Tel: +35725870443

Larnaca

Acropoleos Avenue 13, Aradippou Industrial Area, 7101 Aradippou

Tel: +35724813114

Paphos

Mesogi Industrial Area, 8061 Mesogi

Tel: +35723815165

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