29 Haziran 2021, 20:38

Converting an Overseas Driver's License to a Turkish Driver's License


Is an Overseas Driving License Valid in Turkey?


Turkish citizens or foreign nationals have the right to use their licenses in Turkey, which they obtained abroad, in accordance with the agreements made between countries. However, foreign licenses have a valid period in Turkey. At the end of this period, people who want to continue driving in Turkey are required to convert their foreign licenses to Turkish ones.

How Long Are Foreign Driving Licenses Valid in Turkey?

Driving licenses obtained from abroad are valid for 6 months in Turkey. From the moment of entry to Turkey, a vehicle can be driven in Turkey with a foreign license for a maximum of 6 months. Persons who want to use their foreign license after 6 months can use their foreign license for another 6 months by having the sworn translation of the driver's license approved by the foreign representative offices or notary public.

It is obligatory for people who have completed 1 year or will live in Turkey permanently to convert their foreign license to a Turkish driver's license within 1 year. If it is not turned, the use of the vehicle is prohibited.


How long is the driver's license of foreign nationals valid in Turkey?

The licenses of foreign nationals who enter the country are valid for a maximum of 6 months from the date of entry into the country. At the end of the 6-month period, foreign nationals who will stay in Turkey must convert their driver's licenses with a Turkish license in order to drive.

Which Countries' Driving Licenses Can Be Converted to a Turkish Driver's License?

In order to change the driver's licenses obtained from abroad to Turkish licenses, it is necessary to be included in one of the 84 countries that are party to the Road Traffic Convention and have an agreement on the mutual exchange of driver's licenses. It is not possible to convert driver's licenses obtained from countries other than these countries into Turkish driver's licenses. Countries that have mutual agreements with Turkey and where driver's license can be exchanged are as follows:

Germany, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Belarus (Belarus), United Arab Emirates, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Indonesia, Armenia, Estonia, Morocco , Ivory Coast, Philippines, Finland, France, Ghana, Guyana, South Africa, South Korea, Georgia, Croatia, Netherlands, England, Islamic Republic of Iran, Spain, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Montenegro, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Cuba, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Moldova, Monaco, Niger, Norway, Central African Republic, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia , San Marino, Senegal, Seychelles, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Chile, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela, Greece, Zimbabwe.

If the country you have a driver's license is not one of these countries, you have no chance to convert your foreign driver's license to a Turkish driver's license. In Turkey, you must apply for a driver's license from scratch as if you did not have a driver's license before and get a license again.


What are the Documents Required to Convert an Overseas Driver's License to a Turkish Driver's License?

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How Much Is the Fee for Converting an Overseas Driver's License to a Turkish Driver's License?

The amount to be paid for license conversion fees is updated every year at the beginning of the year. The prices that are among the items of the payment amount are as follows:

  • Fees according to license class,
  • Driver's license fee
  • Foundation share,

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