Driving Cars and Bikes

Find out about the rules of the road in Azerbaijan: what to carry in your car, speed limits, road types, drink driving, penalties....

The minimum legal age for driving a car in Azerbaijan is 18 years old and a valid driving licence is required.

Foreign residents often attend off-road and defensive driving training programmes prior to driving in Baku as driving conditions are very different compared to western countries. Roads are often of poor quality, drivers do not always respect traffic rules and often drive at very high speeds. There are companies provideing driving training in English.

Rules and Regulations

  • The minimum legal age for driving a car is 18
  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road
  • Only the car's owner can drive the car. For anyone else to drive it, a power of attorney, which is available from a notary office, is required
  • Crossing the road with a "left-hand" turn is prohibited
  • Using a mobile phone while driving is forbidden
  • Seat belts are compulsory
  • Tinted windows which are not original to the vehicle are prohibited. For further information from the State Traffic Police Department: Click here
  • For information about traffic rules, drivers' responsibilities, bicycle and motorbike drivers and pedestrians: Click here

What to Carry in the Car?

The following documents must be carried in the car at all times:

  • Vehicle registration document
  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Proof of insurance
  • First aid kit
  • Proof that the car is roadworthy (check-up card). A car must have an annual roadworthy test between 1 January and 31 October. The driver is given a new check-up card after each inspection. For further information about the official check-up of vehicles: Click here

Driving and Drinking

There is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol and there is a fine for drink-driving and/or being under the influence of drugs. The driver's licence can also be suspended from six months to one year.

There is a fine of between AZN 400-500 in the event of an accident due to drink-driving and/or being under the influence of drugs, and the driver's licence is suspended for one year.

Drivers that cause another accident in the same year while under the influence, are fined the same amount, their driving licence is suspended for two years, and they can be jailed for ten days.

Penalty Points

Some traffic violations result in penalty points. In general, if a driver receives 12 or more penalty points within a year, their licence is suspended for one year.

  • For further information about penalty points: Click here