The Provisional Driving Licence

Anyone hoping to learn to drive will first need to get a provisional licence. Find out what you need to do to obtain a provisional driving licence, and how long it is valid for...

Before applying for a full Cypriot driving licence, a provisional licence must be obtained. The provisional licence allows an applicant to learn to drive. Application for a provisional licence must be made in person at the local district Department of Road Transport (DoRT) office. Only Cyprus residents who have lived in the country for six months or more are eligible to apply for a Cyprus driving licence or take a Cyprus driving test. An oral test is given on road signs and general driving concepts. It is recommended to arrive at the testing centre between 10:00 and 12:00 as this tends to be a less busy time and the test may be administered right away. It is possible to make an appointment with the examiner to return for testing at a later time. An eyesight test must also be passed. Once the verbal test is successfully completed, the provisional licence can be issued: return to the office with the pass slip, required documentation and fee. The fee is €10 (2017 rate)

Documents Required

  • A completed TOM 7D application form available at the DoRT
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Residency permit
  • Passport, with a copy of the page containing the holder's information
  • Proof of at least six months of residence (such as utility bills)
  • The verbal test pass document
  • Certificate of successful screening
The provisional driving licence is valid for one year. There is a €20 fee (2017 rate)

Restrictions

Category A1 (small motorcycles)

A provisional licence can be held at 17.5 years of age, but the riding test can only be taken if the rider is 18 and has held the provisional licence for at least 21 days.

Category B (cars) and B+E (cars with trailers)

A provisional licence can be held at 17.5 years of age, but the driving test can only be taken if the rider is 18. Learners under the age of 18 driving a car must be accompanied by a person aged at least 30 who has held a full driving licence for the class of vehicle for no less than five years. E plates must be displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle. Learners over the age of 18 driving a car must be accompanied by a person aged at least 25 who has at least five years' driving experience. L plates must be displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle. Learners can only drive on the highway if they are accompanied by a driving instructor or are taking part in a driving test.

Valid EU Provisional Licences

EU provisional or learner licences are valid in Cyprus, and can be used to drive and book a test providing all other restrictions (including age) are met.

Valid non-EU Provisional Licences

Cyprus recognises valid learner 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

Further Information

Information supplied by the Cyprus Advanced Driving & Road Safety Network, a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting road safety in Cyprus. Web: www.cyprusdriving.net Copyright © 2013 Cyprus Advanced Driving & Road Safety Network All Rights Reserved