Driving Licences in Monaco

An introduction to the types of licences issued in the Principality, with information on taking the Monaco driving test and exchanging a driving licence for a Monegasque one...

A valid driving licence is compulsory for anyone driving any type of motor vehicle on the roads in Monaco. The licence must be carried on all journeys and must be presented to an official on demand.

The following types of licences may be used to operate a vehicle in Monaco:

  • a Monegasque driving licence
  • an EU/EEA driving licence
  • a recognised, valid foreign driving licence

Any person resident in Monaco and holding a valid foreign driving licence must exchange it for a Monegasque driving licence within a year of acquiring Monaco residency. If the licence does not qualify for exchange, the driver will need to take a full Monaco theory and practical driving exam in order to be issued with a Monaco licence.

Monaco driving licences are issued by the The Service des Titres de Circulation.

  • Open: Monday to Friday, 09:30-17:00

Applying for a Monegasque driving licence

To apply for a Monaco licence, a candidate must register with a driving school: a dossier (file) is opened. The Request for a national and/or international driving licence (Demande de Permis de conduire national et/ou international), form STC/010, should be filled in and brought to one of the driving schools along with:

  • A copy of the residence permit (Carte de résident)

  • Three standard ID photos (33x43mm)

  • A medical certificate, issued less than three months before by a Monaco-registered doctor. The form includes a full list of doctors. Form STC/017 requires an ID-sized photograph

    • To download the form STC/016 (for categories A Cyclomoteur, A1, A, B1 et B): Click here

    • To download the form STC/017 (for categories B+, B+E, C, C+E, D, D1 et D+E): Click here

  • A check made out to The Service des Titres de Circulation.

  • Candidates under 18 years of age must provide a copy of the parents ID cards, and parental authorisation to take the test

  • To download the licence application form STC/010, which can be filled in online and printed: Click here (in French)

When registering with a driving school, the administration fee includes the cost for both the theory exam and the driving test. There is also a tax to pay, as well as the cost for each theory and driving lesson.

Taking the theory exam and the driving test

There is no administrative delay between registration, theory exam and driving test in Monaco. Theory lessons are given in English at some driving schools, a possibility to take the exam is given almost daily. At least one driving lesson must be taken with a driving instructor, before the school will book a driving test. There is normally no waiting time for the test. Failure to show up on the day of the test must be justified with a medical certificate, to avoid paying an extra fee when registering for a new test. Accompanied driving (with non-professionals, such as parents) is not allowed in Monaco.

Exchanging a Licence

Any person resident in Monaco and holding a valid foreign driving licence must exchange it for a Monegasque driving licence within a year of acquiring Monaco residency. The Service des Titres de Circulation issues licences.

If the licence does not qualify for exchange, the driver will need to take a full Monaco theory and practical driving exam in order to be issued with a Monaco licence.

To exchange a foreign driving licence the following must apply:

  • The licence is issued by a state which:
    • has ratified the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (Click here for a list)
    • is a member state of the European Union (EU) or of the European Economic Area (EEA), or
    • has signed a reciprocal agreement with Monaco
  • The licence is valid
  • The licence was issued following a practical test
  • The licence is in French or, if not, is accompanied by an official translation into French

If a practical test was not part of the original test to obtain a licence, the driver will need to pass a practical driving test before being allowed to exchange the licence.

A foreign driving licence is exchanged for a Monegasque licence at the Service des Titres de Circulation.

  • Service des Titres de Circulation
    At: 23 Avenue Albert II, B.P. 699, MC 98014 Monaco CEDEX
    Tel: (+377) 93 15 80 14
    Fax: (+377) 93 15 40 36
    Open: 09:30-17:00 Monday to Friday

The following documents are required:

  • Completed Request for a National or International Driving Licence form (Demandes de permis de conduire - Form STC/010)
    • To download the form STC/010, which can be filled in online and printed: Click here (in French)
  • The original valid foreign driving licence
  • A statement of licence points. If this is not available, a statement from the issuing authority confirming that the licence is not suspended is acceptable. Neither document should be more than three months old
  • A copy of the Monaco Carte de Séjour
  • A recent colour passport-sized photograph (33mm by 43mm)
  • For those over 70 years of age, a recent medical report (no more than three months old) issued by a Monegasque doctor on the official list (request names from the Service des Titres de Circulation)

    • To download the medical form "Certificat médical permis B (STC017)": Click here

On exchange, the Monaco licence will be valid for the same vehicle categories as the original licence.

  • Further information on the Service des Titres de Circulation and forms: Click here (in French)

The International Drivers Licence (IDL) or Permit (IDP)

Some countries request that a visitor carry an International Drivers Licence (IDL) also called an International Drivers Permit (IDP) (Permis international) along with their valid national licence. Holders of a Monaco driving licence can apply for an International Driving Licence at the Service des Titres de Circulation.

  • To download the application form: Click here (PDF in English)

Note: An international licence does not replace a driver's licence - it accompanies it and acts as an official certificate of validity of the national licence. It is an internationally recognised document.

Further Information

  • For full information on exchanging a vehicle licence in French: Click here