Hungarian Driving Licences
Find out about getting a Hungarian driving licence and learning to drive a car or motorbike in Hungary...
The minimum age to drive a car in Hungary is 17 years. Drivers must have a valid driving licence and be 17 years or older. The minimum age to ride a motorbike varies, beginning with 14 for an AM-category moped. In order to apply for a driving licence in Hungary, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:
- Be at least 17 years old to receive a category B (car) licence
- Be a Hungarian resident and have lived for at least six months in Hungary with a valid address card (Lakcímkártya), or have a student visa
- Have an elementary school certificate (eight years of education), or higher
- Pass a medical aptitude test either with their GP or a private doctor
There are age restrictions for taking the various licence tests:
- AM test (moped with a design speed of up to 45 Km/h): the applicant must be 14 years old
- A1 test (motorbike up to 125cc): the applicant must be 16 years old
- A2 test (motorbike from 125cc to 35kW): the applicant must be 18 years old
- To pass the A test without any restrictions the driver has to be 21 years old, or 20 years old if they have held a clean B licence for two years
- Car driving test: the applicant must be at least 17 years old
The Driving Test
Some driving schools provide e-learning, while others provide practical courses. There are some driving schools that offer instruction in English. To apply, the following documents are needed:
- Completed application form
- Two passport photographs
The driving school might also request an official translation of school certificates.
A driving course includes the following:
Theory course (KRESZ): consists of 28-32 classes, and is obligatory except for non-Hungarian speakers. In this case, materials are given for home study. English-speaking tutors can be hired for an extra charge. The theory examination is an oral exam and non-Hungarian speakers can use an interpreter for an extra charge. Test centres have a list of approved interpreters. The theory test takes place at a local National Transport Authority office. The driving theory exam must be successfully passed before starting the practical driving course and the first aid test.
Practical course (gyakorlati oktatás / rutin): at least 30 lessons, which include driving, parking, city traffic, motorway traffic and night-time driving. There are two exams, a vehicle handling exam and a traffic exam.
First aid course (eels?segély tanfolyam): often provided by the Red Cross.
Valid proof of identity must be shown at each exam. After successfully passing the theory exam, the National Transport Authority provides the learner driver with an Exam Card, which must be presented at all further driving tests.
Once each section of the course has been successfully passed, applicants should return to the National Transport Authority office where the theory exam took place. The following documents must be provided.
- Valid passport
- Exam Card
- Certificate proving that the candidate successfully passed the first aid course
The National Transport Authority office provides a certificate that then needs to be taken to the Office for Administrative and Electronic Public Services (Okmányiroda) to apply for the driving licence. The licence can be received by mail, or collected in person. It is valid for five to ten years depending on the age of the driver.
- To find a local office: Click here and select the region on the map at the bottom of the page
Renewing a licence
To renew a licence, first go to a GP for a medical examination, then to the local Office for Administrative and Electronic Public Services (Okmányiroda). Appointments should be made by telephone.
There is a probationary period for two years after receiving a driving licence. Drivers are considered beginner drivers (kezd? vezet?) and some restrictions apply: for example, drivers are not allowed to tow a trailer and motorcyclists are forbidden to carry passengers. This probationary period also applies to drivers receiving a new licence following a ban.
Penalty Point System
Hungary operates a penalty point/demerit system for traffic offences, for example, not wearing a seat belt or careless driving. When a driver accumulates 18 penalty points, they lose their licence and can only re-apply after a six-month ban, and when they have completed a course.
- For a detailed list of penalties: Click here