Exchanging a Driving Licence Issued by an EU/EEA Country
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A valid driving licence issued by a European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) member state is automatically accepted in all other member states. People with an EU/EEA-issued driver's licence who take up residence in Italy are not required to exchange it for an Italian licence, but the holder may optionally exchange it at any time. An EU/EEA licence can only be renewed in the holder's country of residence. If the holder of a licence from another EU/EEA country becomes resident in Italy before their licence expires, its next renewal will take place in Italy. It will therefore be converted to an Italian licence, and Italian licence regulations will apply to it.
If a traffic violation occurs and points must be taken from the licence, residents of Italy who are holders of an non-Italian EU licence will be required to exchange it for an Italian licence. If the holder of a driving licence issued by another EU/EEA country wants to exchange it for an Italian licence, no theoretical or practical tests will be necessary.
Though holders of a driver's licence issued by an EU/EEA country are not required to exchange their licence for an Italian licence, they are encouraged to register to have their licence recognised by their local Comune and/or provincial Office of Motor Vehicles (Motorizzazione Civile) within 90 days of obtaining residency in order to facilitate renewals and replacement in case of loss or theft. If the driving licence is stolen or destroyed and it was not registered, it will be necessary to go through the original issuing authority for the issuance of a new one.
For those holding an EU/EEA licence that does not conform to current international conventions (for example the "old" UK licence that does not include a photograph), it is suggested an official translation be carried with the licence. This translation can be obtained through the Automobile Club of Italy (Automobile Club d'Italia, ACI).
- For the ACI website: Click here
Note: In accordance with EU regulations on the recognition of licences, Italian licence regulations will apply to the driver's EU/EEA licence regarding:
- The period of validity of the licence
- Required medical checks
- Minimum driver's age
- Penalties and restrictions, including suspension, withdrawal and cancellation of the licence
The validity periods of licences in the A and B categories are as follows:
- Ten years for people under the age of 50
- Five years for those between 50 and 70 years of age
- Three years for those between the ages of 70 and 80
- Two years thereafter, with a medical examination by the local health board on renewal
As Italian licence regulations apply to anyone obtaining residence in Italy, for residents under 50 years of age who hold a driving licence from another EU/EEA country, their licence will expire 10 years after residency is obtained, regardless of the validity period of the EU/EEA licence they hold. For those between 50 and 70-years of age, their EU/EEA licence will expire 5 years after the first day residency is obtained. At this time, the foreign licence must be surrendered and exchanged for an Italian licence.
- For example, a 35-year old person holding a UK licence with a validity period up to age 70 will be required to exchange it for an Italian licence after they have been resident in Italy for 10 years. This Italian licence will need to be renewed again in 10 years, in adherence to Italian law.
Exchanging an EU/EEA licence for an Italian licence
To convert a foreign licence the holder should go to the nearest Provincial Office of Motor Vehicles (Ufficio Provinciale della Motorizzazione Civile) and be prepared to provide the following:
- Application form TT 2112 (obtained at the Office of Motor Vehicles)
- The licence and at least one clear photocopy of front and back
- Valid ID and at least one photocopy of the front and back
- Residence permit and at least one photocopy of the front and back
- Two recent passport photographs (white background, head uncovered)
- Medical certificate issued within the previous three months certifying that the driver is physically and mentally fit
- Receipt of payment of the fee (for the current fee amount, inquire at the Office of Motor Vehicles)
The original licence will be retained or stamped as exchanged. Expect the process to take up to four months, after which an Italian licence will be issued.