Exchanging a Foreign Driving Licence

Information on who can exchange their driving licence for a Maltese one, and the steps to follow if you have to exchange your licence...

EU Driving Licences

Holders of a valid driving licence issued by any EU/EEA member state can drive in Malta without the need for additional permits. They can also choose to exchange their driving licence for a Maltese licence if they have been legally resident in Malta for a minimum of 185 days.

Non-EU Driving Licences

Holders of Swiss or Australian licences have the same rights as drivers holding a licence issued by an EU Member State. Any holder of a valid non-EU driving licence is permitted to drive in Malta for a maximum of 12 months following their arrival in the country. After this time they must possess a Maltese licence.

Exchanging a Driving Licence

To exchange a foreign driver’s licence for a Maltese licence, applicants must have been resident in Malta for at least 185 days in the previous 12 months.

To apply to exchange a licence, the following documents should be taken to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Unit in Floriana or Gozo:

Once the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Unit has confirmed with the appropriate authorities that the applicant’s original licence is valid, a letter is issued to the applicant confirming that the licence can be exchanged.

After receipt of the confirmation letter, applicants should return to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Unit in Floriana or Gozo with:

  • Their original EU/Swiss/Australian driving licence
  • For holders of an Australian licence, verification of the validity of the driving licence signed by the Australian Authorities
  • The fee for the Maltese licence
A new licence and counterpart will be sent out a few days later.