Passing the Turkish Driving Test

Details on the theory and practical tests needed to obtain a Turkish driving licence…

New arrivals to Turkey may drive with their valid driving licence regardless of its country of issue; carrying an International Driving Licence/Permit (IDL/P) is optional but not obligatory unless the foreign licence does not display an identity photograph.

Foreign residents in Turkey may drive using their valid foreign licence; however, a notarised translation of the licence must be kept with it at all times. A notarised translation can be provided, for a fee, by a Turkish translation firm offering notarisation and certification services, or by the relevant consular office (or embassy) in Turkey which has certified translators available.

Anyone without a valid driving licence must take a driving test before being able to drive on Turkish roads. The information below is a basic guide to the process when applying for and taking a Turkish driving test. For detailed or specific information, enquire at a driving school.

Getting a National Driving Licence in Turkey

There are nine categories of driving licence in Turkey. Licence holders may only drive a vehicle in the category (categories) for which their licence is valid.

  • Category A1 is a scooter licence
  • Category A2 is a scooter and motorcycle licence
  • Category B is for passenger cars. The minimum age for a category B driving licence is 18

The Turkish driving test includes a written exam and a practical test. Applications for the theory and the practical test are made at the local Road Traffic Office (Karayollari Trafik Müdürlügü). There are no compulsory lessons for these examinations; however, ten hours of first aid classes (ilkyardim) and eight hours of road-traffic awareness with a certified organisation are mandatory. It takes a month to complete the course. Learner drivers may not be absent for more than one-fifth of the course hours without an excuse. Candidates must also get a medical certificate and have an eyesight test before starting to learn to drive.

To obtain a driving licence, it is necessary to register with an authorised driving school and pass a theory and practical test.

Theory test

The theory test is based on knowledge of the Turkish highway code and can only be taken in Turkish, however, a translator may accompany the candidate to the test. It is necessary to correctly answer 70 percent of the 100 questions.

  • For examples of theory test questions: Click here (in Turkish)

If informed in advance, the General Directorate of Educational Technology can organise a room or suitable setting for the theory test for candidates with disabilities.

Practical test

Once the learner driver has successfully passed the theory test, the candidate may take the practical test. This takes place on Saturdays or Sundays and lasts a minimum of 15 minutes and tests the candidate's driving skills on the road.

Both theory and practical tests take place on specific dates and candidates may have to wait up to four months before being able to take the tests.

Once these tests have been successfully passed, present the relevant documents at the local Transport Registrar (Trafik Tescil Müdürlügü), which is situated at the local police station. After presentation of the following documents the driving licence is issued:

  • Certificate issued after passing the theory and practical tests
  • Original and copy of proof of identity, translated into Turkish and notarised
  • Copies of school diplomas, translated into Turkish and notarised
  • Document stating blood group and medical certificate
  • Photographs