Driving and License in North Cyprus: What You Need to Know

North Cyprus, a beautiful country with a rich history and culture, is an attractive destination for tourists and immigrants. If you plan to drive in this country, you must be familiar with the relevant laws and regulations. In this blog, we will provide you with all the information you need to know about driving and obtaining a driver’s license in Northern Cyprus.

Driving Rules in Northern Cyprus

  • Drive on the left: Driving in North Cyprus is done on the left side of the road, which can be a bit challenging for drivers from countries that drive on the right. Be sure to practice driving on the left before driving in this country.
  • Speed limits: The speed limit in residential areas is 50 km/h, 80 km/h on highways outside of cities, and 100 km/h on motorways.
  • Seat belts: Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and all front seat passengers.
  • Mobile phone use: Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited.
  • Alcohol consumption: Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal and carries severe penalties.
  • Insurance: Third-party insurance is mandatory for driving in North Cyprus.

How to Get a Driver’s License in North Cyprus:

To drive in North Cyprus, you will need a valid driver’s license. There are two types of driver’s licenses in this country:

1. International Driving Permit:

With an International Driving Permit, you can drive in North Cyprus for up to 6 months.
To obtain an International Driving Permit, you must contact the motoring organization in your country.
The color of the International Driving Permit is pink.

2. North Cyprus Driver’s License:

If you plan to drive in North Cyprus for more than 6 months, you must apply for a Northern Cyprus driver’s license.

To do this, you must first obtain a temporary residence permit. Then, with your residence visa, you can go to a driving school, register and submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Your current valid driver’s license
  3. Passport
  4. Two passport photos
  5. Medical certificate
  6. Payment receipt

The driving test in North Cyprus is both oral and written and is very easy. Your license is usually issued about two weeks after you pass the practical test. However, during this time you can drive with a temporary paper that is issued by the driving school (or a picture of it).

Validity of a North Cyprus Driver’s License:

The license that is issued to you is only valid for one year and after this period, you must renew it. The first time you renew your license, it will be for one year, but after that you can renew your license for one, three, five or ten years at your own discretion. The longer the renewal period, the higher the cost of the license.
Steps for renewing a driver’s license in North Cyprus:

The applicant’s license must be presented to the officer at the department along with one photo and the relevant form (which will be given to you when you make an appointment). You must also pay the renewal fee. The officer at the department will give you a temporary paper that you must carry with you while driving. After about a week, you can go to the aforementioned department with this paper and receive your new license.
I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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