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I have a EU type driving license. Can I drive in the CR?

Yes, you can. If you have a valid driving licence from any EU or EEA member state or Switzerland and you are an EU citizen, your driving licence is valid in the Czech Republic and you don’t have to replace it for a Czech DL ever. You can extend the validity of your driving licence back in your home country (this is recommended). You also have the option to replace it for a Czech one. This is done at the municipal office (Kounicova 67 in Brno). The exchange process is similar to that of issuing a new one, is possible only after six months living in the CR in one calendar year and requires quite a long list of documents proving your personal, professional, and administrative bonds to the Czech Republic

I have a different type of driving license. Can I drive in the CR?

If your DL (driving licence) is not in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968, Geneva 1949, ie. does not look the same as the Czech DL), you may drive in the Czech Republic only with an international driving licence which is issued in addition to a valid foreign national DL. The international driving license is issued and can only be extended in the country which issued your national DL. Japanese and Korean DL are accepted and drivers don’t need international DL. There is no obligation to exchange or apply for a Czech driving licence ever. The only limit here is the validity of both the national (usually for years) and international driving licence (usually a year). Obtaining a Czech driving licence, in this case, means signing up at a driving school as if you have never driven before. You would go through the theoretical part and the 20 hours of driving with an instructor and then pass the written test along with a practical driving test overseen by an authorized authority and (if you don’t speak Czech well enough) an authorized interpreter. See the list of driving schools below.

Can I attend a driving school and get a driving license?

You can apply for a Czech driving license after living in the CR for at least 6 months (in a calendar year). You can start the driving course with any local “autoškola”. Some of them have English speaking instructors – we are providing their contact below. At the end of the driving course (usually in a couple months), you are provided with a certificated interpreter for the final theoretical exam. At the exam, you have to prove that you have been living in the country for more than 185 days.

Roman Formánek

  • +420 608 886 895
  • info@autoskolaformanek.cz
  • website

Foreigners

  • +420 724 702 883
  • brno@foreigners.cz
  • website

Autoškola REAL

René Foral

  • +420 777 568 234
  • info@autoskola-real.cz
  • website

Autoškola Pelikán

Jana Kohnová

  • +420 541 213 389
  • info@autoskolapelikan.cz
  • website
What do I need to apply for a Czech DL?

You can apply for a new driving licence or replacement of a driving licence which is issued in the European Union or a driving licence in accordance with the EU standard. An application for issuing a driving licence may be submitted in person or on one’s behalf on the basis of power of attorney. An application is filled at the counter at the Drivers Agenda Office of the Brno City Municipality (Kounicova 67, counters 24-28., Opening hours: Mon,Wed 8am-5pm; Tue,Thu,Fri 8am-12pm). For a new driving licence (after passing the driving school) or exchanging a driving licence (issued in EU or in accordance with EU standard) you will need:

  • ID card/Passport
  • Czech Residence card (long-term/temporary/permanent)
  • a portrait photograph 3,5×4,5cm
  • (new drivers who just completed the driving school in the CR): a confirmation that you passed the driving course in the CR and a medical fitness assessment issued by a general practitioner (unless this was acquired when starting the driving school)
  • (drivers wishing to exchange a DL): a foreign driving licence from the European Union or a driving licence issued by a foreign country, the replacement of which is requested,
  • documents proving that the applicant has had usual residence in the territory of the Czech Republic for over 185 days in a calendar year (not requested from Permanent residence card holders!)
    • Confirmation of accommodation for more than 185 days in a calendar year:
      • property owner brings cadastre extract, or
      • tenant brings accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation (download the form here) with recent notarized signature of the property owner
    • Confirmation of professional bonds for more than 185 days in a calendar year:
      • confirmation of employment from your employer stating when you started your employment and with a signature not older than 14 days
      • extract from the Trade licence registry not older than 14 days
      • confirmation of unemployment not older than 14 days
    • Administrative bonds for more than 185 days in a calendar year; at least three of the following:
      • Bank account statements for past six months, simple print out with amounts of transactions blacken out
      • Phone or internet bills for past six months, simple print out
      • Electricity or gas or water contract and bills
      • Tax return forms
      • Life insurance or mortgage contract
      • Confirmation of health insurance or social security
      • Vehicle registration
    • Declaration1 of a family member that you live here together (this is optional and can replace some of the administrative bonds from above and in this case does not require a notarized signature of your landlord under the accommodation contract)
  • a declaration of the applicant that no other member country has imposed prohibition of activity on him/her consisting in the ban of motor vehicles driving and that his/her driving licence has not been suspended or withdrawn, limited or conditioned by another EU member country – this has to be written in Czech and signed. A bilingual form is now available in Czech and English at the municipality office on request
  • an administrative fee of 50 CZK. The fee can be paid in cash or by credit card when picking up the new licence in 7-20 days. When accepting the new Czech licence, the applicant must hand over a driving licence issued by a foreign country.

1.Declaration by your family member can be signed at the municipality office’s form or you can get the form and have it signed at a notary service (or Czechpoint at any post office); in order to apply this, you have to have your family member listed as a tenant in the accommodation contract (or confirmation of accommodation) and bring a document proving your family relations, such as marriage certificate or birth certificate translated into Czech.

I have a EU type driving license. Can I drive in the CR?

If you are a nonEU citizen but your DL (driving licence) is in compliance with the new European standard (see the specimen in the General Information below) or issued by Korea or Japan, your DL is valid in the Czech Republic without any further documents. You can drive with it, you don’t have to do anything. When your foreign DL is going to expire, you can extend the validity of your DL back in your home country (this is recommended) and drive in the CR for years or until permanent residence status. You have an obligation to replace your foreign DL within three months, once you have reached the permanent residence status or temporary residence status of EU family member for over one year. You also have the option to replace your national DL for a Czech one. This is done at the municipal office (Kounicova 67 in Brno). The exchange process is similar to that of issuing a new one, is possible only after six months living in the CR in one calendar year and requires quite a long list of documents proving your personal, professional, and administrative bonds to the Czech Republic.

I have a different type of driving license. Can I drive in the CR?

If your DL (driving licence) is not in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968, Geneva 1949, ie. does not look the same as the Czech DL), you may drive in the Czech Republic only with an international driving licence which is issued in addition to a valid foreign national DL. The international driving license is issued and can only be extended in the country which issued your national DL. Japanese and Korean DL are accepted and drivers don’t need international DL. There is no obligation to exchange or apply for a Czech driving licence ever. The only limit here is the validity of both the national (usually for years) and international driving licence (usually a year). Obtaining a Czech driving licence, in this case, means signing up at a driving school as if you have never driven before. You would go through the theoretical part and the 20 hours of driving with an instructor and then pass the written test along with a practical driving test overseen by an authorized authority and (if you don’t speak Czech well enough) an authorized interpreter. See the list of driving schools below.

Can I attend a driving school and get a driving license?

You can apply for a Czech driving license after living in the CR for at least 6 months (in a calendar year). You can start the driving course with any local “autoškola”. Some of them have English speaking instructors – we are providing their contact below. At the end of the driving course (usually in a couple months), you are provided with a certificated interpreter for the final theoretical exam. At the exam, you have to prove that you have been living in the country for more than 185 days.

Roman Formánek

  • +420 608 886 895
  • info@autoskolaformanek.cz
  • website

Foreigners

  • +420 724 702 883
  • brno@foreigners.cz
  • website

Autoškola REAL

René Foral

  • +420 777 568 234
  • info@autoskola-real.cz
  • website

Autoškola Pelikán

Jana Kohnová

  • +420 541 213 389
  • info@autoskolapelikan.cz
  • website
What do I need to apply for a Czech DL?

You can apply for a new driving licence or replacement of a driving licence which is issued in the European Union or a driving licence in accordance with the EU standard. An application for issuing a driving licence may be submitted in person or on one’s behalf on the basis of power of attorney. An application is filled at the counter at the Drivers Agenda Office of the Brno City Municipality (Kounicova 67, counters 24-28., Opening hours: Mon,Wed 8am-5pm; Tue,Thu,Fri 8am-12pm). For a new driving licence (after passing the driving school) or exchanging a driving licence (EU or in accordance with EU standard) you will need:

  • ID card/Passport
  • Czech Residence card (long-term/temporary/permanent)
  • a portrait photograph 3,5×4,5cm
  • (new drivers who just completed the driving school in the CR): a confirmation that you passed the driving course in the CR and a medical fitness assessment issued by a general practitioner (unless this was acquired when starting the driving school)
  • (drivers wishing to exchange a DL): a foreign driving licence from the European Union or a driving licence issued by a foreign country, the replacement of which is requested,
  • documents proving that the applicant has had usual residence in the territory of the Czech Republic for over 185 days in a calendar year (not requested from Permanent residence card holders!)
    • Confirmation of accommodation for more than 185 days in a calendar year:
      • property owner brings cadastre extract, or
      • tenant brings accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation (download the form here) with recent notarized signature of the property owner
    • Confirmation of professional bonds for more than 185 days in a calendar year:
      • confirmation of employment from your employer stating when you started your employment and with a signature not older than 14 days
      • extract from the Trade licence registry not older than 14 days
      • confirmation of unemployment not older than 14 days
    • Administrative bonds for more than 185 days in a calendar year; at least three of the following:
      • Bank account statements for past six months, simple print out with amounts of transactions blacken out
      • Phone or internet bills for past six months, simple print out
      • Electricity or gas or water contract and bills
      • Tax return forms
      • Life insurance or mortgage contract
      • Confirmation of health insurance or social security
      • Vehicle registration
    • Declaration1 of a family member that you live here together (this is optional and can replace some of the administrative bonds from above and in this case does not require a notarized signature of your landlord under the accommodation contract)
  • an administrative fee of 50 CZK. The fee can be paid in cash or by credit card when picking up the new licence in 7-20 days. When accepting the new Czech licence, the applicant must hand over a driving licence issued by a foreign country.

1.Declaration by your family member can be signed at the municipality office’s form or you can get the form and have it signed at a notary service (or Czechpoint at any post office); in order to apply this, you have to have your family member listed as a tenant in the accommodation contract (or confirmation of accommodation) and bring a document proving your family relations, such as marriage certificate or birth certificate translated into Czech.

General info

Can I drive with a foreign driving licence in the Czech Republic?

Yes you can. You can drive
A) with your national driving licence (DL) that meets Czech and EU regulations (ie. looks like the specimen below)
or
B) your national DL is different, and you need additional international DL document issued by the same country that issued your national DL.

Czech, and EU, regulations recognize a driving licence that is in accordance with “Vienna convention”. If it looks the same as below, you can use it without any further duties.

EU type of Driving Licence