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I have an EU type driving license. What do I have to do?

Nothing. You can drive as long as your EU DL is valid. 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, you first need to have a Temporary Residence Certificate for EU citizens and bring quite a long list of documents proving your personal, professional, and administrative bonds that last over 185 days in a calendar year.

I have a different type of driving license. What do I have to do?

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 specimen below), 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. The school usually helps with the application for the DL.

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 (including lost) 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)
  • (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,
  • three different categories of 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 cardholders!) All documents have to be in Czech, simple translation is enough.
    • 1) Confirmation of accommodation for more than past 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 (14 days) notarized signature of the property owner
    • 2) 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 or
      • extract from the Trade licence registry not older than 14 days or
      • confirmation of unemployment not older than 14 days
    • 3) Administrative bonds for more than 185 days in a calendar year; at least two of the following:
      • Bank account statements for the past six months, simple print out with amounts of transactions blacken out
      • Phone or internet bills for the 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
    • Declaration2 of a family member that you live here together (this is optional and can replace some of the administrative bonds from above. And your accommodation contract, in this case, does not require a signature of your landlord to be notarized.
  • 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, just sign it there

An administrative fee can be paid in cash or by credit card.  200 CZK for issue time up to 20 days or 700 CZK for issue time in 5 business days. You can check if the card is ready for pick up at online status. When accepting the new Czech licence, the applicant must hand over a driving licence issued by a foreign country.

2.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 an EU type driving license. What do I have to do?

If your DL (driving license) is in compliance with the European standard (see the specimen in the General Information below) or issued by Korea or Japan, your DL is valid in the Czech Republic. You can drive with it, you don’t need any further international driving license or similar.

However, you have an obligation to replace your foreign DL within three months1 , once you have received the temporary or long term or permanent residence card valid for over one year.

The exchange of DL is done at the municipal office (Kounicova 67 in Brno). The exchange process, in this case, is quite easy, you just have to bring your foreign DL and your Czech residence card to the municipal office and fill out the form there.

Note, that it is easy to exchange the DL (foreign card for Czech card) but it takes more paperwork to extend the validity of the Czech DL or to issue a substitutive DL for lost or stolen card.

1. If you do it later than three months, you don’t get any penalty at the municipal office but you might get caught by the police.

I have a different type of driving license. What do I have to do?

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 specimen below), 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. The school usually helps with the application for the DL.

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?

A)

If you have the obligation to exchange your original national driving license for a Czech driving license (see question 1. I have an EU type driving license. What do I have to do?), ie. you received a temporary or long-term or permanent residence card (including Employee card) for over 1 year, you just need to bring:

  • Czech Residence card (long-term/temporary/permanent)
  • a foreign driving license, the replacement of which is requested

An application for issuing a driving license 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).

B)

In case you want to apply for a new driving license (after passing the driving school), or extend the validity or you have lost your Czech DL and you want to apply for a replacement of the lost DL, you will need:

  • ID card/Passport
  • Czech Residence card (long-term/temporary/permanent)
  • (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)
  • three different categories of documents proving that the applicant has had usual residence in the territory of the Czech Republic for the past 185 days in a calendar year (not requested from Permanent residence cardholders!). All documents have to be in Czech, simple translation is enough.
    • 1) Confirmation of accommodation for more than past 185 days in a calendar year (the signature on the document cannot be older 30 days):
      • property owner brings cadastre extract, or
      • or tenant brings accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation (download the form here) with a recent (14 days) notarized signature of the property owner
    • 2) 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
      • or extract from the Trade license registry not older than 14 days
      • or confirmation of unemployment not older than 14 days
    • 3) Administrative bonds for more than 185 days in a calendar year; at least two of the following:
      • Bank account statements for the past six months, a simple print out with amounts of transactions blacken out
      • Phone or internet bills for the past six months, a 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 your accommodation contract in this case does not require a signature of your landlord to be notarized)

An administrative fee can be paid in cash or by credit card.  200 CZK for  issue time up to 20 days or 700 CZK for issue time in 5 business days. You can check if the card is ready for pick up at online status. When accepting the new Czech license, the applicant must hand over a driving license 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

EU type of Driving Licence

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

Yes, you can. You can drive
A) with a driving license issued by EU member state or “EU type” national driving license (DL) that meets Czech and EU regulations, and all information is in Latin alphabet as well (ie. see the specimen above)
or
B) with your national DL (ie. not issued by EU country and looks different than the specimen above) and additional international DL document issued by the same country that issued your national DL.

Czech, and EU, regulations recognize a driving license that is in accordance with “Vienna convention”. If it looks the same as above, you can drive with it.