Driving license in Turkey “Ehliyet” is a card that is required to drive cars vehicles in general within Turkish cities and states.

A comprehensive guide about driving licenses in Turkey What types of international driving licenses are acceptable? How can you obtain a Turkish drivering license? And more about driving certification in Turkey.

Driving license in Turkey

About the Driving license in Turkey

The driver’s license in Turkish is called Ehliyet, which is a an ID that allows individuals to drive motor vehicles or non-motorized land vehicles such as cars, buses and tractors on the road.

The driving license is issued by the Traffic Department, and the Turkish license can be used as an identity card in most cases.

There are about 17 different categories of Turkish driving licenses, which vary according to the type of vehicle you intend to drive.

You will need a driver’s license in Turkey to drive any type of vehicle, even for a motorcycle.

Accepted driving licenses in Turkey

It is possible to use a driver’s license that you obtained from a foreign country outside Turkey, under certain conditions, which differ between foreign and Turkish citizens.

Foreigners

Foreign citizens can drive in Turkey for a maximum period of 6 months starting from the date of entry, provided they present a foreign driver’s license.

After the end of the 6-month period, a foreign citizen in Turkey is required to replace a foreign driver’s license with a Turkish one.

Turks

Turkish citizens who obtained a driving license from a foreign country can drive for a full year from the date of entering the country.

In the event of driving for more than 6 months, the Turkish citizen must present the foreign driving license with a Turkish translation notarized by the embassy or notary.

Turkish driver's license

Foreign driving licenses in Turkey

You can drive as a foreigner in Turkey in general for a period of 6 months with a driver’s license issued by any country, but after this period ends, you must replace your license with a Turkish one.

Turkey has signed an agreement with the following countries, so that if you hold a driving license for one of the countries in the table below, you can exchange it with a Turkish license directly without undergoing a test.

In the event that your license was not issued by any of these countries, you must complete reading the article and use the international driving license or obtain a Turkish driving licence.

We present to you a table of countries entitled to transfer a driver’s license in Turkey:

Country
Germany
Albania
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
the two seas
Belgium
Belarus (Belarus)
The United Arab Emirates
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Czech Republic
Denmark
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ecuador
Indonesia
Armenia
Estonia
Morocco, West, sunset
Ivory Coast
Philippines
Finland
France
Ghana
Guyana
South Africa
South Korea
Georgia
Croatia
Holland
England
The Islamic Republic of Iran
Spain
Palestine (driver’s license issued by the Israeli occupation authority)
Sweden
Switzerland
Italy
the black Mountain
Diameter
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kyrgyzstan
Costa Rica
Kuwait
Cuba
Latvia
Liberia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Hungary
Macedonia
Mexico
Mongolia
Moldova
Monaco
Niger
Norway
Central African Republic
Uzbekistan
Pakistan
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Senegal
Seychelles
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Chile
Tajikistan
Thailand
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uruguay
Vatican
Venezuela
Greece
Zimbabwe

Converting foreign driving licence in Turkey

To exchange your foreign license with a Turkish one, you must carry go to the General Directorate of Population and Nationality Affairs (Nüfus), and to achieve this, follow the following steps

  1. An original and colored copy of the foreign driver’s license
  2. Turkish translation certified by a notary or consulate for the licence
  3. Personal identification card “Turkish residency or passport”
  4. Translation of your passport certified by notary or consulate
  5. A health report proving the driver’s capacity to drive
  6. Biometric photos
  7. A document or written statement stating the blood type
  8. Judicial Record Certificate (to be audited electronically by the system)

After that, you will have to pay an amount ranging from 225 TL to 1300 TL depending on the type of license you are trying to obtain.

You will get a Turkish driver’s license after you pay the fees and bring all the required documents.

Driving certificate in Turkey

Turkish driving license categories

In Turkey, there are many different driving licenses for driving different types of vehicles, the most important of which are motorcycles, cars, trucks, trailers, small and large buses, tractors, and work machines.

Type of licenseType of the vehicleMinimum ageDuration
M.Motorized bike1610 years
A1Motorcycle up to 125 cc1610 years
A2Motorcycle of no more than 35 kW1810 years
AMotorcycle over 35 kW2010 years
B14 wheel motorcycle1610 years
BCars and trucks1810 years
BETruck, trailer, cars and vans1810 years
C1Trailer truck towing capacity up to 7,500 kg185 years
C1ETrailer truck towing capacity up to 12,000 kg185 years
CTruck215 years
CETrailer truck215 years
D1Mini bus215 years
D1ESmall trailer215 years
D.Minibus and bus245 years
DEMinibus and coach with trailer245 years
FTractor1810 years
GWorking machines1810 years

There are many driving schools in Turkey, where the school prepares you for the theoretical and practical tests. Many schools also offer many languages, the most important of which are English and Arabic.

Steps to obtain a Turkish driver’s license

You can obtain a Turkish driver’s license after taking the theoretical and practical test easily by following the following steps:

You must go to your appointment with the following papers:

  1. 4 biometric photos (for driver’s license)
  2. Education certificate that proves you have learned how to drive
  3. Address proof certificate
  4. Criminal report
  5. Health report
  6. Passport and residence card

After that, you will get your driver’s license, which you can use in all Turkish cities to drive vehicles.

Turkey driving certificate

international driving license Turkey

The international driving license is accepted in Turkey in all cities, as you must always show the license in case it is requested from you at the checkpoints.

The same conditions for regular driving licenses apply to the international license, as you can drive with it for a limited period and after that you must obtain a Turkish license.

Turkish driver’s license test

You can get a Turkish driver’s certificate easily by taking a license test.

The Turkish driving license exam is divided into two types, theoretical and practical, as the driving school sets an appointment for you to sit the exam.

Buying a used car in Turkey

There are many used cars in Turkey, which provide you with the ability to have your own car easily and at an affordable price.

There are many things that you should pay attention to while buying a car, in addition to the laws on buying tax-free cars for foreigners, which you can learn about in our comprehensive guide to buying used cars in Turkey.


Abdullah Habib

The Founder of Turkpidya, an Egyptian student from mixed Turkish descent. A multilingual man passionate about Turkey and writing. A material scientist and engineer.