Foreign driving licence in Italy
Do I need an international driver’s licence in Italy?
The UK left the EU on 31st January, 2020, and in accordance with the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement started a transition period which is scheduled to end on 31st December 2020. EU law continues to apply to the UK during the transition period, and therefore, UK driving licences are valid in Italy until 31 December 2020.
The UK government has advised UK driving licence holders, resident in Italy, to exchange their UK driving licence for an Italian driving licence – before the transition period ends.
Recognition of driving licences between the UK and the EU in the future are part of ongoing negotiations during the transition period. If negotiations fail to agree upon a way forward, the risk is that UK driving licences may become invalid in Italy. UK nationals would no longer enjoy the same rights as EU nationals. In effect they would be considered as ‘third-country nationals’ and could find themselves in a similar situation to Americans, Canadians, Australians and other non-EU nationals living in Italy, who are obliged to obtain an Italian driving licence within one year of moving here. In this scenario, obtaining an Italian driving licence could become more difficult and may involve doing Italian theory and practical driving tests.
How to get an international driving licence for Italy?
Until December 31st, 2020, holders of UK driving licences can exchange them for an Italian driving licence without the need to take Italian driving theory and practical tests. The process may vary regionally, but will involve:
- Application form TT 2112 (download, print and fill in the form, or get the form from your local Ufficio Motorizzazione Civile Office of Motor Vehicles)
- Your UK driving licence and at least one clear photocopy of front and back
- Valid ID and at least one photocopy of the front and back
- Residence permit and at least one photocopy
- Two recent passport photographs (white background, head uncovered)
- Medical certificate issued within the previous three months certifying that the driver is physically and mentally fit
- Receipt of payment of the fee (for the current fee amount, ask at your local Ufficio Motorizzazione Civile).
Take all of your original documents, plus the photocopies to your local Ufficio Motorizzazione Civile. Requirements and processes may vary by regional office. The original licence will be retained or stamped as exchanged. You may receive an official paper that acts as a temporary driving licence.
As the process can take a number of weeks until a permanent Italian driving licence is issued and with the ongoing COVID-19 situation, it is important to start exchanging your UK driving licence for an Italian driving licence as soon as possible.
Once you have your Italian driving licence, you will need to keep it up to date. From the age of 50, validity of category A and/or B licences change. You are not required to take additional theory or practical tests, but you will need medical checks in order to renew your driving licence.
- every 5 years between the ages of 50 and 70
- every 3 years between the ages of 70 and 80
- every 2 years over the age of 80
If you have moved to Italy with your UK-registered vehicle, you will also need to re-register the vehicle in Italy. Be aware that from the moment you start the process until you receive Italian registration and licence plates, you will not be able to use your vehicle.
Unless the UK negotiates an agreement with the EU on driving and licensing matters, from January 1st, 2021, a UK licence might not entitle you to drive in EU countries even as a visitor.
In the case no arrangements are made, if you are not resident in Italy but plan to drive here when you visit the country, you may require a three-year 1968 International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in Italy. An IDP is an internationally recognised translation of your UK driving licence which is accepted worldwide and is available from the UK Post Office.
If you need support with Italian driving and vehicle licensing matters, please get in touch with us. We are here to help.