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4. Driving licences

 

4.1. Driving licences

The following documents are accepted as proof of the holder’s entitlement to drive motor vehicles in the Czech Republic(12):

  • valid national driving licence issued in the Czech Republic
  • valid national driving licence issued in another EU Member State
  • valid driving permit issued in a foreign country in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968) or the Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva 1949)
  • international driving permit issued in a foreign country in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968) – valid in the Czech Republic for three years from the date of issue
  • international driving permit issued in accordance with the Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva 1949) – valid in the Czech Republic for one year from the date of issue
  • valid national driving licence of a member of the diplomatic staff who enjoys privileges and immunities in the Czech Republic under national or international law. In case of a roadside check, members of missions of non-EU countries are recommended to produce the national driving licence together with a certified Czech translation.

Posted staff members may request the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic to exchange their national driving licences for Czech ones(13) . However, it is to be noted that the Ministry of Transport will exchange only driving licences issued in other EU Member States and driving licences issued in non-EU
countries conforming to the models contained in the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968) or the Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva 1949). The national driving licence will remain in safekeeping at the Ministry of Transport until the holder returns the Czech one.

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(12) Section 104 of Act No. 361/2000 concerning road traffic as amended.
(13) Section 116 of Act No. 361/2000 concerning road traffic as amended.

4.1.1. Applying for a Czech driving licence

Members of the staff of diplomatic missions, consular posts and international organizations applying for Czech driving licences must present to the Ministry of Transport the following documents:

  • original of the application form “Žádost o vydání řidičského průkazu” (available from the Ministry of Transport)
  • passport-size photograph (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm)
  • ID card
  • valid national driving licence

To submit the application, the applicant need not visit the Ministry of Transport in person. No letter of authority will be required from the person submitting the application on his/her behalf.

However, when issued, the driving licence must be collected by the applicant in person. If the applicant is unable to visit the Ministry of Transport, the person collecting the licence on his/her behalf must have a certified letter of authority.

No fees are charged for the issuance of Czech driving licences.

Contact details
Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic
Road Transport Vehicles Department
Contact person: Karel Hron
Tel. : 225 131 404

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