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All the details you need to obtain a driving license in Türkiye

How do you get a driving license in Turkey?
04th June 2023
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Are you planning to live in Turkey for a long time? Do you own a car and want to drive legally? If the answer is yes, then you must obtain a Turkish driving certificate and although it is legal to use a foreign driver's license in Turkey, having one in Turkey can provide you with more flexibility and security and in this article, we will explain to you how to obtain a Turkish driving license with its steps and the required papers, so that you can drive without any significant problems.

Conditions for obtaining a driving license in Turkey

  1. You must be a Turkish citizen or a foreigner with a valid residence permit in Turkey.
  2. Your age must be greater than the specified minimum age mentioned in the relevant table.
  3. Not to have faced any criminal case in Turkey.
  4. Passing the theoretical and practical driving exams at an accredited training school in Turkey.



How do I get a driving license in Turkey?

  1. Collect the documents necessary to obtain the license and submit them to the driving school, along with paying the required training fees.
  2. Attending a training course at the driving school, taking the theoretical and practical exams, and obtaining a certificate of success.
  3. After the trainee succeeds in the two exams, he must pay the driving license fee through a Turkish bank, and attach the payment receipt with the required documents.
  4. After that, an appointment will be requested from the Traffic Directorate at the security center located in your area of ​​residence, and you must take your papers with you on the day of the appointment.
  5. You will first be given a provisional driver's license, and after about a month the official one will be sent to you.

 

The papers required to obtain a driving license in Turkey

  1. Certificate of passing the driving license exam.
  2. A copy of your personal card issued in Turkey, whether it is a Turkish identity card, a tourist residence card, a work residence card, or a temporary protection card (in the case of Syrians).
  3. A translated and notarized copy of your educational certificate, and undergraduate students can submit a student document in place of the educational certificate.
  4. Bring a medical report issued by a government hospital for a driving license.
  5. Submitting a criminal record that can be obtained from the court or from the electronic government (E-Devlet).
  6. 4 recent biometric photos of size 5*6 cm.
  7. Bring a receipt of payment of the Turkish driving license fee.

 

Training that enables you to obtain a driving certificate in Turkey

The following is an overview of both theoretical and practical training to obtain a driving certificate in Turkey:

Theoretical training

It consists of about 20 to 24 hours of training and these hours are divided into about 10 to 12 sessions, each session lasting about two hours.

The applicant will undergo a theoretical exam consisting of 50 questions and the exam takes one hour, and the theoretical questions in the exam are usually distributed in the following order:

  1. Traffic rules: 28 questions
  2. First Aid: 12 questions
  3. Auto mechanics: 10 questions

 

Practical Training

Live practical driving training for 6 to 8 hours is provided and these hours are divided into approximately 10 to 12 sessions, each session lasting approximately 40 minutes.

The practical test is conducted directly for the applicant to verify his ability to drive a car in a space designated for the driving test and compliance with traffic rules is assessed and certain notes and alerts are made by the attendant, who records them in the examination report.

 

After successfully passing the theoretical and practical exams, the applicant will be granted a driving license in Turkey.

 

Driving license exam dates in Turkey

The driving license exam is organized in training schools on a monthly basis throughout the year, and it takes place between the first and tenth days of each month, in the event that you failed one or both of the practical or theoretical exams and you have the right to retake the exam without having to re-train for four times, however, an additional license fee will be charged in case of failure compared to the fee for taking the exam the first time.

 

Where to pay the costs of a driving license in Turkey?

  1. Payment at the competent tax offices in Turkey.
  2. Through the banks with which the concerned authorities contract to pay the fees.
  3. Internet tax offices of the Revenue Department are available in Turkey, where you can pay fees.
  4. Some banks provide ATMs that support the fee payment mechanism, and you can use them to pay for your driver's license.
  5. Use the online banking system available at the contracting banks to pay the fees.

 

Countries that recognize the driving certificate in Turkey

  1. Bahamas
  2. Germany
  3. Albania
  4. Austria
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Belgium
  7. Belarus
  8. Zimbabwe
  9. The United Arab Emirates
  10. Venezuela
  11. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  12. Vatican
  13. Brazil
  14. Chile
  15. Bulgaria
  16. Uruguay

 

The validity period of a foreign driving license in Turkey

The foreigner can translate the foreign driving license that was issued in his country or in any other country, and then authenticate it at one of the notary offices in Turkey and this document is only valid for half a year from the date of the foreigner's arrival in Turkey and at the end of the six months, the translated document is lost, so if the foreigner is interested in actually obtaining a driving license in Turkey, he must replace his foreign license.

 

Common questions

What are the prerequisites for obtaining a driving license in Turkey?

To be a resident of Turkey.

To exceed the minimum age specified for driving in Turkey.

You do not have criminal cases in Turkey.

What are the documents required to register for a driving school?

Certificate of passing the driving license exam.

A copy of the identity card issued in Turkey.

A copy of the academic certificate or student document (if you are a student).

What exams must be passed to obtain a driver's license?

A theoretical exam that includes questions about traffic rules, first aid and car mechanics.

A practical test to assess your driving skills and compliance with traffic rules.

 

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