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Driver's licence

 

Driver's licence
  • VALIDATION OF AN ITALIAN DRIVER'S LICENCE

A driver's license, expired or expiring, cannot be renewed and needs to be replaced with a new one. What a Consulate of Italy can do is to issue a document called convalida, which merely validates the existing licence and enables its holder to legally drive in Italy for the time strictly necessary to request a new driver's licence there. This document can only be issued if the licence is about to expire (4 months) or has been expired for less than 3 years. This service is only available to applicants who are AIRE-registered or able to prove to have resided out of Italy for over 6 months.

To request a validation, just send in our E-FORM, attaching the following:

  1. copy of current driver's licence;
  2. proof of current home address (utilities or bank letter, either dated not more than 3 months back);
  3. copy of medical certificate (available from HERE) released by one of our authorized GPs (see our list) not more than 3 months back;
  4. one proof of 6-month residence out of Italy (airport stamp on passport, boarding pass, air ticket, lease agreement, etc).

When a validation is ready for collection, applicants will be contacted to arrange collection of the document and payment of the corresponding fees, prior to exhibiting their current Italian driver's licence, proof of current home address and medical certificate, all in original version only.

 

COVID-19: in light of the pandemic emergency, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has ordered the following:

- driving licenses with an expiry date between 1/2/2020 and 31/5/2020 benefit from the extension of validity of seven months from the expiry date only for circulation within other EU countries, while for the Italian territory they only keep their valid until 31/12/2020 (pursuant to Legislative Decree 18/2020);
- driving licenses with an expiry date between 1/6/2020 and 31/8/2020 will be extended by seven months from the expiry date (pursuant to Article 3 of the EU Reg. 2020/698);
- licenses with an expiry date on 31/1/2020 or between 1/9/2020 and 30/12/2020 remain valid only for the Italian territory until 31/12/2020.

 

IMPORTANT: no Consulate may issue a new driver's licence but only a validation. In all cases, including licences lost, stolen or damaged, a new licence can only be obtained from the Motorizzazione Civile in Italy by either applying in person, through a third party or via a driving school.

A new licence is either sent by post to the applicant's address in Italy or may be collected from the selected driving school.

Licence holders over the age of 25 with a licence still valid or expired for less than one year may apply for an Australian driver's licence from the WA Department of Transport.

 

  • TRANSLATION  OF A DRIVER'S LICENCE

The procedure described above and the same E-FORM can equally be used to request a translation of an Italian driver's licence into English, or of an Australian driver's licence into Italian.

The service is provided in much the same way and with similar processing times, but at different costs, depending on the case. All rates are available from HERE.

 


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