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Driver's licence


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.


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 will be sent to the applicant's address in Italy by post.

When requesting a new licence, it is worth noting that the Australian medical certificate is not recognized. Once in Italy, the applicant will have to obtain and produce a new medical certificate.

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.

  • Driving licences expired for over 3 years can no longer be validated and their holders will need to pass a new driving test in Italy.





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

- to circulate in Italy Italian driver's licences issued in Italy expiring between the 31st of January 2020 and the 31st of March 2022 are automatically extended until the 29th of June 2022;

- to circulate in any other EU country Italian driver's licences issued in Italy expiring between the 1st of February 2020 and the 31st of May 2020 are extended until 13 months after the expiration date; those expiring between the 1st June 2020 and the 31st of August 2020 are extended until the 1st of July 2021; those expiring between the 1st of September 2020 and the 30th of June 2021 are extended until 10 months after the expiration date. Similar provisions are valid for driver's licenses issued in other EU or EES member States.




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 language required. All rates are available from HERE.