Driving Essentials for non-EU Residents
According to the official website of the Ministry of Transport and Communications at www.yme.gr the process of converting a valid driving licence from USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Africa and South Korea into the corresponding Greek licence, is provided by the Citizens Service Centres.
The Competent Department is the Regional Government Transports and Communications Department of the applicant’s place of residence.
The applicant must:
- Have his ordinary place of residence in Greece.
- Hold a valid driving licence issued by the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Africa or South Korea.
- Not hold another driving licence issued by Greece or another EU Member State (including Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).
- Have reached the required age for each driving licence category
- Meet minimum physical and intellectual capacity requirements, which apply to each driving licence category.
The Documents required are:
- Application - formal statement.
- Photocopy of foreign passport if applicant is not a Greek national or photocopy of identity card if he/she is a Greek national.
- Photocopy of a valid establishment or residence permit or other equivalent document, if applicant is not a Greek national, issued at least 185 days before the application or 95 days if applicant is a national of the EU or Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein and which will still be valid until the day of reception of the Greek driving licence.
- The foreign driving licence, which must be valid. (The foreign driving licence should bear the indication PROVISIONAL LICENCE). For South African driving licences in particular, these must be the new plastic licences, similar to credit cards.
- A translation of the foreign licence by the Foreign Ministry or a lawyer or by the Consul of the issuing country’s consular authorities in Greece. In this latter case, the Consul’s signature must be authenticated by the Greek Foreign Ministry. (In the event that the translated text does not indicate to which Greek category the foreign licence corresponds, a document from the licence issuing service should be provided, showing the category of vehicles, which the applicant it authorized to drive, with attached translation).
- One recent passport-type photograph (colour).
- A Public Revenue Office receipt for the payment of the required fixed stamp duties and third party levies of 18 euros for categories A and B and 108.15 euros for the remaining categories.
- Two health certificates (from a general practitioner and an ophthalmologist or a certificate from a Higher Medical Committee as appropriate. (Two 32-euro deposits at the National Bank of Greece into the special account of law-decree 638/1970 and 4 photographs. The physicians must be under contract with the relevant Transport and Communications Department).
- A document from the Service that issued the licence, with its translation containing all the details of the licence and its holder and confirming that this licence is not being held by any authority of the issuing state, as a result of a sanction (This document shall be sent to the relevant Transport and Communications Department solely by correspondence through the Greek consulate, care of the applicant.).
- The application must be submitted to the Transport and Communications Department of applicant’s place of residence.
- The foreign driving licence will remain in the files of the Transport and Communications Department to be returned to the applicant when the Greek licence is handed over.
- Should the applicant hold another driving licence, issued by Greece or another EU Member State (including Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), this must be handed over so that a new licence incorporating all vehicle categories and subcategories that he/she is authorized to drive may be issued.
Time needed for document to be issued:
Depends on the competent Regional Government Transports and Communications Department.