Italy Recognizes Ukrainian Driver’s License

by Anna Gayduk
Thursday, November 18, 2021

The respective documents of both countries will be once more mutually accepted and in force

The cabinet of ministers approved an agreement with Italy on the mutual recognition and exchange of driver's licenses. The corresponding resolution was adopted at a meeting on November 17, the press service of the cabinet of ministers reports.

The document provides for the simplification of the procedure for the exchange of national certificates of citizens of both countries.

It is noted that the exchange will take place without passing a practical or theoretical exam.

The agreement applies to citizens of Ukraine who legally reside in Italy, have been residents of the country for at least four years, and also have a valid Ukrainian driver's license.

The Ukrainian-Italian agreement on mutual recognition and exchange of driving licenses has temporarily ceased to be in force from June 1, 2021. In July 2021, Ukraine and Italy signed a new edition of the agreement on mutual recognition and exchange of driver's licenses. The agreement became a revision of the previous one, which was concluded in 2015.

Ukraine's driving license is valid abroad only in countries that have signed the Vienna Convention on road traffic. There are more than 200 of them.

The earlier Geneva Convention requires signatory countries to take into account only the international driving permit.

On the other hand, countries that have signed none of the given agreements only recognize their own documents. That is, going, for example, to the UAE, requires obtaining a national driving permit on the arrival.

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