Foreign driving licences – conversion

general information

EU/EEA driving licences

EU and EEA driving licences are recognised in Austria. This means they do not have to be converted, but you may do so voluntarily.

When moving your residence to Austria, driving licences for cateogries C (C1 or D (D1) that were issued in another EEA state are valid until the expiry date specified by the issuing country, but for no more than five years, unless they have been converted by that point in time.

Advice

When converting EEA driving licences (whether voluntarily or due to expiry), the driving licence authority must submit a request to the issuing country in order to verify whether there is any reason why an Austrian licence should not be issued. It may take several weeks for this request to be processed.

Non-EU/EEA driving licences

Holders of a non-EEA licence who move their place of residence to Austria may usually continue driving vehicles for six months. After this point, their licence will expire and must be converted.

Usually, it is only possible to convert foreign licences if they are still valid. Expiry dates specified in the holder’s country of origin will also apply in Austria.

When converting non-EU/EEA driving licences, it is usually necessary to take a practical driving test. In order to do so, holders must provide a suitable vehicle from the relevant licence category.

However, no practical driving test is required upon converting the following non-EU/EEA driving licences:

  • For all categories: Andorra, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Switzerland, Serbia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • For category B: Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Republic of South Korea (if issued after 1 January 1997), USA, United Arab Emirates

Austrian nationals having acquired a driving licence outside of the EU/EEA must also have their foreign licence converted. However, conversion is only possible if they were resident in the country in which they acquired the foreign driving licence for at least six months.

requirements

Holders of foreign driving licences must be at least 18 years old to drive in Austria.

deadline

Driving licences from non-EU/EEA countries must be converted within six months of the holder first registering Austria as their place of residence.

competent authority

Any driving licence authority in Austria

procedure

You must submit an application to exchange your foreign driving licence. You can obtain the form from the driving licence authority or download it.

If you wish to exchange your foreign driving licence, you have the following options:

  • Hand in your old licence
    Your old licence is handed in to the driving licence authority and you receive a temporary licence. You pay the fee directly to the authority, and your new licence will be sent to you by post within five to ten days.
  • Keep your old licence
    You pay the fee directly to the driving licence authority, and your new licence will be ready to pick up from there within five to ten days. When you pick up your new licence, you will hand in your old one.

An express service is also available (11.25 Euro extra). In this case, your driving licence will be sent to you within approximately two days.

Caution

The specified time limits solely take into account the time required for the production of the driving licence document and its delivery, but not for the conversion procedure. This procedure may take longer if any criminal record checks are required. Your local driving licence authority will be able to tell you how long that is likely to take.

The temporary licence will contain all of the information found on a full driving licence (personal data and driving licence categories, as well as any time limits, restrictions or conditions).

The temporary driving licence is only valid:

  • for a maximum of 4 weeks from the date of issue (period cannot be extended);
  • in conjunction with an official photo ID card;
  • within Austria.

Once the new driving licence has been issued, the temporary driving licence will no longer be valid. However, it does not need to be returned to the authorities.

documents required

Most driving licence authorities require the original documents as well as a copy.

For voluntary conversion of an EU/EEA driving licence:

  • Passport or ID card
  • Foreign driving licence
  • One photo (portrait, 35 mm x 45 mm) in which the applicant is clearly recognisable (if possible in line with passport photo criteria)
  • Where applicable, a translated extract from a driving licence from the issuing country (facilitates processing for the authority)
  • Where possible, confirmation of registration in the civil register (facilitates processing for the authority)

For conversion of a non-EU/EEA driving licence:

  • Passport
  • Foreign driving licence
  • In some cases, a translation of the driving licence
  • One photo (portrait, 35 mm x 45 mm) in which the applicant is clearly recognisable (if possible in line with passport photo criteria)
  • Medical certificate
  • Where possible, confirmation of registration in the civil register (facilitates processing for the authority)

In certain cases, the driving licence authority may request additional documents.

Upon request, the confirmation of registration can be obtained by the driving licence authority via a search in the Central Civil Register (ZMR).

expenses

  • Exchange:  60.50 Euro
  • Express service: an additional 11.25 Euro

Driving test and medical certificate fees are not included in the costs listed above.

additional information

If you have a foreign driving licence that is not in German, it is only valid in conjunction with an international driving licence or a translation.

legal basis

to form

Application for conversion of a foreign driving licenceGerman text

Translated by the European Commission
last update: 26 January 2021

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