Driving licence

If you are staying in Latvia for a period that does not exceed one year, you may use the driving licence issued by your country on the following conditions:

·  the categories indicated on the driving licence correspond to the categories valid in Latvia,

· if the categories that correspond to the categories valid in Latvia are not indicated on the driving licence, you may only drive vehicles that correspond to category B,

· if the entries on the driving licence are not made with the letters of Latin alphabet, you have to present a notarised Latvian translation together with the driving licence.

If you are staying in Latvia for a period that exceeds one year, you are not allowed to use the driving licence issued by your country. To avoid such problems you have to exchange your driving licence issued by your country for a driving licence issued in Latvia, which is valid for 10 years (for category B) or 5 years (for driving licences of higher categories). To do it, you will have to pass a driving examination (driving in city conditions), which can be taken in Latvian. Russian or English. The procedure may be applied for and passed in the following divisions of the RTSD, by submitting the following documents:

- A passport or personal identification card (you must have a personal identification number allocated in Latvia and a place of residence declared in Latvia),

- The driving licence to be replaced (before the examination the RTSD will contact the issuer country to verify whether your licence is valid and is not forged),

- A valid medical statement that confirms that your health condition permits driving of a vehicle. The medical statement may be obtained at the general practitioner or commissions of physicians established at healthcare institutions (you should have your passport of personal identification card and the driving licence with you).

The procedure of exchanging of the driving licence may last from 1 day to 2 months (if additional information is required from your licence issuer country regarding the fact of issuing of your licence) and it may cost from 90 – 105 EUR:

· the costs of the medical examination to obtain the medical statement (approximately LVL 25- 40 EUR depending on whether the statement is provided by the general practitioner or the commission of physicians),

· the RTSD fee for the driving examination  42.58 EUR (the fee does not change, regardless of the language of the examination),

· the RTSD fee for issuing of the driving licence is 22.05 EUR. 

If you wish to obtain the driving licence for the first time, the same rules that apply to any new driver apply to you, too. The information is available on the RTSD homepage.

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