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Czech Republic Czech Driving License (http://www.expats.cz/prague/showthread.php?t=191553)

mr jones 14-07-08 04:50 PM

Czech Driving License
 
Hi Expats,

My international driving permit just expired and at the moment all I have is my Australian Drivers License. We phoned 1 Driving School to see what the procedure would be for me to get a CZ Driving license, and they told us I could exchange my Australian License for a Czech License at the Dopravni Policie.

So, I went down there with my license, only to be told once I got there that they couldn't exchange it because they didn't know what the 'C' and the 'R' meant in the class section. We explained this meant I was licensed to drive a car (C) and a motorbike (R). This was also written in English on my expired international permit. The fat chief said because Australia doesn't use the same letters for vehicle classes and because he didn't understand the international permit, they couldn't exchange it and I have to go to Driving School.

Doesn't quite sound right to me, in fact, it sounded like they just were too lazy to find out what to do so they just told me to go to the Driving School.
Has anybody managed to exchange their American or Australian Drivers License for a CZ one?

andyj 14-07-08 04:57 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by mr jones
Hi Expats,

My international driving permit just expired and at the moment all I have is my Australian Drivers License. We phoned 1 Driving School to see what the procedure would be for me to get a CZ Driving license, and they told us I could exchange my Australian License for a Czech License at the Dopravni Policie.

So, I went down there with my license, only to be told once I got there that they couldn't exchange it because they didn't know what the 'C' and the 'R' meant in the class section. We explained this meant I was licensed to drive a car (C) and a motorbike (R). This was also written in English on my expired international permit. The fat chief said because Australia doesn't use the same letters for vehicle classes and because he didn't understand the international permit, they couldn't exchange it and I have to go to Driving School.

Doesn't quite sound right to me, in fact, it sounded like they just were too lazy to find out what to do so they just told me to go to the Driving School.
Has anybody managed to exchange their American or Australian Drivers License for a CZ one?


Unfortunately he is right, its no longer possible to swap an Australian license for a Czech one.

There is not really a US drivers license, they are state licenses, so every state is different. There are some that can be changed, but its only a couple of states, and sorry I don't know which ones.

lubber_johnny 14-07-08 07:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by mr jones
Hi Expats,

My international driving permit just expired and at the moment all I have is my Australian Drivers License. We phoned 1 Driving School to see what the procedure would be for me to get a CZ Driving license, and they told us I could exchange my Australian License for a Czech License at the Dopravni Policie.

So, I went down there with my license, only to be told once I got there that they couldn't exchange it because they didn't know what the 'C' and the 'R' meant in the class section. We explained this meant I was licensed to drive a car (C) and a motorbike (R). This was also written in English on my expired international permit. The fat chief said because Australia doesn't use the same letters for vehicle classes and because he didn't understand the international permit, they couldn't exchange it and I have to go to Driving School.

Doesn't quite sound right to me, in fact, it sounded like they just were too lazy to find out what to do so they just told me to go to the Driving School.
Has anybody managed to exchange their American or Australian Drivers License for a CZ one?


Try a different office in a different area. You may get lucky ;)

DonaldD 14-07-08 08:12 PM

so your international license has expired but your aussie one is okay?

have you ever used it? I stopped using mine after the first few police officers laughed at it and handed it back immediatly.
If you look in the list of countries your int-license book CZ probably isnt on there.

my Canadian (novice) license has worked fine here for many police stops.

mr jones 14-07-08 08:56 PM

Yeah, Aussies need an international permit aswell as their Aussie license here in Czech.
I can renew my international license via post, but I would like an EU license. I thought for sure it would be easy. Why the feck would they send me to Auto School? I've been driving for 16 years.
Surely, at the very least, I could just sit the driving test without having to do the lessons.

dejavu 14-07-08 09:13 PM

I was in the police office today changing address on a few cars. And during the long boring wait I was reading the notices. One of which said that the Czech Republic no longer recognises any international driving permits.

So be very careful. They just love to give you trouble if they can.

I think that it is still possible to swap your Aussie License for a UK one, and a UK license being an EU license is acceptable anywhere in Europe and indeed in the USA.

Possibly a less complicated route.

takefive 14-07-08 10:34 PM

Yes. It is possible to swap your Australain Licence (actually, your Vic, NSW and so on Licence) with a UK one, but in theory, only if you are a resident of the UK (this evidence they're meant to ask for). If you can get the UK Licence then keep it, for it's more advantageous than a Czech one (means - LACK OF points deduction and licence withdrawal possibilities and so on) - and under EU laws, your UK Licence is valid in CZE.

Or use your Australian Licence in CZE. Isn't that good enough (also, consider same issues - LACK OF points deduction and withdrawal of licence possibilities and so on). You can update International Drivning Permits easily enough.

Dave Pike 15-07-08 10:40 AM

Just a little twist to this thread but has any UK citizen acquired a Czech driving licence in addition to keeping their UK one? My question is a simple one really, I want to use my UK one if stopped by the Czech police and the Czech licence for the same purposes in the UK. Clearly giving up my UK licence in exchange for a Czech one is of no benefit to me.

andyj 15-07-08 10:55 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Pike
Just a little twist to this thread but has any UK citizen acquired a Czech driving licence in addition to keeping their UK one? My question is a simple one really, I want to use my UK one if stopped by the Czech police and the Czech licence for the same purposes in the UK. Clearly giving up my UK licence in exchange for a Czech one is of no benefit to me.


Basically there are two options.
1/ Swap your UK for a CZ license, in this case the word SWAP means swap.

2/ Sit for a NEW CZ license, do all the tests and get a new license.

There is option 3/ i.e. swap your license, then go back to the UK, tell them you lost your license and get a new one, but not sure I would want to fill in a police report saying that I lots my license and then get found out that its sitting in a Czech police station somewhere.

Dean Court 15-07-08 11:03 AM

I did option 3 when I moved to Switzerland. There was no police report, just sent off saying my old one got destroyed, please send me a new on, here's the fee.

Not sure what happens to licenses swopped in the EU, I think they might be returned to the home nation. Which could prove awkward.

Option 4, of course, is just to drive properly.

D.C.

meluzina 15-07-08 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by takefive
If you can get the UK Licence then keep it, for it's more advantageous than a Czech one (means - LACK OF points deduction and licence withdrawal possibilities and so on)


as far as that is concerned, you drivers might want to keep track of the proposed eu-directive...

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressRelease...n ce=IP/08/464

"To remedy this situation, the Commission would like to see a system introduced within the EU which will make it easier to deal across national borders with offences that are frequently the cause of accidents. A European network for the electronic exchange of data will make it possible to send notices of offences to other countries. Although this will require Member States to set up appropriate administrative instruments, it will result in a simpler procedure than today’s manual approach."

mr jones 15-07-08 11:33 AM

I'm gonna get my wife to phone the Dopravni Police in Prague in the hope that these country hicks here in Kolin don't know what they're doing. I don't mind swapping my Australian one for a CZ one at all. I know they'll sort it out in Australia when I get there. If you can do it with a UK license, I don't see why I couldn't do it with an Aussie License.
I really hope I don't have to go to Autoskola.

Dean Court 15-07-08 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by mr jones
If you can do it with a UK license, I don't see why I couldn't do it with an Aussie License.


It's all to do with some convention, a Geneva one I think it is, that defines the "standard" for licenses. If your country (or State) doesn't conform to those standards then you're SOL.

D.C.

Dave Pike 15-07-08 12:33 PM

D.C. whilst I concur that driving properly is the best option to avoid points on your licence, I've also been here long enough to know that you don't actually have to have committed a driving offence to be stopped and 'taxed' or otherwise during the 'police overtime' days - usually on a Friday or when pay day is long time coming around.Hence the value of a UK/EU licence here in avoiding penalty points.My question is better related to when I visit the UK and I, along with every other driver is being actively targetted by the 'Safety Camera Partnership' to increase the coffers of the national government. Interestingly, Swindon council is looking to buck the trend and stop 'tax raising' for the Labour government (report in UK newspapers today) as none of the penalty fines can be used to improve road safety locally.

Dean Court 15-07-08 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Dave Pike
D.C. whilst I concur that driving properly is the best option to avoid points on your licence, I've also been here long enough to know that you don't actually have to have committed a driving offence to be stopped and 'taxed' or otherwise during the 'police overtime' days - usually on a Friday or when pay day is long time coming around.


I've never been stopped when not committing an offence.

Must be lucky I guess.

D.C.

Dave Pike 15-07-08 12:57 PM

It used to happen regularly to me when travelling between Prague and Teplice (where I live), most probably because my company car has Prague reg. plates. I've never had a problem in Prague itself (maybe also related to the reg. plates?) other than when I first moved here and had a rental car for a few weeks and was stopped almost everyday for 'a routine control'. On every occassion it could be overcome by a 200Kč note in my d/l but 10 Euros was also very acceptable. Rubles, Serbian denars and Macedonian dinars were met with derision but there was always the 'kindness' extended by the police officer to escort me to the nearest bankomat to withdraw cash..... I mean, just how sweet and caring is that???? It doesn't happen anymore because I always call my Czech wife's brother who is a police accident investigator in Teplice and now every problem evaporates once they have spoken to him :-) . Nepotism is a wonderful thing!

andyj 15-07-08 01:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dean Court
I did option 3 when I moved to Switzerland. There was no police report, just sent off saying my old one got destroyed, please send me a new on, here's the fee.


D.C.


The advantages of Switzerland. :D

andyj 15-07-08 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by meluzina
as far as that is concerned, you drivers might want to keep track of the proposed eu-directive...

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressRelease...n ce=IP/08/464

"To remedy this situation, the Commission would like to see a system introduced within the EU which will make it easier to deal across national borders with offences that are frequently the cause of accidents. A European network for the electronic exchange of data will make it possible to send notices of offences to other countries. Although this will require Member States to set up appropriate administrative instruments, it will result in a simpler procedure than today’s manual approach."


But with how fast the EU works, I think most of us will be too old to drive by the time they get that working.

It would be damn good though to get some of the Polish drivers.

andyj 15-07-08 01:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dean Court
I've never been stopped when not committing an offence.

Must be lucky I guess.

D.C.


Ditto. And I have been driving here a long time. When ever I got stopped, I knew exactly why.

Dave Pike 15-07-08 03:12 PM

I must just have been damn unlucky then, clearly neither of you have suffered the 'routine control and document checks'? I think its listed under the Czech government statues as foreigner taxation!!!!! p.s. I'm too frightened to check it just in case its true lol

Dean Court 15-07-08 03:14 PM

I've had the routine check a couple of times. Showed 'em by documents, me first aid kit etc and went on my way.

D.C.

dwinkel 15-07-08 03:22 PM

What offense were you committing when they stopped you for the routine check, DC?

Dean Court 15-07-08 03:27 PM

And I'm supposed to be the resident pedant. :rolleyes:

D.C.

dwinkel 15-07-08 03:47 PM

No, you're the king. That doesn't keep others from being pedantic. :rolleyes:

Dave Pike 15-07-08 03:48 PM

On the subject of being pedantic doesn't a routine check suggest that it is a random compiance check as oppossed to be being stopped for a traffic violation/

Sorry guys, I guess its just a long way from Friday....

Dean Court 15-07-08 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by dwinkel
No, you're the king.


And don't you forget it, peasant! :D

D.C.

Dave Pike 15-07-08 03:49 PM

compliance even! My keyboard is too tired to make an effort today along with my dyslexic typing...

dwinkel 15-07-08 03:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Pike
On the subject of being pedantic doesn't a routine check suggest that it is a random compiance check as oppossed to be being stopped for a traffic violation/

Sorry guys, I guess its just a long way from Friday....

You bet. But if you're missing your little orange triangle, they'll slap you with a fine. :)

By the way, it's "opposed." :D

-- Peasant Pedant

Dave Pike 15-07-08 04:03 PM

Dwinkel.... it was a miracle that I even got some of the letters typed, never mind too many of them!!!

Clearly my 'Czechlish' is improving lol

adrian.badea 15-07-08 04:45 PM

I've never been pulled over without a reason.
After my two car accidents (one of them being exclusively my fault), the cops were rather nice and professional and they just kindly reminded me that I was supposed to exchange my driving license for a Czech one. Considering that I was responsible for damaging three other cars (no people injured, fortunately), the fine seemed quite decent at 2000 Kc.
Apart from that, I was pulled over once for a broken light bulb, but the officer just let me go after I promised to change it the following day - which I did.

My girlfriend had her papers checked once, after driving a friend to the railway station in the middle of the night. However, I'd rather blame that on the hour and the foreign plates on the car than on some "foreigner taxation" initiative.

andyj 15-07-08 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Dave Pike


Clearly my 'Czechlish' is improving lol


I'm pretty sure it's spelt "Czenglish"

praguepivo 15-07-08 07:16 PM

ahhh, I remember my first car with the yellow on blue SPZ, a pokud magnet!

andyj 15-07-08 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by praguepivo
ahhh, I remember my first car with the yellow on blue SPZ, a pokud magnet!


Drove one of those for seven years, and never once stopped without reason. I think its more how you drive that what you drive.



PS what on earth is a "pokud" magnet. Closest translation I could think of is "a just in case magnet" ????

dejavu 15-07-08 07:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dean Court
I've never been stopped when not committing an offence.
D.C.


You just don't get out enough!

mr jones 15-07-08 08:20 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by adrian.badea
After my two car accidents (one of them being exclusively my fault), the cops were rather nice and professional and they just kindly reminded me that I was supposed to exchange my driving license for a Czech one. Considering that I was responsible for damaging three other cars (no people injured, fortunately), the fine seemed quite decent at 2000 Kc.


Psst!! Keep it down! You're ruining all our 'Czechs are the worst drivers' threads!

mjet 15-07-08 09:34 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by andyj
I think its more how you drive that what you drive.




WHERE you drive is an issue too - I've gotten stopped a few times on Opletalova near the main train station and also going the hill towards Hradcanska from Mala Strana. Sometimes they just pick every fifth car, other times it's late at night (weekends especially) and they're giving out random breathalizer tests. No biggie - show them papers, be nice and you're on your way in no time.

dejavu 15-07-08 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by mjet
show them papers, be nice and you're on your way in no time.
And speak Czech, however bad they really appreciate the effort and 9/10 they will let you go without a problem.
One young lad in Chomotuv dropped the fine from 1000,- to 200,- because I told him that if i gave him my last 1000,- I wouldn't have enough to go to the pub and drink beer that evening.

He was so impressed that an Englishman could even communicate he just chopped the fine to 200,- which for 95 in a 50 limit seemed very fair indeed.

Having said that, I never, ever show them my Czech licence, that is reserved exclusively for the UK police!

andyj 15-07-08 11:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dejavu
the fine to 200,- which for 95 in a 50 limit seemed very fair indeed.




:eek:

I do hope you wont be abusing bad czech drivers any time soon. :rolleyes:

dejavu 15-07-08 11:26 PM

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Originally Posted by andyj
:eek:

I do hope you wont be abusing bad czech drivers any time soon. :rolleyes:


Oh for goodness sake. It's only 21 years to the 200th anniversary of Stephenson's Rocket and that was when they thought that speed killed!

Speed is perfectly safe, otherwise astronauts at take off and everybody on airplanes would die. No speed doesn't do anybody any harm. It's stopping, very, very suddenly that is bad for you!

And the problem with Czech drivers is the total lack of skill, not how fast they are!


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