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mateoBK
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I know this may have been covered before, so if there's a thread, I'd welcome someone pointing it out.

However, I couldn't find it.

I've got a US driver's license, and I'm planning on being here for the foreseeable future, and I've been told that it's important to get a Czech driver's license (for insurance purpose, or whatever).

Does anyone have any idea how to go about doing this? Or even the ministry/government office I'd need to do this through? Any information pointing me in the right direction would be most appreciated.

I even tried calling the Embassy, and no luck.

Thanks!!
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28-01-11, 10:16 AM

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28-01-11, 10:18 AM

skotik
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i'm fairly sure that link is only referring to holders of a driving license from another EU country.

If you have an American license I think you have to take a driving test here to get a Czech license.
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28-01-11, 10:31 AM

skotik
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and it was covered before when you asked the same question:

http://www.expats.cz/prague/showthr...05&page=1&pp=10

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28-01-11, 10:36 AM

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Quote:
Originally Posted by skotik
i'm fairly sure that link is only referring to holders of a driving license from another EU country.

If you have an American license I think you have to take a driving test here to get a Czech license.


Hi skotik,
how about a Canadian license, do you still have to take the driving test in order to get the Czech license? is that condition valid for all non-EU countries? On that site it doesn't say anything about road tests.
Thanks!
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28-01-11, 11:06 AM

mateoBK
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I've had so many bureaucratic questions, it's hard to keep track :-D

I got an email from the US Embassy saying:

Long term or permanent residents are required to obtain a Czech drivers license. You need to pass a test, it cannot be exchanged for the US drivers licenses since they do not meet the EU standards.

You may wish to confirm this information by checking the webpage of the Czech Ministry of Transportation at http://www.mdcr.cz/en/Road+Transpor...ces/default.htm .

Below is an excerpt from the webpage of the Czech embassy in Washington regarding drivers licenses.

International Driver's License

Every person who drives a motor vehicle in the Czech Republic must carry either a driver's license issued by the Czech Republic itself or another European Union (EU) member state, or an international driver's license that is accepted in the Czech Republic including one from his/her home state. Driver's licenses issued by the individual states in the U.S. without the international driver's license component are not accepted in the Czech Republic.

The full version is at http://www.mzv.cz/washington/en/con...s_in/index.html

Here is also a link to information from our website:

http://prague.usembassy.gov/message...licenses.ht ml



Regards,



ACS Prague
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28-01-11, 11:27 AM

Sigma
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From the above link

"The applicant may be only a person who holds a DL issued by a foreign state or a European Communities DL, and who has been granted a long-term or a permanent permission to stay in the Czech Republic, or a person who holds a DL issued by a foreign state or a European Communities DL, who has permanent residence in the Czech Republic and lives in the country for more than 185 calendar days in a year"

http://www.mdcr.cz/en/Road+Transpor...g+Li cence.htm

So, does this mean that one has to take a driving test or not to exchange a license? I have got an Ontario license, and I'm in the Czech Republic on long-term residency.
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28-01-11, 11:33 AM

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