ASK AN EXPERT: What are the new rules for exchanging your driver's license in Czechia?

A new law is making it easier for some expat drivers to get a Czech driver’s license. Here's what you need to know. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 30.01.2024 12:39:00 (updated on 08.04.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

Many countries have an agreement with the Czech Republic regarding the recognition of driver’s licenses, allowing those living here long-term to exchange their license from their home country for a Czech one. However, this process is not so simple for everyone. 

Foreigners from countries that do not have a driver’s license recognition agreement with the Czech Republic – including the U.S., Canada, India, and Pakistan – were previously forced to repeat the whole driving school experience.

The time-consuming and costly process included logging a hours on the road with a certified instructor, regardless of whether drivers knew their way around a wheel. Drivers also had to pass a written and practical exam before being issued a Czech driver’s license, recognized throughout the EU and Switzerland. 

A new law, which went into effect at the beginning of 2024, makes upgrading to a Czech driver’s license a lot easier for third-country nationals who now need only take the final exam.

Driving school can help you prepare

  • For CZK 14,000 Autoškola King offers two hours of theoretical teaching consultation, including tests, and four hours of driver’s training to help you be better prepared for the final exam. The fee also covers all teaching material, the lecturer’s time for the final exam, and a vehicle for the exam.
  • You will also need to pay an additional CZK 3,000 for a court interpreter, which is necessary for the written part of the exam, and a CZK 700 magistrate’s fee.

Instruction still recommended

Pavel Greiner, owner of Autoškola King, says if you want to pass on the first go, it's a good idea to spend at least some time on the road with driving school professionals who will help you brush up on the local driving laws. They can also help prepare you for the theoretical part of the exam.

Autoškola King can guide you through the whole process, offering foreigners from countries without an agreement with the Czech Republic a truncated version of the driving school experience at a reduced rate.  

Greiner says you must bring your current driver’s license issued in your home country and a doctor’s report older than 30 days to Autoškola King to register. You must also prove you have permanent residency in the Czech Republic or are staying there for at least six months via a rental agreement or confirmation of studies.    

This article was written in association with the English-friendly driving school Autoškola King. Founded in 2007 by Bc. Pavel Greiner, the school offers a professional approach, excellent English, and training on automatic cars. Read more about our partner content policies here.

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