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Driver’s licenses of third country citizens are valid up until the person becomes a permanent resident of Lithuania. The licenses of those citizens, who are from countries that have ratified the Vienna road traffic convention, are valid for 185 days in Lithuania.

Asia (13) Afghanistan, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
Europe (42) Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, the Republic of San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Azerbaijan.
Americas (11) Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Chile.
Middle East, Africa (18) Bahrain, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Morocco, the Republic of Niger, South Africa, Senegal,  Seychelles, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, United Arab Emirates.

 

The citizens of other countries have to provide an international driver’s permit[1] (along with one’s national driver’s license).

Persons who are permanently living in Lithuania (that is, one has declared a place of residence in Lithuania and lives here at least 185 days every calendar year) can apply to exchange their driver’s licenses that were issued in third countries.

If one is trying to exchange his/her driver’s license that was issued in a third country, there is a requirement to pass theory and practice tests. One has to provide “Regitra” with a valid driver’s medical certificate and a certificate from a mandatory medical course for drivers. Also, one has to submit the national driver’s license that was issued abroad and its translation to Lithuanian. If the driver’s license does not meet the requirements outlined by the Conventions on Road Traffic, an international driver’s permit has to be submitted.

One is not required to complete driving classes in Lithuania. Both the theory and practice tests can be passed in any “Regitra” examination centre, irrespective of the declared place of residence. People who do not speak Lithuanian can also take the tests. They can complete the theory tests in English or Russian, and use the services of a translator during the practical driving test.

Whilst exchanging driver’s licenses issued in Switzerland or South Korea these requirements are not applied due to international agreements.


[1] International driver‘s permit (IDP) is a multi-language translation of the driver’s license from the issuing nation. The IDP is translated according to the standards of the United Nations Organization and gives the right to rent and drive a car in most of the countries around the world. IDP is translated into 12 languages: 6 of them are official United Nations languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arab and Chinese), as well as German, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Greek, Korean, Persian). The process is simple; one is not required to take any additional driving tests.


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