Czech Driver’s License for Foreigners
Exchanging a driver's license for foreigners in the Czech Republic
1 - How to exchange an EU driver's license for a Czech one
2 - How to exchange a non-EU driving license for a Czech one
What are EU driving license standards?
- UK (After Brexit, UK citizens with Czech Official Residency are still able to exchange their driver's licence, as it meets EU standards!)
Czech driving license categories and type-approval rules
Class AM license (moped and smaller 2 or 3-wheeled vehicles)
- The Class AM driver’s license certifies a driver to control mopeds and 2 or 3 wheel vehicles under certain provisions. The vehicle must have a maximum design speed of no more than 45 kmph (28 mph), and a cylinder capacity not over 50 cubic centimetres.
Class A, A1, and A1 license (motorcycles, three-wheeled vehicles)
- Class A1: includes all AM license provisions and certifies the driver to control motorcycles not over 125 cubic centimetres. The motorcycle’s power also must not exceed 11 kilowatts (15 hp), while three-wheeled cycles must not exceed 15 kw (20 hp).
- Class A2: includes all A1 and AM provisions, and certifies the driver to control motorcycles not exceeding 35 kw (47 hp). The vehicle must also have a power / weight ratio not over 0.2 kw per kilogram, nor be from a vehicle of more than double its power.
- Class A: includes A1, A2, and AM provisions, and any motorcycle or tricycle not in Class A1 or A2.
Class B, BE, and B1 license (motor vehicles)
- Class B: includes AM license provisions and motor vehicles not 3,500 kg (7,700 lb) maximum authorised mass (MAM). The motor vehicle must also carry no more than 8 passengers in addition to the driving, and is allowed to tow trailers under certain provisions.
- Class BE: includes class B motor vehicles and any combination of vehicles for towing any number of trailers, or a semi-trailer that meets provisions.
- Class B1: Heavy quads
Class C, C1, C1E, and CE license (large goods vehicles)
- Class C1: requires a Class B license and certifies a driver for large goods vehicles not over 7.5 tonnes MAM. This is with or without a trailer, with a maximum mass of no more than 750 kg.
- Class C1E: requires a Class C1 license, includes class BE provisions, and certifies a driver to combine vehicles with a tractor trailer from category C1. The trailers or semi-trailers must be no more than 750 kg, while the combined mass cannot exceed 12,000 kg (26,000 lb).
- Class C: requires a Class B license for 1 year, includes C1 provisions, and authorises the driver to control large goods vehicles no more than 8 + 1 seats (lorry). The trailer also must be no more than 750 kg (1,650 lb).
- Class CE: requires a class C license, includes BE and C1E provisions, and authorises other combinations of vehicles and trailers.
Type / Category D (buses)
- Class D1: requires a Class B license, and authorises the driver to control light buses. Under this class, the bus must not exceed 16 + 1 seats, and must have a maximum length no longer than 8 metres (26 feet).
- Class D1E: requires a Class D1 license, and authorises the driver to use a combination of D1 vehicles including its trailers and semi-trailers.
- Class D: requires a Class B license, and authorises the driver to control vehicles with over 8 + 1 seats (buses).
- Class DE: requires a Class D license, and authorises the driver to combine vehicles with a tractor vehicle of Category D under certain mass restrictions.
Common problems exchanging for a Czech driver’s license
- Your foreign driving license doesn’t match EU standards - every number is connected to specific info about the driver (e.g: 1 is surname, 2 is first name)
- You will not be able to prove 6-months stay in the Czech republic
- You don’t speak Czech and didn’t bring a translator with you
3 - How to get an international driver's license
4 - The alternative: driving school in the Czech Republic
Don’t speak Czech? No problem!
Confirmation of full legal stay in the Czech Republic for Third nationalities
Fiscal Residency in the Czech Republic
Summary of documents that can be used are the following:
- Rental agreement
- Work contract (if you have a work contract for an unlimited period, you will additionally present a confirmation from your employer that your employment hasn’t been terminated and that you still work at that company)
- Income Tax report
- Trade license
- Bank statements
- Utility bills (gas, electricity, TV, internet)
- Invoices from a carrier provider (phone, mobile data, etc) – O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile
- Prague parking permit confirmation
- Confirmation of public transport payments (Lítačka)
- Czech residency (temporary residence as an EU citizen, or any other non-EU residence / visa)
- Czech tax residency certificate
- Study confirmation
- Documentation for your family members (spouse, children)
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