Community driving license conversion
The procedure is intended for drivers in possession of a driving license issued by state of the European Union or the European Economic Area who obtain a registered residence or a normal residence in Italy.
Driving licenses issued by states belonging to the European Union or the European Economic Area are equivalent to Italian driving licenses.
Those who have a Community driving license with the expiry date set by the European Union regulations (Article 7 paragraph 2 of Directive 2006/126 / EEC) can circulate regularly until the expiry date.
At the end of the period of validity it is necessary to convert the foreign driving license at an Office of the Civil Motorization. After conversion, the foreign document is withdrawn and returned to the State that issued it.
Conversion can also be requested before the deadline. In this case the driver obtains an Italian license with the same expiry date as the foreign one or, if he presents a medical certificate for renewal, an Italian license with a new period of validity according to the deadlines set in Italy.
On the other hand, those who have a Community driving license with no expiry date or with an expiry date exceeding that provided for by the European Union regulations (Article 7 paragraph 2 of Directive 2006/126 / EEC) must convert the foreign driving license after two years from the acquisition of the registered residence or of normal residence in our country. This obligation also applies to anyone residing in Italy who must be subjected to a driving license revision measure.
All citizens holding a driving license issued by a Member State who acquires a residence in Italy must comply with the Italian provisions regarding the duration of validity of the license and medical control.
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This is an excellent guide for EU folks. Any guidance for Americans? Do I have to take a test?
Americans are screwed by a double whammy. First, because there is no national drivers license, Italy cannot (will not?) agree to a license swap even if you have driven a thousand years. To make sure that it is almost mandatory for Americans to drive illegally, we have to take the test in Italian, German, or French, Here is an article about it: https://www.thelocal.it/20210310/getting-your-italian-driving-licence-the-language-you-need-to-pass-your-test/