Exchange your foreign Driving Licence

Any person holding a licence issued outside Malta and the European Union shall be entitled to drive in Malta for a period not exceeding twelve months from the date of his last entry into Malta.

Any holder of a driving licence issued by another Member State of the European Union, Switzerland or Australia who takes up normal residence in Malta shall be entitled to have his driving licence exchanged for an equivalent Maltese licence.

Driving licences issued within the European Union shall be recognised in Malta as long as they are valid in Member State of issuance.

National provisions regarding the restriction, suspension, withdrawal or cancellation of a driving licence shall apply to holders of a driving licence issued in the above-mentioned countries who have their normal residence in Malta.

All matters concerning Driving Licence in Malta are regulated by the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations - S.L. 65.18.

Application Process

The exchange of a driving licence issued by a competent authority in any of the above-mentioned countries to a Maltese driving licence can only take place if the applicant has lived in Malta for at least 185 days over the year preceding the submission date of the following application and supporting documents:

  • Application form DRV 030, duly filled, if the applicant holds a driving licence is issued in the EU, EAA or Switzerland;
  • Application form DRV 014, duly filled, if the applicant holds an Australian licence;
  • One coloured passport-sized photograph
  • A copy of your Identity Residence card;
  • A copy of your foreign driving licence (back and front).

Submission of Residency Evidence 

The minimum requirement of 185 days residency (in cases where the Identity / Residence Card is issued after this period) can be proven by providing any of the following for consideration of the Authority;

  • Income Tax returns issued by the Commissioner for Revenue;
  • End of year FS3 forms issued by the employer;
  • Jobs Plus engagement form registering client with an employer;
  • Utility bills (Telecommunication companies, Water and Electricity, Cable communications) in the name of the candidate;
  • Contract of purchase of a residence in Malta or Gozo signed by a Notary / Lawyer;
  • Contract of leasing of a residence in Malta or Gozo signed by a Notary / Lawyer;
  • Private agreement for the rental of a residence between two parties countersigned by a Notary / Lawyer;
  • Leasing agreements of residences between two parties countersigned by a lawyer or notary;
  • Letter issued by Educational Institution Dead/Head confirming when the candidate started studying there, the course details and when it’s expected to finish in the cases of foreign students.

Validation of Driving Licences issued in the EU, EAA or Switzerland

Once an application along with all necessary supporting documents and evidence is received, Transport Malta shall initiate the process to confirm the validity of the applicant’s driving licence. This process may involve communication with the issuing Member State or Country via fax, email or other means available to Transport Malta and in line with international regulations and practices applicable in this field. When the necessary confirmations are received from the issuing Country and from local entities, as applicable, Transport Malta shall inform the applicant that the exchange of the driving licence can be affected, and request the submission of the following document:

  • The original Driving licence;
  • The Identity or Residence Card 
  • A medical certificate - DRV 032 - in cases where driving licence being exchanged has expired.

Validation of Driving Licences issued in Australia

Along with the above-mentioned application, supporting documents and evidence, the applicant shall also submit:

  • The original driving licence and a document issued by a competent body in Australia confirming the validity of such licence. The driving licence will not be retained by Transport Malta at this point;
  • The Identity or Residence Card;
  • A medical certificate - DRV 032 -  in cases where driving licence being exchanged has expired. 

Concluding the Exchange Process.

Once all the above requirements have been satisfied, Transport Malta shall provide the applicant with the new licence counterpart at the counter. When the driving licence card is fully processed, the applicant shall be informed and asked to collect it and, in the case of driving licences issued in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, relinquish the original driving licence.

Licence Validity Periods and Applicable Fees

The validity period, and related fees, of the new Maltese driving licences issued in exchange of foreign ones shall be:

  1. 10 years, at a fee of €80, if the original driving licence was expired or close to be expired and the applicant is younger than 60 years;
  2. Between 1 and 10 years, at a fee of €10 per year, if the original driving licence was still valid. The validity period in this case will depending on the remaining years of validity of the original driving licence. This shall not apply for driving licences with indefinite validity, which shall be considered with point 1 above;
  3. Between 1 and 10 years, at a fee of €10 per year, if the applicant is older than 60 years. The validity period in this case will depend on the number of years for the 70th birthday;
  4. 5 years, at a fee of  €29.25 if the applicant is older than 70 years, subject to submission of medical certificate DRV 032

Refusal of Applications

If an application for the exchange of a driving licence is refused by Transport Malta, the applicant shall be duly informed in writing about such decision.

Submission of Applications

Application forms, or any related communication, may be submitted at Transport Malta’s offices in Paola and Lija. For contact details and opening hours, kindly click here.

Processing of Personal Data

This Data Protection Privacy Notice shall apply to all personal data related to these licences.