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.
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:
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;
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 applicants 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:
Along with the above-mentioned application, supporting documents and evidence, the applicant shall also submit:
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.
The validity period, and related fees, of the new Maltese driving licences issued in exchange of foreign ones shall be:
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.
Application forms, or any related communication, may be submitted at Transport Maltas offices in Paola and Lija. For contact details and opening hours, kindly click here.
This Data Protection Privacy Notice shall apply to all personal data related to these licences.