Foreign Residents – Remember to Exchange Your Driving Licence
All holders of a foreign driving licence who establish their residence in the Principality must apply for a Monegasque driving licence within one year of acquiring such residency.
At the end of this one-year period, the foreign licence is no longer valid and the holder will lose all rights to drive a vehicle in the Principality.
Users who hold a foreign driving licence that is recognised by the Principality of Monaco may make a request for it to be exchanged for a Monegasque driving licence to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office, provided that the licence is currently valid and that each category has been obtained after a practical driving test.
Since 9 September 2019, the list of States recognised by the Principality for which the exchange of driving licences may be requested has been extended; more than 120 States are now concerned. This list, as well as the categories exchanged, which vary from one State to another, can be consulted in the Journal de Monaco (https://bit.ly/2m6dkYz).
New measures have been put in place to make the process easier for new residents. Thus, for example, persons who have exceeded the one-year deadline are no longer required to take all the theoretical and practical driving tests in the Principality.
They can now request the exchange of their licence after verification of their driving ability by the Driving Licence and Road Safety Inspectors of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office.
To do so, an application must be made to a driving school in the Principality, a minimum of 3 hours of driving lessons must be taken for each of the categories concerned and a driving test of a maximum of 45 minutes per category must be scheduled.
Any holder of a foreign driving licence that is not recognised by the Principality of Monaco must register with a driving school to take all the required driving tests.