Expats and TRNC Driving Licences and importing vehicles into TRNC
By Trevor Hughes……
In publishing my Trevor’s Tips for January 2016, (click here to read) I received a request for information from a reader about TRNC driving licences which I show below and my reply and as we are often asked about car imports I am also providing information about that as well for the benefit of our many readers.
TRNC Driving Licenses
“Do you know the rules regarding driving licences in respect of people who are in and out of the country all the time? I have a vehicle here in my name but am on a constant 90 day tourist visa.
Do I need a Cypriot licence or is my UK licence sufficient?”
The TRNC ruling on non-TRNC driving licences is as follows:-
The Law here states that you must hold a current and active full driving licence to enable you to drive legally on the TRNC. roads. It is not mandatory for you to hold a TRNC licence here if you are not in the Country for more than 90 days collectıvely in any one year. The origin of the licence is important, but it must be current and valid for the type of vehicle you wish to drive. The category of the vehicle allowıng you to drive here is the same as on a UK driving licence.
The Law states that you must make an application for a driving licence after you have notched up a collective period of 90 days in the TRNC in any one year. However, there are several people here who use their UK driving licence irrespective of the number of days spent in the TRNC. This is frowned upon by the Police and could cause problems if you are involved in a road traffic accident at some time in the future (jail, heavy fines and even deportation could be imposed if the accident is serious enough).
Insurance companies however, only need a valid driving licence for insurance policies to remain legal.
My advice is, do not leave anything to chance, it could cause problems in the future.
All you need to apply for a TRNC. driving licence is firstly, you must hold at least one Temporary Residence stamp in your passport, you then need to make a trip to the licencing office in Lefkoşa, taking with you your current driving licence and a copy, the completed application form, the appropriate fee, your passport and a copy of the photo page, and two recent passport sized photographs of yourself. You can only make your application for one year, thereafter renewals can be made at your local Tax Office.The number of years for renewals thereafter are from 1 – 10 years in duration.
You can visit the TRNC and drive as many times as you wish as long as you have a current and valid driving licence and ensure you follow the above requirements.
Importing cars into the TRNC
Rules on the importation of cars here are quite complex, the rules are perhaps in place to deter you from importing a car and to encourage you to make a purchase here.
If the car is under five years old you can import a car here and you must have been the registered owner for the last five years, any less and you will not be given permission.
The car for import must have a valid MOT and Road Fund Licence from the country which you are intending to import the car from.
The maximum period you can drive the car is twelve months, after that period you must either permanently import the car, or take it out of the Country. The car will not be allowed into the TRNC again! Import tax is between 40-60% of mid “Glasses Guide”. Quite how they come to a figure is far and beyond most people, but you have no choice in the matter.
You can only get insurance here on a third party basis until the car is either officially registered here, or you have made an application and then and only then can you drive with fully comprehensive insurance.
Once the car has been imported and officially registered with TRNC number plates, you are not permitted to sell the car for a period of two years.
You may be given the “run around” by the officials perhaps they love giving you a hard time.
Give the importation some considerable thought. Although you can get parts for the car back home, you may have considerable difficulty here. If the car is involved in a road traffic accident here, your car maybe off the road for months on end.
Another consideration is road tax, as it is based on the weight of the car, the heavier the car the more you will pay. A 4×4 car can be anything up to 3500TL per year and whether you can get mechanics here to service it correctly is another consideration
MOT’s here are every three years on the dates set by the Government and the latest dates are shown under.
Finally if you want help with car insurance then do please contact me by email at Dagli Sigorta on email@example.com.
2016 MOT DATES
|Registration letters||Date from||Date to|
|U, V, Y, AA, AB, AC, AD, AE,BA, BB, BC, BD, BP, BR, BS, BT,BU, BV,||01.09.2016||08.09.2016|
|CJ, CK, CL, CM, CN, CP, DA, DB, DC, DD, DE, DF, DU, DV, DY, DZ, EA, EB, EB, EY, EZ||09.09.2016||26.09.2016|
|FA, FR, FS, FT, FU, FV, FY, FZ, GA,||27.09.2016||05.10.2016|
|GB, GC, GD, GE, GF, GG, GH, GJ, GK,||06.10.2016||19.10.2016|
|GL, JL,JM, JN, JP, JR, JS, JT, JU,||20.10.2016||02.11.2016|
|JV, JY, JZ, KA, KB, KC ,LB, LC, LD,||03.11.2016||16.11.2016|
|LE, LF, LG, LH, LJ, LK, MJ, MK, ML,||17.11.2016||30.11.2016|
|MM, MN, MP, MR,||01.12.2016||07.12.2016|