Can foreigners drive in Turkey with a driver’s license issued in their country? What do foreigners who wish to use vehicles in Turkey need?
Foreigners with a driver’s license for driving in Turkey which is arranged in their own countries, are regulated in Article 88 of the Road Traffic Regulations.
According to this article;
Foreigners have the right to drive for 6 months with the Driving License issued in their own country.
At the end of six months, in order to use vehicles in Turkey, foreign driving licenses must be replaced with a Turkish driver license. Drivers who does not change his license with a Turkish driver license will be fined. These are considered to be non-licensed drivers. The drivers whose driver license validity period has expired is given an administrative fine of 343 Turkish Liras and the driver’s license is revoked.
It is not possible to change driving licenses issued by states which are not parties to the International Road Traffic Convention. Only the International Driving License (IDP) can be converted into a Turkish driving license.
The International Driving License (IDP) is a document issued in accordance with the International Road Traffic Convention signed in Geneva on September 19, 1949, enabling citizens to use their vehicles outside the country of residence.
Foreigners must keep their driver’s license, passport, and vehicle license with them all the time.