Fethiye Times has received a number of e-mails from readers asking whether or not they need to change their British driving licence into a Turkish one.

It appears the rumour mill has been working overtime recently with stories of foreigners having their vehicles confiscated and subject to big fines because they didn’t hold a Turkish driving licence. Fethiye Times has received a number of e-mails from worried readers asking whether or not they need to change their British driving licence into a Turkish one.

As ever we have done our best to obtain rock solid information from an impeccable official source in Ankara and, in this case, have even translated the relevant Section 88 of the law on driving licences.  This Section is headed ‘Driving Licences Obtained in Other Countries’. 

In brief the law says:

1.  If you stay here on a tourist visa i.e. you visit regularly, or live here but go in and out every 90 days, you can drive on just your British licence.

2. If you hold a residence permit you should have your British licence translated into Turkish and notarised – or translated by the British Consulate – and carry the Turkish translation at all times along with the original British licence.

3. Only if you hold Turkish citizenship do you need a Turkish driving licence.

Fethiye Times will be ‘converting’ a British licence to a Turkish one over the summer so we’ll let you know about the process involved.

In the mean time drive safely, legally and don’t take the rumours too seriously.

2 COMMENTS

  1. There seems to be a lot of confusion on facebook groups about what type of driving licence is needed to drive a quad bike on the roads in Turkey. Where can we find the rules relating to this. Any help would be appreciated

  2. Just been to an agent to possible change my UK driving licence to a Turkish one as I am resident here. He has said that the new rules state that I must show any education certification before I can proceed any further. I left school some 55 years ago. My old school is now an housing estate. As for records !!!!!! What do I do now ?????

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