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Old 7th May 2013, 18:35   #1 (permalink)
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Driver's License for my situation

Hi all!

I tried to find the right forum for this, but couldn't find one specifically about driver's licenses so I'm dumping it here.

I'm from the US and I've been in Turkey on a residence permit for 3 years. I recently renewed my license in the states and am wondering what I need to do to drive legally. I've heard that a foreign license is only good for 6 months and after that I need to convert it to a Turkish license.

Is that correct and if so,
-how can I go about converting it? How much does it cost, etc?
-can I still keep my US license? I don't want to have to hand that over.
-any tricks of the trade, caveats?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Driver's License for my situation

Hi Karl, There are many views on this. My view was that it was best to have a Turkish licence if you do not leave and re-enter Turkey. You can keep your home country licence. The licence will need to be translated and notarised. Then go to the local driving school and get the paperwork for your new licence. A visit to your gp for an eye test and blood group, I am sure the process will be explained there. But they will verify your licence with your home country by post. This could take 3 to 6 months then you will have a criminal check finger print and your new Turkish licence. There was an good process by Glyn (puwer98) a while back which helped me. good luck Bill
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Re: Driver's License for my situation

Hi Karl,
Getting a Turkish License doesn't interfere with your US one. As stated, it will probably take 3-6 months (unlike the UK, which can be done much more quickly). Mine took close to 9 months, but that's dependent on which state you were from, and if the codes are the same on both. My license was from CT, and it used numbers rather than letters to indicate what kind of vehicles I could drive-caused quite the palaver! I'm pleased to have finally gotten it. Although there are lots of viewpoints on the need for it or not, I've erred on the side of caution- suspect if it does become mandatory, it will only become pricier and more complicated to get! I really don't remember the cost, as a few years ago, but I'm sure I've seen updated postings on the costs. Good luck
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