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A valid driving licence (Άδεια οδήγησης/Adeia odigisis) is required to drive in Greece. The licence must be carried on all journeys, and must be presented on demand by law enforcement officials. The minimum age to drive a car on the roads is 18 years.
Some foreigners in Greece must exchange their licence for a Greek one, some may make the exchange if they wish, while yet others may not exchange their licence and will need to take a full driving test (theory and practical) in order to get a Greek driving licence.
New arrivals to Greece may be able to exchange a foreign driver's licence for a Greek one, or (if relevant) continue driving on an EU-issued licence until it becomes necessary to renew it. For all others, a full theory and practical test must be taken. As of January 19 2013, EU-issued licences can only be renewed in the holder's country of residence. Renewing an EU-issued licence in Greece will effectively convert it into a Greek licence.
To obtain a Greek driver's licence for either a vehicle or motorbike, applicants must complete a certain amount of formal instruction, both theoretical and practical, as well as pass theoretical and practical written tests. Only qualified teachers can provide driving and theory lessons, so enrolment at a driving school is essential.
While lessons are available in English, the actual tests are in Greek. However, only a minimal knowledge of Greek is required to take the test.
If the applicant changes residence prior to the completion of the application process, all paperwork is transferred to the relevant issuing office.
The age restrictions for the most common types of licence in Greece are as follows:
Greek driving licences for A- and B-class vehicles are valid for 15 years from their date of issue. C-class and D-class licences are valid for five years from their date of issue. From the age of 65 onwards, drivers with Greek-issued licences must undergo health checks in order for the driving licence to remain valid, and must renew their licence every two years. The test itself does not need to be retaken.
If a Greek or EU driving licence is lost, stolen or worn to the extent that it must be replaced, a new licence can be obtained through the Greek Ministry of Transport.
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