Obtaining a Driver’s License in Armenia

Driving in Armenia

Armenia has well-paved roads for the most part, unless you enter smaller villages where the dirt alternative is common enough. It also requires a valid driver’s license to drive around. When living in Armenia, buying a car might come in handy to get around in, particularly if you are situated outside the center of Yerevan and away from the established metro line. There are, of course, small and large buses that zigzag through most streets in the city.

Things to remember for driving in Armenia:

  • If you drive in with your car, you pay at the border and have 15 days to leave again. Past that, there is another customs payment to be made. You need a passport, valid license/International permit, and car registration documents.
  • Minimum driving age is 18 years and all traffic is on the right hand side.
  • You cannot drink and drive, but you can use a hands-free phone
  • Car liability and insurance are obligatory when driving in Armenia
  • No children under 12 on the front seat; only front seat belts are obligatory

Speed limits range from 20 km/h in residential areas to 60 km/h within the city; 90 km/h and 110 km/h also exist outside the city limits. Along the highway, you can also come across 70 or 80 km/h. Be aware of your surroundings and look for the speed limits. The country is full of speed detector cameras, which will automatically fine you for going above 10 km/h over the limit listed. If you would like to see what exactly you did wrong as seen by these cameras, a special section on the police.am website is dedicated to providing you with proof – Click here. For the laws concerning driving in Armenia, click here.

Driving with an International License

Armenia is a member of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic, entering into force from 2006. This means that “Contracting Parties shall be bound to admit to their territories in international traffic motor vehicles and trailers which fulfil the conditions laid down in Chapter III of this Convention and whose drivers fulfil the conditions laid down in Chapter IV.” So long as a license is valid, it can be driven in any of these countries:

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Central African Republic, Chile, Costa Rica, Cote D`Ivoir, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany,  Guyana, Ghana, Greece, Holy See, Hungary, Israel, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Morocco, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Romania, San Marino, Seychelles, Serbia, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.

Unfortunately, if you are from Canada, Lebanon or the United States, countries most of our repats are from, this does not apply to you.

Obtaining your Driver License

You will need to present these documents to the designated examination center in your area if you plan to swap your license with a local one:

  • 3 copies of the application
  • 3 copies of your national driver’s license with a certified translation into Armenian
  • 3 copies of your identification card from the MFA

To apply for a license (A, A1, B, B1, C, C1), you will need:
  • Letter of Intent
  • Passport or other ID stating place of residence
  • Payment slip for written test (3000 AMD) - Government
  • Payment slip for driving test (3000 AMD) – Government
  • Payment slip for driving test (10000 AMD) – Services
  • Payment slip for obtaining your license after successful completion (12000 AMD) – Government

The questionnaire you will need to fill out, along with the answers, can be found on the police.am website for you to study with.

Those who have lost their licenses can have them replaced by presenting the following paperwork`

  • Letter of Intent
  • Passport or other ID stating place of residence
  • Proof of previous license
  • Payment slip for obtaining license (12,000 AMD)

To renew your driving license, you will need to: 
- Get registered on www.roadpolice.am;
- Choose action related to driver's license, then exchange without examination, insert your SSN (Social Security Number) and phone number.
You will get an SMS with the details of an appointment at Road Police. You should arrive 30 minutes earlier than your time and have with you 12,300 AMD in cash. They will take a photo of you and let you know when the new one will be issued. 

Tamar Najarian

Everyday Life
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