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Converting your driver’s license in Serbia

At the time of writing, this guide to converting your driver’s license in Serbia is relevant and up-to-date, based on my personal experience. This post will be edited & updated according to feedback. Please feel free to share your experiences using the contact me page or via the comments section below!

This is a guide for those who need information about converting your driver’s license in Serbia. Meaning that you already have a drivers licenses from a country that does not need to go for driving lessons. Note that the list of eligible countries is very small. It can be found here.

Note that according to Serbian law, if you’re a foreigner living in Serbia, you can drive a vehicle on the basis of a foreign driving license for up to six months, from the date of entry into the Republic of Serbia. After that you must either exchange or apply for a new Serbian driving license. That information can be verified here

Something else to note is that if you convert your drivers license to a Serbian one, it will be taken away from you. For me, this wasn’t an issue as I had a license from the UAE that was going to expire anyway and that I no longer use. I was content to say goodbye to it. However, if this is a license from your home country, you might want to request a second copy of your driver’s license from your home country knowing that you will essentially ‘lose’ this one. 

Your nationality does not have to correspond to the driver’s license that you convert. You should also have proof of residency in Serbia (this will differ depending on what visa you have in Serbia).  

Step 1:

Have your license translated into Serbian by a certified court interpreter for whatever language your license is in. Even though the UAE license is in English and Arabic, I was instructed to send it to an Arabic-Serbian translator. This is the company I used. They were quick and professional, with everything being handled via email until I went to collect the originals from their office. They can post it to you if you live outside of Belgrade. 

Time taken for service: 3 days

Price for service: 2500 RSD

Step 2: 

Obtain a medical certificate for a motor vehicle driver. This can be done at any medical facility and they seem to be quite familiar with getting this done for people. I made an appointment with Bel Medic. The forms are in Cyrillic but medical staff can help translate. 

Time taken for service: 1.5 hours

Price for service: 8000 RSD

Step 3: 

Pay the Traffic Department (before you go in person). You cannot pay at the traffic department. You have to do this at the post office, using the details on the two payment slips below:

Otherwise you may be able to do this through your bank. I did it at the post office and had to show proof of ID to make the payment.

Price for service: 11195

Step 4:

Visit the Traffic Department.The location is Omladinskih brigada No.1, in a building called SIV3. It looks like this:

You should take with you:

  • Passport and its photocopy
  • Serbian ID and its photocopy(both pages)
  • Medical certificate
  • Driving license
  • Translation of the current license

The department which is in charge for issuing driving licenses is open daily 7:30h – 20h, Saturdays 7:30-15:30h.  (The weekend staff are far more rude than the staff who work during the week).

When facing the building, walk around to the left side and enter through that entrance. Look for an officer located in cubicle number 9.

They collect your documents, take your photo and give you a receipt. 

A week later the license can be collected. Note that you must show up in person to present the documents and take the photo but anyone can collect the license on your behalf as long as you tell them when you’re there (they give you a form to sign to appoint someone of your choosing for collection). 

Total Costs: 21695

My Serbian drivers license is  valid for 10 years (far exceeding the validity of my exchanged license, residency and passport).

 There may be offices where this can be done outside of Belgrade- I do not have information about that as I reside in Belgrade.

If you liked this post, you may also be interested in my other Serbian content:

Visiting Golubac Fortress and Veliki Buk Waterfall 

A Guide for visiting Subotica 

Spending a weekend in Uvac Canyon

Riding the Šargan Eight Railway

A visit to Krupajsko Vrelo in Eastern Serbia

I also have a wealth of information on my Instagram. Do have a look.

I hope this guide to converting your driver’s license in Serbia helps someone in the future!

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