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Driver's licences


Driver's licences

Validity of Italian driver's licences in Ontario (Canada)

In Ontario, you are allowed to drive with a valid Italian driver's licence for up to three months, after which your must obtain an Ontario driver's licence. Your Italian driver's licence cannot be converted directly into a Canadian licence, you must pass some driver's examinations.

Some rental car companies may require that the Italian driver's licence be translated into English.

It is possible to drive in Ontario for one year with an international driver's licence, which must be obtained in Italy prior to leaving.


Obtaining a Canadian driver's licence based on a valid Italian driver's licence

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is responsible for issuing driver’s licences in Ontario. For information please contact one of the Driver and Vehicle licencing offices (416-235-2999 or 1-800-387-3445 or check the webpages and ).

When converting an Italian driver’s licence to a foreign one, the local Authorities often require that the holder of the driver’s licence provide additional information and certification. The Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti (the Italian ministry of infrastructure and transportation) has indicated that Italian Embassies and Consulates are not authorized to issue such certifications, because it is only within the purview of the Italian motor vehicle licencing offices to do so.

Therefore, if you currently hold an Italian driver’s licence and require certifying documentation to obtain a Canadian driver’s licence, you must apply to one of the motor vehicle licencing offices in Italy either in person or through a proxy (i.e. a trusted friend or family member or an agency dealing with motor vehicle documentation) and pay the required fees. Please note that such an application may be made to any of the motor vehicle licencing offices in Italy, it does have to be the one that issued your driver’s licence.

Finally, in order to make the certification valid for Canada, the document must be translated into English by a certified translator registered with the Tribunale (Court) in Italy and legalized both by the designated Prefettura and the Canadian Embassy in Rome.


Renewal of Italian driver's licences

This Consulate General may renew Italian driver's licences provided that they have not been expired for more than three years or issued according to article 119, 2-bis and 4 of the Highway Code. The renewal period starts from the date indicated on the medical certificate (see the applicable form), which must be prepared by a doctor accredited by this Consulate (click here). 

Driver's licences of categories A and B will be renewed for 10 years if the holder is less than 50 years old, for 5 years if the holder is over 50 and for three years if the holder is over 70. Furthermore, special categories, such as C licences or driver's licences issued to disabled persons, may only be renewed for 5 years irrespective of the category. The consular fee to renew a driver's licence is composed of two components; a national fee applicable to all applications to government offices and the fee for consular declarations. To verify the amount please visit the Resources page of this website (this amount varies with the exchange rate). People who  repatriate to Italy are required to validate the renewal at  “Dipartimento per i trasporti, la navigazione e i sistemi informativi e statistici” or via an authorized Agency.


Non-EU driver's licences or international driving permits used in Italy

If you hold a driver's licence or an international driving permit issued by a foreign government that is not a member state of the European Union, you may use said licence or permit to drive in Italy for up to one year. If you stay for more that one year or establish your residence in Italy, you must apply for an Italian driver's licence. Please note that you are only allowed to drive the same type of vehicle in Italy for which the licence or permit was originally issued.


Updated on 22/02/2018