Road safety: driving licences

 

SUMMARY OF

Directive 2006/126/EC on driving licences

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

KEY POINTS

The directive does the following.

Mutual recognition of licences

Licences issued by EU countries must be mutually recognised. The following are the driving licence categories:

A table of equivalences between these categories and those set out in licences issued in EU countries prior to this directive are contained in Decision (EU) 2016/1945.

Conditions for issuing licences

Driving licence examiners

Amendments following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It has applied since 19 January 2007 and had to become law in the EU countries by 19 January 2011.EU countries must apply the rules of the directive as of 19 January 2013.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Directive 2006/126/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on driving licences (recast) (OJ L 403, 30.12.2006, pp. 18-60)

Successive amendments to Directive 2006/126/EC have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Regulation (EU) 2020/698 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 laying down specific and temporary measures in view of the COVID-19 outbreak concerning the renewal or extension of certain certificates, licences and authorisations and the postponement of certain periodic checks and periodic training in certain areas of transport legislation (OJ L 165, 27.5.2020, pp. 10-24)

Commission Decision (EU) 2016/1945 of 14 October 2016 on equivalences between categories of driving licences (OJ L 302, 9.11.2016, pp. 62-162)

Commission Regulation (EU) No 575/2014 of 27 May 2014 amending Regulation (EU) No 383/2012 laying down technical requirements with regard to driving licences which include a storage medium (microchip) (OJ L 159, 28.5.2014, pp. 47-49)

Commission Regulation (EU) No 383/2012 of 4 May 2012 laying down technical requirements with regard to driving licences which include a storage medium (microchip) (OJ L 120, 5.5.2012, pp. 1-11)

See consolidated version.

last update 22.09.2020