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Ethiopia - Apply for a Drivers license

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To drive legally in Ethiopia, you must have a valid Ethiopian driver’s license.

  • Before you can apply for an Ethiopian driver’s license, you must first have a valid residence permit or visa.
  • You can also get an Ethiopia drivers license if you have an international driver’s license


You need to be 18 years or older

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  • Before you can apply for an Ethiopian driver’s license, you must first have a valid residence permit or visa.
  • The process of applying for a driving licence involves attending a class for two weeks followed by an exam for the theoretical part.
  • Once you pass this part u will get a learner’s permit and go for practical training on your own.

Required Information

  • Name of the Applicant
  • Address
  • Contacts
  • Date of Birth
  • Age on date of application
  • Medical examination results


  • The applicant is required to pick medical examination form from the transport Authority and take a medical exam.
  • Go to the Transport Authority Office where you have to take one written and two practical(behind the wheel) exams
  • On passing the exams you are issued with a learner’s permit after paying a fee.
  • The applicant then proceeds for the test of competence by practicing driving.
  • Apply to the traffic police for testing
  • On successful completion of the test you are issued with a driver’s permit after paying a certain fee at a designated bank

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Required Documents

  1. Certificate of education
  2. Birth certificate
  3. Passport or residence identification
  4. Medical examination certificate
  5. Certificate evidencing that the applicant has been trained by the driver’s training institution


You need pay 100 Brr.


Period of four years

Documents to Use

Medical certificate
Application cum declaration as to the fitness

Sample Documents

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Processing Time

The process can take 3 weeks

Office Locations & Contacts

Ethiopian Ministry of transport
P.O.Box: 1238
Addis Ababa
Tel: 251-11-551-61-66
Fax: 251-11-551-56-65

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Information which might help

There is no actual time setup on how many hours you have to practice driving, but within three months you are requires to take the road test.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

It can be used as identification document.
It can be used in registering for marriage
It can be used in acquiring financial services

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