Italy - Obtain a Car Driver License
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
In order to obtain the Patente B a person must be at least 18 years old and be in suitable physical condition (a medical certificate is required for eyesight, mental health and physical condition). The process for obtaining an Italian driver's licence is:
- Pass a theory test (multiple choice, in Italian)
- Obtain a learner's permit (foglio rosa)
- Practice driving
- Pass a practical driving test (road test with instructor and examiner)
As of January 19th 2013, the foglio rosa is only issued after the theory test has been passed. The learner then has five months in which to pass the practical driving exam.
- Completed form TT 2112
- Tax code (Codice Fiscale)
- Valid photo identification
- Proof of residency (Permesso/Carta di Soggiorno) and photocopy
- Two passport photographs that match the photograph on the medical certificate, not more than 6 months old
- Photocopies of any other driving licences the applicant possesses
- Application fee
Office Locations & Contacts
Ministerio delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti
The Italian Ministry of Transport
At: Ufficio Relazioni con il Pubblico, Via Caraci 36, 00157 Roma
Tel:06 4158 2143
Ufficio Motorizzazione Civile di Firenze
At: Via Lucchese, 160 Sesto Fiorentino loc. S, 50019 Firenze
Tel: 055 306 81
Fax: 055 306 8222
Hours: Monday to Friday, 08:30-12:00
Ufficio Motorizzazione Civile di Genoa
At: Via de Marini 1, Genova Torre WTC, Piano 13, Genoa
Tel: 010 64071
Fax: 010 414084
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 08:30-12:00; Tuesday and Thursday, 08:30-12:00 and 14:30-16:00
Ufficio Motorizzazione Civile di Imperia
At: Via Littardi 97, Imperia
Tel: 0183 780 911
Fax: 0183 781 091
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 08:30-12:00; Tuesday and Thursday, 08:30-12:00 and 15:00-16:30
The legal minimum age to drive a car (category B) or motorbike over 125 cc (category A2) is 18 years
Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.
Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid. e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever
Documents to Use
Please explain processing time taken in obtaining the document/certificate.
Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites. Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation. Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed. e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M".
Anyone found driving without a valid driving licence may be subject to a fine. Car drivers in Italy must be at least 18 years of age, but licences exist for residents under the age of 18 who wish to drive a moped.
- Your names
- Tax Code
- Place of birth
- Date of birth
- Permanent Address
- License category
Need for the Document
There are various categories of driving licence (patenti di guida) for different vehicle types in Italy, which follow the standard categories of the EU.
Category B is issued for cars. When issued, a Patente B has 20 points and when infractions occur, points are deducted.
Information which might help
The theory exam consists of forty true or false questions that test knowledge of the Highway Code (Codice della Strada). As of January 2011, it is only possible to take the theoretical tests in Italian. There are two exceptions: in the Valle d'Aosta the test may be taken in French, and in South Tyrol the test may be taken in German. Learner's books with test questions are available at bookshops in Italian only; some driving schools may have English translations for sale. The foglio rosa allows the learner to take three driving tests in total, and two of any one type: for instance, if a driver passes the theory test the first time, they have two chances to complete the practical exam; if they fail the theoretical test twice, the foglio rosa is no longer valid and another must be obtained.
Other uses of the Document/Certificate
Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate. e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.
There are many driving schools in Italy that can help applicants pass these exams. These can be expensive. Applicants can also choose to study for the written exam themselves. Self-study books that give example quiz questions are readily available, but it is almost impossible to avoid using a driving school's car to do the practical exam as it requires a car with double controls. Costs vary for this.