If you live in Latvia less than a year, you can use driver’s license issued in your country under the following conditions:
- The categories indicated in the driver’s license correspond to the categories established in Latvia,
- If the driver’s license does not indicate the categories corresponding to the categories established in Latvia, you can only drive vehicles that correspond to category B,
- If the driver’s license doesn’t have Latin alphabet letters, you must submit a notarized translation into Latvian along with your driver’s license.
If you live in Latvia for more than a year, you need to change the driver’s license issued in your country for a driver’s license issued in Latvia, which will be valid for 10 years (for category B) or 5 years (driver’s license of higher categories). To do this, you need to pass the driving test. The procedure can be completed in CSDD by submitting the following documents:
- passport or residence permit (id card with personal code)
- driver’s license to be replaced
- a valid medical certificate confirming that your state of health allows you to drive a vehicle. You can get a medical certificate from a family doctor or from medical commissions set up in medical institutions (you need to take a passport or personal identification card, driver’s license).
The procedure for replacing a certificate can last from 1 day to 2 months (if additional information is needed from the country that issued your driver’s license, about the fact of issuing a certificate) and cost from 90 – 105 EUR:
- the cost of medical examination to obtain a medical certificate (approximately EUR 25-40, depending on who issues the certificate – a family doctor or a medical commission),
- CSDD fee for passing the driving test 42.58 EUR (the amount of the fee does not change, no matter on what language the test is),
- CSDD fee for issuing a driver’s license 22.05 EUR.
If you want to get a driver’s license for the first time, the same rules apply to you as to any new driver.
Information available on the CSDD website