Agreement between the governments of Italy and Albania for the recognition of driving licenses. In May of this year the Albanian government approved the illustrative draft concerning the new Albanian driving licenses, issued by the 2017 onwards.
Yesterday, 13 August 2019, it was announced from direction of Albanian road transport services that the conversion will actually start from the8 September 2019. The conversion of the driving license is nothing more than the release of an Italian license instead of the Albanian one.
Under this agreement, the Albanian citizen with a regular driving license can drive in Italy by 1 year from the date in which he declares his residence in Italy. Once this date has expired, he can no longer drive, otherwise the license will be withdrawn.
In any case, the license holder, even if he cannot drive, has others 3 years of time to request the conversion of the driving title. Once this deadline has passed, to obtain the driving license must follow the regular examination path.
What was the problem of new licenses
Although Albania has signed agreements with several countries (including Italy) for the mutual recognition of driving licenses, the new Albanian format of the latter (introduced in the 2017) was no longer recognized by the Italian state. The Italian transport ministry had not been advised of this change and, above all, of revising the agreement. The Albanian government for this task had relied on the embassies, which informed the foreign ministry.
The problem obviously did not concern the Albanian licenses in the old format, issued in the Country of the Eagles from 1 July 2015 to 2016, and for which the two countries already have an agreement
New agreement between the governments of Italy and Albania
The Albanian Road Transport Services Directorate announced that the conversion of driving licenses will be made possible thanks to a mutual agreement signed between two governments. The announcement comes a few days after the road transport management stated that, starting from August 15, the driver's license documents can be withdrawn 30 minutes after the completion of the driving license exam, thus reducing the deadline of 15 days.
Meanwhile, according to Albanian law, foreigners or citizens with foreign driving licenses or international driving licenses, issued by a foreign country, can drive vehicles to which they are entitled in the Albanian territory, provided they have not acquired residence. normal in Albania for over a year.
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