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Motor Vehicles and Driver Licenses

For general information about driving and driver licenses abroad from the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, click here.

The Consular Chancellery of the Embassy of Italy in Washington does not issue Italian driver licenses but handles their renewal based on Circular No. 107/1997 of the Italian Ministry of Transport, which stipulates that the confirmation of the validity of the license is to be carried out abroad by the diplomatic-consular authority.

For this purpose, Italian citizens residing abroad and registered in the AIRE in our consular jurisdiction must:

  • request from one of the physicians of record of the Embassy a medical certificate verifying the existence of the legal psycho-physical requirements. The cost of the certificate is borne by the applicant;
  • appear at the Consular Chancellery with the medical certificate, the expired license (not more than five years old), and two recent passport-sized photos;
  • pay the consular fee via money order or cashier’s check made out to “Embassy of Italy – Washington DC”.

Once residence or domicile in Italy is regained, the driver license must be confirmed by the competent Central Office of the Department for Transport, Navigation, and Information Systems and Statistics of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. Click here to learn more: Conversione patente estera – Ministero delle infrastrutture e dei trasporti.

To renew a driver license, you may contact the Passport Office at the Consular Chancellery in Washington. Click here for contact information.