It has taken a long time but yesterday we got a call from the police to say my driving licence was ready to collect.
We are not 100% sure what the rules are about being required to have a Turkish driving licence, like many things here the rules seem to change and there are many views as to whether it is necessary or not. We know people who are still driving on a foreign licence after living in Turkey for many years and we know others who have obtained a Turkish licence. The last time we were stopped by the police it was asked for and they accepted our explanation that we had applied and it was with the police, the previous time we were stopped it was not asked for. The reality is that having one means if we are stopped and someone decides my UK licence is not sufficient we will not go through vast amounts of hassle and potentially being stranded with a vehicle and unable to legally drive.
There are additional benefits. Unlike the UK licence it is for life, not until some age specific point where it would need to be reapplied for. I also get to keep the UK licence which could potentially be useful.
So today we took ourselves off to the police station, and now, almost exactly three months from when I started the process, I have the licence. Episodes 1, 2 and 3 give further details of the process.
For the record a breakdown of the cost, this is for a motorcycle licence, one for a car would be more expensive. 25 lira – dossier with all the forms
50 lira – Translation of UK driving licence
65 lira – Noter, for notarised copy of translated licence
6 lira – photos
5 lira – Belediye ID check
15 lira – blood group test
20 lira – eye test
96.35 lira – processing fee
79.75 lira – for the licence
A total of 337.10 lira