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Driving License for Foreigners in Sri Lanka

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How to take Driving License for Foreigners in Sri Lanka

Eligibility Requirements for Driving License

The applicant having valid visa for more than 06 months period are eligible for applying a Sri Lankan driving license while other having a valid visa for less than six months will only be issued with a temperory driving license.

  1. Only lightweight vehicle driver license can be converted or can be exchanged to Sri Lankan driver license.
  2. The foreign driving license which is valid for the conversion date.

Required Documents  for Procedure

  1. Letter of acknowledgment from the ministry of foreign affairs
  2. Filled application, that can be obtained from the driver license office.
  3. Valid Foreign driver license
  4. Valid Passport
  5. Medical Fitness Certificate

How to take Medical Fitness Certificate

  • Address – National Transport Medical Institute, No . 170 High-Level Rd, Nugegoda
  • Location In Google Map – https://goo.gl/maps/ifsxC7nvo9T2
There is a very long queue and you need to come one hour before the institute open to get early entry to get an appointment.  Walk in and get your height and weight measured from the official in the front.  Ask the security guard to guide you. Get a registration form after the measurements are taken. Stand in line till your number is called ( you are taken in groups of 10 or so).  Fill up the registrations form with your need ( new license /renewal of light motor vehicles – Rs800 as of Jan 2018).

Then you have to visit to Department of Motor Traffic with all the above documents.

  • Google Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Ze82aXGKYrw
  • Address341 Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 00500

For document submissions, All the applications should be directed to the assistant commissioner of the Licensing Division. The authorities in the driver license office will help you out. If the Driving license and the passport are not in English, the English translations of those two documents, done by a registered translator. The following link gives you information about International Driver License acceptance in various countries: International Driver Permit Recognition

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