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  1. If you have been a legal residence of Turkey for six months, you can no longer drive legally on your home country's driving license. You must get a Turkish driving license. Although this may not always be enforced, if you are involved in an accident, the police are likely to charge you with driving illegally. Your car insurance company may also refuse to pay on claims, citing the fact that you are not properly licensed. Also, car rental companies may refuse to rent a car to you if you are not licensed in Turkey. Here's an article on how to get a Turkish driving license.
  2. Any resident foreigners out there who have completed a local driver's course and test to get a Turkish driver's license? My friend has been driving for years on a U.S. license and wants to get legal. Looking for comments / information.
  3. Hi all,Can I validate my Dubai driving license or should I go through all the tests again In Turkey?Sam...
  4. Update: There have been some changes in the process of converting a foreign driving license to a Turkish one. We are in the process of updating this article. However, we do have an open topic on this in the forums, with the updated information. You can find it here:
  5. Police Checkpoints If you drive for any long distance in Turkey, you'll likely come across a police checkpoint. A police car will be parked on the side of the roads, and traffic cones arranged to form a lane for the vehicles being checked. In most cases, as soon as the police learn that you are a foreigner and driving a rental car, they will waive you on. If in doubt about the signal they are giving, pull over anyway to make sure. Police checks are set up for three main reasons: Routine license, registration, and insurance checks Drunk driver checks, where drivers must blow into a portable alcohol sensor Searches for weapons and certain individuals (more common in Eastern and Southeastern Turkey) Drunk driver checkpoints are usually located on roads just outside of tourist resorts and in areas near establishments where alcohol is served. If you are stopped by a police checkpoint, pull over, remain in your car, turn off the engine and roll down your window. If you are stopped at night, turn off your headlights and turn on your interior light. It enables the police to see the interior of the vehicle and puts them more at ease. It is always a good idea to keep your hands where they can be seen, and not make any sudden moves which might be misinterpreted. Be prepared to show them your passport or residence permit, driving license, car registration, and insurance papers. In rental cars, these documents are normally kept in a small booklet kept under a strap on the driver's side sun visor. Speed (Radar) Traps Police also conduct radar operations as a checkpoint. A car, sometimes unmarked, will point a hand-held or dash-mounted radar at approaching traffic and measure their speed. You'll be allowed to drive by, but the radar operator will radio ahead to other policemen who will signal you to pull over. If you get a ticket, the back of the ticket will tell you where you can pay the fine (typically at a bank or a PTT, or Turkish post office). If you don't pay the ticket within the time specified on the back of the ticket, the fine will double, then double again after more time has passed. See Also Driving in Turkey: Helpful guides to driving safely in Turkey. Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: For discussion and questions about driving in Turkey, please post in our forum.
  6. Since 1923, Turkey's touring and automobile driver's association has provided tourism services and facilities to the general public. The often maintain a wedding salon next to their offices. They also produce Turing magazine, which is in Turkish. Note: This organization no longer provides any services relating to driving licenses. For that, you will need to make an online appointment at your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). The Nüfus appointment website is: Nüfus Appointment Online System That website will also tell you what documents you need.
  7. Since 1923, Turkey's touring and automobile driver's association has provided tourism services and facilities to the general public. The often maintain a wedding salon next to their offices. They also produce Turing magazine, which is in Turkish. Note: This organization no longer provides any services relating to driving licenses. For that, you will need to make an online appointment at your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). The Nüfus appointment website is: Nüfus Appointment Online System That website will also tell you what documents you need.
  8. Since 1923, Turkey's touring and automobile driver's association has provided tourism services and facilities to the general public. The often maintain a wedding salon next to their offices. They also produce Turing magazine, which is in Turkish. Note: This organization no longer provides any services relating to driving licenses. For that, you will need to make an online appointment at your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). The Nüfus appointment website is: Nüfus Appointment Online System That website will also tell you what documents you need.
  9. Since 1923, Turkey's touring and automobile driver's association has provided tourism services and facilities to the general public. The often maintain a wedding salon next to their offices. They also produce Turing magazine, which is in Turkish. Note: This organization no longer provides any services relating to driving licenses. For that, you will need to make an online appointment at your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). The Nüfus appointment website is: Nüfus Appointment Online System That website will also tell you what documents you need.
  10. Since 1923, Turkey's touring and automobile driver's association has provided tourism services and facilities to the general public. The often maintain a wedding salon next to their offices. They also produce Turing magazine, which is in Turkish. Note: This organization no longer provides any services relating to driving licenses. For that, you will need to make an online appointment at your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). The Nüfus appointment website is: Nüfus Appointment Online System That website will also tell you what documents you need.
  11. Since 1923, Turkey's touring and automobile driver's association has provided tourism services and facilities to the general public. The often maintain a wedding salon next to their offices. They also produce Turing magazine, which is in Turkish. Note: This organization no longer provides any services relating to driving licenses. For that, you will need to make an online appointment at your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). The Nüfus appointment website is: Nüfus Appointment Online System That website will also tell you what documents you need.
  12. Since 1923, Turkey's touring and automobile driver's association has provided tourism services and facilities to the general public. The often maintain a wedding salon next to their offices. They also produce Turing magazine, which is in Turkish. Note: This organization no longer provides any services relating to driving licenses. For that, you will need to make an online appointment at your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). The Nüfus appointment website is: Nüfus Appointment Online System That website will also tell you what documents you need.
  13. Since 1923, Turkey's touring and automobile driver's association has provided tourism services and facilities to the general public. The often maintain a wedding salon next to their offices. They also produce Turing magazine, which is in Turkish. Note: This organization no longer provides any services relating to driving licenses. For that, you will need to make an online appointment at your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). The Nüfus appointment website is: Nüfus Appointment Online System That website will also tell you what documents you need.
  14. Since 1923, Turkey's touring and automobile driver's association has provided tourism services and facilities to the general public. The often maintain a wedding salon next to their offices. They also produce Turing magazine, which is in Turkish. Note: This organization no longer provides any services relating to driving licenses. For that, you will need to make an online appointment at your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or Nüfus). The Nüfus appointment website is: Nüfus Appointment Online System That website will also tell you what documents you need.
  15. Recently Turkish government decided to change the driving license appointment system (Randevu) from Emniyet to Nufus and before it was really easy to get appointment from the Emniyet website and it only took few seconds. But now since they changed it from 2nd of April the Nufus system doesn't work for citizens of other countries and they can't apply for a drivers license. I wanted to know if anyone is experiencing the same issue
  16. Hi allany information would be much appreciated.I am an Australian (age early 30's) with Turkish citizenship (passport) and plan to move to Bodrum area early next year. Currently we am living in London and would like to investigate if taking our car to Turkey would be a good idea. Just trying to figure out if its beneficial to bring our own or buy one when we get there. I did have a look at buying over in Turkey however the cars seem to be so expensive.Has anyone been in the same/ similar situation.Many thanksAyse
  17. I am new to the forum though not to Turkey. I have a transponder on my car for tolls but the condition doesn't look too good after four years. Does anyone have experience of driving through the tolls with one like this?
  18. Hello . Can anybody advise me about the following please . I am a Brit who wants to drive my Cyprus registered ( South not North ) car through Turkey and on to UK . A friend of mine did this last year ( 2016 ) and passed through heading to UK with no problems . When he came back in September , he was advised that a new law had come into effect after the attempted coup that a car could only be driven by a driver of the same nationality as the cars country of registration . So , a Brit like me could not drive a Cyprus registered vehicle through Turkey . Is this the case ?? Thanks in advance .
  19. Traffic is the biggest problem in Turkey, especially in İstanbul. People have a hard time because of the traffic problems in İstanbul. İstanbul has many traffic problems such as, not subway, uneducated drivers, unplanned roads and many cars. Moreover, government know that, These problems have patmanent solutions. However, government can’t maket them. To begin with İstanbul is unplanned place. Roads and traffic’s field are jumble. For example, every morning mecidiyekoy, taksim and fisrt river are crowded so many cars can’t go along. In addition, Navigation devices improved day by day. People can’t use it in İstanbul because streets and roads aren’t properly and regular. Another problem is uneducated drivers in İstanbul. Turkey, especially in İstanbul driver’s license is served in a short period of three months so many traffic accidents and traffic problems are happening in banglore. To demostrate, drivers get license quarterly but they can’t be trainee so roads are filled with many amateur drivers. Last but mot least, İstanbul is a really crowded city. There are 15 million people so car’s companies buy a lot of car i n İstanbul then many accidents and deaths happen on. For instance, Although expensive oil gives banks credit to allow people to take cars and people are stil continue to get the car this will adversely affect trafic of İstanbul. Lastly, people have drafted the subway for last years in İstanbul. Subway is really important for regular city and smooth traffic. Many countries tihs infrastructure was built years ago but the foundation this year, was thrown in İstanbul. Unfortunetly this situation is a bitter truth. To sum up, traffic problems increased in İstanbul day by day. These problems causes accident and deaths. There are uneducated drivers, unplanned roads and field, buying many cars and not subway. Transportation is a considerable factor for people but in İstanbul alone it isn’t important. If you want to get help and information , I give you some important agencies concerning with special driving courses which you get special driving lessons in istanbul traffic. Please note Here are some links with driving courses agencies in İstanbul; Direksiyon Eğitimi Merkezi Direksiyon Dersi Direksiyon Merkezi By written Burak Avcı Driving Academy in İstanbul
  20. So I have just received my Turkish residence permit and I wanted to apply for a Turkish driving license.I haven't had any driving license so im a new driver.also I checked that they need my school certificate and sone other stuff which I already have.but the thing it says they also need criminal record check for getting driving license. Where should I get the criminal record for driving license?
  21. Toll Highways (Otoyol) Depending on where you are driving in Turkey, you may come across an otoyol, which is a modern highway where the speed limit is 120 KPH. Otoyols also have rest stops with petrol stations, restaurants, and other travel necessities strategically placed along their lengths. These are toll roads, and the only way you can pay the toll is by registering with the Hızlı Geçiş Sistemi (heez-lee geh-jees see-steh-mee) [HGS]), which means "Fast Pass System." This involves pre-paying into the system, and mounting an HGS transponder on the inside of your vehicle's windshield behind the rear view mirror. The transponder is really not much more than a sticker. It allows you to breeze through HGS toll booths without even slowing down. If you are renting a car, ask your car rental company if your itinerary will require an HGS transponder before you set off on your journey. If so, they should give you a car which already has a transponder on it. How to Get an HGS Transponder For Your Vehicle Go to any PTT, (Turkish Post Office), or to a Turkish bank with your visa or residence permit Pay 5TL for the transponder, and 30TL for tolls in advance Mount the sticker-transponder they give you as described above If you have an account at a Turkish bank, ask them about having the your HGS account automatically topped up from your bank account. Alternatives to Toll Highways Using the HGS System If you come upon an otoyol and don't have the HGS system, you can use secondary roads which run alongside it. You will have to enter the secondary road well before you come to the toll highway entrance, so keep an eye out for the exit as soon as you realize you are approaching a toll road. If you miss the turn, there may be no way to turn around. If you go through the automatic toll system without an HGS transponder, an alarm will sound, a camera will take a photo of the car and license plate, and a fine will be assessed which is ten times the toll amount. Most toll amounts are around two or three Turkish Lira, so expect a fine of 20 to 30 Turkish Lira. Toll Bridges and Tunnels The bridges going in and out of Istanbul use only the HGS system. Bridges (and tunnels) in other parts of the country are not part of the HGS system, and usually have toll collection systems run by private contractors or local municipalities, so they accept cash. The HGS Smartphone Application You can download an HGS application in the Google Play and Apple Store. Just search for "HGS." With the HGS app, you can check the balance on your HGS account and top it up using a credit card. See Also Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: If you have questions about the HGS system or driving in Turkey, please post them in the forum. External Links HGS Customer Services: In Turkish. On the PTT website, this page provides a variety of customer service options regarding your HGS account. Road, Bridge, and Tunnel Tolls in Turkey: From the General Directorate of Highways, provides a linked list of all motorways, bridges and tunnels subject to tolls. Click on the links to find out how much the toll is for each kind of vehicle.
  22. Am I right in thinking it is 110kmph for a car? I read conflicting info - Wikipedia says 110km other sources say that is so only if carriageways are separated by a metal barrier. What about the thousands of kms of new-ish inter city dual carriageways that only have a very dangerous looking v-shaped concrete rain gully in the middle?
  23. Araç Çıkabilir: Vehicles entering roadway. A.S. İZ (Askeri İnzibat): Military Police. Askeri Bölge: Military Zone. Benzin: Gasoline or petrol. Bozuk Satih: Broken pavement, or rough surface. Buz: Ice. Çıkış: Exit. Dikkat: Attention, be careful! Dikkatsız: Careless. Dinlenme Alanı: Rest area. Dizel: Diesel. Dur: Stop. Düzensiz: Reckless, carless, erratic. Giremez: Do not enter. Girilmez: Do not enter. Giriş: Entrance Hastane: Hospital Heyelan Bölgesi: Falling rocks/landslide area. Kapalı: Closed. Kar: Snow. Karayolları: Highway Kaza: Accident Kaza Raporu: Accident report Kurşunsuz: Unleaded gasoline Lastikçi: Tire repair shop Mazot: Deisel Motorin: Deisel Nakit: Cash. OGS: Fast-pass lane for toll roads (you need a transponder which reacts to the toll booth to use this lane) Otogar: Main Bus Station Otoyol: Highway. Park Edilmez: No parking. Park Etmek Yasaktır: No Parking. Park Yapılmaz: No parking. Sanayi Bölgesi: Industrial zone (this is where the car repair shops can be found). Şehir Merkezi: City center. Servis Alanı: Service area. Servis Yolu: Service road. Sis: Fog. Tamirat: Road work. Taşıt Giremez: Vehicles prohibited from entering. Tehlikeli: Dangerous. Tehlikeli Madde: Dangerous material. Tekyön or Tek Yön: One way. TEM: Trans-European Highway. Uzun Araç: Long vehicle. Yaya Geçidi: Pedestrian crossing. Yavaş: Slow or slow down. Yol: Road or way. Yol Boyunca: The entire length of the street, as in "no parking on this side of the street." Yol Çalışması: Road construction. Yol Kapalı: Road closed. Yol Tamiri: Road repair. Yol Yapımı: Road construction. See Also Turkish language Forum: Our forum dedicated to the Turkish language. If you have a question, please ask it there.
  24. Refueling stations (called a benzinci or a petrol istasiyonu) all over Turkey usually sell two octane grades of unleaded gasoline (benzin), and diesel (dizel or mazot). Some also care Euro deisel. At a Turkish petrol station, there will usually be a market where you can buy drinks, snacks, and auto accessories. Some have automatic car washes. At others, you can ask an attendant to wash your car for a small fee, and even vacuum clean the interior. All Turkish petrol stations are full-service. An attendant will come out to ask you what you want, refill your car, and usually clean the windshield. You can also ask him to check the oil and air pressure in your tires. A small tip for these additional services is customary. If you are driving for long distances or plan to use a lot of fuel, you can rent a car with an engine which runs on diesel or Euro diesel fuel. While the cost of renting one of these cars is higher, the fuel is much cheaper, so paying more for a more efficient engine may save you money in the long run. While practically all petrol stations in Turkey have diesel, not all of them sell Euro diesel. You may have to visit a few stations to find one that sells it. Euro diesel cars (like diesel cars) have a specially-designed receptacle which will only accept a Euro diesel nozzle. Because of the high cost of petrol in Turkey, it isn't a good idea to rent a car for long, cross-country trips, unless you plan to make a lot of sight-seeing stops along the way. A better alternative is to take a bus or a flight for the long portions of your trip, then rent a car for local excursions. See Also Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: The place to post questions and comments about driving in Turkey.
  25. Car Rental Prices The least expensive rental cars in Turkey are compact cars with manual (stick shift) transmissions and small engines which run on unleaded gasoline. They cost around 40 to 70 TL per day, and the cost goes up from there if you want a larger car, a van, an automatic transmission, or a diesel engine. If you are carrying passengers and luggage, planning to drive in mountainous areas, or on secondary roads where you will need to quickly pass trucks and other slow-moving vehicles, opt for a car with a larger engine. The cost of a rental car in Turkey will also vary according to time of year (with prices being higher during peak season), as well as the amount of time you are renting the car for. There are discounts for renting for more than a week. If you want to drop off the car in a place other than where you rented it, you will also have to pay for someone to come out to pick it up again. Large and Small Companies Small, local car rental businesses usually offer lower rates than the international chains. Besides the latest model cars, they also have older cars that you can rent at a bargain price. However, if you have a problem and you're far away from the place where you rented it, a small company will only be able to assist you over the phone, whereas a larger company with multiple locations may be able to bring you a replacement car. Child Safety Seats You can rent a child safety seat for around 10 TL per day at most rental car outlets. You should arrange this at least a day in advance so they can make sure one is available. When to Use a Rental Car Gasoline is very expensive in Turkey, and you will probably pay more for gasoline every day than you pay for the rental car itself. If you are traveling for a long distance to see some far-flung sight, take a bus and get to a nearby bus station first. Then rent a car locally. You should only rent a car to travel long distances if you want to see and explore multiple places during your journey. If there is a popular sight anywhere near the town where you're staying, there will probably be a regular buses and a dolmuş service to get you there. If you use these services, you can go to the site, spend the day, then catch the bus or dolmuş back to town. It will cost you a fraction of what you would spend on a rental car. Where to Rent a Car Rental Car Company Offices Practically every city and town in Turkey has rental car offices.You can usually just walk in, fill out the forms, and drive away. However, during peak tourist seasons you should reserve the car at least one day in advance. Hotels and Pensions Most hotels and pensions in Turkey have a car rental company they deal with. Your hotel or pension manager can probably reserve a car for you and have it delivered to the hotel, where you can fill out the rental forms on the spot. Then when you're ready to leave, the car rental company will come and pick it up. Airports All commercial airports in Turkey have rental car outlets. If you want a car to be waiting for you when your plane lands, reserve one in advance. What You'll Need to Rent a Car in Turkey Be 21 to 75 years old Have a valid passport with current visa Have a valid driver's license from your home country issued for at least the past two years. No international driving license is required for citizens of the US, UK, or European countries. If you are from another country, check with your local Turkish embassy or consulate. Have a valid credit card (you will probably be required to use the card to assure a deposit, even if you are paying cash) A deposit, usually around 20% of the total fee or around 500 TL. This can take the form of a pre-approved credit card transaction which will be destroyed when you return the car Note: Under Turkish law, if you have been a resident of Turkey for six months or more, you must have a Turkish driving license to drive a car. While a company may rent you a car without one, if you have an accident, the insurance company may refuse to pay out because you were driving illegally. Fuel In Turkey, rental car fuel tanks are usually empty (sometimes dangerously so) when received. Your first stop will need to be at a nearby petrol station, unless you have arranged to have a full tank in advance. You will be expected to return the car with the same level of fuel in the tank. Fuel stations in Turkey sell Diesel (Dizel or Mazot), unleaded (kurşunsuz [ker-shoon-sooz]), and at some stations, Euro diesel. If you will be doing a lot of driving, the cheaper diesel fuels can save you money, even though a diesel or Euro diesel car is more expensive to rent. Using a GPS in Turkey You can bring your own GPS and use it while traveling by car in Turkey. Before you leave, however, you may need to buy and download a GPS map for Turkey from the manufacturer's website. Turkey is well covered by the GPS maps of the major GPS suppliers. Toll Roads, Tunnels and Bridges A few toll highways in Turkey have automated toll booths. You cannot pay the toll in cash-you need to have a Hızlı Geçiş Sistemi (huz-luh geh-jeesh see-steh-mee) or HGS (heh-geh-seh) toll transponder to pay the tolls. Bridges going in and out of Istanbul also use the HGS system. Bridges and tunnels in other parts of Turkey have tolls collected by local municipalities and private contractors, so they accept cash. Ask your rental car company if your driving itinerary requires an HGS transponder. They usually have some cars with these transponders already mounted. If you don't want to take the toll highways, you can also use secondary highways which run alongside, but you will need to spot the exit for these before you get so close to the entrance of the toll highway that you can't turn around. If you do happen to go through a toll booth without a transponder, an alarm will sound and a camera will photograph your car and its license plate. The fine is ten times the toll. The tolls are usually around 2 TL, so expect a fine of around 20 TL. See Also Car Rental Insurance in Turkey: A guide help you understand car rental insurance, and make sure you have the right coverage. Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: Our forum for all things cars and driving. If you have a question, please ask it there.
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