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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

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I had heard of it, but thought perhaps the official involved was misinformed! It used to be that they just needed a letter from the state involved saying that they were authorized to issue driving licenses. Then you would be issued a Turkish driving license based on your US license. Oh, well, apparently it has changed. Thanks for letting us know.

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The Law changed in Jan 1st 2016 when our UK Ambassador met with the Turkish Authorities who changed the  requirements for foreigners for the need to show a schooling certificate to obtain a Turkish driving licence. All TC's have to do this so they insisted foreigners do the same...

This of course was going to prove to be a massive problem for many of the older expats as some left without exam certificates or since the 60's had mis laid them when moving to Turkey .

After a day of negotiations an agreement was made that as long as the foreign licence holder obtained a fresh incoming stamp in their passport every 6 months,then they could continue to drive on their translated & noterised licence. as per Article 88- (Amended with title: RG-17/4 / 2015-29329) 
Go here, https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetailsIII.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XI-B-19&chapter=11&Temp=mtdsg3&clang=_en ….to find countries that are included in the Convention. If your country is NOT listed then it’s not possible to make a licence exchange.. The only way to obtain a Turkish driving licence is to take driving lessons & the test .

USA is not part of this convention...so a licence exchange is not possible, American passport holders will need to take Turkish driving lessons & test to obtain a Turkish driving licence...

Selim1984uk...no you can't keep your UK licence..it's sent back to the DVLA on issue of your Turkish licence. But if/when you re locate back to the UK you simply apply for it to be returned to you & you'll surrender your Turkish one to the DVLA. Against all the rumours in expat land,you can hire cars in the UK showing a Turkish licence.

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On 30/08/2019 at 22:45, REDDERS said:

The Law changed in Jan 1st 2016 when our UK Ambassador met with the Turkish Authorities who changed the  requirements for foreigners for the need to show a schooling certificate to obtain a Turkish driving licence. All TC's have to do this so they insisted foreigners do the same...

This of course was going to prove to be a massive problem for many of the older expats as some left without exam certificates or since the 60's had mis laid them when moving to Turkey .

After a day of negotiations an agreement was made that as long as the foreign licence holder obtained a fresh incoming stamp in their passport every 6 months,then they could continue to drive on their translated & noterised licence. as per Article 88- (Amended with title: RG-17/4 / 2015-29329) 
Go here, https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetailsIII.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XI-B-19&chapter=11&Temp=mtdsg3&clang=_en ….to find countries that are included in the Convention. If your country is NOT listed then it’s not possible to make a licence exchange.. The only way to obtain a Turkish driving licence is to take driving lessons & the test .

USA is not part of this convention...so a licence exchange is not possible, American passport holders will need to take Turkish driving lessons & test to obtain a Turkish driving licence...

Selim1984uk...no you can't keep your UK licence..it's sent back to the DVLA on issue of your Turkish licence. But if/when you re locate back to the UK you simply apply for it to be returned to you & you'll surrender your Turkish one to the DVLA. Against all the rumours in expat land,you can hire cars in the UK showing a Turkish licence.

I don't see Canada on the list either.

I have a Canadian passport and UAE driving license and UAE is on the list. Can I exchange my UAE license with the Turkish one?

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It might also be worth pointing out that even though something is the law, it might be subject to interpretation in some of the districts. I can remember taking my driving license to the police department in our local town and being told not to worry because if I was stopped it would be OK and that I didn't need to change my UK license. This was in 2017 and I was well past my 6 months limit. Eventually I went to our main city and was still told that I needed to provide a schooling certificate, something which I have never had cause for in over 30 years!. 

I looked at taking my Turkish Driving license or completing a local course at university in order to obtain the necessary certificate of education, both of which were impractical and clearly ludicrous. I went home to think about it and sat at my desk. Staring at me on the wall was a certificate from the Chartered Insurance Institute, suitably embossed with the Queen's emblem and a seal. Hmmm. I thought, I wonder?. The following week I took this down to the noter's office, had it translated and stamped, and then submitted it along with all my other paperwork. Suffice to say, I now have my Turkish driving license having surrendered my UK one.

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Nothing has changed at all. First you need to go to your local Nufus office with a translated / notarised copy of your foreign licence to get started,assuming the country that issued your licence has an agreement with Turkey.

Go here, https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetailsIII.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XI-B-19&chapter=11&Temp=mtdsg3&clang=_en ….to find countries that are included in the Convention. If your country is NOT listed then it’s not possible to make a licence exchange.. The only way to obtain a Turkish driving licence is to take driving lessons & the tes

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I too am in the process of applying,but this list from my files website from last year that a Surgery member sent to me..so you can use it for now as guidance.

A GUIDE TO WHAT DOCUMENTS MAY BE  REQUIRED FOR AN APPLICATION.:
[ This WILL differ ,province to province]

The list below is from when applications were made via the Trafic Polis, now it’s to the Nufus,so until the process & documents required can be confirmed, the list below should only be used as a rough guide.
 
As of 3rd Jan 2020 please ad 23.73% to the fees shown below.
 
1 Photocopy of RP card
2 notarised translation of education certificate
3- 4 x biometric photos
4- Notarised driving license translation
5- Doctor’s report ..inform Doctor/Hospital you need checks for drivers licence[Approx 200tl]..if over 65 you may be required to have a hearing and eye test as well.
6- Blood type card
7- Criminal Record check ,from your local Turkish court. (free)
8- Schooling certificate
9- 134.00  TL Licence fee [to be paid at the tax office]
10-  915.70TL for car type licence [ class B] paid at the tax office..[  tax for A1 or A2 motorcycle category:+ 164.40 TL]
11-  NEW OIV Tax  54.60tl.
12- Donation to Polis Foundation 25tl
13- Proof of address from Nufus Registry office [or the e-devlet website.]
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