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Domestic driving licences issued in countries that have not ratified the 1968 Vienna Convention (such as the United States or India) may not be recognised in Poland. Drivers who hold such licences usually have to obtain an international driving permit in order to be allowed to drive in Poland for the period of up to 6 months from the date of entry into the country. Moreover, holders of such licences are required to pass the driving theory test in order to exchange their driving licence for a Polish one.
In order to exchange your driving licence for a Polish one, you need to submit your application by post or in person to the relevant office. Depending on the place of your residence, the application should be submitted at:
- completed application form (available online or at the office. It is advisable to ask for assistance at the office if you do not speak Polish)
- your recent photograph (size: 35 x 45 mm)
- passport or residence card (karta pobytu)
- a copy of your residence card, visa or any other document confirming your right to stay in Poland and your resident registration (zameldowanie)
- certified Polish translation of the driving licence along with a copy of the driving licence
The fee can be paid at the office or prepaid by bank transfer (in the latter case you will be required to provide the proof of payment at the office).
The whole process can take a few weeks since it may be necessary to verify the validity of the applicant's original driving licence. Applications that do not require additional validation take up to 9 working days to process.