Last week, Ukraine received a “transport visa-free” agreement with the EU – a special agreement on the liberalization of road transport, in particular, provides for the full recognition of Ukrainian driver’s licenses in the EU. In the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine provided official explanation of the difference between a national driver’s license and an international one.
These are two different documents. The national driver’s license is issued after passing the exams, while the international one is actually a translation into several languages of the information of the national driver’s license, is issued in addition to it and is inactive separately from the national one.
It is necessary to exchange a national driver’s license only if it is necessary to go abroad and the existing document does not comply with the international convention. For example, a driver’s license does not contain an expiration date, expiration date.
At the same time, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine emphasizes that all samples of Ukrainian driver’s licenses are valid on the territory of Ukraine and it is not necessary to change them at all. But this can be done at will.
As for the international driver’s license, it must be obtained to travel to countries that are signatories of the Geneva Convention, in particular, Australia, Japan, the USA, India. And it is issued on the basis of the national, for 3 years (it looks like a paper book).