Driver’s License Requirements to Drive in Sri Lanka

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Driving Licence requirements in Sri LankaA minimum height of 5 feet is required to obtain a licence for Motor bus and motor lorry category. It is possible to register and face the written test on completion of 20 years of age. In the event of passing the written test, a learners’ permit is issued for maximum period up to 18 months.

We require either of the following driving licenses as required by Law in Sri Lanka (As you can be charged by law for driving without a valid license and bear all liabilities arising)

  1. Sri Lankan Driving License (With over 3 years of experience; 5 years for SUV).
  2. Temporary Sri Lankan Driving License
  3. International Driving License (IDL) / International Driving Permit (IDP) with an endorsement by the Automobile Association of Sri Lanka (AA)

Driving with a temporary Sri Lankan Driving License

Foreign Driving License holders must obtain a temporary Sri Lankan Driving License from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Werahera (30 minute drive from Central Colombo) to be able to drive legally in Sri Lanka. The process takes about 30 minutes. The DMV is open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM. Please check with the Sri Lankan holiday calendar to ensure the DMV is open.

If the License is not in English, a translation by the respective Embassy or any authority in each country is required.

To obtain a Temporary Sri Lankan Driving License, the following documents are required

  • Your own Country Driving License (English Copy/ Translation) + Photo copy
  • Your National Passport + Photo copy of photo page and Sri Lankan Visa Page
  • You can find Sri Lanka’s holiday Calendar using Google Search.
  • You can also check whether a company is open or closed on a particular day or time by Google searching it’s name.

Driving with an IDL/IDP with AA endorsement

The endorsement is given over the counter at the AA office in Colombo which is open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM). Please check the Sri Lankan holiday calendar to ensure that AA is open on the date of arrival.

We can pre-process the endorsement on your behalf if required, especially if you are arriving on a weekend or during after-hours or if you wish to drive off from the airport.You are required to send us a scanned copy of the cover page and the photo page of your international license (fax copies are usually not clear enough). Note that the standard IDL/P is in the form of a booklet usually and not credit card sized (we can send a sample if required)

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