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Cyprus Business Permits - Operating A Driving School
Information on permits required to operate a Cyprus driving school
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Establishment and Operation of a Driving School
In order to establish and operate a Driving School in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain the licence for the establishment and operation of a Driving School and register with the Department of Road Transport, operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works.
The term «Driving School» refers to a shop where the business of professional driver's training takes place.
Every person is eligible to obtain the licence or the operation of a Driving School provided that the Department of Road Transport is satisfied that the or the Director of the legal person fulfils the following criteria:
possess a Certificate of Good Conduct by the Cyprus Police;
has practiced as a licensed driving instructor for the last three years in an EU member state or employees a manager for the driving school that has practiced as a licensed driving instructor for the last three years in an EU member state;
is above 24 years old.
The Application for the issuarance of a licence for the operation of a Driving School can be submitted either electronically through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the competent authority:
Department of Road Transport
27 King Paul Street
Tel.: +357 22 807038/187
Fax : +357 22 354030
The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
copy of Certificate of Good Conduct;
copy of Certificate of Social Insurance Contributions;
copy of Driving Instructor's licence from an EU member state of the applicant or the manager of the driving school.
On site inspections are carried out by the Department of Road Transport officers in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the legislation.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within fifteen days from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted. Upon approval, the applicant needs to pay to the Department of Road Transport the licence fee of € 17,09 (payable either by cash, cheque or bank transfer).
The licence is valid for one year from the date of issue. The renewal fee is €17,09.
Obligations and Supervision
Licensed driving school operators are obliged to comply with the Motor Vehicles (Drivers Training) Law of 1968, and relevant regulations, as periodically amended, as well as the terms and conditions of the licence. Indicatively, licensed driving school operators are obliged to comply with the following:
maintain the appropriate premises, classroom, and equipment necessary for the training of drivers;
employee driving instructors that are licensed by the Department of Road Transport;
maintain suitable motor vehicle for driving instructing ensuring safety both for the instructor and the trainee;
the motor vehicle used for driver's instructing clearly bears a dinstictive mark.
The Department of Road Transport supervises the operation of the licensed Driving Schools in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the relevant Laws and Regulations as well as with the terms and conditions of the licence.
Pancyprian Association of Professional Driving Schools
3 St. Nicholas Street
Tel: +35799 621402
Pancyprian Federation of Driving Instructors
2 Antrea Zakou & Nikou Evagorou Street
Tel: +35799 653940
Fax: +35722 486 120
Cyprus Association of Driving School’s Owners
5A Rodopis Street
Tel: +35722 498783, +35799 650 587, +35799553802
Fax: +35722 427177
Last Updated 18 January 2017