How to get a driver’s license in Croatia: Guide for 2022

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LAST UPDATED: 29/10/2021

In most larger cities in Croatia, there is enough reliable public transport that having a car is not needed. However, sometimes it is easier to mingle around having your own vehicle, especially if you live outside of cities or have a family, in which case you would need a driver’s license (called “vozačka dozvola”).

You may drive in Croatia with a valid foreign driver’s license depending on where it was issued. If you have a foreign driver’s license, take a look at this post first.

The following people can apply for a Croatian driver’s license:

  • A Croatian citizen who is a registered Croatian resident
  • A Croatian citizen who is a temporary Croatian resident with prebivalište or boravište for a period of at least 185 days
  • An EU/EEA state citizen who is a Croatian resident or is educated in Croatia
  • A foreigner who is a Croatian resident for at least 185 days in the calendar year and has a temporary or permanent residency

In this post, we’ve covered:

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How to apply for a Croatian driver’s license

We have collected all the useful information and requirements into one helpful guide to make the process of getting a driver’s license in Croatia easier for you.

1. Autoškola (Driving School)

There are several cases in which you must take driving school before applying for a driver’s licenses. These cases are:

  • You’ve never held a driver’s license before
  • You hold an expired foreign driver’s license
  • You hold a current or expired foreign driver’s license issued from a non-EU/EEA country AND you have been in Croatia for more than 1 year

If you have a foreign driver’s license and wish to exchange it for a Croatian license, please go to this post.

There is so much to cover with regards to driving school, that we created another post for that. Here is everything you need to know about taking driving school in Croatia, including what you will learn, how long it will take and how much it will cost.

Once you have completed driving school or if you are not required to take driving school, you can move on to the next section of this post.

2. Requesting a driver’s license

After you finish driving school, you can request a license. You can submit the request at any administrative police station in Croatia.

If you already have a driver’s license, you can extend or replace it at administrative police stations too. If you are a foreigner, you may exchange your license for a Croatian driver’s license by following these instructions.

In most cases, you won’t need your driver’s license urgently. However, there are some cases when you need your driver’s license immediately or in a very short period.

Depending on urgency, there are three options:

  • Standard procedure – Ready to pick up in a period of 30 days from submitting the request.
  • Accelerated procedure – Ready to pick up in a period of 3 working days from submitting the request.
  • Urgent procedure – Ready to pick up in a period of 24 hours from submitting the request. This option is available only in Zagreb.

If you need to get your driver’s license for the first time or extend the old one, go to the police station and bring these documents:

  • A personal identity card
  • Certificate of passing the driving test when applying for the first time (if you passed the test before January 1, 2018)
  • Your old driver’s license for extension, if applicable
  • Medical certificate about driving capability not older than 15 months (more on this below)
  • Photography (35×45 mm)
  • Proof of payment for the procedure
    • 151 kn for a regular procedure
    • 181 kn for home delivery (once a postman delivers it at your home address, you must pick it up in person, otherwise, they will return it to MUP)
    • 200 kn for an accelerated procedure
    • 450 kn for an urgent procedure
    • IBAN: HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, poziv na broj 7005-477-[YOUR OIB]) —Here are instructions on how to make this payment.
  • If you are not a Croatian citizen, you also need to enclose proof of identity and an appropriate document proving that you are a Croatian resident or that you’re in Croatia as a student for at least 6 months

NOTE: If you got a biometric passport, electronic ID card, ID card with OIB, or e-driver’s license issued from September 4, 2017 during past 5 years, you don’t have to provide a picture if your appearance has not changed significantly.

UPDATE: If applying for your first license, you no longer have to provide your Certificate of the Passed Driver’s Exam starting September 24, 2020. This will now be electronically transmitted to MUP.

After submission, you will receive a certificate proving your request for the driver’s license, which is valid for one month. It can be used to drive a vehicle as an alternative to the driver’s license. The certificate must be returned to the police station when picking up your official license.

An exception: A Croatian citizen who has a new electronic identity card can submit a request for the driver’s license via the e-građani web application. This is possible only when requesting the license for the first time or when you need a replacement due to damage or change in personal data, but it must be valid.

Medical certificate

A medical certificate is proof that you are able to drive a car or other vehicle. Before enrolling in the driver’s school, you have to pass this test.

The test includes a check of:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Motor skills
  • Heart work
  • Blood pressure
  • Injury existence
  • Physical abnormalities
  • Intelligence
  • Personality type

Before testing, check which medical practices in your city offer this service. Some police stations will give you a list of doctors. When you find a practice, take your identity card and a medical certificate about your health condition from your family doctor with you.

After passing the test, you will get Uvjerenje o tjelesnoj i duševnoj sposobnosti za upravljanje vozilom određene kategorije (Certificate of physical and mental ability to drive a vehicle from a particular category).

This certificate is valid for 15 months so keep in mind that it is best if you finish the driver’s school within this period. If you finish it after, you will have to take the medical testing once more. The certificate price varies from 250 to 400 kn depending on the practice. Private practices are usually more expensive.

If you want to exchange your foreign driving license for the Croatian driver’s license, you also need to enclose a medical certificate.

Where can you pick up your driver’s license?

You can pick up the finished driver’s license according to your request:

  • Standard procedure – At the police station where you submitted the request or you can choose delivery to your address, which costs 30 kn.
  • Accelerated procedure – At the police station where you submitted the request.
  • Urgent procedure – Only at the main police administration in Zagreb (Heinzelova 98).

If you don’t pick up your license within 90 days, the driver’s license will be canceled. That means you must repeat the application process again.

What is the validation period?

Driver’s licenses for vehicles categories AM, A1, A2, A, B, BE, F, and G are valid for a period of 10 years. Licenses for vehicles categories C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D, DE, and H are valid for a period of 5 years.

  • A detailed vehicle classification in Croatia is available here.
  • Usual vehicle classification in Croatia is available here.

People with a specific health conditions which are not an obstacle to driving can get a driver’s license for a shorter period. This includes problems with eyesight, diabetes, specific heart diseases, specific mental diagnoses, and specific chronic diseases which can have an impact on driving or result in dysfunctional motor skills.

In this case, the doctor who gave you a medical certificate will give you health permission for a period of several years after which you must repeat the health check. This period can’t be shorter than one year.

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Please note: All information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal advice in any form. For legal advice, you must consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. We can recommend one if you contact us.

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12 thoughts on “How to get a driver’s license in Croatia: Guide for 2022

  1. Theresa Kostanjšek
    June 8, 2021 @ 11:26 am

    Someone mentioned they had to have a psychology test to complete the medical exam for the drivers license. She had her license issued two years ago. Is this still a requirement? She commented that test was completely in Croatian, so if you don’t speak the language, how do you take the test? And thank you for your help.


    • Marija Tkalec
      June 25, 2021 @ 4:25 pm

      Hi Theresa,

      Yes, an intelligence/psychology test is included in the medical examination. It is a basic test that usually includes graphical tasks, so this shouldn’t be a problem. Good luck!

      Warm regards,


  2. Theresa Kostanjsek
    June 29, 2021 @ 5:53 pm

    I wanted to reply back, the assistants that worked at Medicinarada-Pula (Nobileova 8, Pula) were extremely helpful, spoke very good English and the psychology test was as you mentioned, graphical. I’m hoping to put any non HR speaking person at ease. Thank you for your feedback and I love receiving Expat in Croatia in my inbox weekly!
    Ugodan dan!!
    Theresa K.


    • Marija Tkalec
      June 29, 2021 @ 6:26 pm

      Hi Theresa,

      I am so glad that everything went fine! Thank you for the nice words, keep tracking us 🙂

      Hope to hear from you soon,


      • Alexander T
        November 15, 2021 @ 6:51 pm

        Ćao Marija!

        Rado sam pročito ovaj blog. Puno svima nama pomažeš što se hoću da presele u hrvatsku. Ja imam njemački pasoš i imam jedno pitanje zbog toga. U ovoj pasaži si pisala:
        An EU/EEA state citizen who is a Croatian resident or is educated in Croatia.
        Jel to znači da ako ja imam temporary croatian residency (manje nego 180 dana stay) onda mogu da napravim vozačku zato što imam eu citizenship i temporary croatian residency. Ili smijem tek da napravim vozačku ako sam bio već 180 dana u hrvatskoj?


  3. Theresa Kostanjsek
    June 30, 2021 @ 11:53 am

    our appointment was this morning at MUP. If you can, please update the stamp fee from 15kn to 35kn. This is posted at the front door of the Pula office, and what we were charged. And in case anyone uses the Post Office for the stamps and the general 150kn fee, there is an additional 5kn fee for their services.
    My Illinois driver’s license is for the basic car, up to 18,000# (class D) and Motorcycle (class M). The overworked and only clerk at the desk, could not find verification what class D stood for. The reverse side of my card explained what it meant. Unfortunately, she would not accept this explanation, even after I pulled the explanation on my phone to help. I was told my license could not be completed until she received approval from her superior. I must wait for a phone call to return. (Yet, my husband’s class included oversize/weight trucks, but his class was understood.) So, maybe emphasizing a translation of the individual State/Country of issuance may be necessary. I know it’s suggested. But I’m hoping to save someone else’s frustration in the future. As always, Thank you for being here…


    • Marija Tkalec
      July 7, 2021 @ 2:39 pm

      Hi Theresa,

      Thanks for your comment, we appreciate it a lot. We will check this info and update the article. It is sooo nice to see that we are trying to help each other best we can 🙂 Keep reading us, hear you soon!

      Warm regards,


  4. kel
    August 6, 2021 @ 11:50 pm

    i have my residency permit and i want to exchange my license from ghana the country i was born. can i exchange. thanks


  5. Eddie White
    October 11, 2021 @ 1:33 pm

    Hi Theresa
    Do you know what the situation is regarding when you turn 70 years of age.
    I am a permanent resident and have exchanged my UK license for a Croatian one but wonder if I now have to take a test and renew my license.
    I can’t find any reference to this on the internet. Mind you, that is not to say that it is not there!
    Kind regards


  6. bilal
    December 7, 2021 @ 12:07 am

    I lost my Croatian license. I’m not in Croatia yet. How do I get my license from Croatia?


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