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Driving in the Czech Republic

Every person driving a motor vehicle in the Czech Republic has to carry either a Czech driver´s license or any international driver´s license accepted in the Czech Republic.

International Driver's License

When visiting the Czech Republic, you may drive a car if you are a holder of a Czech driver's license, other EU member country or Norway/Iceland/Switzerland/Liechtenstein issued driver's license, or a holder of a non EU-country driver's license that complies with the conditions specified in the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968). Otherwise, you will need an international driver's license that meets the requirements prescribed in either of the following international agreements:

• Agreement on Road Transportation signed in Geneva on September 19, 1949 (enclosure No. 10) 
• Agreement on Road Traffic signed in Vienna on November 8, 1968 (enclosure No. 6) 
• The EU Committee's Guidelines No. 91/439 of July 29, 1991, on driver's licenses 

For more information, visit the website of the Czech Ministry of Interior.

Motorway Tolls

There is a charge for using certain motorways and main roads in the Czech Republic. A coupon needs to be bought and one part attached to the car's shield window. The coupons are sold in gas stations, post offices etc. For more information and updated fees, visit the website of the Toll System in the Czech Republic.

The Main Road Regulations

• The general speed limits are as follow: 

  • highways and motorways: 130 km/h (aprox. 80 mph) 
  • roads: 90 km/h (aprox. 56 mph) 
  • residential areas: 50 km/h (aprox. 30 mph) 

• Except for small motorcycles, only persons 18 years of age and older can drive motor vehicles in the Czech Republic.

• The use of safety belts is obligatory. The passenger in the front seat must not be younger 12 years of age. Children under 150cm and weighing less than 36kg must sit in a child safety seat.

• All motor vehicles must keep their road headlights on at night and day, all year round. 

• Driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs (i.e. drugs and medicines) constitutes a crime with a possible punishment of up to one year in prison, a fine or a ban. Municipal police officers are entitled to require a breathalyzer tests from drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

• The use of cellular telephones while driving is prohibited. However, the use of hands free set is permitted.

• When passing and turning, it is necessary to use a turn signal. Passing is permitted on the left side only. Further, drivers must also signal when passing a cyclist.

• At roundabouts, drivers must signal only when changing lanes left and right and when leaving the roundabout.

Driving in the Czech Republic

Driving in the Czech Republic