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How to drive in Slovenia

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Driving is a popular method of transport in Slovenia for locals, expats, and visitors. Please see information below regarding licensing requirements and helpful information about driving in Slovenia.

Legal requirements

To qualify for a Slovenian driver’s licence, drivers must be at least 16 years old, which allows someone to drive with adult supervision. Drivers must be at least 18 to drive without adult supervision. Drivers must also prove their competency through a written theory test of driving safety and regulations, and must also pass a driving test on the road to demonstrate skills and knowledge. An eye test is also required, and, in some circumstances, a medical clearance is required as proof of eligibility.

National licence

If you are a citizen of the EU, you can drive in Slovenia on your current licence. However, if you are staying in the country for a long time, it is useful to exchange your current licence for a local licence, so you have identification with your local address.

If you are a resident living in Slovenia for more than six months, you can exchange your current licence for a Slovenian one. A theory test of Slovenian road rules and a road driving test will be required, although the road test is not required if you are from an EU country. In addition to passing the required tests, you will also need to provide your current international licence, a recent photograph, medical proof that you are fit to drive (if required), and you will have to pay a small fee.

International licence

To drive in Slovenia, even as a short-term visitor, an international driver’s permit (IDP) is required, if you are from outside the EU. The IDP is simple to obtain, and can be done through your home country’s licensing authority before you travel overseas. Always have your IDP with you when driving in Slovenia — it may also be required when renting a car.

Insurance and car registration

If you have purchased a car in Slovenia, you will be required to register the vehicle and pay all necessary registration fees. Third party liability insurance is also required, with some insurance companies offering driver’s discounts. Cars insured within the EU will be covered throughout all EU countries, in case of an accident or emergency.

Insurance rates can vary depending on the provider, so it is best to get as many quotes as possible before purchasing an insurance policy.

Practical tips when driving in Slovenia:

  • For towing or mechanical help in case of emergency, call 1-987.
  • It is a legal requirement for all vehicles in Slovenia to carry spare light bulbs, a first-aid kit, a warning triangle that reflects light, and an accident documentation form, which can be obtained through your insurer. Fines can be issued on the spot to drivers who do not have these items.
  • In winter, snowfall can be very heavy in mountainous areas, so consider keeping an ice scraper, shovel, and emergency supplies in your vehicle.
  • Proficiency in the local language is essential to pass the driving tests.
  • It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, unless you have a hands-free option.

 Useful links:

Driver’s licence information for foreigners
Automobile Association of Slovenia (roadside assistance)

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