Driving in Albania

Driving in Albania might seem as a tenacious journey on itself, the Albanian drivers not always respect the rules, and we would recommend you to take it easy at first and be cautious until you get used to driving in Albania’s “wild” roads. Throughout this page we have summarized the whole process of driving in Albania, from driving licenses, car insurance, etc.

Main rules:

• Driving is on the right hand side of the road.
• The minimum driving age is 18 years.
• Everyone in the car must wear a seatbelt at all times.
• Mobile phones are not allowed while driving but hands-free systems, yes.
• A fire extinguisher, basic emergency repair kit, and spare bulbs must be in the car
• The speed limits are: in residential areas – 50 km/h (31 mph); outside residential areas – 90 km/h (56 mph); on motorways – 110 km/h (68 mph).
• The legal blood alcohol level is 0.01 mg/ml.

Additional information:

• To rent a car, a driver must present a full valid driving license which he has held for at least 3 years. The minimum age for renting a car is 21 years.
• If a driver is involved in an accident, he must wait until police arrives.

POLICE NUMBER: 129

While driving in Albania you are required by law to carry the following items, otherwise, fines can be issued:

• Headlamp beam deflectors
• First aid kits
• Warning triangle and reflective vest
• Motorcyclists – safety helmets for both drivers and passengers

International Driver’s License (Permit)

All international driving permits (IDP) issued under the 1949 Geneva Convention are accepted. An International driving license can only be used for one year. If you wish to drive in Albania for more than one year, you must apply for an Albanian license.

When driving in Albania these documents will be required:
• Valid driving license
• Evidence / Proof of insurance
• ID / Passport
• Proof of ownership
• International Driving Permit

Driving schools and applying for a Driver’s License in Albania

Get in touch with a Licensed Driving Schools for the required category and register to complete a theoretical and road skill driving course.

Documents and fees for “theory” test:

• Translated and notarized photocopy of the ID card and passport.
• Notarized photocopy of a valid residence permit.
• 2 photographs, size 4 x 5 cm, signed on the back by the applicant, name & surname
• Medical certificate with a photograph, certifying the physical ability to drive the vehicle of the relevant category, issued no earlier than six months from the date of submission of the application
• Payment receipt for a “LICENSE” type DD / T, in order to register for the theory test.

The exam is computerized; number of questions = 40, maximum time = 40 minutes, number of errors allowed = 4.

Foreigners have the right to bring a licensed translator or proof of a knowledge test.

 

Driving skill test:

To apply for a Driving License in Albania you will need to head to the Directory of Road Transport Service with these documents:

• The original hardcopy ID or passport is verified and returned to the citizen
• Valid Residence Permit (must be within the validity period)
• Payment receipt for the driving license fee (state budget tax)
• Payment receipt of 3500 ALL for driving license fee;
• 3 photographs – passport size 4 x 5 cm

At the end of the procedure, a digital headshot is taken and the electronic signature (name + surname) is deposited, which will be clearly visible in the driving license. The document will be available at the information desk of the Regional Directorate where the application is made.

Convert foreign Driving License to an Albanian Driving License at the Directorate of Road and Transport Service and applying for license verification beforehand:

• Service request
• Notarized and translated copy of passport
• Notarized copy of a valid residence permit
• Original valid foreign driving license
• A photocopied, translated and notarized medical certificate with a photograph, certifying the physical ability to drive the vehicle of the relevant category, issued no earlier than six months from the date of application.
• Payment receipt for the service of 2,300 ALL.

After being notified you will need to visit the DPSHTRR offices with these documents to apply for the driving license:

• Request form
• Valid ID and photocopy
• Foreign Drivers License
• Valid Residence Permit
• A payment receipt of 3500 ALL fee for the driving license

Car Insurance

Here is a list of well-known Insurance Agencies in Tirana:

EUROSIG
ALBSIG
SIGAL
SIGMA
INSIG

In case of accident

A document issued by the Republic of Albania, stating the law regarding Car Insurance “in case of accidents”. Click HERE (or right-click & Save link as…)

Pay Parking (Tirana)

Road Parking: (complete PDF map here)
Monday- Friday: 7:30-20:00 (After this hours the Parking spots are free)
A Zone: 100 Leke/h (yellow)
B Zone: 40 Leke/h (pink)
C Zone: 20 Leke/h (blue)

You can sign a contract here and reserve a spot yearly in the desired zone.
Underground parking: here
Parking areas
You can also reserve a parking spot via SMS

There are also private parking places throughout the city which you can take a look at this map.

Buying a used vehicle in Albania

Places you can find a used car online:

iAuto.al
MerrJep.al
Autostop.al
Gjejmakina.com

Before buying, make sure you check the car by a trusted mechanic. Beware: Odometers may have been rolled back both digital and analog.

After you choose the perfect car for you, head to a notary to get the documents changed with your name, and finalize the paperwork process. With the paperwork done, you can head to any SGS for technical inspection; make sure you pay Customs duties, or that the company/individual you are buying the car from, has paid them. You book ‘Kolaudimi’ and when you head to the road authority, the car undergoes a physical inspection where both the insurance and annual taxes are paid, if the car doesn’t have license’s plates, you also apply for them there.

Used Vehicle registration, apply at the service windows of the Directory of Road Transport Service with these documents:

• Application Form
• ID/ Passport
Certificate of Technical Control of the vehicle
• Documents accompanying the technical and ownership indications of the vehicle, issued by the official authorities of the State of origin of the vehicle, as a circulation permit and / or ownership certificate, the original copy of the export paper.
Customs Clearance Document (DAV) issued by Albanian Customs, original.
• Property Acquisition Document, Valid.
• Vehicle Policy Insurance
• RBS Certification

All foreign language documents must be translated into Albanian and notarized. Service Charge in case the vehicle is registered: Certificate of technical inspection of the vehicle 1,500 Lek + Circulation Permit 1,000 Lek + Certificate of Ownership 2,000 Lek = Total 4500 Lek.

Service Fee in case the vehicle is not registered: Control Certificate 1,500 Lek + Circulation License 1,000 Lek + Certificate of Ownership 2,000 Lek + Double License Plates Fee 3,000 Lek = Total 7,500 Lek.

In case the vehicle is already registered, apply to change the owner of the vehicle, at Directory of Road Transport Service with these documents:

• Request Form
• ID/Passport
• The document of acquisition of ownership of the vehicle, according to the Civil Code, in the original.
• Vehicle circulation permit.
• Vehicle certificate of ownership.
• Vehicle plates, when they are according to the old system.
• RBS Certification (issued by Securities Registrar).
• A photocopy of the record on the physical condition of the vehicle at the time of sale.

This service requires the change of circulation permit (fee 1,000 Lek), certificate of ownership (fee 2,000 Lek), change of license plate(if required) will cost 3,000 ALL for vehicles (and 1,500 ALL for motor vehicles).

Buying a new vehicle in Albania

New vehicle bought in Albania registration, apply at the service windows of the Directory of Road Transport Service with these documents:

• Request for service, which is completed at the counters.
• Identification document, which after being photocopied by the service employee, is returned to you.
• Certificate of technical control of the vehicle. (SGS)
• Certificate of conformity or document, with all the necessary technical indicators for the identification of the vehicle, issued by the manufacturer, in the original.
• Customs clearance document issued by the Albanian Customs, in the original.
• Property acquisition document, valid.
• Vehicle insurance contract.
• RBS Certification (issued by Securities Registrar).

All documents in a foreign language must be translated into Albanian and notarized. Service Fee: Certificate of Technical Control of the vehicle 1,500 Lekë + Traffic Permit 1,000Lekë + Certificate of Ownership 2,000 Lekë + Tariff of the equipment with two plates 3,000 Lekë = Total 7,500 Lekë.

Bringing a vehicle from outside Albania and foreign License Plates in Albania

A driver of a foreign vehicle, entering Albania, needs to pay a road tax. The customs officer issues a road tax certificate, which the driver must keep and return it back to the customs when leaving the country. Information concerning the Temporary Admission of foreign plates vehicles Customs page here. Regarding your reason and duration of stay, you might be granted a permission of 6 months to 1 year. At the end of this period, the vehicle must leave the country or be declared and cleared by the Customs Authorities. Temporary exit in neighboring countries does not serve to re-count/re-start the 6-month or 1 year permission period.

Vehicle import:
• Used vehicles registration is permitted for the first time only if they meet the environmental category EURO 4 and above
• While the 0 mileage vehicle must meet the environmental category EURO 5 and EURO 6

Depending on the length of your stay, you will need to follow the car registration process according to the Albanian law. Registering an imported vehicle, in case you’re bringing a vehicle from abroad, or importing a used vehicle bought abroad, apply at the service windows of the Directory of Road Transport Service with these documents:

• Request for service, which is completed at the counters.
• Identity card
• Certificate of technical control of the vehicle. (SGS)
• Ownership documentations of the vehicle, issued by the official state where the vehicle comes from: a circulation permit and / or ownership certificate, or deregistration for export, in the original.
• Customs clearance document issued by the Albanian Customs, in the original.
• Property acquisition document, valid.
• Vehicle insurance contract.
• RBS Certification (issued by Securities Registrar).

All documents in a foreign language must be translated into Albanian and notarized. Service Fee: Certificate of Technic Control of the vehicle 1,500 Lekë + Traffic Permit 1,000 Lekë + Certificate of Ownership 2,000 Lekë + 2 License Plates 3,000 Lekë = Total 7,500 Lekë.

Importing a new vehicle (buying a new 0 km vehicle abroad), apply at the service windows of the Directory of Road Transport Service with these documents:

• Request for service, which is completed at the counters.
• Identification document, which after being photocopied by the service employee, is returned to you.
• Certificate of technical control of the vehicle. (SGS).
• Certificate of conformity or document, with all the necessary technical indicators for the identification of the vehicle, issued by the manufacturer, in the original.
• The Customs Clearance Document issued by the Albanian Customs, in the original.
• Property acquisition document, valid.
• Vehicle insurance contract.

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