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Getting a driving licence in the EU – Hungary

Driving licences in the EU - conditions

Driver training and driving test

The requirements for obtaining a driving licence in Hungary are as follows:

  • You will need to enrol at an accredited driving school and complete the statutory number of hours' theoretical and practical training, which will vary depending on the category of licence you require.
  • The minimum requirements for the number of training hours are laid down in Decree No 24/2005 of the Minister for Economy and Transport of 21 April 2005 on the detailed rules for training and examining drivers of road vehicles and road transport expertshu (in Hungarian only). The table in point 3.2.1 of Annex 3 to this Decree gives full information on minimum training hours. The legislation requires trainee drivers to complete practical training in night, urban and non-urban driving.
  • In order to demonstrate that you have the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to satisfy the test requirements, you will need to pass a theory test, practical driving test and basic first aid test.
  • An example: If you wish to obtain a general category "B" driving licence needed to drive a passenger car, you will have to follow a theory course of at least 28 hours, which will also include rules of the highway code, driving theory and vehicle operation and maintenance. The minimum 29 hours of driving practice are divided into 9 hours of initial and 20 hours of main training. The main training consists of at least 14 hours urban driving, 4 hours highway driving and 2 hours night driving, and the learner and instructor must prove that they have jointly covered a distance of at least 580 km. After passing the theory test and a practical driving test off the public road, you will then have to pass the driving test proper. You may not take the full driving test until you have passed the basic first aid test and received the relevant certificatehu.

Driving schools organising training generally also, as part of the training package (and generally for a fee or as an integral part of the course price), see to the administrative formalities for obtaining the driving licence. The learner driver's contribution is only to approve these administrative formalities and to comply with his/her own training and test obligations during the process.

Age requirements

The minimum age for applying for a driving licence in the various categories is shown below (an identity document must be submitted as proof of age):

category AM (mopeds of below 50 cc, < 4 kW)

14 years

category A1 (motorcycles of over 120 cc, <11 kW )

16 years

category A2 (motorcycles of over 395 cc, 20 )

18 years

category A (motorcycles of over 595 cc, < 40 kW)

24 years

category B (passenger cars)

18 years

Medical fitness

If you wish to renew an EU driving licence, you must undergo a medical fitness examination at the time intervals set out below (these intervals may be reduced at the discretion of the competent medical body according to the applicant's medical condition):

  • Categories A, A1, A2, AM and B - every 10 years up to the age of 50, every 5 years between the ages of 50 and 60, every 3 years between the ages of 60 and 70 and every two years after the age of 70.
  • Categories C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D, DE combined or TR - every 5 years up to the age of 60, every 2 years after the age of 60.

Contact :

Detailed information on driver training and tests, together with downloadable forms, can be found at the National Transport Authority (Nemzeti Közlekedési Hatóság) website.

National Transport Authority's contact details:

1066 Budapest, Teréz krt. 62 | Tel.: 06 1 373 1400 | E-mail: office@nkh.gov.hu

Postal address: Nemzeti Közlekedési Hatóság Központ, 1389 Budapest, Pf.: 102

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