Licence requirement to operate a motor a vehicle
In order to operate a motor vehicle in Sri Lanka you need to obtain an International Driver’s Licence or a Temporary Sri Lankan Driver’s Licence.
International Driver’s Licence (IDP)
An International Driving Permit issued from the resident country could be used to operate motor vehicles in Sri Lanka. Since Sri Lanka is party to the UN Convention on Road Traffic which states that an IDP is valid in the territory of all the participant States for the period of one year from the date of issue, it is a valid document in Sri Lanka. This is the most recommended option for a non-Sri Lankan resident to be eligible to operate a motor vehicle in Sri Lanka.
However, before the IDP can be used to operate motor vehicles in Sri Lanka it should be endorsed by the Automobile Association of Ceylon, No. 40, Sir Mohamed Macan Marker Mawatha, P.O.Box 338, Colombo 03.
Sri Lankan Temporary Driver’s Licence
A temporary driving licence could be obtained from the Department of Motor Traffic in Sri Lanka within 1 or 2 days. However, due to the process being a time consuming affair, this is not the most recommended option. For more information on obtaining a Sri Lankan Temporary Driver’s Licence, please click here to visit government information website.