Russia extends expiring driver’s license for three years

Driver's licenses that expired between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023 will be automatically renewed for three years. The corresponding initiative was taken by the traffic police

Russian driver's licenses, which are about to expire, will be extended for three years. This was stated by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin at a meeting of the presidium of the profile commission of the Cabinet of Ministers.

“Another resolution aimed at reducing the administrative burden for businesses and citizens. It prolongs for three years the validity of Russian national driving licenses, those that were to be exchanged over the next two years (from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023),” he said.

In addition, the validity period of diagnostic cards for vehicles registered in the Far North and intended for the transport of dangerous goods will be extended for a year, the head of government noted.


The initiative to extend the validity of driver's licenses was made by the traffic police, was told in the Ministry of Economic Development. “Drivers who work in companies will not waste working time on obtaining new rights, passing a medical examination. This will allow them not to be distracted from the logistics chains,— explained in the Ministry of Economics.

At the moment, the validity of the driver's license— ten years. After that, motorists need to re-pass a medical examination, pay a fee for issuing a new document and contact the traffic police or the MFC to replace them.

If your driver's license has expired, you are not allowed to drive. You must not drive until the motorist receives a new document. Otherwise, the driver will face a fine in the amount of 5,000 to 15,000 rubles. under part 1 of Art. 12.7 of the Code of Administrative Offenses.

Since March 1, the procedure for obtaining a driver's medical certificate has changed in Russia. Those who were previously disqualified for drunk driving are now required to be tested for psychotropic substances and alcohol use.

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Those whose doctor reveals signs of diseases such as alcoholism or drug addiction can also be sent for testing. Among such signs— traces of injections, inappropriate behavior, hand tremors, reddening of the face, and others.

If the driver was deprived of his license for another violation —for example, for re-driving through a red light or driving into the oncoming lane, — then he will not need to receive a medical certificate to return the rights.

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