Variation/endorsement of driving license

The Authority may require an applicant for renewal or variation as applicable to:

  • fill in an application form;
  • provide any additional information (including any evidence that the Authority may reasonably require as to those particulars);
  • undergo any test which the Authority may require for license variation;
  • provide one recent passport size photograph; and
  • pay fee as per Schedule1.

Exemption from requirement for a Bhutan driving license

The Authority may exempt a person from obtaining a driving license for a period of three months if the person:

(a) has a valid international driving license;

(b) holds a diplomatic passport and a valid driving license issued in another country; 

(c) is a foreigner who resides in Bhutan for a period not exceeding three months and in possession of a valid driving license issued in the country of residence; and. 

(d) is a member of the armed forces and holds a valid driving license issued by the respective Motor Transport Officers for driving military and police vehicles;

Notwithstanding the above:

i) Only professional Bhutan Armed Forces drivers will be eligible for a civilian driving license upon producing an endorsement letter from the Motor Transport Officer concerned, along with a Certificate of having attended a one day Introductory Course.
ii) Other Armed Force personnel holding a non-professional military driving license shall follow the procedures prescribed in Part 2, Section 60 other than having to produce a Learner License. 

Requirement for endorsement of Foreign Driving License

A foreigner staying in Bhutan for a period exceeding three months must:
(a) report to the nearest office of the Authority for endorsement of Driving License;
(b) produce valid visa or work permit; and
(c) pay an endorsement fee as prescribed under schedule 1.

Issuance of Bhutan Driving License to Foreigners

A Foreigner applying for a Bhutan Driving License must:

(a) fulfill all the requirements for obtaining a fresh driving license.
(b) hold a valid driving license issued in his/her home country
(c) produce a valid Visa or a Work Permit and

Notwithstanding 77(b),if in the opinion of the Authority, any Foreign national is found to be incompetent to drive a vehicle in spite of the person holding a valid driving license issued from another country, the Authority may direct the person to attend a driving test conducted by the Authority.