Foreign visitors who possess of International driver permits and valid driver license issued by the country of their residence may drive in Iran.

The main road traffic rules:

  • Driving is on the right side of the road.
  • The minimum age for driving is 18 years.
  • All car occupants must wear seatbelts.
  • The third party insurance is mandatory, and personal insurance is required.
  • It is not permitted to drink and drive; the legal blood alcohol level is 0.0%.
  •  The speed limits are: in built up areas – 50 km/h, outside built up areas – from 70 km/h to 110 km/h, on highways – from 70 km/h to 120 km/h.

Additional information:

  • Iran has high rate of road traffic accidents as many local drivers ignore traffic rules.
  • In Iran, there are four types of driver licenses: motorcycles permit, second grade driver license, first grade driver license, and specific driver license. To have a motorcycles permit and/or second grade driver license (to drive vehicles up to 3500 kg gross vehicle weight), drivers must be at least 18 years old. As to first grade driver licenses (to drive vehicles above to 3500 kg gross vehicle weight) and/or specific driver licenses, it is required from drivers to be at least 23 years old.
  • Iranian police has a right of testing drivers under the influence of alcohol and for driving under the influence of drugs.
  • To bring foreign registered vehicle into Iran, foreigners must be over 18 years of age and have a valid International driving permit, driver license issued by the country of his residence, the third party insurance valid within Iran, and validation for the vehicle to pass through Iran (Carnet de Passage).
  • It is recommended to avoid driving off-road near the borders of Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • In cities, there are many speed bumps and usually, there are no warning signs before.
  • In a case of an accident, drivers must do not leave the scene and wait until the police arrive to file a report.

Iranian Road Traffic Signs

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