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Driving in Latvia

Information acquired on 11/06/2009

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence.

International driving license (recommended only).

Car registration or rental papers.

Country initials sticker.

International Motor Insurance Card.

Passport (recommended only).

Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party.

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Maximum alcohol level : 0.05 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Child seat, booster seat or fitted restraint system, compulsory up to 1,5m.

Minimum driving age : 18 years.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Dipped headlights compulsory (night and day) all year round.

Studded tires under certain restrictions from 1 October to 30 April .


Warning triangle compulsory.

First-aid kit compulsory.

Fire extinguisher compulsory.

Fluorescent safety jacket recommended.

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 50 kph.

On roads : 90 kph.

On motorways : 110 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

Auto clubs

Latvijas Automoto Biedriba (LAMB)

Raunas 16b

1039 - RIGA


Latvijas Automobilu Federacija (LAF)

Brivibas Gatve 266-107

1006 - RIGA


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