When you stay longer in Bulgaria, it can happen that your driving license expires. Also when you loose your driving license or it gets stolen: KAT is where you need to be. Read here what you need to do.
The EU regulation is that if you move to another EU country and your driving license is expired or valid less than 6 months to expiry, you are required to change the driving license to the national driving license. If your driving license is valid longer than 6 months, you change before the expire date.
In Bulgaria driving licenses are changed at KAT. This is the same place where you register your vehicle.
For Sofia KAT Click Here. You need to be in the very last building of the complex (end of the street on the left side through the garden). Ask advise which number you need to pick (this used to be number C) and wait your turn. If you wish to spend the least possible time at KAT, be sure to pick your number no later than 8 AM.
Only official EU documents can be changed for other EU documents.
What you need to bring:
> Driving license medical declaration*
> Old driving license
> BG ID Residency Card (with photo)
> Fee (around BGN 30-50)
*The driving license medial declaration is a special paper you can buy in for example Orange Bookstores or Office 1. Your GP needs to fill this out and stamp it for you.
Do not take pictures in advance. These will make you in KAT of the same counter, you submit the above documents. There is a speed procedure, which will cost a bit more, you will have your license in a week or a slow procedure which will issue your license in around 30 days. You need to come back to KAT to collect your license.
Note: If you have any outstanding fines, you need to pay those first, before you can proceed for a new license.
You will get a Bulgarian EU driving license and with this a little blue card. This blue card is important and upon request needs to be shown in combination with the driving license. The blue card is a point registration card for your driving license points. For each violations points will be deducted. Driving schools offer redemption courses to regain lost points. With a clean sheet you receive an orange card after 5 years. This is referred to as the gold card.
Bring something to read and some patience. This request might take a while.