Italy has officially adopted a European Union regulation which extends the expiry date of driving licenses as well as vehicle safety checks (revisione auto) and related documents for seven months, the Italian Interior Ministry confirmed in a circular.
In the case of driving licenses expiring between February 1st and August 31st 2020, validity is automatically extended by seven months from the expiry date, and the holder will be able to travel freely throughout the EU during that period.
But be careful: if your driving license expired on or before January 31st, the European legislation doesn't apply, so it will only remain valid until August 31st – and only within Italy.
Under lockdown, it has been impossible to renew official documents such as driving licenses, with most offices closed for months. And even though some have now started to reopen, some offices are still working under reduced opening hours or with fewer staff, and officials are faced with a large backlog of paperwork.
Now, as free movement restarts between European member states and people begin to travel across borders again, the EU has brought in rules to standardise various countries' own extensions on expiring documents.