Update February 12 — The driving licenses will remain valid on the territory of the country until the end of the year. Following the fierce reactions of the public, the Assembly today voted on amendments to the Law on Road Traffic Safety.
Skopje, February 11 — One day before the deadline for the change of personal documents under the Prespa Agreement, the Ministry of Interior (MVR) explained which of the personal documents will be valid and which will not.
Passports with the old name Republic of Macedonia will no longer be valid as of February 13th.
"We ask citizens with old passports not to try to leave our country at all, as this will not be possible. Citizens with dual citizenship will be able to use the passports of the other country without any problems. We also emphasize that any citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia who comes to the border crossing to enter our country will be able to do so, regardless of the travel document they come with", the ministry said.
The ID cards with the old name of the country will be valid even after February 13th and can be used without interruption on the territory of the country.
"For exit from North Macedonia to countries with which we have bilateral travel agreements with an ID card, citizens will not be turned back by our border police officers if they have an ID card with the name Republic of Macedonia, but we cannot guarantee that they will be let in by the other countries. The same applies to driving licenses as well as ID cards," the ministry points out.
*Driving licenses with the old name of the country will no longer be valid as of February 13th.
"The Ministry of Interior will act according to the law, and therefore we appeal to citizens not to drive a vehicle if they do not have a valid driver's license with the name Republic of North Macedonia. We also warn that in the event of damage caused by a possible traffic accident due to an invalid driver's license, the citizens who do not have a valid driver's license will have to bear the consequences of the possible damage," they added.