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Driving in San Marino

If you're driving in San Marino your checklist requirements are:

  • A valid UK driving licence. If you don't have a photo card licence, you'll need an International Driving Permit - find out more here
  • A GB sticker on the back of your car - even if your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background)
  • Your motor insurance certificate
  • A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)

You must also:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle

It's a good idea to have:

  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A first aid kit
  • A Green Card - it's a useful back-up to your motor insurance documents and shows you've got the minimum legal level of cover. If you'd like to find out more, contact your insurance company
  • A Camping Card International to give you additional proof of identity, third party liability insurance, plus discounts at a wide range of campsites and tourist attractions. Find out more here

Other things you should know:

  • You won't have to pay motorway tolls
  • Petrol (lead replacement and unleaded), diesel and LPG are readily available
  • Speed limits vary across San Marino, so check the signposts for maximum speeds
  • If you're caught committing a driving offence, you'll be given an on-the-spot fine
  • The drink driving limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood - less than the UK limit of 80mg per 100ml
  • You must use dipped headlights during the day on motorways, dual carriageways and out-of-town roads
  • You shouldn't use your horn in built-up areas except in cases of extreme danger
  • Outside built-up areas, use your horn to let someone know you want to pass them
  • Children under age 4 must use a suitable child restraint. Children aged 4-12 can't sit in the front unless they have an appropriate seat restraint
  • If you hire a car, check your insurance carefully. You might not be covered for accidents unless a third party is involved (so you wouldn't be covered if you drove into a wall) and you might not be covered against fire and theft in some areas
  • It's illegal to carry any radar detection equipment, whether or not it's switched on, when driving through San Marino
  • If you're carrying an overhanging load (like a bike on the back of your car) you must have a 50cmx50cm red and white striped reflective panel on the back of the car

Useful guides and maps

Michelin - National Map Italy
Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

Download  a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.

What RAC can do for you

RAC offers great-value, flexible RAC European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.

Sources Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of August 2009 to the best of our knowledge and should be referred to for information purposes only - it should not be relied upon as formal advice. Please always check the current requirements of the country you are visiting before you leave.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in San Marino.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Around 5,750 British nationals visited San Marino in 2015 (source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, San Marino). Most visits are trouble-free.

The emergency services numbers in San Marino are: 112/113 (emergency service, gendarmerie), 115 (public safety, fire department, local police), 118 (emergency ambulance and medical services).

There is no British Consulate in San Marino. The closest British diplomatic mission is in Rome.

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