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AFI Driver’s License

AFI stands for “Allied Forces in Italy” that lets military and local police agencies know that you are authorized to operate vehicles registered in the AFI system. Airmen and dependents must have an AFI license to register & drive an AFI registered vehicle in Italy (military member must complete the AFI license process before dependents can be issued). An AFI license is not valid without a valid driver’s license so you must carry both with you at all times and only AFI license holders are authorized to drive an AFI registered vehicle.

Driving a Motorcycle

To drive a motorcycle overseas, Airmen need a Motorcycle Safety Course Certificate and U.S. driver’s license motorcycle endorsement while dependents only need the U.S. driver’s license motorcycle endorsement. Individuals ages 18 to 24 can only operate Motorcycles up to 35 kilowatt output (approx. 46.6 horsepower) unless member can show proof they have possessed a motorcycle endorsement for over two or more years prior to registration.

Driving Outside of Host Nation

AFI driver’s licenses are only valid in Italy. So if you plan to travel outside of Italy, you’ll need an International Driving Permit and the U.S. Department of State authorizes only two agencies to issue them:

AAA or American Automobile Touring Alliance AATA

AFI License: Application Process/Requirements

Age Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license.

AFI Study Material: Obtain study guide & other information relevant to driving in Italy and Apply for AFI License with the Pass and Registration SharePoint site and Aviano Mobile App.

Complete online test:

  • Test contains 100 questions and is accessible by government/home computer or mobile phone at this link: Study material and test
  • Can only miss 10 questions; once test is completed, review missed questions to obtain your score
      • 1st Failure – minimum of 24 hours wait
      • 2nd Failure – minimum of 14 day wait
      • 3rd Failure – minimum of 60 day wait

Submit application online:

Toll Payment Methods

  1. Cash
    • Enter Autostrada [Highway]: Push red button. Take ticket.
    • Exit Autostrada: Insert ticket. Place required change in bucket or insert bills [Euros only]. The gate will lift.
  2. Card: Debit, Credit, or Via Card [Pre-paid toll card]
    • Same process as above, but with card.
    • Buy Via Cards at Punto Blu points, tobacco shops, toll booth operators, Autogrills, or highway gas stations.
      NOTE: Chip cards present the fewest issues at booths.
  3. Telepass: Device attaches to window and debits your account when you drive through a Telepass lane.
    • Enter Autostrada: Camera scans window device.
    • Exit Autostrada: Camera scans window device. When the camera validates device and the light is green, you can go.

Calculate Italian Autostrada Fees

Visit the Autostrada website to estimate tolls. In far left column, input your departure and arrival city and submit.

Toll Payment Methods

Go to to create an account. Toll fees are automatically debited from your account. Fees may apply.

NOTE: Tolls are commonly used here in Italy on the Autostrada. It is recommended you always carry euro as payment. Sometimes the card readers don’t work in the machines. There is an option on the machine to change the language as well.

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