The Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


The activities of determining, cancellation and replacement of a unique designated number in the Republic of Srpska are performed by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska.

The competent institution will determine a unique designated number for a person who does not have a unique designated number according to their place of residence, and for a newborn child, a unique designated number is determined according to the place of birth, i.e. based on the registration in a birth register.

The issues related to citizenship are not in the competence of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior. A person should contact the Republic of Srpska Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Governance which is competent for this issue.

A request for adding information on blood type and entity citizenship to a person's identity card should be made when submitting a request for obtaining an identity card.

The request for adding information on blood type is submitted together with the certificate on blood type issued by a health institution.

The request for replacing an identity card may be submitted even before its expiry date or 30 days after its expiry date without submitting additional documents. If the request is submitted later than 30 days, it is obligatory to submit a birth certificate and a citizenship certificate. A request for replacing identity card can be submitted only at the place where the person is registered to have residence.

It is a duty of the competent body to issue an identity card no later than 15 days after the request for issuing identity card has been submitted, if it confirms that the person who submitted the request has a right to have an identity card.

It is a duty of the competent body to deal with the request for issuing a passport within 30 days from the day the request was submitted.

Regarding deadlines for taking personal documents, only in the field of passports is there a deadline to take it after it is issued. If a passport is not taken within 90 days after the legal deadline for issuing a passport (30 days from the date of submitting the request) expires, the competent body will cancel the passport.

Identity card can be taken personally, by a proxy or via mail. The manner of taking the document to be issued shall be decided by a citizen when submitting the request for issuing identity card.

Passport can be taken personally, by a proxy or via mail. When submitting a request for issuing a passport, the person who submitted a request shall fill in the appropriate column in the request.

Driving licence can be taken personally or by a proxy.

In order for a foreign citizen to submit a request for getting a driving licence issued in accordance with the regulations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the issue of their residence in BiH must be officially regulated beforehand.

Namely, the request for issuing a driving licence can be submitted by a foreign citizen for whom either permanent or temporary residence has been approved in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Only if permanent residence has been officially approved to a foreign citizen, they shall be issued an identity card for foreigners.

Upon regulating their residence, along with a valid passport, a foreign citizen shall submit a request for issuing a driving licence to the organizational unit of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior in accordance with the address of their approved temporary residence.

Note: If they do not have a driving licence, a foreign citizen may take a driving test in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The issue of a foreign citizen with temporary residence in BiH taking a driving test is in the competence of the Ministry of Education and Culture. Therefore, a foreign citizen should contact this Ministry.

In accordance with the Law on traffic safety basics on the roads of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Article 172, paragraph 1), a motor vehicle in road traffic can only be driven by a person who has a valid driving licence, a foreign driving licence or an international driving licence.

The procedure of issuing/revalidation/replacement of driving licence is related to the valid identity card, and the request is submitted to the organizational unit of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior in accordance with the place of residence of the person who submitted the request.

Along with the request for revalidation of driving licence and the driving licence whose validation period has expired, it is also necessary to submit the receipt for paying the fee for driving licence form.

The validity period of the issued driving licence is 10 years, and for the persons older than 65, the validity period of the issued driving licence is 3 years starting from the date of issuance.

If a person is older than 55 at the time of issuing a driving licence, the driving licence issued shall be valid until the date the person turns 65, and this period shall not be shorter than 3 years.

In special cases, driving licence can be issued for a period shorter than the one defined in this Article (Rulebook on driving licence, Article 15) based on medical report and opinion of the health institution in the certificate on health capability of a person, which cannot be shorter than two years.

Therefore, a medical certificate shall be attached to the request for revalidation of driving licence:

a) if a person is older than 65,

b) if driving licence is issued with shorter validity period (limited ability), and

c) if the request is submitted by a driver whose driving licence issued belongs to D category and D1 sub-category.

For example, if a person who has turned 64 years of age is supposed to replace their driving licence, it is not necessary for them to attach a medical certificate, but the validity period of the driving licence to be issued will be three years.

According to Article 21 of the Rulebook on driving licence ('Official Gazette of the Republic of Srpska', no. 21/07), it is necessary to report the loss of driving licence to the competent body on the territory where the owner of the driving licence has found out about its disappearance, after which the loss of the driving licence is published in the Official Gazette of BiH, entity official gazettes, or the Official Gazette of Brčko District.

In Article 22 of the same Rulebook, it is prescribed that the replacement of a lost driving licence is performed by issuing a new driving licence at the request of the person who wishes their driving licence to be replaced. In addition to the request, it is obligatory to attach the receipt confirming the payment of fee for the driving licence form and a proof of publishing the old driving licence as an invalid document in an official gazette.

Before the procedure for the replacement of a driving licence issued in the Republic of Srpska with a driving licence issued in the Republic of Serbia, it is necessary to obtain a new driving licence in the Republic of Srpska following the prescribed procedure. Upon obtaining the requested driving licence, the request for replacement of a driving licence is submitted to the competent body in the Republic of Serbia. In order for the certificate of the competent body of the Republic of Srpska to be accepted as an adequate proof that a person has passed a driving test, as well as other issues regarding issuing of driving licence in the Republic of Serbia, a person should ask the competent body of the Republic Serbia Ministry of the Interior for further information.

According to the Rulebook on driving licence, along with the request for the replacement of a foreign driving licence, it is necessary for a person to, among other things, attach their valid foreign driving licence.

Accordingly, the legal deadline for replacing the foreign driving licence in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the date when the validity period of a foreign driving licence expires.

The Law on traffic safety basics on the roads of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Article 172, points 1 and 2, regulates that a motor vehicle in road traffic can be driven by a person who has a valid driving licence, a foreign driving licence or an international driving licence. Additionally, while driving a motor vehicle, it is obligatory for a driver to carry a valid driving licence with them and to show it to an authorized person at their request.

The same Law, in Article 211, paragraph 1, regulates the conditions for driving a motor vehicle or a motor vehicle with trailer on the roads in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to which a it is obligatory for a driver to have a valid registration certificate issued for that vehicle, as well as the policy of obligatory insurance, and for motor vehicles and vehicles with trailers registered in a foreign country. Furthermore, it is necessary to possess international documents on the insurance from car responsibility which are valid on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also, a vehicle must not be a subject to a customs minor offence.

According to Article 18, paragraph 2 of the Law on passports of Bosnia and Herzegovina (‘Official Gazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina’, no. 4/97, 1/99, 9/99, 27/00, 32/00, 19/01, 47/04, 53/07, 15/08, 33/08, 39/08 and 60/13), the request for issuing passport for a minor is submitted by one of the parents with the consent of the other parent or other legal representative.

One parent can submit a request for issuing a passport for a minor only with the written consent of the other parent certified by a competent body.

According to the Rulebook on the amendments to the Rulebook on dimensions, total weight and axle bearing of a vehicle, devices and equipment that all vehicles need to have and basic conditions to be met by the vehicles and equipment in road traffic (‘Official Gazette of the Republic of Srpska’ no. 67/07), windows shall not be additionally tinted in any way (e.g. by setting foils, painting windows additionally, etc.) compared to the features of factory production.

Exceptionally, windows of a motor vehicle can be additionally tinted are as follows:

-the back and side windows of a bus by setting homologated promotional foils,

- side windows of vehicles behind driver’s and front passenger’s seats by setting homologated foils without reflection.

Obligations of drivers driving motor vehicles on the territory of the Republic of Srpska, which are the property of private companies, are regulated by the Republic of Srpska Law on transport by road traffic. Article 8 was modified by the Law on amendments to the Law on road traffic for the purpose of better understanding:

1) Motor vehicles intended for public transport and transport for private purposes can be driven by a person who is employed with the owner of the vehicle or the user of the vehicle, and who meets the conditions defined by the regulations on road traffic safety.

2) It is obligatory for the person from paragraph 1 of this Article to have completed at least three-year vocational transportation school to obtain a motor vehicle driver diploma; or four-year vocational transportation school - road transportation, and this should be their basic profession.

3) Exceptionally, persons who acquired motor vehicle driver degree before 1992 will be considered to have met the conditions from paragraph 2 of this Article.

4) Provisions from paragraph 2 of this Article shall not be applied to persons driving motor vehicles as natural persons certified for performing transport for their own purposes, as well as for persons driving motor vehicles with not more than 1+8 seats registered, or motor vehicles owned by legal persons whose largest weight allowed is 3,500 kg.

5) In the motor vehicle whose largest weight allowed is 3,500 kg, which is owned by a legal person, there shall be a proof that the person driving that vehicle is employed with the owner or the user of that vehicle.

6) The proof mentioned in paragraph 5 of this Article can be driver’s identity card or the copy of the application for pension and disability insurance.

The procedure for issuing stickers for persons with disabilities, i.e. accessibility signs is regulated by the Rulebook on the manner of marking vehicles driven by persons whose limbs are impaired.

Accessibility sign can be obtained by a person with impaired limbs whose impairment of a limb relevant for driving a motor vehicle is more than 60%.

Accessibility sign is issued by a body competent for vehicle registration.

A person with disability shall submit to the competent body a request for issuing an accessibility sign. In addition to the request, the person shall submit two photographs whose dimensions are 30x35mm and a decision on the percentage of physical impairment issued by the competent body based on the relevant entity regulations and regulations of Brčko District for determining the percentage of physical impairment.

Considering what is mentioned above, there are two basic conditions for obtaining the accessibility sign:

- The impairment of the limbs relevant for driving a vehicle is more than 60%,

- The person has the decision on the percentage of physical impairment issued by the body competent for defining the percentage of physical impairment.

If the request for revalidation of vehicle registration is not submitted within 30 days from the date it expired, the vehicle shall be officially cancelled from the records of registered vehicles and the owner of the vehicle must return the registration plates and registration certificate within 8 days. A decision shall be issued based on this and records of it shall be made in the ownership certificate. Otherwise, a person who does not act in the aforementioned manner is committing an offense according to Article 236, paragraph 1, point 29 of the Law on safety on the roads of BiH, for which a fine is prescribed in the amount ranging from BAM 50 to BAM 250.

A person can have insight into the photographs made by stationary radar by visiting the official internet page of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior and at the Police Station for processing traffic violations.

Photographs of violations recorded by the stationary radar system are available on the Internet page of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior, www.mup.vladars.net, in the module ‘Violation registered by stationary radar system’ and are visible only for one month from the date of the recording of the traffic violation, due to extensiveness of the material.

After the period for having insight expires, a person can have insight into the photograph of traffic violation in the presence of police officers at the Police Station for processing traffic violations two years after committing a traffic violation. After the two-year period expires, the photographs are archived.

The Republic of Srpska Law on traffic violations defines the manner of defining a violation.

Upon noticing a traffic violation, illegal parking in particular, citizens can report it to the first police officer they see, go to the nearest police station or call 122 so that police officers can go to the site, determine whether a vehicle has really been illegally parked and undertake further legal steps in order to sanction the driver.

According to Article 3 of the Rulebook on criminal records, criminal records are kept by the body competent for internal affairs of a municipality, or the city on whose territory the person who submitted the request was born.

If a citizen requests information on being or not being previously convicted for the purpose of realization of rights and interests, it is obligatory for them to state the purpose of issuing the request (Article 15, paragraph 1, of the Rulebook on criminal records).

When submitting a request, it is necessary to bring one of identification documents.

In accordance with the provisions of the Law on weapons and ammunition of the Republic of Srpska, for a natural person to be permitted to obtain and keep weapons for personal safety, it is necessary to meet the conditions regulated by Article 10 of the aforementioned Law.

Regarding this issue, along with the request for issuing the permission for obtaining weapon, it is also necessary to submit the following documents:

- a certificate that there are no minor offence proceedings against the person who is submitting the request,

- a certificate issued by the authorized organization on the training for firearms handling (persons who have residence in the Republic of Srpska and who have performed duties for more than 3 years as authorized officers of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior or other police agencies, court police, protecting persons and property, military officers and persons who already have firearms registered that belongs to the same type according to its purpose),

- receipt for the administration fee paid in the amount of BAM 30.

In addition to all of the above, the competent organizational unit of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior checks the information from criminal and minor offence records ex officio (whether the person was convicted for committing criminal offences which are processed ex officio and regulated by the Republic of Srpska Criminal Code and the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as whether the person was punished for disturbing public order and peace, committing a minor offence defined by the Law on weapons and ammunition or for the minor offence with violent characteristics defined by other laws). If a competent body is not able to perform the aforementioned check ex officio due to the fact that this issue is regulated differently by other legislations, the person will be asked to personally deliver the requested information.

Also, the permission for obtaining weapons shall not be issued if so is necessary for the purpose of safety.

If a person meets the requested permissions, a competent body shall issue the permission for obtaining weapons, and a person shall have 6 months to obtain weapons (Article 8 of the Law). The request for issuing weapons licence shall be submitted within 8 days from obtaining weapons.

Along with the permission for issuing weapons licence, the proof of the origin of weapons is submitted, as well as the administration fee in the amount of BAM 30 and the receipt for paying the fee for weapons licence form in the amount of BAM 20.

Weapons licence for keeping weapons for personal safety shall be valid for 5 years from the date of issuing (Article 13 of the Republic of Srpska Law on weapons and ammunition).

At the request of the party, upon submitting the receipt for paying the administrational fee in the amount of BAM 30 and the form fee in the amount of BAM 30, and if the conditions from Article 19 of the Law are met (the weapons licence has been issued and there are justified reasons for carrying weapons for personal safety), the competent body shall issue the licence for carrying weapons for personal safety.

The Law on weapons and ammunition in Article 13, paragraph 1, among other things, regulates that when submitting the request for a new weapons licence, the proofs regulated by Article 10, paragraph 1, points a, b, c, d, e, f, and g of this Law shall be submitted along with the request:

- certificate issued by the authorized health organization on health capacity,

- certificate that there are no criminal proceedings against the person who is submitting the request,

- a certificate that there are no minor offence proceedings against the person who is submitting the request,

- administration fee payment receipt for dealing with the request for issuing weapons licence in the amount of BAM 30, and

- fee payment receipt for the weapons form in the amount of BAM 20.

If the owner of weapons for personal safety, after the weapon licence validation period expires, does not wish to submit the request for issuing a new weapon licence, they can turn the weapon into a trophy, sell it or give it as a present to a person who meets the requests in accordance with the Law on weapons and ammunition, or give the weapons voluntarily so it becomes the property of the Republic of Srpska.

On the internet page of this Ministry, by clicking the tab ‘Decisions and approvals issued by the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior’ you can find the necessary information.