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Driving licence permit

Driving licence permit

You need a driving licence permit before you can register for a driving examination. Traficom can issue a driving licence permit for you if:

  • you fulfil the age and health requirements set for the relevant driving licence category
  • are a permanent resident of Finland or you study in Finland and have continued your studies for at least 6 months
  • you are not banned from driving or under a temporary driving ban in Finland or some other EU or EAA country.

Driving licence permits may be granted at the earliest one year before the applicant has fulfilled the age requirement corresponding to the driving licence category. However, category B licence permits may be granted at the earliest two years before the fulfilment of the age requirement.

Starting on 1 July 2018, the driving licence permit is valid for 3 years. When you come to the theoretical, handling and driving test, the driving licence permit must be valid for the category concerned.

You must also apply for a driving licence permit if:

  • you want to add new categories to your driving licence, i.e. upgrade your licence
  • you want to renew your driving licence when it expires
  • you want to exchange a foreign driving licence for a Finnish driving licence.

 

Applying for a driving licence permit

There are three ways to apply for a driving licence permit:

  • Book an appointment for filling in and submitting an application form at Traficom’s service provider Ajovarma’s office. You can obtain an application from Ajovarma.
  • You can also manage these issues at your driving school. Driving schools typically have application forms for a driving licence permit and, if they want, they can forward their students’ applications to an Ajovarma office on behalf of the students.
  • You may apply for a driving licence using Traficom’s e-Service, provided that you meet the requirements for using the service.

 

Attachments to the driving licence permit

  • Your current driving licence. If you have not previously been granted a driving licence, take along your passport or photo ID to verify your identity.
  • 2 passport photographs. However, if you have a valid passport or identity card, you do not need new passport pictures for a driving licence. You also do not need the pictures if you have sent photographs for a driving licence, professional driving licence or a professional qualification licence, or an ADR driving permit or a taxi driver’s driving permit on 1 January 2013 or later. For the requirements for the photo, see the passport photograph instructions of the police.
  • A medical certificate. However, the following exceptions must be taken into account:
    • When applying for a driving licence permit for your first Group 1 driving licence (AM/120, AM/121, T, A1, A2, A, B and BE), you may, if you wish, provide an assurance that you meet the health requirements for driving. In this case, no separate medical certificate needs to be attached to the application.
    • If you have a valid driving licence and want to upgrade your right to drive within Group 1 (AM/120, AM/121, T, A1, A2, A, B and/or BE) or Group 2 (C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D and/or DE), you do not need a medical certificate.
    • If you have a Group 2 driving licence and are younger than 44.5 years of age, you do not need a medical certificate when renewing your licence.
    • If you have a Group 1 driving licence and renew your licence by no later than your 70th birthday, you do not need a medical certificate.
  • Based on a driving examination taken in the defence forces, you may apply for an upgrade in your right to drive with a driving licence permit without qualification requirements. You must attach an examination certificate by the defence forces to your application for a driving licence permit. The certificate must have been issued within the previous 3 years. In this case, you do not need to attach a separate medical certificate to the application.
  • When upgrading motorcycle categories in driving instruction, you must present a certificate of instruction when applying for the driving licence permit.

NB! The medical certificate must be included on form F122 (medical certificate on driving capacity). Statements provided on any other medical certificate form will not be accepted when applying for a driving licence permit. Physicians keep form F122 (medical certificate on driving capacity) on hand. Ensure that your physician provides you with the correct form. The correct form is shown here.


If you hold a Group 1 driving licence and would like to apply for a driving licence permit for a Group 2 driving licence (bus, coach or lorry), you must always submit a medical certificate on driving capacity (F122).

The specialist medical certificate form (F127) is not accepted as an attachment to your driving licence permit application.

Get your documents in order at Ajovarma

Ajovarma is Traficom's service provider. You can manage all application and permit issues related to driving licences at Ajovarma offices. Ajovarma also provides the driving examination services. Book an appointment to the nearest Ajovarma office here.

Ajovarma's national customer helpline provides advice and service at +358 75 323 9999 on weekdays Mon-Fri at 8-15.45 (price of phone call: local network charge/mobile call charge) and by e-mail at inquiries(at)ajovarma.fi. Click here to book an appointment.

 

First driving licence -service

You can apply for a driving licence permit for your first driving licence using Traficom’s e-Services if you have no previous driving licence in Finland or abroad and you meet the criteria for using the service. Read more about the requirements for using the service First driving licence. If you are not eligible to use the service, you may apply for a driving licence permit for your first driving licence at Ajovarma.

 

Upgrade your driving licence service

You may upgrade your valid driving licence using Traficom’s e-Service ‘Upgrade your driving licence’, provided that you meet certain requirements.

Use of the service requires that you already possess at least one driving licence category and are applying for an upgrade with a driving examination.

Read more about the requirements for using the Upgrade your driving licence service. If you are not able to use the service, you can upgrade your driving licence at Ajovarma.

 

Renew your driving licence service

You can renew your driving licence via Traficom's e-Services. To renew you licence, you do not need a medical certificate if:

  • you are no more than 70 years old and have a valid Group 1 driving licence or
  • you are under the age of 44.5 years and have a valid Group 2 driving licence.

In all other cases, you will need to attach to your electronic application a medical certificate on your fitness to drive. You can retrieve the certificate from the Patient Data Repository if your physician has stored the medical certificate in the Repository.

For more information on other requirements for renewing your driving licence online, please visit the service Renew your driving licence. If you do not meet the requirements, you can renew your driving licence at Ajovarma service points.

 
 

 

Page updated 06/27/2019

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