You can obtain a category B and BE driving licence already at the age of 17 if you are studying a professional driver training course which includes obtaining the right to drive lorries or buses. In this case, a vocational basic degree programme is being carried out under the supervision of the Finnish National Agency for Education, and the programme includes the completion of a basic level professional competence in accordance with professional competence requirements.
A driving licence obtained at 17 years of age, before the normal minimum age for a category B licence (18 years), entitles the holder to drive only when the drives are associated with the training. This makes it easier to get to the study and apprenticeship locations and enables apprenticeships as a van driver, for example. It is advisable to have your training certificate and/or on-the-job learning contract with you when driving.
You can apply for the driving licence permit for a category B driving licence at the age of 16. If you are studying a professional driver training course, you may take the category B or BE theory test one month before turned 17. In this case, you must give evidence of your studies by showing a training certificate from your educational institution when you come for your first theory test. In addition to the certificate, you also need your guardian’s consent. You may take the driving test once you have turned 17.
With an exception permit issued by Traficom, a driving licence may already be obtained at the age of 17 if there are specific reasons for this.The permit is granted on the basis of careful consideration taking into account the young person’s personal needs for transport or a driving licence.
Special reasons can be, for instance, the following difficulties in travelling to work, on-the-job training, school, or a regular and goal-oriented hobby
In addition, the following can be taken into consideration in the assessment:
You can apply for the driving licence permit for a category B driving licence at the age of 16. If you are granted an age exception permit and you have obtained a driving licence permit, you may take the category B theory test and then the driving test as soon as you turn 17.
A Traficom application form must be used when applying for an age exemption permit. You can fill in the electronic form and send it as an email attachment or alternatively send it by post.
Depending on the reason for the application, one of the following must be attached to the application form:
Applications for age exemption permits can be made at the earliest four months before the applicant turns 17. In accordance with the Act on Driving Licences, the permit is issued no earlier than three months before the minimum age is reached.
The processing time for the application is currently two month. The processing can be speeded up by filling the application form carefully and attaching the required documents.
The application and attachments are to be sent to Traficom
The decision, both positive and negative, charges a fee according to the payment provision (100€). The bill is sent to the customer once the decision has been made.
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