Terms and conditions of applying for a permit to drive

The right to drive a power-driven vehicle is granted to a person whose permanent residence is in Estonia, whose age and state of health comply with the requirements in force and who has obtained the qualifications of a power-driven vehicle driver. For the purposes of the Traffic Act, permanent residence means a place where a person usually lives for at least 185 days in each calendar year because of personal or occupational ties. Permanent residence is proven by the data of the population register.

Minimum age of a driver depending on the category of the power-driven vehicle

 

To apply for a permit to drive a moped

  • 14 years of age – a power-driven vehicle of category AM

An applicant for the right to drive a moped who is up to 15 years of age must have their legal guardian submit their written consent to the service bureau of the Road Administration.

To grant a limited right to drive

  • 15 years of age – a power-driven vehicle of category T where the maximum mass with or without a trailer does not exceed 8000 kilograms.

  • 16 years of age – applying for a limited right to drive category B.

The parent or legal guardian of the applicant must submit their written consent to the service bureau of the Road Administration.

Initial training 

  • 16 years of age – a power-driven vehicle of subcategory A1 and B1.

  • 18 years of age – a power-driven vehicle of category B; a power-driven vehicle of subcategory A2 or C1 and a power-driven vehicle of category T whose maximum mass with or without a trailer exceeds 18,000 kilograms.

In-service training

  • 21 years of age – a three-wheeled motorcycle of category A with a symmetrical wheel layout and net power above 15 kW; a power-driven vehicle of category C or subcategory D1.

  • 24 years of age – a power-driven vehicle of category A and a power-driven vehicle of category D.

To apply for the right to drive a motorcycle

  • 16 years of age – a motorcycle of category A1.

  • 18 years of age – a motorcycle of category A2.

  • 20 years of age – a power-driven vehicle of category A if the person has previously been granted the right to drive a power-driven vehicle of subcategory A2 for at least two years.

  • 24 years of age – a power-driven vehicle of category A.

When applying for the right to drive a tractor

  • 16 years of age – a power-driven vehicle of category T whose maximum mass with or without a trailer does not exceed 18,000 kilograms.

Exception 

  • 17 years of age – category B: on the proposal of the management of an organisation representing Estonia in the International Automobile Association, the right to drive a power-driven vehicle of category B may be granted to a motor-racing athlete whose participation in international events requires a driving licence and who has a limited right to drive a power-driven vehicle of category B.

  • 18 years of age – to drive a power-driven vehicle of category C or a road train of category CE when performing military service, provided the person has the right to drive a power-driven vehicle of category B.

  • 18-years of age – to drive a vehicle of subcategory D1 or category D when performing military service, provided the person has the right to drive in category C.

  • 18 years of age – the right to drive a power-driven vehicle of category C, a road train of category CE, a power-driven vehicle of subcategory D1 or a power-driven vehicle of category D that provides regular local services on routes that are shorter than 50 kilometres provided the person has completed the 280 hours of vocational training prescribed by the Road Transport Act and has completed the initial training of a driver within the framework of this training.

 

 

Minimum age of a driver to take a driving lesson

 

Driving lessons and driving practice are permitted with the following minimum age limit and categories of power-driven vehicles:

Moped 14 years of age – with a power-driven vehicle of category AM.
Passenger car 15.5 years of age – with a power-driven vehicle of category B and subcategories A1 and B1.
Truck 17 years of age – with a power-driven vehicle of subcategory C1.
Tractor

14.5 years of age – with a power-driven vehicle of category T whose maximum mass with or without a trailer does not exceed 18,000 kilograms.

17.5 years of age – with a power-driven vehicle of category T whose maximum mass with or without a trailer exceeds 18,000 kilograms.

In the case of other categories: starting from attaining the minimum age of a driver.