Provisional driving licence

The driving licence is issued and replaced by a service bureau of the Road Administration. Driving licences are also issued by Estonian foreign missions.

A service bureau issues a provisional driving licence or driving licence within 10 working days of the day after which the test was passed or an application for replacement of the driving licence was submitted.

 

Issuing of a provisional driving licence

 

You will be granted the right to drive a power-driven vehicle and a provisional driving licence will be issued to you provided your permanent residence is in Estonia, your age and state of health comply with the valid requirements and you have obtained the qualifications of a power-driven vehicle driver.

The right to drive a power-driven vehicle is granted and a provisional driving licence is issued to a person who:

  • has not previously held the right to drive a power-driven vehicle or
  • who has the right to drive a motorcycle or tractor and also wishes to obtain the right to drive a power-driven vehicle;
  • has not been convicted of the misdemeanours specified in § 201, 223, 224, 226, subsections (2) to (4) of § 227, § 234, 236 or 237 of the Traffic Act;
  • has not been convicted of a traffic offence specified in Chapter 23 of the Penal Code;
  • and has not been repeatedly convicted of the misdemeanours specified in Chapter 15 of the Traffic Act, except the offences specified in clause 3 of this subsection.

A provisional driving licence can be applied for via the e-service or at a service bureau of the Road Administration.

In order to apply for a provisional driving licence at a  service bureau, the following documents must be submitted:

  • a valid medical certificate. It is not necessary to present a medical certificate if the certificate data in the motor registry are valid and the state of health of the driver has not changed or if the issuer of the medical certificate has transmitted the data electronically to the service bureau of the Road Administration;

  • an identity card or another document proving identity and permission to reside;

  • the learner’s certificate of the driver if the data of the certificate has not been entered in the motor registry;

  • a document certifying the right to drive, provided it was issued earlier (for example a driving licence with a limited right to drive);

  • a photo in electronic format, which can be taken in one of the photo booths available in all of the serice bureaus of the Road Administration. A digital photo taken in a photo booth ensures the better printing quality of the driving licence, and taking such a photo is free for the client;

  • has paid the state fee.

At the time of formalising a provisional driving licence, but no later than 10 working days after passing the test, you may, upon the existence of a valid right to drive, drive a power-driven vehicle without a document certifying the right to drive in Estonia. The right to drive a power-driven vehicle is proven based on the data of the motor register.

 

Replacement of a provisional driving licence

 

A provisional driving licence is valid for up to two years and cannot be replaced with a new provisional driving licence once its term has expired.

If you have completed the final stage of training after the term of the provisional driving licence has expired and you have not been penalised for a violation of the traffic rules in the last 12 months, you will be issued with a driving licence without having to take the tests. Completion of the final stage of training is required of all holders of a provisional driving licence applying for the driving licence, as well as from drivers who completed initial training several years previously.

The holder of the provisional driving licence may submit an application for the replacement of the provisional driving licence in the e-service environment or at a service bureau of the Road Administration no earlier than one month before the expiry of the provisional driving licence.

If you intend to replace your provisional driving licence and have a penalty in force for a violation of the traffic rules, you will obtain the driving licence once you have successfully passed a theory test.

If you have been penalised with the withdrawal of the right to drive a power-driven vehicle, your right to drive a power-driven vehicle and the provisional driving licence issued to you will be revoked. You may apply for the right to drive a power-driven vehicle and a new provisional driving licence after completing follow-up training and passing theory and driving tests.

If you do not collect your provisional driving licence within 12 months of the date of commencement of its validity, a new provisional licence will only be issued if you pass theory and driving tests.

If you do not obtain a full driving licence for the respective category of power-driven vehicle within 12 months of the expiry of the provisional driving licence, you must re-apply for a provisional driving licence and pass the theory and driving tests required in order to obtain a provisional driving licence.

If you have not collected your driving licence within 12 months of the validity date marked on the driving licence, the service bureau will revoke the driving licence.

A provisional driving licence can be replaced with a driving licence via the e-service or at a service bureau of the Road Administration.

To replace a provisional driving licence with a driving licence, the service bureau of the Road Administration must be provided with the following documents:

  • a valid medical certificate. It is not necessary to present a medical certificate if the certificate data in the motor registry are valid and the state of health of the driver has not changed or if the issuer of the medical certificate has transmitted the data electronically to the service bureau of the Road Administration;

  • an identity card or another document proving identity and permission to reside;

  • the learner’s certificate of the driver if the data of the certificate has not been entered in the motor registry (when replacing the provisional driving licence with the driving licence, the applicant for a driving licence must submit a leaner’s certificate with a note of having completed the final stage of training if this data is not available in the motor registry);

  • a previously issued provisional driving licence;

  • a photo in electronic format, which can be taken in one of the photo booths available in all of the service bureaus of the Road Administration. A digital photo taken in a photo booth ensures the better printing quality of the driving licence, and taking such a photo is free for the client;

  • has paid the state fee.

At the time of formalising a provisional driving licence, but no later than 10 working days after passing the test, you may, upon the existence of a valid right to drive, drive a power-driven vehicle without a document certifying the right to drive in Estonia. The right to drive a power-driven vehicle is proven based on the data of the motor register.