Frequently asked questions during applicability of the 2+2 rule

16. June 2020 - 8:47
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How long will the Road Administration service bureaus be closed for?

The 2+2 rule applies in our branches. Clients who have made appointments are served first. If you do not have an appointment, please bear in mind that you may be waiting for some time and that you may have to do so outside. Pre-registration checks are only conducted on the basis of appointments. You can make an appointment here: https://broneering.mnt.ee/.

The Road Administration will constantly review the established measures and keep everyone up to date on further developments and activities. You can also look for information on our website.

What should you keep in mind if you want to visit one of our bureaus?

  • Make an appointment before your visit. You cannot make an appointment at the door.
  • You can make an appoint here.

Official requirements and recommendations are strictly followed at our service bureaus where the services are provided in order to reduce the risk of infection. This is why making an appointment is important. We thank all of our clients for their understanding.

How to get the necessary documents from the Road Administration?

The service bureaus of the Road Administration only provide essential services. As such, we would ask you to go online for anything you need from us, having any paperwork mailed to your home address and number plates delivered to a parcel terminal.

If for some reason the documents were still set for delivery to a service centre of the Road Administration, they will be sent to the applicants by post. To receive them, please send an e-mail request to info [at] mnt.ee, providing the preferred address for document delivery.

The only exception is digital recorder (tachograph) cards, which will be forwarded to those who have ordered them, with precise handover arrangements made in each individual instance.

How do I pay the state fee?

The state fee needs to be paid via bank transfer before you submit your application. The requisite details can be found here. Other information related to state fees, including amounts, can be found here.  

What is your response time during the state of emergency?

If you lodge an application with the Road Administration and do not hear back from us within five working days, please call our information line on +372 620 1200.

Vehicles

How is the inspection of a vehicle performed prior to registration when the vehicle has not been registered in Estonia?

The roadworthiness test prior to registration is only available for vehicles on the basis of an appointment. You can make an appointment here. Inspections prior to registration can be performed in two waiting lists – compliance with the terms of said waiting lists is checked upon presenting the vehicle:

  • Appointments for which a vehicle pre-registration application has been submitted on the e-service site of the Road Administration.
  • Appointments without a vehicle pre-registration application.

To speed up processing, we recommend that the owner of the vehicle or their representative fill in a Vehicle Pre-registration application on the e-service site of the Road Administration (see the Guideline (PDF)) (PDF). This must be done irrespective of the age and category of the vehicle.

Arrive alone to present the vehicle and follow the instructions of the inspector.

For tractors, mobile machinery or the trailers thereof (hereinafter referred to as machines), you can also call a specialist of the Road Administration to inspect the machine at the location of the machine. The request to call a specialist should be e-mailed to info [at] mnt.ee, with the nearest service centre to the machine (e.g. Tartu) and the phrase ‘Request for inspection’ in the subject line. Our service centre will inform the client of the exact time the inspection will take place.

When the specialist arrives, bear in mind the following:

  1. The machine must be in an accessible location outdoors.
  2. The machine’s VIN (vehicle identification number, on the body or framework) should be cleaned in advance and must be legible.
  3. The original documents should be placed in the machine in a location accessible to the inspector.
  4. There is no need to stay with the inspector and the machine. If you wish to monitor the inspection of the machine, keep a distance of at least 5 metres.
  5. If necessary, use your phone to talk to the inspector.

The colour or technical specifications of a vehicle registered in Estonia have changed (e.g. a gas appliance has been installed or another reconstruction made). How can I change the details in the register and get a new registration certificate?

The owner of the vehicle or their representative must present the vehicle to the Road Administration for inspection to change its technical specifications. Presenting the vehicle is done on the basis of an appointment and you can make one here. After the inspection, the owner and authorised user of the vehicle can request the registration certificate with amended specifications to be sent to their home (state fee €16) from the e-service of the Road Administration.

Activities to be carried out with vehicles

You can perform activities with vehicles in the e-service and at the service offices of the Road Administration. Service offices are only open based on appointments. You can make an appointment here.

We recommend that you use the e-service site of the Road Administration for any activities.

On our e-service site you can:

  1. change the owner of a vehicle, incl. resell a vehicle after the end of a leasing contract, etc.
  2. add, change and delete users entered in the traffic register and on the registration certificate.
  3. replace the registration certificate of the vehicle. This can be ordered by the owner of the vehicle as well as the authorised user. The registration certificate can be ordered by ordinary post to the address of the person.
  4. order a duplicate number plate. The duplicate number plate can be ordered to a suitable Omniva parcel machine.
  5. authorise the performance of a actions in the traffic register
  6. temporarily delete a vehicle from the register, extend the period of a temporary deletion or terminate temporary deletions
  7. submit a pre-registration application before an inspection is conducted prior to registration.

The e-service site cannot be used for actions with watercrafts.

Roadworthiness tests

Does a vehicle have to be taken for a roadworthiness during the state of emergency?

No restrictions have been established on roadworthiness tests because of the state of emergency. A vehicle that is used in traffic must be taken for a roadworthiness test.

Am I allowed to drive a vehicle that has not been taken for a roadworthiness test?

You are allowed to drive a vehicle that has not been taken for a roadworthiness test cautiously, considering the nature of the risk and only taking the shortest route

  • to the nearest repair workshop;
  • to a testing centre;
  • to a parking facility.

Driving to a coronavirus testing centre in a vehicle not taken for a roadworthiness is not punishable in a state of emergency.

How should I behave when a roadworthiness test is performed in the state of emergency?

You can find the roadworthiness testing centres here.

Please follow the instructions below to ensure that the roadworthiness test can be performed safely.

  1. Select the suitable testing centre, contact them to make an appointment so you don’t have to wait in a queue.
  2. If possible, make the appointment and pay for the test via bank link to reduce direct contact with the person who performs the test.
  3. If possible, use personal protective equipment (mask, gloves, cleaning wipes) when you go to the testing centre.
  4. Use personal protective equipment when you arrive at the testing centre and inform the centre about your arrival by telephone or signalling.
  5. When you arrive for your roadworthiness test, remove the vehicle registration documents from the covers and leave them on the dashboard with the car key in such a manner that the tester can get them without direct contact with you.
  6. Place the vehicle accessories such as the fire extinguisher, warning triangle, wheel chocks and, if necessary, first aid equipment in a place that can be easily accessed by the tester during the test. The less time the tester has to spend in the vehicle, the safer the performance of the roadworthiness test.
  7. Please stay in a safe distance (ca 5 metres) from the tester, preferably in fresh air (outside). Follow the instructions displayed or given at the testing centre.
  8. The tester will fill in the registration documents and place them on the dashboard after performing the test. A checklist of the deficiencies found in the vehicle is issued with the test decision “repeated”. If you have any questions, talk to the tester in fresh air and from a sufficient distance whilst using personal protective equipment.
  9. If you didn’t make an appointment for the roadworthiness test and haven’t paid for it in advance, listen to the advice of the tester and follow the instructions displayed at the testing centre.
  10. After the test, use the cleaning wipes to clean everything that the tester touched and air the vehicle.

What does the tester check in the vehicle, i.e. what should I clean after the test?

  1. The tester checks the following inside the vehicle:
  2. the steering wheel and the acoustic alarm switch;
  3. the levers attached to the steering column;
  4. the switch of the lights and the heater;
  5. the sun visor and the level for opening the bonnet;
  6.  the gear stick and the handbrake;
  7. the switches and levels of the window lifting mechanism;
  8. the door handles (inner and outer);
  9. the safety belts, safety belt buckles and locks;
  10. the seat adjustment buttons or levers;
  11. the fuel tank opening lever or switch and the cap of the fuel tank;
  12. the accessories;
  13. the car key and the registration documents;
  14. the emergency exit switch (if any).

Please note: Some cleaning wipes may damage the vehicle’s surfaces and registration certificate.

How can a roadworthiness test be performed if the vehicle is located abroad?

If a vehicle that is abroad is due a new roadworthiness test and the owner needs to continue using it in traffic, we advise visiting a testing centre in the country of location. In this case, you must carry a roadworthiness certificate, which proves that the vehicle is in good order, when using the vehicle in traffic.

Based on current legislation, it’s impossible to transfer the result of a roadworthiness test passed abroad into the Estonian Traffic Register. The vehicle must pass a roadworthiness test in Estonia in order to have a roadworthiness test that is effective here.

What should I do if my vehicle is registered in a foreign state, but a roadworthiness test has to be done on it in Estonia during the state of emergency?

A full roadworthiness test must be performed at a testing centre on a vehicle registered in a foreign state that is due a new roadworthiness test so that it can be used in traffic in Estonia. A roadworthiness certificate that confirms the vehicle’s technical condition will be issued after the test has been passed.

Driving tests

When can tests be taken again?

The Estonian Road Administration will start organising tests in all categories again on 7 May.

Over 1,400 driving tests have been cancelled since the start of the state of emergency on 16 March and people would like to finally be able to take their tests. Please be patient – we will make every effort to solve the issues caused by the crisis as quickly as possible.

Will I be offered a new time slot for the test?

If your driving test was cancelled because of the state of emergency, you will receive a message about the new test. If the time slot is not suitable, you can change it yourself in the e-service. For example, if your test was scheduled for 10:00 in Tallinn, the time and place of the new test should be the same.

In which order do we register the people whose tests were cancelled?

Those whose tests were cancelled during the state of emergency will be given a new time for taking the test in parallel with other tests. The Road Administration will prepare the new test schedules in the order in which the tests were cancelled, i.e. if your test was cancelled right at the start of the state of emergency, you will be among the first to get a new time slot. 

For example, if your exam was scheduled for March but was cancelled, you will be issued with a new exam time within two weeks.

What should I do before a test?

Now is high time to hone your skills! So practice driving with an instructor or contact your driving school to book a driving lesson.

Can I take the test in the driving school’s car?

Category B driving tests cannot be taken in the driving school’s car for as long as the state of emergency and the 2+2 rule apply.

What will happen with people whose tests are scheduled after 7 May?

All of these tests can be taken. Driving tests can be taken again on the principle that all of the schedules prepared as of 7 May will remain in force and the people whose tests were cancelled will be registered for new Category B tests at the same time. Motorcycle tests will take place on the basis of the schedules already prepared and heavy machinery tests will continue in cooperation with driving schools. 

Who will compensate the cost of a trailer hired for a driving test that is cancelled because of the state of emergency?

If the driving test is cancelled due to the state of emergency caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this is classed as force majeure and the Road Administration cannot be held liable for compensation.

Will the 12-month validity period for theory test results be extended because of this?

A successfully passed theory test due to expire during the state of emergency declared by the Government of the Republic on 12 March 2020 (hereinafter the State of Emergency) or within 30 days of the end of the State of Emergency will remain valid during the state of emergency and for 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency.

Category A driving tests during the state of emergency

What should I keep in mind when I arrive for my Category A driving test during the state of emergency?

When arriving for a Category A or subcategory driving test, the examinee must bring the following in addition to what is ordinarily required:

  • a charged mobile phone with a hands-free device because the driving test will be carried out without contact and the Road Administration uses phone calls for this.
  • mask and gloves. Wearing a mask and disposable gloves when taking a test is mandatory during the state of emergency. A mask cannot be replaced with a visor, but using them together is even more effective.

You can read more about personal protective equipment here.

What should I do if I feel ill before the start of the test?

If you are due to take your theory or driving test but are experiencing one of the following symptoms:

  • temperature over 37.0o C
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • loss of sense of taste and smell
  • tiredness
  • breathing difficulties, shortness of breath
  • muscle pain

then contact the Road Administration and you can book a new time for your test without having to pay the state fee again.

Please do not put yourself and others at risk!

What should I do if I suspect I’ve been infected?

  • If you are experiencing symptoms (mainly cough and fever) and suspect that you’ve been infected with the coronavirus, please call your GP.
  • If you cannot reach your GP, call the GP helpline on 1220.
  • You can also use the self-assessment environment www.koroonatest.ee. You will find out what to do next by answering simple questions.
  • You must monitor your health for 14 days if you suspect that you might be ill.
  • Call an ambulance on 112 if someone is in a serious condition.

The GP will decide if a person has recovered and can return to society.

Further information can be found here.

Theory tests

When can theory exams be taken again?

Registration will open for theory exams on the e-service site of the Road Administration on 18 May. Those whose theory tests were cancelled because of the state of emergency can take their tests from 18 to 29 May. Everyone who has finished their training at a driving school can take their theory tests from 1 June.

If you cannot register yourself for a theory test in the e-service, you must make an appointment for visiting a bureau here. You can register for a theory test at the bureau.

My theory test was cancelled because of the state of emergency. How can I rebook my test?

A specialist of the Road Administration will call those whose theory tests were cancelled because of the state of emergency and offer them new time slots for the tests in the period from 18 to 29 May, and books a suitable slot for the person.

If the future driver doesn’t answer the phone, a time slot for the test will be booked for them and the time and place of the test and all other necessary information will be e-mailed to them. If the time offered by the Road Administration for the theory test is not suitable, it can be changed in the e-service.

What should I keep in mind when I arrive to take the test?

Official requirements and recommendations are strictly followed at our service bureaus where the services are provided in order to reduce the risk of infection. The tests will therefore be taken in smaller groups. If possible, please wear a mask when you visit a bureau of the Road Administration.

If the time of your theory test is approaching but you’re feeling unwell, please contact the Road Administration and you can book a new time for your test without having to pay the state fee again.

Please do not put yourself and others at risk!

What differences are there in the term of validity of theory tests in relation to the state of emergency and the subsequent period?

A successfully passed theory test due to expire during the state of emergency declared by the Government of the Republic on 12 March 2020 (hereinafter the State of Emergency) or within 30 days of the end of the State of Emergency will remain valid during the state of emergency and for 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency. Thus, if the expiry date of the theory test result falls in the period from 12 March 2020 to 16 June 2020, the theory test result of the respective category will remain valid until 17 August 2020. All earlier and later theory test results will remain valid for 12 months.

Driving rights & driving licences

My health certificate has expired or is about to expire. My GP is not taking any more appointments or has cancelled my scheduled appointment. Will my right to drive be suspended? Can I renew my licence without a valid health certificate?

An amendment to the Traffic Act entered into force on 07.05.2020, according to which the right to drive will not be suspended if the health certificate has expired during the state of emergency (as of 12 March 2020) and within 90 days of the end of the state of emergency. Similarly, everyone can renew their driving licence without a valid health certificate during the state of emergency and for 90 days after the end of the state of emergency.

The driver must be physically and mentally capable to drive a vehicle and they must not have any illnesses or health problems that prevent them from driving safely. A driver is responsible for assessing their health during the state of emergency and for 90 days after the state of emergency. A driver is similarly obliged to make sure that their health permits them to drive before they start driving a vehicle (clause 33 (2) 1) of the Traffic Act).

A health check must be passed as soon as possible after the workload of GPs has returned to normal, but no later than within 90 days of the end of the state of emergency. The right to drive will be suspended if a health check has not been passed within this time.

How can I renew my licence if your service bureaus are closed?

The Road Administration’s online service site makes it possible for clients to do everything they need to do without stepping out of their front door. Given the current state of emergency, we recommend doing everything via the e-service and have the documents posted to you at home. You will find our e-service site here.

What should I do when I’ve returned to Estonia after living abroad but cannot change my driving licence in the e-service, as I haven’t met the 185-day permanent residence requirement?

Persons who have recently registered their place of residence in Estonia and want to settle permanently in Estonia and change their driving licence can e-mail the respective digitally signed request in free format to the Road Administration at info [at] mnt.ee.

Pay attention to the following when submitting the request:

  1. Write the name of your nearest service bureau of the Road Administration and ‘driving licence change’ in the subject field of the e-mail message. For example: Tallinn, driving licence change.
  2. Include the postal address to which the driving licence will be sent in your request.
  3. Attach the document that proves payment of the state fee (26 euros) or the details of payment of the state fee to your request.
  4. If the place of residence of the holder of a driving licence according to the Population Register is in Estonia, but they have not yet lived in Estonia for 185 days, a confirmation of permanent place of residence, which is available here, must be filled in and digitally signed alongside the request.
  5. If the place of residence of the holder of the driving licence according to the Population Register is in another European Union Member State, but they regularly visit Estonia due to personal and professional ties or only personal ties, the confirmation of permanent residence and certificates of personal residence must also be filled in and digitally signed with the request. You will find information on this here.
  6. Your signature and photo taken at the Police and Border Guard Board are available for transfer onto the driving licence. This means that an ID card or passport has been issued to the applicant by the Police and Border Guard Board in the last five years.

The driving licence will be sent to the address given in the request. If the driving licence has not arrived in 10 days, you must inform the Road Administration of this by calling the customer helpline on 620 1200.

My provisional driving licence will expire/has expired. What should I do?

A provisional driving licence due to expire during the state of emergency or within 30 days of the end of the state of emergency will remain valid during the state of emergency and for 90 days after the end of the state of emergency.

This means that the persons whose provisional driving licence has expired from 12 March 2020 to 16 June 2020 may drive a motor vehicle in Estonia until 15 August 2020. The right to drive will remain suspended, but the expired provisional licence will still be deemed valid on the basis of the Traffic Act.

This also applies to holders of provisional licences whose punishments for traffic violations have not expired, who should pass a theory test and whose provisional driving licences will expire during the state of emergency.

The holders of provisional driving licences who meet the requirements can apply to have their provisional driving licence exchanged for a full driving licence. The requirements for applying are listed on the website of the Road Administration.

Do I still need to surrender my previous licence or provisional licence? If so, how?

In the event of the withdrawal or revocation of the right to drive a power-driven vehicle, the person must surrender their driving licence to the Road Administration within five working days of entry into force of the decision. So you need to return your previous or provisional licence to us despite the state of emergency. You can surrender your document by leaving it in the mailbox of your nearest bureau (you can find the contact details here) or return it by post (incl. whilst being abroad) with the driving licence return note, which you can find and fill in here.

I should pass my final-stage training soon in order to exchange my provisional driving licence for a full driving licence. What should I do?

Final-stage training must be passed in order to exchange the provisional driving licence for full licence. We advise you to contact various driving schools and pass the final-stage training as soon as possible. After you pass the training, the driving school will enter the data electronically in the Traffic Register. After the data reach the Traffic Register, the holder of a provisional licence can apply to have their provisional licence exchanged for a full driving licence in the e-service of the Road Administration. Further information on how to exchange your driving licence is available on the website of the Road Administration.

ADR, professional & in-service training

How do I order a certificate of competence or an ADR certificate in the current situation?

A digitally signed application to have such a certificate issued should be e-mailed to info [at] mnt.ee. You can use the Road Administration template to apply (PDF). With digitally signed applications, the applicant should bear in mind the following:

  • be sure to mention what it is that you are applying for;
  • add information evidencing that you have paid the state fee;
  • indicate the Estonian address to which the certificate should be mailed; and
  • remember that the Traffic Register or database of personal identification documents must have a photo of you and a sample of your signature, neither of which may be more than five years old.

In the case of ADR certificates, only copies can be ordered. Required theory tests are not being offered at present due to the state of emergency.

No health certificate when applying for certificate of competence

An effective health certificate must not be submitted for the issue of a certificate of competence during the state of emergency and within 90 days after its end, but the applicant must be physically and mentally able to drive the motor vehicle and they may not have diseases or health disorders that would prevent them from driving safely (entered into force on 25 May 2020).

How can I extend a certificate of competency (or the relevant note on the driving licence), driver’s ADR training and certificate of a safety adviser, which is due to expire from 1 March to 1 November 2020, during the state of emergency?

If a person is unable to do one of the following due to the state of emergency declared by the Government of the Republic on 12 March 2020:

  • complete the continuous training specified in subsections 37 (4) and (5) of the Road Transport Act
  • complete the continuous training and take the examination specified in subsection 40 (4) of the Road Transport Act
  • complete the continuous training and take the examination specified in subsection 13 (4) of the Chemicals Act

If the same person’s certificate of competency (or the relevant note on the driving licence), driver’s ADR training or certificate of a safety adviser of the same person expires from 1 March to 1 November 2020, the Road Administration may issue a document valid until 30 November 2020.

This is not subject to a state fee.

If a person holds an aforementioned document, which expires from 1 March to 1 November 2020 and they want to extend it until 30 November 2020 due to the state of emergency, they must e-mail a digitally signed request to info [at] mnt.ee. You can use the template of the Road Administration: Request. (PDF) You can also send the request via the mailbox of the Road Administration’s e-service after authentication.

You must do the following when submitting a request:

  • note that you would like your document (give the name and number of the document) to be extended in the state of emergency.
  • indicate the Estonian address to which the document should be posted.
  • remember that the Traffic Register or database of personal identification documents must have a photo of you and a sample of your signature, neither of which may be more than five years old.

Digital tachograph card

General principles that also apply during a state of emergency

The card is always applied for in the country of residence. For example, if your permanent place of residence is in Finland, you must request a tachograph card from the relevant Finnish authority.

The cardholder’s photo, which is taken at the Police and Border Guard Board, and signature must be available for transfer onto the card when a driver card or workshop card is requested. This means that an ID card or passport has been issued to the cardholder by the Police and Border Guard Board in the last five years.

What should I do when the tachograph card is not working?

The cardholder will e-mail the card replacement request and the description of the problem with their digital signature to iinfo [at] mnt.ee or submit it via the e-service mailbox (authentication required). Pay attention to the following when sending your message:

  1. In the subject line, write the name of the bureau where you’ll take the defective card and the words “tachograph card”. For example: “Tallinn, tachograph card”.
  2. Include the postal address to which the replacement card will be sent in your request.

Then take the defective card to the bureau. You have two options:

  1. leave it in the mailbox of the nearest bureau; or
  2. send it by post.

You will find the contact details of the bureaus of the Road Administration here.

After we’ve received the defective card, we will inform the cardholder of our decision on whether or not the card will replaced free of state fee. If the chip is not visibly damaged, the card will be replaced free of state fee. If the chip is damaged, you will have to pay a state fee of 50 euros for the issue of a new card.

The replacement card will be ordered to the service bureau determined by the Road Administration. Once the card has arrived, it will be posted to the client and the client will be informed about this. If the card has not arrived in 10 days, you must inform the Road Administration about this by calling the customer helpline on 620 1200.

What should I do when my tachograph card is about to expire or it is lost/stolen/ destroyed?

Please use the e-service if you need to renew or replace a driver card. In this case, you can send the delivery address of the card to us via the e-service mailbox.

Please visit our website to find out how to request other cards by e-mail. Please be sure to include the delivery address in the request, as the card will be sent by post.

What should I do when a driver card issued by a foreign country is about to expire?

The cardholder will e-mail a digitally signed card replacement request to info [at] mnt.ee. Pay attention to the following when requesting a card:

  1. In the subject line, write the name of the bureau where you’ll take the foreign card and the words “tachograph card”. For example: “Tallinn, tachograph card”.
  2. Include the postal address to which the renewed card will be sent in your request.
  3. Attach the document that proves payment of the state fee (50 euros) or the details of payment of the state fee to your request.
  4. Photos of the front and back of the driving licence must be attached to the request if the card is applied for on the basis of a driving licence issued by a foreign state.
  5. If the cardholder’s place of residence according to the Population Register is in Estonia, but they have not lived in Estonia for 185 days yet, a confirmation of permanent place of residence, which is available here, must be filled in and digitally signed alongside the request.
  6. If the cardholder’s place of residence according to the Population Register is in another European Union Member State, but they regularly visit Estonia due to personal and professional ties or only personal ties, the confirmation of permanent residence and certificates of personal residence must also be filled in and digitally signed with the request. You will find information about this here.

Then take the foreign card to the bureau. You have two options:

  1. leave it in the mailbox of the nearest bureau; or
  2. send it by post.

You will find the contact details of the bureaus of the Road Administration here.

The renewed card will be ordered to the service bureau determined by the Road Administration. Once the card has arrived, it will be posted to the client and the client will be informed about this. If the card has not arrived in 10 days, you must inform the Road Administration about this by calling the customer helpline on 620 1200.

Driving licence of a member state

General principles that also apply during a state of emergency

A driving licence is always applied for in the country of residence. For example, if your permanent place of residence is in Finland, you must request a driving licence from the relevant Finnish authority.

The following conditions must be met in order to request an Estonian driving licence by e-mail during a state of emergency:

  • the health certificate is effective;
  • your signature and photo taken at the Police and Border Guard Board are available for transfer onto the driving licence. This means that an ID card or passport has been issued to the applicant by the Police and Border Guard Board in the last five years.

During the state of emergency, we can only replace the driving licences issued by the European Economic Area Member States or the Swiss Confederation, which can be replaced without a test being taken.

We replace the expiring driving licences of professional drivers issued by member states as a priority, and the driving licences of other persons issued by members states will then be replaced as soon as possible.

What should I do when my driving licence issued by a European Economic Area Member State or the Swiss Confederation is about to expire

The holder of a driving licence issued by a member state can e-mail the digitally signed replacement request to info [at] mnt.ee. Pay attention to the following when requesting a card:

  1. In the subject line, write the name of the bureau where you’ll take the foreign card and the words “driving licence of a member state”. For example: “Tallinn, driving licence of a member state”.
  2. Attach photos of the front and back of the driving licence to be replaced to the request.
  3. Include the postal address to which the Estonian driving licence will be sent in your request.
  4. Attach the document that proves payment of the state fee (26 euros) or the details of payment of the state fee to your request.
  5. If the place of residence of the holder of a driving licence issued by a member state according to the Population Register is in Estonia, but they have not lived in Estonia for 185 days yet, a confirmation of permanent place of residence, which is available here, must be filled in and digitally signed alongside the request.
  6. If the place of residence of the holder of the driving licences issued by a member state according to the Population Register is in another European Union Member State, but they regularly visit Estonia due to personal and professional ties or only personal ties, the confirmation of permanent residence and certificates of personal residence must also be filled in and digitally signed with the request. You will find information about this here.

You must then take the driving licence issued by a member state to the bureau. You have two options:

  1. leave it in the mailbox of the nearest bureau; or
  2. send it by post.

You will find the contact details of the bureaus of the Road Administration here.

The Estonian driving licence will be ordered to the service bureau determined by the Road Administration. Once the driving licence has arrived, it will be posted to the client and the client will be informed about this. If the driving licence has not arrived in 10 days, you must inform the Road Administration about this by calling the customer helpline on 620 1200.

Foreign driving licence

General principles that also apply during a state of emergency

A driving licence is always applied for in the country of residence. For example, if your permanent place of residence is in Finland, you must request a driving licence from the relevant Finnish authority.

The following conditions must be met in order to request an Estonian driving licence by e-mail during a state of emergency:

  • the health certificate is effective;
  • your signature and photo taken at the Police and Border Guard Board are available for transfer onto the driving licence. This means that an ID card or passport has been issued to the applicant by the Police and Border Guard Board in the last five years.

During the state of emergency, we can only replace the driving licences issued by a foreign state (not the European Economic Area Member States or the Swiss Confederation), which can be replaced without a test being taken.

We replace the expiring driving licences of professional drivers issued by foreign states as a priority, and the driving licences of other persons issued by foreign states will then be replaced as soon as possible.

What should I do if my driving licence issued by a foreign state is expiring or the 12-month term of validity of the driving licence as of my settlement in Estonia is about to expire?

The holder of a foreign driving licence can e-mail the digitally signed replacement request to info [at] mnt.ee. Pay attention to the following when requesting a card:

  1. In the subject line, write the name of the bureau where you’ll take the foreign card and the words “foreign driving licence”. For example: “Tallinn, foreign driving licence”.
  2. Attach photos of the front and back of the driving licence to be replaced to the request.
  3. Include the postal address to which the Estonian driving licence will be sent in your request.
  4. Attach the document that proves payment of the state fee (26 euros) or the details of payment of the state fee to your request.
  5. If the place of residence of the holder of a foreign driving licence according to the Population Register is in Estonia, but they have not lived in Estonia for 185 days yet, a confirmation of permanent place of residence, which is available here, must be filled in and digitally signed alongside the request.
  6. If the place of residence of the holder of a foreign driving licence according to the Population Register is in another European Union Member State, but they regularly visit Estonia due to personal and professional ties or only personal ties, the confirmation of permanent residence and certificates of personal residence must also be filled in and digitally signed with the request. You will find information about this here.

You must then take the foreign driving licence to the bureau. You have two options:

  1. leave it in the mailbox of the nearest bureau; or
  2. send it by post.

You will find the contact details of the bureaus of the Road Administration here.

The Estonian driving licence will be ordered to the service bureau determined by the Road Administration. Once the driving licence has arrived, it will be posted to the client and the client will be informed about this. If the driving licence has not arrived in 10 days, you must inform the Road Administration about this by calling the customer helpline on 620 1200.

International driving permit

Information on how to apply for an international driving permit by e-mail can be found here. In order to have your international driving permit sent to you at home during the state of emergency, please indicate the delivery address in your request.