Drivers' Permits


The Transport Division of the Ministry of Works and Transport is the only institution responsible for administering driver's permits to nationals of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as visitors. Untitled-4.png


Provisional Permits
Class 1 - Motor Cycles
Class 2 - Wheel Tractors
Class 3 - Light Motor Vehicles
Class 4 - Heavy Motor Vehicles
Class 5 - Extra Heavy Motor Vehicles
Class 6 - Omnibuses
Class 7- Others-Track Tractors, Motor Cranes &Track Cranes
                



 REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A PROVISIONAL PERMIT

The first step to acquire a driver’s permit for either a Class 1, 2 or 3 is to obtain a Provisional Permit.

Class 1- Motor Cycle | Class 2 – Wheel Tractor   | Class 3- Light Motor Vehicle


The requirements to obtain a Provisional Permit are as follows:Provisional-Permit.png

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
Application Form No. 4 must be completed
Applicants must provide two forms of ID (Identification Card or Passport)
An Affidavit or Deed Poll (if the name on the Birth Certificate and other documents differ).
Three passport size photographs (portraits with green background). The photographs should not be taken more than six months before the date of the submission of the application).
The fees for a Provisional Permit are: $175.00 and Study Guide and Highway Code - $35.00 
For a Class 2 application, an applicant who is differently abled, is required to complete the “Form of Medical Certificate No. 12”
The applicant must produce a recent passport size photograph prior to the application.
Applicants are required to perform a Vision Test


 

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A DRIVER’S PERMIT: FIRST ISSUE

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Step 1
The first step in obtaining a driver’s permit for either a Class 1, 2 or 3 permit (See above requirements to obtain a provisional permit).
 
Step 2
Upon passing a Vision Test, the applicant will be issued the following:

* A Provisional Permit
* A Study Guide and Highway Code
* A Knowledge Test/ Regulation Appointment

Step 3
Upon passing the Driving Test, the applicant will be issued the following:

* A Driver’s Permit - $500.00
* A Certificate of Competence - $35.00

 The above fees are paid after the holder of the provisional permit passes his/her driving test*

REQUIREMENTS TO RENEW AN EXPIRED DRIVER’S PERMITS

Applications for the renewal of a driving permit will not be entertained earlier than one month before the date of expiration. If a Trinidad & Tobago national is travelling outside the country, and holds a valid driving permit, he or sheDriver-s-Permit-renewed.png is required to file an application for renewal no earlier than six (6) months from the date of expiry. In such instances, relevant travel documents may also be required to show evidence of travel plans.

Nationals residing abroad who hold a valid Trinidad & Tobago driving permit are required to file an application for renewal at least, six (6) months before the expiry date.
 

RENEWAL FOR APPLICANTS UNDER SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE

To apply for the renewal of a driving permit for a five (5) year period, driving permit holders must produce the following: 

A completed Application Form No. 4, provided by the Licensing Authority;
A current Driver’s Permit due for expiration;
A completed Form No. 12 “Medical test for Driver’s Permit” when the applicant possesses a driving permit under any of the following classes 2-7 or class 3. A recent passport size photograph must be attached to the Medical Form No.12.
A Taxi Driver’s Badge and Licence if applicable.
 
TRANSACTION FEES FOR  RENEWAL OF DRIVING PERMITS (UNDER 65 YEARS OF AGE)

Provisions for driving permit holders who are within five (5) years of attaining the age of sixty-five (65):

* The cost of renewal for a driver’s permit is $500.00, where the applicant has not yet attained the age of sixty-one (61) years
* Permit holders who have not yet attained the age of sixty-two (62) years shall renew their permit for four (4) years at a cost of $80.00.
* Permit holders who have not yet attained the age of sixty-three (63) years shall renew their permit for three (3) years at a cost of $60.00.
* Permit holders who have not yet attained the age of sixty-four (64) years shall renew their permit for two (2) years at a cost of $40.00.
* Permit holders who have yet attained the age of sixty-five (65) years shall renew their permit for one (1) year at a cost of $20.00.

These fees are payable for no more than six (6) months after the date of expiration.


65 YEARS AND OVER

Applicants aged sixty-five (65) and over shall produce the following documents when renewing their driving permits: 

A completed Application Form No. 4
Their current Driving Permit
A Completed Form No.12 “Medical Test for Driver’s Permit”

A recent passport size photograph should be affixed to the Medical Form No. 12. This must be submitted prior to the application for renewal. 
Driving permits are renewed every two (2) years at no charge to the applicant.

 

RENEWAL FOR 10 YEARS

Motorists, under the age of fifty-six (56) wishing to renew their driving permit for a period of ten (10) are required by law to produce the following documents:

Completed Form No. 4,
Their current Driving Permit;
A Completed Form No. 12 – Medical Test for a Driver’s Permit when the applicant possesses any of the following classes 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 or class 3 or;
Taxi Driver’s Badge and Licence if applicable

The cost of renewal of a Driving Permit for Ten (10) years is $1,000.00. However, it should be noted that there are no provisions for renewal of a Driver’s Permit for Ten (10) years where it has expired for more than six (6) months, three (3) years or five (5) years.

Accordingly, persons wishing to renew their driver’s permits that had expired in accordance with the above paragraph will be renewed in accordance with section (61) (A) of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act or amended by Act No. 5 of 2010 for a period of five (5) years.

However, this does not apply to an applicant whose permit has expired for over (5) years and is required to be retested. That person has the option to renew for either Five (5) or Ten (10) years, once successfully passing their regulations and driving exam.

In the event that one’s driver’s permit is expired for the time period outlined below, the respective fees apply:
 
DRIVER’S PERMIT RENEWAL FEES

Less than six (6) months - $500.00
More than six (6) months less than three (3) years - $875.00
More than three (3) years but less than five (5) years - $1750.00
More than five (5) years - The applicant is required to re-sit the regulation and driving test
 
REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A REPLACEMENT DRIVER’S PERMIT (DUPLICATE)
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In the event that a driver’s permit is lost, stolen or destroyed, applicants must produce the following documents and fees outlined below to obtain a replacement/duplicate driver's permit:

* Evidence that the permit is lost or destroyed via a police report
* Completed application Form 4 items (1-14) and  a sworn declaration of item 15 on the reverse side of the form before a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Affidavits
* Cost for Duplicate/Replacement of Driver’s Permits:
Fees for valid driver’s permit can be obtained, if the permit is still valid or has not expired, as outlined below:
  • First duplicate - $70.00
  • Subsequent duplicates $300.00 (After the first duplicate has been issued)
  • Fees for a duplicate provisional permits -$70.00
   

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN AN ENDORSEMENT

Class 4 (Heavy) and Class 5 Extra Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver's permit

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The applicant should:
Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age
Possess a Class three (3) permit for one  (1) year. ( Applicants who are interested in obtaining a Class 4 Permit)
Possess a Class four (4) permit for one (1) year. (Applicants who are interested in obtaining a Class 5 Permit)

 
Step 2
The applicant must:

Complete application Form No. 4
Possess a valid driver’s permit (It must not be expired)
Complete Form No. 12  ‘Medical Test for Driver’s Permit’. (The applicant must produce a recent passport size photograph along with the Medical Form to the Medical Practitioner to be completed prior to the application.
Obtain three (3) passport size photographs in full frontal view of the face and green background.

Step 3
Once approval is granted, a provisional permit is issued at which time the following fees are required to be paid:

* Provisional Permit -$35.00
* Knowledge Test - $175.00

       (An appointment for a driving test will be reserved at no cost upon passing the knowledge test)

* Regulation, Study Guide/Highway Code - $15.00
 
Step 4
The applicant will then be required to: 

* Complete a Driving Test
* Pay the following fees:
  • Travelling Fee* - $100.00 (This fee applies to Class 5 only)
  • Certificate of Competence $35.00 (Payable after passing the driving test)
  • Endorsement of Driving Permit - $35.00  (Payable after passing driving test)

  NOTIFICATION OF CHANGE - NAME

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It is mandatory for individuals to report and update changes to their driver’s permit profile/record by visiting the Licensing Offices across Trinidad and Tobago. The following must be presented in order to update one’s driving record:
* National identification card, driver’s permit, birth paper and or passport
* Completed Form No. 4 - Notification of Change
* Completed Renewal Form
* Marriage Certificate or divorce and Deed Poll* (original and copies)
* The Deed Poll must be  signed and stamped by the Registry Department of the Ministry of Legal Affairs
* Fee- $35.00

NOTIFICATION OF CHANGE - ADDRESS

 It is mandatory for individuals to report and update changes to their driver’s permit profile/record by visiting the Licensing Offices across Trinidad and Tobago. The following must be presented in order to update one’s record:

* National identification card, driver’s permit, birth paper and or passport
* Completed Form No. 4 - Notification of Change
* Completed Renewal Form
* Proof of  change in Address
* Fee - $35.00

 

NOTIFICATION OF CHANGE - COLOUR

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It is  mandatory for individuals to report and update changes to their driver’s permit profile/record by visiting the Licensing Offices across Trinidad and Tobago. The following must be presented in order to update one’s driving record:

* National identification card, driver’s permit, birth paper and or passport
* Completed Form No. 4 - Notification of Change
* Completed Renewal Form
* Certified Copy (Original and Copy)
* The vehicle must be brought into the Licensing Office compound ( After the vehicle is painted to be examined)
* Fee - $35.00

The vehicle must not be  painted in the colour used by the  Trinidad and Tobago  Regiment, Coast Guard, the Police Service, the Prison Service or Fire Service, respectively.*
 

NOTIFICATION OF CHANGE - ENGINE

 
It is  mandatory for individuals to report and update changes to their driver’s permit profile/record by visiting the Licensing Offices across Trinidad and Tobago. The following must be presented in order to update one’s record:
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* National identification card, driver’s permit, birth paper and or passport
* Completed Form No. 4 - Notification of Change
* Completed Renewal Form
* Certified Copy (original and copy)
* The receipt for the new engine( the names identified on the receipt for the new engine must match the registered owner of the vehicle on the Certified Copy
* The vehicle must be brought into the Licensing Office compound to be examined)
* Fee - $35.00

 



REQUIREMENTS TO CHANGE THE REGISTRATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE 
VEHICLE RECLASSIFICATION  

The steps to change the registration of a motor vehicle are as follows:

The owner of a hired car, goods vehicle or rented car who wishes to change its registration, must abide by the following steps:  

* The motor vehicle must be licenced for the current year in the original class (Inspection certificate for the current period).
* Approval for the change must be sought from the Commissioner of Inland Revenue in writing if the vehicle is less than five (5) years and be accompanied by a certified copy of registration which should not be more than three (3) years old (except for rented cars)
* The vehicle must be presented to the Transport Division for inspection and the following documents must be produced:
  • Purchase tax receipt from the Inland Revenue Department (except for rented cars)
  • Form of approval from the Inland Revenue Department (except for rented cars)
  • Certified Copy of Registration
  • Completed Registration Form No. 6
  • Completed Notification of Change Form
  • Valid Certificate of Insurance
  • Valid Driver’s Permit
  • Valid ID Card or Passport (accompanied by a utility bill with proof of address)

REQUIREMENTS FOR GOODS VEHICLES TO CARRY PERSONS AND PLAY MUSIC CARNIVAL PERMIT

In order to obtain a Carnival Permit or a temporary permit for goods veicles to carry persons or play music, an applicant must fill out an application form and submit a letter in the name of the registered owner of the vehicle. 

For the written application letter by registered owner of the vehicle, the following information should be included:-
* Name/s of driver/s
* Number of persons that will be carried
* Areas of use (route/s)
* Duration
* Name of band music will be played for

In addition to the application letter, the following supporting documents are required:

* A copy of each driver’s permit.
* Letter from Bandleader
* Proof of insurance for vehicle and authorised number of additional passengers
* Inspection certificate
* A recent certified copy (not more than three months old)
* Fee: $90.00 for permit to carry persons

This permit will become null and void, if the following conditions are breached:

The musical equipment to be used on the vehicle must not project beyond the physical perimeters of the vehicle.
The equipment and/or protective barriers mounted on the unit must not exceed an overall height of five (5) metres from the ground.
All equipment must be securely fastened to the vehicle. Where necessary guard rails must be installed to prevent an accidental displacement.
Persons are not permitted to mount or disembark from the vehicle whilst it is in motion.
Do not install unauthorised lights.
Persons are prohibited in areas of the vehicle that are NOT designated for passenger use.
The number of people on the vehicle must NOT exceed the permissible amount on the approval.
The vehicle must NOT travel at a greater speed than 10kmph when passengers are on board.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITORS TO DRIVE IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

 A visitor to Trinidad and Tobago may drive on the roads of Trinidad and Tobago conditions:
* The visitor must attain the legal age limit to drive in Trinidad and Tobago seventeen(17) years of  age or over
* A visitor to Trinidad and Tobago must be in possession of a valid Driver’s Permit issued by a country who is  a signatory to the Geneva Convention, for a period of 90 days with effect from the date of his arrival or until the date of his /her arrival or until the date of expiry of the driver’s permit, whichever occurs first or
* The visitor to Trinidad and Tobago must have a valid International Driver’s Permit issued outside of Trinidad and Tobago for the period specified thereon, or where no such period is  specified, for a period of one (1) year from the date of issue.
* A visitor to Trinidad and Tobago or holder of a driver’s permit referred to in points (2) and (3), must have the driver’s permit on his /her person or in the vehicle to produce to Law Enforcement Officers: Police Officer and Transport Officer, once requested:

  • A valid driver’s permit
  • A valid certificate on insurance
  • Travel documents certifying the date of arrival in Trinidad and Tobago