Driving licence

How do you get a right to drive/driving licence in Finland?

As a rule, a right to drive corresponding to the vehicle class in question is always needed for driving a motor vehicle.  A right to drive is granted once the theoretical and the driving test have been passed. The required skills are acquired prior to the tests either in driving schools, which is the most common method, or through the driving instruction licence practice.
Read more: Trafi’s web site (I want a driving licence)

Acquisition of a driving licence
It is a precondition taking the driving examination that candidates fill the age requirements set and that they have a driving licence permit or a order by police to take a driving examination. The theoretical test must be passed before the driving test.

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1. Theoretical test
The aim of the theoretical test of the driving examination is to ensure that candidates know the rules and regulations related to the vehicle group. The test is taken on a computer at the office of the party accepting the examination. If needed, a possibility to use an interpreter will be arranged.

2. Driving test
The aim of the driving test is to ensure that candidates are capable of handling the vehicle in a variety of traffic situations. The duration of the driving test is 45–75 minutes depending on the examination class. If needed, a possibility to use an interpreter will be arranged.

If you already have a driving licence granted in some other country than Finland

Driving licences issued in another EU or EEA Member State and interim driving licences issued in the Nordic countries entitle their holders to operate motor vehicles in Finland in categories corresponding to the driving rights indicated on their licences.  In addition, the driver must fill the Finnish age requirement set for the driving licence class in question. The right to drive exists regardless of whether the person concerned is visiting Finland as a tourist or resides here permanently.

Exchanging an international driving licence for a Finnish driving licence
It is possible exchange a driving licence issued in an EU or EEA Member State (except an interim driving licence) for the corresponding Finnish driving licence (if the licence has been lost, stolen or destroyed). It is required that the person exchanging the licence is permanently resident in Finland or has studied here for at least six months. The exchange does not require taking a new driving examination.

NB. A Finnish person or person already resident in Finland may not drive a vehicle in Finland with a licence acquired abroad at a later date.
Read more: Trafi’s web site (Can I drive on a foreign driving licence in Finland?)