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Getting a driving licence in the EU – Finland

Affected by Brexit?

EU driving licences are valid in the UK until 31 December 2020.

UK driving licences are valid in the EU until 31 December 2020.

From 1 January 2021 contact the relevant national administration to find out about the new rules.

See also:

EU driving licences - conditions

Driver training & driving test

To obtain a driving licence, you:

  • must sign up with an approved driving school for at least 19 hours of theoretical instruction and 18 hours of practical training. In Finland there is also a possibility to have training outside an approved driving school with an individual who has obtained a teaching permit.
  • must pass a theory exam and a practical test held by the Ajovarma Oy.

Read more on learning to drive and driving tests in Finland. Driver training & driving test

Age requirement

The minimum age at which you can obtain a driving licence is:

Category A1 (up to 125 cc) 16 years
Category A2 (up to 35 kW cc) 18 years
Category A (over 35 kW cc) 24 years (20 years if a person had a licence A2 for two years)
Category B (passenger cars) 18 years

Fitness to drive

If you wish to renew an EU driving licence, you must undergo a medical check:

  • for category A - every 15 years, and every 5 years over the age of 70
  • for category B - every 15 years, and every 5 years over the age of 70

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