A provisional driver’s licence must be obtained and held for six months before you are able to apply for any other type of driver’s licence. The application process now includes a Road Code test which came into effect on January 25, 2020.
- The minimum age to apply for a provisional licence is 17 years old.
- The application form for the provisional driver’s licence can be collected from any of the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) Examination Depots, the nearest Tax Office or download it from their websites.
- Take along three passport-sized pictures which must be signed by either a Justice of the Peace, minister of religion or a police officer with the rank of superintendent.
- A tax registration number (TRN), as well as a national identification, such as a national voter’s ID, a birth certificate or a passport are also needed to complete the process.
- The completed form and the photos must be taken to the (ITA) Examination Depot most convenient to you where a Road Code test will be administered.
Road Code Test
- The Road Code test is free and is comprised of multiple-choice questions. In order to complete the test successfully, the applicant must be able to read and write in English.
- The questions are based on information in the Road Code booklet which is available at most pharmacies and bookstores.
- These questions are geared at ensuring that applicants are knowledgeable about how to safely navigate a motor vehicle on the road.
Once you have successfully completed the Road Code test, a notation will be made on your application form which must then be returned to the Tax Office of your choice.
The form is validated by TAJ using a database shared with ITA to verify that you have successfully completed the Road Code test. A provisional licence fee is then paid after which the provisional driver’s licence is issued.
Be mindful that a holder of the provisional licence is only allowed to drive if another licensed driver is present in the vehicle. Additionally, the letter ‘L’ which means ‘Learner’ must be clearly displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle.
For additional information, contact:
The Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ)
36 Trafalgar Road
The Ministry of Transport and Mining (MTM)
138H Maxfield Avenue