Getting a driving licence for a light quadricycle

You need a Category AM licence with the special condition 121 to drive a light quadricycle. You may also drive a light quadricycle with a category B licence i.e. driving licence for a passenger car.

You can obtain a driving licence for a light quadricycle by taking the following three steps:

1: Driving licence permit

To get a driving licence for a light quadricycle, you must apply for a driving licence permit. (External link) You can apply for the permit at the age of 14 at the earliest. The permit is valid for three years. The driving licence permit is the prerequisite for taking a driving examination. You should apply for it in good time before booking a time for the theory test.

2: Driving instruction

You can attend driving instruction either at a driving school or under a driving instructor permit (External link) or with a combination of the two. You can attend driving instruction before applying for a driving licence permit if you are a student of a driving school or your instructor has been granted a driving instruction permit and you have turned 15.

The driving instruction for a light quadricycle includes a 4-hour Training for candidates for first driving licences (External link) (EAS) unless you already have a driving licence for some other motor vehicle, such as a tractor or moped.

As of 1 July 2018, no driving instruction will be required for a driving examination; however, this is recommended for passing the examination. You may start practising after you have turned 15.

3: Driving examination

The purpose of the driving examination (External link)is to ensure that you have command of the contents of driving instruction and are able to apply these in various traffic situations and environments, and are able to act as a responsible driver in traffic. The driving examination for a light quadricycle includes a theory and driving test.

You can take the theory test one month before turning 15. You must take with you the certificate of instruction and examination (E100) given to you by the driving school or your instructor with a driving instruction permit as well as the certificate of the Training for candidates for first driving licences (EAS) if you are getting your first driving licence. If you are a minor, you also need the signed consent of your guardian.

To take the driving test, you must have passed the theory test. You can take the driving test once you have turned 15.

When driving a quadricycle with no fixed body structure, you must use a helmet that is approved for road traffic use. The helmet must be properly fastened and you must use driving glasses (if there is not a visor on the helmet) and protective, safety enhancing clothing. This includes an intact long-sleeved jacket and trousers, which are made of a material that is abrasion resistant. For example, sweatshirts/sweatpants, tracksuits, shell suits or leggings are not suitable clothes if they are not separately approved for road traffic use. In addition, you must use sturdy and solid footwear. We also recommend the use of protective gloves.

These protective equipment must always be used when driving a quadricycle with no fixed body structure, during the driving instruction on the road and when taking a driving examination. Using the appropriate equipment is a requirement for taking the test.

Driving licence permit, theory test and driving test at Ajovarma offices

Ajovarma is Traficom's service provider. You can manage all application and permit issues related to driving licences at Ajovarma offices. Ajovarma also provides the driving examination services. Booking an appointment in advance with the driving licence and permit services will save your time. Ajovarma's national customer helpline provides advice and service at +358 75 323 9999 on weekdays Mon-Fri at 8-15.45 (price of phone call: local network charge/mobile call charge) and by e-mail at inquiries(at)ajovarma.fi. Click here to book an appointment. (External link)

Driving licence posted to your home address

When you pass your driving examination, you will be given a certificate entitling you to drive on mainland Finland for six months. This will serve as your driving licence when you present it with a photo ID. Keep the document with you until you receive your official driving licence.

The actual driving licence will be posted to your home address within a week of the examination.

 

Rights to drive provided by the AM licences

Driving a light quadricycle requires a separate licence (AM/121) or a driving licence for a passenger car. As of 19 January 2013, driving licences for mopeds (AM/120) no longer constitute a right to drive light quadricycles.