Applying for a Provisional Driving Permit
The following items are required for lawful application of a provisional driving permit within Trinidad & Tobago:
- One (1) form of national identification – Electoral Identification Card and Birth Certificate or valid Passport
- Three (3) passport size photographs full frontal view (green background). The photographs of the applicant should not be taken more than six (6) months before the date of the submission of the application.
Applications for Class 2 – Wheel Tractor machines and persons with special disabilities must also complete a Form of Medical Certificate No. 12 with their application to certify their health and competence to operate the desired class of vehicle they are applying to drive. Applicants must produce a recent passport size photograph along with their application.
An Affidavit or Deed Poll is required for a driving permit application in the event the applicant’s name on the Birth Certificate and other documents differ.
Once a driving permit applicant has provided the required documentation, he/she must undertake a vision test. The vision test is provided by the Licensing Authority at which the driving permit application is being filed. The test certifies the eyesight competency of the applicant and whether they require any or additional visual aids when driving on the nation’s roadways.
To file an application for a provisional driving permit, applications are expected to pay the following related costs:
Applicants who have failed either the Knowledge or Driving Test and wish to apply for re-examination are required to pay an additional $175.00 to re-sit the exam.
Fees are subjected to change.
Renewing your Driving Permit
Motorists are urged and expected to be compliant and aware of their driving permit’s expiration date. The Ministry of Works and Transport advises that driving with an expired driving permit is a serious traffic offense.
The public is advised that applications for the renewal of a driving permit will not be entertained earlier than one month before its expiration date. If a Trinidad & Tobago national is leaving the country, and holds a valid driving permit, they are 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 just evidence of their intended departure.
For nationals residing abroad who also hold a Trinidad & Tobago driving permit, they are also required to file an application for renewal beginning six (6) months before the expiry date.
- UNDER SIXTY-FIVE (65) YEARS
- WITHIN (5) FIVE YEARS OF SIXTY-FIVE (65) YEARS
- SIXTY-FIVE (65) YEARS AND OVER
To apply for 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 Licensing Authority;
- Their 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 .12 for the application for renewal.
- A Taxi Driver’s Badge and Licence if applicable.
Provisions for driving permit holders who are within five (5) years of attaining the age of sixty-five (65) are made as follows:
- Cost of renewal of the 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.
This fee is payable for no more than six (6) months after the date of expiration.
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 to be affixed to the Medical Form No. 12 must be submitted prior to the application for renewal
Driving permits are renewed every two (2) years at no charge to the applicant.
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Renewal of Driver's Permit for Ten (10) years
Motorists, under the age of fifty-six (56) wishing to renew their driving permit for a period of ten (10) years are required by law to produce the following documents:
- Completed Form No. 4, accessed and provided by Licensing Authority
- 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 have 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.
MVRT Act Chapter 48.50
MVRT Act No. 9 of 2017
Vehicle Testing Stations
MOWT Divisions & Units
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- Coastal Protection Unit
- Construction Division
- Drainage Division
- Environmental, Health and Safety Unit (EHSU)
- Highway Division
- Mechanical Division
- Maintenance Division
- Maritime Services Division
- Priority Bus Route Unit
- Programme for Upgrading Roads Efficiency (PURE)
- The Traffic Management Branch (TMB)
- Traffic Warden Division
- Transport Division
- The Unemployment Relief Programme
- Central Planning Unit
Driving Permit Applications & Renewals
- Applying for a Provisional Driving Permit
- Renewing your Driving Permit
- Applicant Categories
- Renewal of Driver's Permits for Ten (10) years.
Replacement of Lost Permit
- Issuance or Replacement Driver's Permit (Duplicate)
- Applicable fees if you’re applying for a replacement of an expired driving permit
Maxi Taxi Regulations
- Applying for a Taxi-Driver's Badge & Taxi Driver's License
- Associated fees for applying for a Taxi Driving Permit
- Renewing of a Taxi Driver's Badge & Driving Permit
- Fees for Replacement of a Taxi Badge & Taxi Driving Permit
- Replacing your Taxi Driver's Badge & Driving Permit
- Ownership of Maxi Taxi Services
- Maxi Taxi Operator's Permit
Class 4 & 5 Applications (Heavy T)
The applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and the holder of a driving permit of the next lower class of motor vehicle.
Registration of Motor Vehicles
- Fees for Registration of a Motor Vehicle
- Registration of Foreign - Used vehicle
- Change of Registration of a Motor Vehicle
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Register Notification of Change of the following particulars
Transfer of Ownership
- Transfer of Ownership of a Motor Vehicle other than by Death
- Transfer of Ownership of Motor Vehicle on Death of Registered Owner
- Colour or Engine Number
- Chassis Number
- Requirements for Visitors to drive in Trinidad &Tobago
- Requirements for Dealer's License First Issue
- Renewal of Dealer's License
- Application for Replacement of a Dealer's License
- Application for Rental Operation
Notice for Drivers
For More information on the Amendments to the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, please visit the Ministry’s website – www.mowt.gov.tt and click on MVRT Act Chapter 48 50 tab.
Remember, to avoid a traffic ticket and demerit points simply obey the road traffic laws. Do not act contrary to the law outlined in the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Chapter 48:50.
The Transport Division of the Ministry of Works and Transport wishes to advise all permit holders /motorists to ensure that their vehicles are in compliance with the TARE Weight and Maximum Gross TARE Weight in keeping with the law.