The Traffic and Transport Services Section of the Environment Department is responsible for the issuing of full and provisional driving licences, the registration of all motor vehicles and driving test services (both Theory and Practical driving tests).
Learning to Drive
- Learning to drive in Guernsey has a number of stages. However, before being allowed on the roads you must obtain a Provisional Driving Licence.
- A Theory Driving test must then be completed, followed by a Practical Driving test. Once both have been successfully past, a Full Licence is awarded.
- Further details on the various stages can be found in the 'Services and information for new motorists' leaflet which is available for download. Services & information for new drivers/riders [369kb]
Your Provisional Driving Licence
- To obtain a provisional licence you must:
- Appear in person at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Offices, Bulwer Avenue, in order that your photograph can be taken for your new licence
- Complete a Driving Licence Application Form; Application form [88kb]
- Provide proof of identification ID for driving licences [203kb] (A Valid passport. If you do not have a valid passport, please contact the department for more information.
- Pay the appropriate licence fee (please download 'Licence Categories' and 'Motoring - Fees & Charges' for further details);
- If you answer 'YES' to any of the medical questions (section six of the application form) you will need to provide a report from your doctor stating that you are fit to hold that category of driving licence (please download 'Motorists with illness or disabilities' for further details);
- Please note, holders of provisional motorcycle licences in categories P, A1 or A are not permitted onto the road until they have successfully completed the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course for motorcyclists approved by the Environment Department, and have been issued with a certificate of completion. CBT Quick Guide [54kb]
- Holder of categories F, G, B1 or L must pass their driving test on these categories within two years. Should they not do so you will be required to wait one year before they can take out another Provision Licence in these categories.
Theory and Practical Driving Tests
- The Theory Test is a legal requirement and must be successfully passed before you can book and take your Practical Driving Test.
- Guernsey supplement to the Highway Code and Driving Abroad information is available by following this link. Highway Code supplement and Driving Abroad info [298kb]
- Please see 'The Guernsey Theory Driving Test ' and 'The Guernsey Practical Driving Test' leaflets for further information. Theory Test Information [214kb] Practical Driving Test information [307kb]
- Practical Driving Test "Show me - Tell me" information for each Licence Category can be found here. Motorcycles (P, A1, & A) [115kb] Cars (B) [37kb] Car + trailer (B+E) [32kb] Lorries & Buses (C1, C, D1 & D) [106kb] Lorries & Buses + trailers (C1+E, C+E, D1+E & D+E) [32kb]
Your First Full Licence
- There is no charge for upgrading from a provisional to a full licence. To obtain a full licence you must submit the following to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Offices, Bulwer Avenue:
- A completed Driving Licence Application form;
- Your provisional driving licence (both the plastic card and paper counterpart);
- Your practical driving test certificate.
Renewing your Driving Licence
- Driving licences are ordinarily issued to expire in the month before the holder's next "decade" birthday, unless the applicant has a medical condition that affects his/her ability to drive, or if the applicant is over the age of 45 and holds any of the higher categories (C, CE, D, D1, D1E, or DE).
- You must complete a Driving Licence Application Form. (Use Yes or No). Driving Licence Application Form [88kb]
- You must bring in both the card and paper counterpart of your Driving Licence. (The forward slash / number on both must match). If you have misplace on part of your licence you must apply for a duplicate licence at £25.
- If ID has not previously been submitted to the Department (there is no code 14 followed by a date on the back of the card part of the licence), applicant must bring in proof of identification. ID information [203kb] (A valid passport. If you do not hold a valid passport, please contact the department for further information.)
- If, on renewing your licence, the photo on your existing licence is less than three years old, it is not necessary to call into the office. You can post in your completed application form together with your expiring licence and cheque for the licence fee (and any other documentation that may be required, such as a CBT pass certificate) in order to obtain your new licence.
- If you are renewing a full driving licence you may apply up to two months before it is due to expire. If you hold a Provisional Licence you may apply up to a month before it is due to expire. However, if you hold a provisional driving licence for categories F, G, B1 or L, then your licence cannot be renewed in the same category until a year after its expiry.
- If you hold a provisional motorcycle licence for categories P, A1 or A, then you must renew your licence within the month before the expiry date. Failure to renew you licence in categories P, A1 and A within the specified period will result in that category not being available for use for 12 months from the expiry date. You must then successfully complete a further training course for motorcyclists (Direct Access) approved by the Environment Department within one month of receiving your renewed licence, if the renewed licence is to remain valid. Should you fail to take the test within the specified time period, or should you not succeed in passing the test then your renewed provisional licence will not be valid. You may drive on the roads with your renewed provisional licence for the month during which you are attempting to pass the Direct Access.
Replacing a lost or stolen Driving Licence
- If your licence is lost or stolen, you will need to submit the following to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Offices, Bulwer Avenue:
- A completed Driving Licence Application form; DL application form [88kb]
- £25 fee for the replacement of a driving licence.
- Documentation for an ID check, unless the check has already been carried. ID information [203kb] (A valid passport. If you do not hold a valid passport, please contact the department for more information.)
- Please note, if the missing licence subsequently comes into your possession, you must return it to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Offices, Bulwer Avenue as it will no longer be valid.
Changing your name and/or address
- You will need to submit the following to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Offices, Bulwer Avenue:
- The paper counterpart to your driving licence with your new details completed on the back;
- Your driving licence (plastic card);
- Documentation for an ID check, unless the check has already been carried out; ID information [203kb] (A valid passport. If you do not hold a valid passport, please contact the department for more information.)
- If you are changing your name, proof of the change i.e. original marriage certificate, divorce papers or deed poll, will need to be produced. If copies, these must be attested or certified.
- Your amended licence will be posted to you within approximately seven to ten working days, free of charge.
- Please note, if you are the registered keeper of a vehicle you will also need to return any Vehicle Registration Certificates for amendment.
New residents to the Island
- Please download the leaflet 'Advice and information for new Guernsey residents' for information on the requirements for exchanging your driving licence and registering vehicles in Guernsey. Information for new Guernsey Residents [347kb]
International Driving Permits
- An International Driving Permit may be required to drive in certain countries valid alongside a Guernsey Licence.
- An International Driving Permit is recognised internationally and normally allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle without further formality. Persons going to a country for longer than three months, to take up residence or employment, or for any reason other than tourism, should make enquiries about their personal position before relying on a permit.
- Please download the Information Sheet and Application Form. Information sheet [206kb] Application form [205kb]
Public Transport Licences
- To drive a Public Service Vehicle you must first obtain a special permit (PSV permit), in addition to holding a full valid driving licence in the appropriate category. Applicants must be at least 20 years of age.
- For additional information about Public Transport please contact the Department at the details below or temporarily access additional information on the Old Gov.gg website. Follow this link: Public Transport
- Payment for the services provided can be made in cash, cheque (payable to the 'States of Guernsey'), debit or credit card (there is a 2% charge if you choose to pay by Credit Card).
- For any addition information not found above please contact the Department at the details below or temporarily access on the Old Gov.gg website. Follow the link: Motoring