Upgrading a driving licence

Use this service to upgrade your right to drive and add new categories to your valid driving licence. Upgrading a driving licence using Trafi's e-Services is possible for those who already have a driving licence and who fulfil the other requirements for using the service. Read more below about the requirements for using the service with respect to different categories of driving licence. If you are unable to upgrade your licence electronically, you can have it upgraded at Trafi's service provider, Ajovarma Oy.

If you meet the requirements for upgrading your driving licence, you will be issued a driving licence permit that is valid for three years. The driving examination theory test, driving test, and possible handling test must be taken within this three-year period. A separate fee is charged for taking the tests.

If you have not yet added your email address to My e-Services contact details, you can add it to the Personal information section once you have logged in to the service. The results of the driving examination will be sent to the email address you provided.

Ordering, payment and posting of the licence

Upgrade your driving licence using e-Services.
Pay for your order. After you have paid, you must book a date and time for taking the driving examination tests with Trafi's service provider, Ajovarma.
The driving licence will arrive at your home address within four working days of passing the driving examination.

General requirements for using the service

  • Your latest right to drive is valid and you are not banned from driving
  • You do not hold a driving licence issued in another EU or EEA country
  • You are not under an obligation to use an alcohol interlock when driving
  • For the purpose of upgrading your driving licence, your photograph and up-to-date signature are available in electronic format in a register kept by the authorities. By submitting your application for the driving licence via the electronic service, you are giving your permission for Trafi to use the image and signature on your driving licence displayed in the e-Services contained in Trafi's image register or in the passport photo register. Your photograph and signature will be available if
    • you hold a valid passport or personal identity card, or you provided a photograph and specimen signature for a driving licence, driver card, professional competence card, ADR licence or a taxi driver licence in 2013 or later.
  • Your permanent address is in mainland Finland. Driving licences will be sent to the customer's official address in Finland, as stated in the population information system. If your address details are incorrect, please update them before paying, using the Notification of change of address service of Posti and the Local Register Office at https://www.posti.fi/changeaddress
  • You can log into the service using online bank identifiers or mobile recognition.

NB!

  • You cannot upgrade your right to drive to category B96 using the Trafi's e-Services; instead, you must contact an Ajovarma service point.
  • Upgrading your driving licence using Trafi's e-Services is only possible by taking a driving examination.
    • You can only upgrade your right to drive a motorcycle, for example, by taking a driving examination (theory test, handling test and driving test). If you would like to upgrade your right to drive a motorcycle in ways other than taking a driving examination, you must contact an Ajovarma service point. Read more here.
Age-related conditions for using the service

You can use the service to upgrade your driving licence:

  • In Categories AM/120, AM/121, T and/or A1 when you have reached the age of 15.
  • In Category B at the age of 16. You may take a driving test when you have reached the age of 18.
  • In Categories B and BE (if you are applying for the latter along with Category B) at the age of 17. You may take a driving test when you have reached the age of 18.
  • In Category A2 at the age of 17 if you upgrade by taking a driving examination. You may take a driving test when you have reached the age of 18.
  • In Category A
    • at the age of 19 if you already have a category A2 right to drive and you are taking a driving examination to upgrade your category. You can take the driving test at the earliest once you have turned 20 and you have had a category A2 right to drive for a minimum of 2 years. Or
    • at the age of 23 if you do not have a prior category A2 right to drive (but you do have some other group 1 right to drive) and you are taking a driving examination to upgrade your category. You may take the driving test when you have reached the age of 24.
  • In Categories C1 or C1E at the age of 17. You may take a driving test when you have reached the age of 18.
  • In Categories D1 or D1E at the age of 20. You may take a driving test when you have reached the age of 21.
  • In Categories C and CE at the age of 20 or, if you have completed an initial professional competence training of normal length (280 hrs), 18 years of age.
  • In Categories D or DE
    • 23 years of age. You may take a driving test when you have reached the age of 24 or
    • At the age of 22 if you have completed the accelerated (140 hrs) passenger driver's initial professional competence training. You may take a driving test when you have reached the age of 23 or
    • At the age of 20 if you have completed the normal length (280 hrs) passenger transport driver's initial professional competence training. You may take a driving test when you have reached the age of 21.

If you are upgrading to one of the categories entitling you to drive a truck or a bus, you must have a category B right to drive. If you do not have a category B right to drive, you must also apply for it and pass a category B driving examination before categories entitling you to drive a truck or a bus.

You can take the theory test one month before you reach the required minimum age. NB! You can only take a category T theory test once you have turned 15.

Driving health related conditions for using the service

In some cases, your driving health data needs to be retrieved from the Patient Data Repository. Your driving health data must be saved to the Patient Data Repository on form F122 (medical certificate on driving capacity). The medical certificate may not date back to more than six months. The service will retrieve the required driving health data by your consent.

Upgrade your group 1 driving licence within the same group

Your driving licence has one or several of the following group 1 categories: AM/120, AM/121, T, A1, A2, A, B, BE. You wish to upgrade your driving licence to include one or several of these categories.

No medical certificate is required to upgrade your driving licence.

If you have visited a doctor, however, and the medical certificate on your driving capacity has been saved to the Patient Data Repository, you can retrieve your driving health data after you have logged on to the service if you wish. Retrieving your health data may be a good idea if the doctor has changed the conditions or restrictions applicable to your driving licence. These changes must be recorded in the medical certificate on driving capacity. Based on the medical certificate saved to the Patient Data Repository, a special condition may be added to your driving licence, or an existing condition may be removed. The condition may also remain unchanged. The most common special condition is 01, which indicates that the driver must wear glasses or contact lenses while driving.

Upgrade your group 1 driving licence to a group 2 licence

Your driving licence has one or several of the following group 1 categories: AM/120, AM/121, T, A1, A2, A, B, BE. You wish to upgrade your driving licence to include one or several categories entitling you to drive a truck (C1, C1E, C, CE) and/or a bus (D1, D1E, D, DE). These are group 2 driving licence categories.

You can use the service if a doctor has saved a medical certificate on your capacity do drive to the Patient Data Repository and if you retrieve your health data once you have logged on to the service. If the doctor has imposed any special conditions, they will be recorded on your driving licence. A previously valid special condition may also be removed, or it may remain unchanged. The most common special condition is 01, which indicates that the driver must wear glasses or contact lenses while driving.

If no medical certificate on your ability to drive is available in electronic format, you cannot use the service, and you should submit your application for a driving licence permit to a service point of Ajovarma, a Trafi service provider. In this case, you must prove that you fulfil the driving health requirements by producing a printed medical certificate you have received from your doctor.

Upgrade your group 2 driving licence

Your driving licence includes at least one category entitling you to drive a truck (C1, C1E, C, CE) and/or a bus (D1, D1E, D, DE). You are upgrading your licence to any driving licence category in group 1 or 2.

No medical certificate is required to upgrade your driving licence.

If you have visited a doctor and the medical certificate on your driving capacity has been saved to the Patient Data Repository, you can retrieve your driving health data after you have logged on to the service if you wish. Retrieving your health data may be a good idea if the doctor has changed the conditions or restrictions associated with your driving licence. These changes must be recorded in the medical certificate on driving capacity. Based on the medical certificate saved to the Patient Data Repository, a special condition may be added to your driving licence, or an existing condition may be removed. The condition may also remain unchanged. The most common special condition is 01, which indicates that the driver must wear glasses or contact lenses while driving.

Driving licence with professional competence endorsement

You cannot use the service to apply for the first professional competence endorsement (special condition 95) on your driving licence.

If you have a professional competence endorsement on your current driving licence, it will be added to your new license if the professional competence is still valid. If you have completed sufficient periodic training, the period of validity of your professional competence will be added to your new license.

If you do not have a professional competence endorsement on your current driving licence or your professional competence is not valid, no endorsement shall be added to the new licence.

  • If your current driving licence already has a professional competence endorsement for freight transport (C1, C1E, C, CE) driving rights and you upgrade your driving licence to another freight category, the special condition will be added to the categories you apply for.
  • If your current driving licence has a professional competence endorsement for passenger transport (D1, D1E, D, DE) driving rights and you upgrade your driving licence to another passenger transport driving licence category, the special condition will be added to the categories you apply for.

NB! The service cannot be used to extend professional competence from freight transport (C categories) to passenger transport classes (D categories) or vice versa. If you want professional competence endorsement for a new transport type, you must upgrade your driving licence at Ajovarma's service point.

If you have a separate professional competence card and you want to give it up in exchange for a professional competence endorsement on your driving licence when you upgrade it, then you should upgrade your licence at Ajovarma's service point.

Alternative service channels

Upgrading your driving licence at Ajovarma

When you upgrade your driving licence at Ajovarma, you should take the following with you

  • your previous driving licence
  • 2 passport photographs (NB! You will not need new photos if you have a valid ID card or passport or you provided a photograph and specimen signature for a driving licence, driver card, professional competence card, ADR licence or taxi driver licence in 2013 or later.)

When you upgrade your driving licence at Ajovarma, you should take the following with you if necessary

  • A medical certificate regarding your driving ability, if you only have a Group 1 driving licence category and are upgrading your driving licence to Group 2 driving licence categories. If a doctor has saved a medical certificate on your driving capacity to the Patient Data Repository, Ajovarma can retrieve your driving health data electronically.
  • An instruction certificate from your driving school if you are upgrading your driving licence from category A1 to A2 or category A2 to category A just through driving instruction.
  • An examination certificate issued by the Finnish Defence Forces if you wish to upgrade your driving licence obtained on the basis of the Finnish Defence Forces' examination certificate.
  • A passenger transport basic training certificate if you are upgrading your driving licence on the basis of this training. In this case you can obtain category D right to drive already at the age of 18.
  • A free-form explanation from the authorities or an employer concerning the grounds for granting a driving licence and the necessity for it if you are applying for a driving licence on the grounds of special condition 131.
    • Special condition 131 stands for an exemption from the minimum age requirements for categories C and/or D. It can be granted for driving related to the fire and rescue sector, the Finnish Defence Forces and the Finnish Border Guard, or for driving related to maintenance and repair work for these services.

Book a date and time for upgrading your driving licence: https://www.ajovarma.fi/booking