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Applicants for learner’s licence to do road code test effective January 25

Published:Thursday | January 9, 2020 | 9:46 AM
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The Ministry of Transport is reporting that Jamaicans seeking to obtain a provisional or learner driver’s licence will be required to do a multiple-choice Road Code Test as part of the application process effective on Saturday, January 25.

The tests will be conducted at Island Traffic Authority (ITA) Examination Depots.

The Ministry says the new process will apply to all applicants for a learner’s licence to drive and/or operate a motor vehicle including a motorcycle.

Application forms will be available at all Examination Depots, Tax Offices, or from the website of the Ministry of Transport and Mining at and Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) at

How it Works

The completed application form, along with three identical certified photographs, should be submitted to the ITA Depot of choice where the applicant will be allowed to take the Road Code Test.

The test will be conducted without charge to the applicant.  

Where the applicant has passed the test, a notation will be made on the form and the information entered into a database shared between the ITA and TAJ.

The application form will be returned to the applicant in a sealed envelope for he or she to submit it to the tax office of his/her choice, for the provisional licence to be processed.

At the tax office, the Ministry says the form will be vetted and validated before the applicant is directed to a cashier to pay the fee of $1,800 and to be issued the provisional driver’s licence, with the payment receipt affixed.

Should an applicant fail the Road Code Test, he or she will be advised by the ITA to return on an appointed date to retake it.

Until further notice, re-sits will be without charge to the applicant.

The Ministry says provisional driver’s licence acquired before January 25, 2020, will remain valid until the applicable expiration date.

However, anyone renewing a provisional driver’s licence thereafter will have to first visit an examination depot to sit the Road Code Test.

Applicants who have passed the test and have been granted a licence will not be required to re-take the exam when applying for a renewal due to expiration or replacement due to loss of licence, but will, therefore, proceed to the TAJ with a completed application form and other required documents. 

An applicant for a provisional driver’s licence will only have to visit the ITA Examination Depot if he or she has not yet passed the Road Code Test.

It should be noted that “the last day to obtain a Provisional Driver’s Licence without being required to first pass the Road Code Test is January 24, 2020”.

Therefore, although the Portmore Tax Office will be open on Saturday, January 25, 2020, it will not be processing applications for provisional driver’s licence.

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