Thursday 4 June, 2020

Road code test for applicants for learner driver’s licence from Jan 25

A multiple-choice road code test for learner drivers is to be rolled out by the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) as of January 25.

As such, Jamaicans wishing to obtain a provisional (learner) driver's licence as of that date, will have to visit one of the ITA depots island-wide to sit the test.

A statement from the Ministry of Transport on Thursday said the new process will apply to all applicants for a learner's licence to drive and/or operate a motor vehicle, including motorcycles.

Application forms will be available at all examination depots and tax offices and can be accessed from the ministry's website at www.mtm.gov.jm or Tax Administration Jamaica's (TAJ) website at www.jamaicatax.gov.jm.

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 ministry said the test will be conducted without charge to the applicant. Where the applicant has passed the road code 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 successful applicant in a sealed envelope for the individual to submit to the tax office of his or her choice, for the provisional licence to be processed.

The ministry said the tax office will vet and validate the form before the applicant is directed to a cashier to pay a fee of $1,800, and to be issued the provisional driver's licence, with the payment receipt affixed.

Where an applicant failed the road code test, the individual will be advised by the ITA to return on an appointed date to retake the test. Until further notice, re-sits will be without charge to the applicant.

The ministry explained that provisional driver's licences acquired before January 25, 2020, will remain valid until the applicable expiration dates. However, anyone renewing a provisional driver's licence after that date will have to first visit an examination depot to sit the road code test.

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

The ministry stressed that an applicant for a provisional driver's licence will only have to visit the ITA examination depot if he/she has not yet passed the road code test.

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