Driving licence for a bus and a coach
 

Driving licence for a bus and  coach

You need a Category D driving licence to drive a bus or coach, and a Category DE driving licence to drive a vehicle combination. The minimum age requirement for these licences is usually 24.

The minimum age requirement for driving vehicles in Categories D1 and D1E (smaller buses and coaches) is 21.

Licences for Category D and its subcategories are issued for five years.

All bus and coach drivers working in commercial transport must have professional competence.

Exceptions to age requirements

You may obtain a Category D or DE driving licence

  • at 23 if you have completed the basic professional competence training for bus drivers on the fast-track scheme (140 hours);
  • at 21 if you have completed the basic professional competence training for bus drivers on the standard-length course (280 hours);
  • at 21 if you have completed the basic professional competence training for bus drivers through the fast-track scheme (140 hours) and you drive a bus only in local traffic along regular routes of maximum 50 km in length;
  • at 18, you can obtain a Category D driving licence if you have the basic vocational qualification for bus drivers and have completed the basic professional competence training for bus drivers.

Driving instruction

You may take driving instruction either at a driving school, during vocational training or under the guidance of an instructor with a driving instruction permit.

If you want take instruction to learn to drive a bus or coach, you will first have to complete the practice and advanced phases of the Category B driving instruction course.

You may only take driving instruction for Category D1E or DE vehicles (vehicle combinations) when you have been issued with a Category D1 or D driving licence.

Driving examination

You must take a driving examination after completing your course of instruction. You must have a valid driving licence permit to take a driving examination. You can book a time for your examination at an Ajovarma office. You will have to prove your identity when you arrive to take your tests.

The driving examination for Category D1 and D licences consists of a theory test and a practical driving test on the road. The driving examination for Category D1E and DE licences also contains an additional handling test, which must be completed before your driving test.

Driving licence posted to your home address

When you pass your driving examination, you will be given a certificate entitling you to drive in mainland Finland for six months. Your driving licence will be posted to your home address within about three weeks after you have passed your driving test.

Two-year driving licences for senior citizens

Your bus/coach driving licence will expire when you turn 70. Any subsequent licences will be issued for two years at a time. Any renewed licences will also be issued for a maximum of two years at a time, if you have turned or will turn 68 before your current licence expires. A driving licence can also be issued for a shorter period of time on the basis of a doctor's certificate.

Further information

Driving examination

 

Professional competence

All bus and coach drivers working in commercial transport must have professional competence.

 
 
 
Page updated 01/04/2016