2.     Procedures for Obtaining a Full Driving Licence with Driving Test

2.1 Flow Chart for Obtaining a Full Driving Licence

To obtain a full driving licence with driving test, you should follow the following steps:

Flow Chart for Obtaining a Full Driving License

If you hold an overseas driving licence and wish to drive in Hong Kong, please read the next section - Driving in Hong Kong for Overseas Driving Licence Holders.

2.2 Apply for a Learner's Driving Licence

  • You have to apply for a learner's driving licence before you can learn to drive a vehicle (except taxi and special purpose vehicle).

2.2.1 How to apply?

Private car and light goods vehicle
      
  • Complete an application form TD555 ; and
      
  • Submit it to any licensing office
   

Motor cycle (first time application)
      
  • Enroll with a designated driving school for a mandatory training course to acquire the basic knowledge and skills to manoeuvre a motor cycle;
      
  • Take the written test and the Competence Test (Part B Test);
      
  • To apply for a motor cycle learner's driving licence within two years after passing the Competence Test (Part B Test);
      
  • Complete an application form TD555 ; and
      
  • Submit it to any licensing office.
   

Motor cycle (re-application)
      
  • Complete an application form TD555 ; and
      
  • Submit it to any licensing office.
   

Commercial vehicles (including articulated vehicle)
      
  • Holding a valid full driving licence to drive a private car or light goods vehicle for at least 3 years immediately preceding his application, or holding a valid full driving licence issued after the completion of probationary driving period to drive a private car or light goods vehicle for at least 2 years immediately preceding his application;
      
  • Complete an application form TD556;
 
  • For articulated vehicle, an applicant has to hold a valid full driving licence for medium goods vehicles or heavy goods vehicles (depending on the vehicle’s permitted goods combined weight); and
 
  • Send the application by any of the following methods:
 

(a) in person or by agent to Hong Kong Licensing Office or Kowloon Licensing Office; or

 

(b) by post to Transport Department, P. O. Box No. 79, Shatin Central Post Office.

2.2.2 What to bring?

      
  • Hong Kong Identity Card for Hong Kong residents, while relevant passport or travel document for non-Hong Kong residents;

    

  • Address proof (residential address and correspondence address) issued within the last 3 months (e.g. water/electricity/gas/mobile phone bill or bank correspondence);

   

  • Medical examination report form TD256 duly completed by a registered medical practitioner (only for applicants aged 70 or above);

 

  • Competence Test (Part B) Pass Certificate (for first time application for motor cycle only);

 

  • Road Test (Part C) appointment letter (for re-application for motor cycle only); and

 

  • Required fee (you may make enquiries at the enquiry counters of licensing offices or through 1823 Call Centre, refer to the licence fees table (TD341) at the licensing offices, or visit Transport Department's website for information).

 

2.3 Make a Driving Test Appointment

  • To apply for a driving test form to make a driving test appointment after obtaining the learner's driving licence.

2.3.1 How to apply?

For driving tests of private car and light goods vehicle
      
  • Complete an application form TD82; and
       Submit it to Hong Kong Licensing Office or Kowloon Licensing Office
   

For driving tests of motor cycle
      
  • Enroll with a designated driving school for a mandatory training course for acquiring the basic knowledge and skills to manoeuvre a motor cycle. Upon completion of the course, the school will arrange the written test (Part A Test) and Competence Test (Part B Test) for its students;
      
  • After passing the Competence Test (Part B Test), you can make a road test (Part C Test) appointment either by yourself or through a designated driving school; and
      
  • If you wish to apply for the appointment by yourself, you should inform the driving school of your intention and a road test appointment will then be sent to you direct by Transport Department by post.
   

For driving tests of commercial vehicles (including articulated vehicle)
      
  • You may submit the application for driving test of commercial vehicles at the time when you apply for a learner's driving licence for commercial vehicles;
      
  • Complete an application form TD321; and
      
  • Submit it by post to Transport Department, P. O. Box No. 79, Shatin Central Post Office.
   
  By GovHK
 
  • Eligible applicant can make an appointment online to re-take the road test for non-commercial vehicles, or to take/re-take the road test for commercial vehicles or taxi written test by visiting the GovHK's website: http://www.gov.hk/.

2.3.2 What to bring?

      
  • Hong Kong Identity Card for Hong Kong residents, while relevant passport or travel document for non-Hong Kong residents;

 

  • Learner's driving licence (except taxi);

 

  • Full driving licence (if applicable); and

 

  • Required fee (you may make enquiries at the enquiry counters of licensing offices or through 1823 Call Centre, refer to the licence fees table (TD341) at the licensing offices, or visit Transport Department's website for information).

2.3.3 What is a driving test form?

      
  • The driving test form entitles you to take all parts of a driving test within the 18-month validity period of the form. It becomes invalidated if you fail in any part of the driving test. You need to re-apply for a new driving test form if you wish to take the driving test again.
      
  • The driving test form also becomes invalidated if you fail to attend a driving test under appointment unless:
   
      
(a) 

you have given seven clear days' prior notice in writing to the Commissioner for Transport of your inability to attend the test. For the purpose of satisfying the requirement of seven clear days of notice, the day of scheduled test and that day on which the notice is deemed to be given are excluded. In other words, there should be seven days between these two days; or

(b) 

the Commissioner for Transport is satisfied that you, through circumstances beyond your control, are unable to attend the test.

 
      
  • A new driving test appointment will be arranged for circumstances under (a) or (b) above provided that the test appointment can be arranged within the 18-month validity period of the driving test form; otherwise you have to apply for a new driving test form.

 

2.4 Take a Driving Test

  • The driving tests for various vehicle classes are different. You must pass all parts of a driving test before you are eligible to apply for a full driving licence (except for motor cycle, motor tricycle, private car and light goods vehicle).
  • Driving test requirements for various vehicle classes are set out below:-
   

Private car
      
  • Written test (Part A Test) on the Road Users' Code; and
      
  • Road test (Part B Test and Part C Test).
   

Light goods vehicle
      
  • Written test (Part A Test) on the Road Users' Code; and
      
  • Road test (Part B Test and Part C Test).
   
Motor cycle
      
  • Written test (Part A Test) on the Road Users' Code;
      
  • Competence test (Part B Test) arranged by the designated driving school; and
      
  • Road test (Part C Test).
   
Taxi
      
  • Written test on the Road Users' Code, knowledge on locations of Hong Kong and general legal requirements relating to taxi operation.
   
       Other vehicle classes
      
  • Road test
   
  • Once you have passed the written test (Part A Test), you will not be required to take the same test again when you apply for the licence of other classes of vehicle; and
  • If you enroll with a designated driving school established in accordance with the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap.374), you are required to comply with the school regulations and pass the tests arranged by the school.

2.5 Apply for a Probationary Driving Licence (for Motor Cycle, Motor Tricycle, Private Car and Light Goods Vehicle)

  • Any person who applies to take a driving test for motor cycle, motor tricycle, private car or light goods vehicle is only eligible to apply for a probationary driving licence upon passing the test. The holder of a probationary driving licence is required by law to undergo a mandatory 12-month probationary driving period (i.e. 12 months from the issue date of the probationary driving licence).
  • A probationary driving licence must be applied within 3 years from the date of passing relevant driving tests; otherwise, you must re-take and pass the relevant driving tests before you can apply for a probationary driving licence for that vehicle class.
  • Application for full driving licence to drive a vehicle class must be submitted within 3 years from the date of completion of the probationary driving period for that vehicle class; otherwise you must re-take and pass the relevant driving tests again to obtain a new probationary driving licence to drive that vehicle class.  You will be eligible to apply for a full driving licence to drive that vehicle class after completing the requisite probationary driving period afresh.
  • There are some special conditions for probationary driving licence at Appendix B. You are advised to read these conditions or the booklet on probationary driving licence scheme if you wish to apply for such a licence.

2.5.1 How to apply?

      
  • Complete an application form TD590; and
      
  • Submit it to any licensing office.

2.5.2 What to bring?

      
  • Hong Kong Identity Card for Hong Kong residents, while relevant passport or travel document for non-Hong Kong residents;
      
  • Original driving test form;
      
  • Address proof (residential address and correspondence address) issued within the last 3 months (e.g. water/electricity/gas/mobile phone bill or bank correspondence);
      
  • Medical examination report form TD256 duly completed by a registered medical practitioner (only for applicants aged 70 or above); and
 
  • Required fee (you may make enquiries at the enquiry counters of licensing offices or through 1823 Call Centre, refer to the licence fees table (TD341) at the licensing offices, or visit Transport Department's website for information).

 

 

2.6 Apply for a Full Driving Licence

  • Except for motor cycle, motor tricycle, private car, light goods vehicle and special purpose vehicle, you can apply for a full driving licence within 3 years after passing all parts of the relevant driving test.   Otherwise, you must re-take and pass the relevant driving test before you can apply for full driving licence.
  • For motor cycle, motor tricycle, private car or light goods vehicle, you must apply for a full driving licence within 3 years from the date of your completion of the probationary driving period. Otherwise, you must re-take and pass the relevant driving test to obtain a new probationary driving licence to drive that vehicle class and complete the probationary driving period again before you can apply for full driving licence.
  • If applicant is a holder of a valid full driving licence to drive a private car for at least 3 years, you can apply for a full driving licence for light goods vehicle after passing the driving test for light goods vehicle without undergoing the relevant probationary driving period;
  • An applicant is a holder of a valid full driving licence issued after the completion of probationary driving period to drive a private car for at least 2 years, you can apply for a full driving licence for light goods vehicle after passing the driving test for light goods vehicle without undergoing the relevant probationary driving period.

2.6.1 How to apply?

       For all classes of vehicles (except for special purpose vehicle)
      
  • Complete an application form TD557; and
      
  • Submit it to any licensing office.
   
       For special purpose vehicle
      
      
  • Complete a declaration form for special purpose vehicle; and
      
  • Submit them to any licensing office.

2.6.2 What to bring?

       For all classes of non-commercial vehicles
      
  • Hong Kong Identity Card for Hong Kong residents, while relevant passport or travel document for non-Hong Kong residents;
      
  • Original driving test form;
      
  • Address proof (residential address and correspondence address) issued within the last 3 months (e.g. water/electricity/gas/mobile phone bill or bank correspondence)
      
  • Medical examination report form TD256 duly completed by a registered medical practitioner (only for applicants aged 70 or above)
 
  • Required fee (you may make enquiries at the enquiry counters of licensing offices or through 1823 Call Centre, refer to the licence fees table (TD341) at the licensing offices, or visit Transport Department's website for information).
   
       For special purpose vehicle
      
  • Hong Kong Identity Card for Hong Kong residents, while relevant passport or travel document for non-Hong Kong residents;
      
  • Address proof (residential address and correspondence address) issued within the last 3 months (e.g. water/electricity/gas/mobile phone bill or bank correspondence);
      
  • A letter from the employer specifying the name and HKID no. of the driver, the vehicle registration number (or movement permit number) and the chassis number of the special purpose vehicle which the applicant will drive;
      
  • Original and copy of the vehicle registration document (or movement permit) of the special purpose vehicle;
      
  • A letter from the applicant requesting exemption from a driving test for special purpose vehicle; and
      
  • Medical examination report form TD256 duly completed by a registered medical practitioner (only for applicants aged 70 or above)

 

2.7 Apply for a Full Driving Licence with Commercial Vehicle Class(es)

2.7.1 Commercial vehicle class(es)

      
  • Private Light Bus (class code 04), Public Light Bus (class code 05), Taxi (class code 06), Private Bus (class code 09), Public Bus (class code 10), Public Bus – Franchised (class code 17), Medium Goods Vehicle (class code 18), Heavy Goods Vehicle (class code 19), Articulated Vehicle (class code 20) and Special Purpose Vehicle (class code 21) are vehicles requiring Commercial Driving Licences.

2.7.2 Residence requirements

      
  • According to regulations 11 and 15 of the Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulation, Cap. 374B, applicant for full driving licence to drive a commercial vehicle (vide para. 2.7.1) must be:
 
 
  • Hong Kong permanent resident (holder of Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card and has the right of abode in Hong Kong); or
 
  • holder of a Hong Kong Identity Card (other than a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card) who is not subject to any condition of stay other than a limit of stay as defined in section 2(1) of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap. 115), i.e. the person should not be under the condition of visitor, student or employment nor endorsed with a condition that "Employment is not permitted" on the travel document).

2.7.3. What to bring?

      
  • Completed application form TD557;
      
  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card (photocopy) for Hong Kong permanent resident, while Hong Kong Identity Card (photocopy) together with his valid travel document (original and photocopy) for a holder of Hong Kong Identity Card (other than a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card) who is not subject to any condition of stay other than a limit of stay as defined in section 2(1) of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap. 115);
 
  • Original driving test form;
 
  • Address proof (residential address and correspondence address) issued within the last 3 months (e.g. water/electricity/gas/mobile phone bill or bank correspondence);
 
  • Medical examination report form TD256 duly completed by a registered medical practitioner (only for applicants aged 70 or above); and
 
  • Required fee (you may make enquiries at the enquiry counters of licensing offices or through 1823 Call Centre, refer to the licence fees table (TD341) at the licensing offices, or visit Transport Department's website for information).