Gibraltar Driving Licences

Find out about getting a Gibraltar learner's licence and learning to drive a car or motorbike in Gibraltar...

Gibraltar residents who have been residing in Gibraltar, the United Kingdom or Northern Ireland for 185 days during the last 12 months and who are aged 17 or over are eligible to apply for a learner’s licence.

Requirements for application:

The learner's licence is valid for a period of three months before it is required to be renewed if necessary. A person applying to take the practical driving test is considered also to be applying for a full driving licence.

A person holding a learner's licence is not permitted to carry passengers unless the passenger has had a full licence for at least two years. They must display learner plates on the front and back of the vehicle at all times.

Learner drivers are not permitted to drive vehicles within the inner city (except for motorcycles), in the Glacis, Laguna, Varyl Begg or Edinburgh House estates, Port area, Red Sands Road (or branches thereof), Upper Rock, Parson's Lane (or branches thereof) or along Eastern Beach Road, Catalan Bay, Sir Herbert Miles Road, Keightley Way, Dudley Ward Way, Camp Bay or Rosia Bay during June, July, August and September.

Driving Tests

. Driving tests include a theory examination and a practical test. The practical examination can only be taken after the theory test has been passed successfully.

Driving tests can be taken for a number of different licence classes. Each category of driving licence requires its own theory and practical examination of competency.

The cost of the test depends on the licence applied for.

Driving tests for motorbikes

A full motorcycle licence can only be obtained by a person aged 18 or over. Minimum ages for the categories are listed below:

  • AM – 18 years of age
  • A1 – 18 years of age
  • A2 – 18 years of age
  • A – 20 years of age (with two years’ experience) / 24 years of age

Learner's licence and CBT

In order to apply for a learner's licence for motorcycles it is necessary to achieve the certificate of Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), which includes basic instruction and a demonstration of skill in handling a motorcycle. It is conducted by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Department and provides practical on-site and on-road training and well as theoretical information.

Application for a learner’s licence for motorcycles can only be made with a valid certificate of CBT. There is a fee for the licence and once issued it is valid for 15 months.

A person holding a learner's licence for a motorcycle is not permitted to carry passengers unless the passenger has had a full licence for at least two years. Learner plates must be displayed on the front and back of the motorcycle at all times.

The Theory Test

The theory test for both motorcycles and cars is made up of 50 multiple-choice questions. The pass mark is 80 percent is required. The test is taken on a touch screen computer in a specially designed room in the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Department offices. There is a fee for the examination.

Theory test booklets for revision are available from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Department offices.

The Practical Test

The theory test must be successfully completed before applying for the practical exam at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Department offices. Applications can be made between 08:30–15:00.

The practical examination takes the form of a test of knowledge and skill. In order to pass the test the individual must demonstrate sufficient knowledge, skill and behaviour while in control of the vehicle to satisfy the examiner. There is a fee for the test, and tests for other licence categories may incur additional fees.

A full list of conditions and requirements for passing both the theory and practical examinations can be found in Schedule 4B of the Traffic (Licensing and Registration) Regulations.

The driving licence is issued once both parts of the test have been successfully completed. It conforms to EU requirements and is valid in EU countries. It is valid for 15 years before it must be renewed.

Further information about getting a driving licence is available on the Gibraltar Government website.