Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Driving Licence or Driver Permit

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Driving Licence : To obtain a driver’s license in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, you must:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria set by the Licensing Authority
  • Study the driving manual to learn traffic rules and signs
  • Pass the written learner’s theory test
  • Take practical driving lessons with an instructor
  • Pass the road driving test
  • Get a medical certificate certifying fitness to drive
  • Submit your license application with required documents
  • Get your photo taken and collect your new license

Eligibility Requirements for a Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Driving Licence

To qualify for a driver’s license in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, you must:

  • Be minimum 17 years old (21 for commercial vehicles)
  • Pass the written learner’s theory test
  • Pass the practical road test
  • Be medically fit to drive with a doctor’s certificate
  • Show proof of identity and residency

Step-by-Step Process for Getting a License

Here is an overview of the process for obtaining your first driver’s license in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:

  • Step 1: Study the driving manual, signs, and rules
  • Step 2: Pass the written learner’s theory test
  • Step 3: Get a medical certificate from an approved doctor
  • Step 4: Take required practical driving lessons
  • Step 5: Schedule and pass the practical road test
  • Step 6: Submit license application form with documents
  • Step 7: Provide proof of identity and residency
  • Step 8: Get your photo taken at Licensing Authority
  • Step 9: Receive new plastic license card

Types of Driver’s Licenses Issued

There are different classes of licenses for different vehicles:

  • Class A – Motorcycles and motor scooters
  • Class B – Private motor cars
  • Class C – Heavy goods vehicles
  • Class D – Public transport vehicles

Minimum Ages for License Classes

  • Class A, B – 17 years
  • Class C, D – 21 years

How to Renew Your Saint Vincent Driver’s License

To renew your Saint Vincent driver’s license:

  • Check expiry date on your license and ensure it’s due
  • Get a new medical certificate certifying fitness
  • Fill out license renewal application form
  • Visit Licensing Authority office with documents
  • Pay the license renewal fee
  • Get a new photo taken at the Authority
  • Submit completed renewal application
  • Collect your new plastic license card

Documents Required for Renewal

  • Expired Saint Vincent driver’s license
  • Valid medical certificate
  • Proof of identity like passport
  • Completed renewal application form
  • License renewal fee payment

Replacing a Lost or Damaged Saint Vincent License

If your Saint Vincent driving license is lost, stolen or damaged, you must replace it within 14 days by:

  • Reporting loss/damage to police and getting a report
  • Visiting the Licensing Authority with documents
  • Filling out the license replacement application
  • Providing police report and proof of identity
  • Paying replacement license fee
  • Getting new photo taken at the Authority
  • Collecting replacement plastic license card

You’ll be issued a temporary paper license valid for 14 days until the permanent new license is ready.

Changing Your Address on Your Saint Vincent License

When changing your residence in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, you must update your address on your driving license within 14 days by:

  • Visiting the Licensing Authority office
  • Filling out the change of address notification
  • Providing proof of new residence address
  • Submitting your current license
  • Paying fee for address change on license
  • Getting an updated plastic card license

Your old license will be cancelled and replaced with the new address license.

Taking the Theory and Practical Driving Tests

To qualify for a Saint Vincent license, you must pass a theory test and practical driving test.

Theory Test

  • Written multiple choice question test
  • Covers traffic signs, rules, regulations
  • Held at Licensing Authority office
  • Must get at least 75% questions correct to pass

Practical Driving Test

  • On-road driving test in applicant’s vehicle
  • Assesses driving skills like parking, maneuvers
  • Driving examiner gives instructions
  • Fails result from dangerous errors
  • Takes approximately 30 minutes

Traffic Violations, Fines and Penalties

Some common traffic fines and penalties:

Speeding$75-150 XCD
Running red light$150 XCD
Distracted driving$150 XCD
No seat belt$150 XCD
Drunk driving$2000 XCD

License Suspension

  • First offense: Suspended 3-6 months
  • Second offense: Suspended 1-2 years
  • Third offense: License revoked

Driver’s License Fees in Saint Vincent

Here are some common Saint Vincent license fees:

New license$55 XCD
License renewal$45 XCD
Replacement license$20 XCD
Change of address$5 XCD
International driving permit$25 XCD
Theory test$15 XCD
Practical test$35 XCD

FAQs on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Driving Licence

1. How old do I need to be to get a driver’s license in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines?

You must be at least 17 years old to obtain a regular driver’s license for private vehicles in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

2. What is the validity period of a Saint Vincent driver’s license?

A Saint Vincent driver’s license is valid for 5 years from the date of issue before requiring renewal.

3. Can I drive in other CARICOM countries with a Saint Vincent license?

Yes, a Saint Vincent license is valid for driving in other CARICOM member states. An IDP is recommended.

4. How do I schedule a driving test in Saint Vincent?

You can schedule theory and practical driving tests by visiting the Licensing Authority office and submitting request forms.

5. Is a medical certificate required for a Saint Vincent driver’s license?

Yes, you must submit a valid medical certificate certifying your fitness to drive when applying for a license.