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Cars - Removal from public or private property ( 2.5.28.L4 )
Drink/driving - Return of licence after disqualification, Drunk in charge penalties ( 2.5.4.L2 )
Driving licence loss ( 2.5.4.L3 )
Driving licences - Security Checks before Issue ( 2.5.4.L1 )
Driving Licences ( 2.5.4. )
Driving test fees ( 2.5.4.L4 )
Electrical cycles and wheelchairs ( 2.5.8.L5 )
Export of vehicles to the UK ( 2.7.4.L4 )
GST on Vehicles - importing a vehicle into Jersey ( 2.5.8.L2 )
International driving permits ( 2.5.4.L5 )
Jersey Blue Badge Scheme ( 10.2.0.L1b )
Mobile phone use in vehicles ( 2.5.19. )
Motor Insurance Discs ( 2.5.8.L3 )
Motor Insurers Bureau and Jersey Victims of Uninsured and Untraced drivers (2.5.34.L2)
Motor vehicles - For Sale signs in cars ( 2.5.32.L1 )
Parking Fine Queries / Unpaid parking fines (St. Helier) ( 2.5.28.L2 )
Parking, Scratch Cards, Season Tickets ( 2.5.28.L1 )
Private Parking-unauthorised / Wheelclamping ( 2.5.32.L2 )
Road Traffic Offences - Centeniers' Authority ( 4.10.0.a )
Road Traffic Offences - Splashing Pedestrians ( 2.5.32.L6 )
Road Train (2.5.10)
Roads ( 2.5.50 )
Rubbish skips on the road (2.5.50.L1)
Seat belts - Jersey law ( 2.5.16. )
Speed limits for large vehicles and cars pulling trailers (2.5.33)
Traffic accidents - compensation ( 2.5.34.L1 )
Vehicle Registration / Vehicle Ownership ( 2.5.8.L1 )
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Driving Licences ( 2.5.4. )

LOCAL INFORMATION

2.5.4
Local driving licences

Extent: Jersey
Updated: 18 October 2018
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Words you may need to know

 

Provisional - temporary or conditional

PSV - Passenger Service Vehicles. This is a special licence you will need if you intend to carry passengers for reward

DBS - Disclosing and Barring Service. This is a Police check to make sure you have no criminal convictions which have to be declared

Issued - given out

Exchange of licence - one given out when the other is handed in

Issuing Authority - the authority ( country)  who gave it out

Category - a group of things

Mandatory - needs to be done

Parochial Issuing Authority - the Parish Hall that gave it out

Revoke - to cancel or make something null and void by withdrawing, recalling, or reversing it

Identity - who you are

 

General information

For general information you can contact Driver and Vehicle Standards. Telephone 448600. They can give you information about driving licences, car registration etc. The legislation which applies is the Road Traffic (Jersey) Law 1956 and the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Jersey) Order 2003.

Licencing Authority / cars

  • Each Parish is able to issue licences and is headed by the Connetable. Provisional and full driving licences are issued by the Parish in which you normally live.
  • PSV vehicle licences are issued by  Driver and Vehicle Standards. DBS checks are carried out on all applicants.
  • Full Jersey driving licences last for ten years and cost £50. The minimum age for a driving licence is 16 years for category P [moped] and 17 years for B (car) or A1 (light motorcycle)

Local Licences

You must get a licence straight away if taking up permanent residence. You make your application  to the parish hall in the parish you live in.

If you are not taking up permanent residence you can drive for up to one year from the date of your arrival.

Exchange of licence - countries which can be exchanged

A Jersey licence will be given without the need to take a driving test for the following countries. The licence handed in will be returned to the Issuing Authority, after being held by the parish for approximately three months, to make sure that the driver holds only ONE valid licence at any one time.

Alderney

Finland

Monaco

Australia

France

Netherlands

Austria

Germany

New Zealand

Barbados

Gibraltar

Norway

Belgium

Guernsey

Poland

British Columbia

Hong Kong

Portugal

British Virgin Islands

Iceland

Romania

Croatia

Isle of Man

Republic of Ireland

Cyprus

Italy

Singapore

Czech Republic

Liechtenstein

Switzerland

Denmark

Latvia

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Falkland Islands

Malta

 

 

 

 

For those holding a licence for any other country

Anyone who does not hold a licence issued by one of the above countries and who wish to get a Jersey Licence must first sit a theory and driving test for each category required.

Temporary licences for visitors wishing to hire but who have left their licence at home

Temporary licences are not available. If you have forgotten to bring your driving licence you cannot hire a car in Jersey.

Getting a licence after suspension

You need to check  whether or not a test is necessary - this will depend on the reasons for your suspension and can be established by ringing the Magistrates Court Greffier, telephone 440080.

If no test is required you can apply to the Magistrates Court Greffier for the return of your licence. You need to check if it needs to be renewed.

If a test is required you will need to get a provisional licence from the Parish Hall, book a test and follow through.

It is not possible to get a licence back before 12 months of a ban has expired. It is mandatory to retake a test if you are disqualified for a period of 12 months or more.

Revoking of licence

The Constable of a Parish, being the Parochial Issuing Authority, has the authority to revoke a driving licence on medical grounds. A medical report will be needed to prove fitness to drive before it can be returned.

Change of name and/ or address

You can notify the parish through www.parish.gov.je or a form is available from the Parish Hall to provide the information. Forms are also held at Citizens Advice Jersey or can be downloaded from www.sthelier.je/media/199811/change_address_form.pdf.

Failure to notify the parish of a change of name/address within a reasonable time is an offence carrying a maximum fine of £500. No specific time scale is specified but according to the Town Hall it should be done 'as soon as possible'. It should be borne in mind that the time given in law to notify Driver and Vehicle Standards Department of the change of name/address of a keeper of a vehicle is only seven days.

Replacing lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed licence

If you need a replacement driving licence you can do so online at My Parish Online or by completing both a licence application form and a lost licence form.  You can get both from town/parish halls. You should send the forms together with one passport photograph and £50 to the Parish Hall of the Parish in which you live and a replacement licence will be sent to your home address. The licence will expire on the same date as the original one would have done.

Renewing a Jersey driving licence

You can renew a Licence three months before your licence is due to expire.  A full licence costs £50 and is valid for ten years. A provisional licence costs £20 and is valid for 6 months.

Licences can be renewed online at My Parish Online or by post to the Parish Hall (you can get an application form from the town/  Parish halls).  You must  apply to the Parish where you are permanently living.

You will need to supply the following:

  • one recent passport photograph
  • £50 fee

If a current driving licence is lost or cannot be found, a replacement can be requested at an additional £50.

Only drivers over the age of 45 wishing to renew category C, C+E or D licences (goods and large passenger vehicles) need to complete a medical application form.

 

Driving Tests-fees

The current cost of a driving test for a motor car is £49.00  and the cost of the theory test for category A or B (Motorcycle or Car) is £34.00, for categories C or D (Large Goods or Large Passenger) is £42.00. Theory tests can be booked online at www.gov.je or in person at Driver and Vehicle Standards, La Collette.