Activity licence for driver training providers

If you wish to start operations in the field of driver training, then you need to apply for an activity licence.

The activity licence is issued without a term by the Ministry of Education and Research.

The economic activity of driver training providers is regulated by the following legislation:

Requirements for the applicants

An activity licence is granted, if the applicant has:

  • study premises (buildings, furnishings and other property) or the possibility to use such premises;
  • a practice area or the possibility to use a practice area;
  • vehicles for driving practice, which comply with the requirements provided by law or the possibility to use such vehicles;
  • instructors who comply with the requirements set out in subsection 118 (1) of the Traffic Act and first aid instructors of drivers of power-driven vehicles who comply with the requirements set out in section 119;
  • training plans and training documentation for the category being taught, which comply with the requirements set out in subsections 100 (6) and (8) of the Traffic Act;
  • the methodological and audio-visual teaching aids and accessories that are specified in the training plans;
  • first aid teaching aids specified in the training plans.

Cross-border operation

If an undertaking has been established in another contracting state of the European Economic Area but also wishes to provide continuous services in Estonia, the undertaking must act in accordance with the present guidelines. Information for operating in other countries of the European Economic Area can be found from the EUGO point of single contact of the respective country.

Completing and submitting an application

An application with the following information and documentation must be submitted for the grant of an activity licence:

  • an application for an activity licence which indicates the contact details of the applicant and the vehicle categories for which the training is to be provided under the activity licence that is being applied for, and a document verifying the payment of the state fee;
  • existence of or documents certifying the right of use of the premises, practice area and vehicles for driving practice;
  • a training plan and training documentation;
  • a list of audio-visual and other teaching aids;
  • data about the compliance of the driving instructors with the requirements of section 118 of the Traffic Act and written consents for being employed;
  • data about the compliance of the first aid instructors of drivers of power-driven vehicles with the requirements of section 119 of the Traffic Act and written consents for being employed.

You can submit your application: via the e-service of the Ministry of Education and Research at the State Portal;

  • digitally signed by e-mail to the Ministry of Education and Research at hm@hm.ee;
  • by sending a signed copy by regular mail to the Ministry of Education and Research on the address Munga 18, Tartu 50088.

NB! Please pay the state fee before submitting your application.

Payment of the state fee

For the application for an activity licence, please pay the state fee of 100 euros to a bank account of the Ministry of Finance, adding the reference number 2900073546:

  • SEB – EE891010220034796011
  • Swedbank – EE932200221023778606

Processing of an application

The Ministry of Education and Research shall start counting the processing period of the application from the date of its submission. The application will be reviewed by the Ministry of Education and Research within 30 days, granted that all the required documents are correctly formalised and submitted.

The Ministry of Education and Research shall check the compliance of the documents with legislation. If the application does not meet the requirements, i.e., the required data or documents have not been submitted or the application has other deficiencies, the Ministry of Education and Research shall notify the applicant in writing, providing a time limit for the rectification of the deficiencies. If the deficiencies are not rectified for the set time limit, then the Ministry of Education and Research may refuse to process the application.

Suspension of an activity licence and termination of economic activities

If you wish to terminate activity in the chosen field, then please submit a notice of termination of economic activities to the Ministry of Education and Research at hm@hm.ee.

If you wish to renounce economic activities temporarily, then please state the date of renouncement and re-commencement of economic activities on a notice of temporary renouncement of economic activities to be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Research at hm@hm.ee.

Revocation of an activity licence

An activity licence is revoked on the following grounds:

  • intentional submission of incorrect information by an undertaking upon application for an activity licence, which affected the grant of a licence, provided that, if such information had not been submitted, the grant of an activity licence would have been denied;
  • renouncement of economic activities by an undertaking;
  • validity of a relevant prohibition on economic activities imposed by a court judgment or arising from law in a relevant area of activity in respect of an undertaking, except for validity of a prohibition on economic activities imposed pursuant to the General Part of the Economic Activities Code Act.

An activity licence may be revoked on the following grounds:

  • failure to commence economic activities within two years as of the issue of the activity licence or failure to pursue economic activities within two years, and in the case of provision of services of general interest, failure to commence economic activities within 12 months after issue of the activity licence or failure to pursue economic activities within 12 months or failure to commence economic activities within the term prescribed by a secondary condition of the activity licence;
  • material violation of the conditions of an activity licence;
  • a significant damage or danger caused to public order by the activity permitted by the activity licence, which did not exist or was not known at the time of granting the activity licence and which overrides the interest of the undertaking in continuing the activity on the current conditions and which can be eliminated by amendment of the activity licence;
  • changes to the secondary conditions of an activity licence.

Supervision

Governmental and administrative supervision over driver training providers is exercised by:

  • the Ministry of Education and Research;
  • the Road Administration that exercises supervision over the fulfilment of the requirements specified in subsections 100 (6) and (8) and of the Traffic Act, with the right to involve, if necessary, officials of the Health Board in exercising state and administrative supervision over the first aid training of drivers of power-driven vehicles.

Contact details

Substantive information

Hilje Arukuusk, Ministry of Education and Research, tel. +372 7350 117, e-mail: hilje.arukuusk@hm.ee

Registry information and technical questions

Estonian Education Information System, tel: +372 735 0577, +372 735 0574, e-mail: ehis.tugi@hm.ee

Last amended: 06-02-2017 13:02 | Compiled by: Ministry of Education and Research