A driving licence is a document that allows the bearer to drive a vehicle. The Traffic Branch of the Mauritius Police Force is the responsible body for issuing such documents as well as maintaining records of driving offences. Three forms of licences can be obtained: provisional licence, personal licence and international licence. All applicants must be physically fit for all applications.
Provisional driving licence
The age for applying for a provisional driving licence is 15 years for an auto cycle, 17 years for a motorcycle and 18 years for a motor car. Applications are made at the nearest police station in the locality free of charge (forms can also be downloaded from the government of Mauritius site at Gov.mu. Documents needed to obtain a licence include birth certificates, Ids (or proof of identity for minors plus the Ids of the accompanying parents), marriage certificates for married women and two recent passport size photographs. Those applying for an autocycle or motorcycle licence must first undergo the local traffic signs test.
Personal driving licence
In order to access the personal driving licence, the person must undergo the traffic signs test. The holder may then apply for a practical driving test at the Casernes police station for a fee of Rs500. Usually, the date of the test is acknowledged to be three months after the application date. Car arrangements for the test must be done by the applicants as well as provision of special insurance policy. The driving licence is valid up to the age of 60 after which health certificates for fitness are needed.
International driving licence
Applications are done solely at the Police Headquarters at the Casernes police station in Port Louis. Documents to be produced include the local driving licence of the applicant, two recent passport size photos, air tickets and passport and a fee of Rs800. Nonetheless, foreigners can drive in Mauritius with a valid driving licence from their respective countries once they have carried out some formalities at the police headquarters.
Local signs test
The audio visual test also known as the oral test is normally done in batches of 20 over 40 minutes. Candidates have to answer 40 multiple choice questions whereby only 6 mistakes are permissible for a pass and this is done in English or French over a computerised system. Candidates have to call beforehand to secure a place for the test.
Practical driving test
The test is assessed on the following criteria: starting off, changing gears, turning corners, stopping at various speeds, giving signals while driving, reverse, turning the vehicle around, stopping, holding and starting the vehicle on gradient, reading traffic lights, rules of the road, understanding traffic signals by drivers and police and mechanical knowledge.
In order to qualify for a driving test, the candidate must take driving lessons from a registered driving instructor for a period of at least three months. Lessons are usually at Rs300 for a session of 30 minutes; very often driving instructors demand car insurance fee too which is around Rs1500 for the whole driving period.