The traffic police headquarters is the responsible body for issuing driving licenses and maintaining records of road convictions in Mauritius. In order to apply for a license, the person must be physically fit, be 15 years old for an autocycle, 17 years old for a motorcycle and 18 years old for a motor car. To apply for a provisional driving license, the person can download the required form from the government of Mauritius’ website or get one from the police station nearest to his residence. Once duly filled, the document must be returned to the police station with the birth certificate, proof of identity (ID card, student ID), marriage certificate for married women and accompanied by parents/guardians for minors. For a provisional motor car license, the person must bring the birth certificate, ID card plus two photographs.
This test is carried out at the Police Headquarters in Port Louis once an appointment has been taken. The theory test is also known as the oral test because for those who do not understand English or French, a verbal exam is carried out the a police officer whereby the latter will read out loud the questions and answers in Creole so that the candidate can understand the question and select the right answer. Those who will be doing the oral test on board (in creole) will be given 30 questions and they need to get 20 questions right to pass the test. Remember that the first 5 questions do not count.
For those who choose to do the test in either English or French, this will be carried out on a computerised system. It consists of 40 multiple choice questions regarding local traffic signs appearing randomly on the screen (help for the use of the screen can be obtained from the staff prior to the start of the test). Since the first five questions are just practice ones to warm you up, you are therefore assessed on the 35 remaining questions and need a score of at least 29 to secure a pass. Passing allows the candidate to obtain a provisional driving license (learner) after which the person can apply for a driving test for a fee of Rs500. Results are obtained immediately and the learner is obtained one week within confirmation (in case, it is not obtained, the person must call at the headquarters as soon as possible). For motor cars, the learner may be obtained without passing the theory test but it is compulsory to do it before applying for a practical test.
Go to Clever Dodo Learners to practice the oral driving test questions.
Basically, the practical test determines if the person can drive and is thus eligible for a driving license. The test is carried out in a car that the person must arrange for with a special insurance policy. Instructions are given in advance by a police examiner who will accompany the person during the test. It is carried out in real life situation to assess the capability of the candidate to handle a car but it will not be done on the motorway. The test can last up to 40 minutes which will include normal driving, reverse and parking. Specific points that will be assessed include starting off the car, changing gears, turning corners, stopping at different speeds, giving the proper signals whilst driving, doing reverse and turning the car around, handling the car on various gradients, reading traffic signs, driver signals and mechanical knowledge.
Simple tips to pass the road test
The first thing is to be confident about your driving, plan in advance what is expected of you as well as worst case scenarios. Before starting the engine, check out that the doors are closed, the seats are in the right positions as are the mirrors and put the seat belt on. It is important to make sure that you can drive fully concentrated on the road, operating the controls at the right time without looking at them (gear, steering wheel, gas pedal etc). Move off and stop as needed, whilst checking out in your mirrors; be sure to act as you can see in all your mirrors. Use the appropriate signals when needed and respond to them correctly too. Take the appropriate precautions when reaching road junctions, pedestrian crossings and use the different speeds wisely. All in all, clear your mind and concentrate on what you are doing and you will get your license on the first try.