L17 – applying for a driving test

General information

Driving tests are comprised of a theory portion and a practical portion.

Once learners have completed a course of theory lessons at a driving school and have provided a valid medical certificate, they can take a theory test.

Learners can take the practical portion of the driving test as of their 17th birthday.

Tests will be organised by the driving school.

Caution

In general, these rules also apply to EU citizens in Austria.

Requirements

Practical driving test

Caution

The period between passing the theory test and taking the practical test may be no longer than 18 months, otherwise the theory test will become invalid.

Competent authority

A list of driving licence authorities in Austria can be found here.

Procedure

The theory portion of the driving test consists of a computer-based test (available in German, English, Croatian, Slovenian and sign language).

Once learners have passed their theory test, they can take their practical driving test. They will be tested by an examiner from the competent authority, and may choose to either do their test in a training vehicle from the driving school (→ WKO) or in their own training vehicle. Their supervisor must also be present during the test.

Caution

If learners wish to use their own training vehicle for the test, it must be a four-door vehicle with a maximum design speed of at least 100 km/h.

If a driving test is taken in an automatic vehicle, the licence obtained will be restricted to such vehicles.

After a driving licence has been issued, the special plates (‘L17’ plates) no longer need to be used.

Detailed information about L17 – after the practical driving test can also be found at oesterreich.gv.at.

Required documents

Costs and fees

  • Theory test: 11 Euro
  • Practical test: 60 Euro

Legal basis

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 1 January 2022

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