The train driver's, train driver's instructor or train driver's assistant license/certificate of competency is issued to a person who meets the minimum conditions of medical requirements, who has a proof of psychophysiological fitness for the relevant work, who has obtained general basic education and vocational training in the field of train driving, and who has passed the theoretical examination at the State Railway Technical Inspectorate.

The person shall prepare the application and necessary documents and submit them to the State Railway Technical Inspectorate. The State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall evaluate the applicant’s submitted documents to the compliance with the requirements specified in regulatory enactments and, if necessary, request additional information regarding uncertainties in the submitted application or documents. The State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall make a decision regarding the appointment of a theoretical examination for obtaining the certificate of competency or a license, and shall notify the applicant thereof. The applicant shall take the exam with the help of computer program in the form of the test, Riepnieku Street 2, Riga. The State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall make a decision on the issuance of a license or certificate of competency based on the results of the knowledge test.  

The European Community model of the train driving license entitles the train driver to work throughout the EU without additional procedures for the recognition of professional qualifications.

A person who has obtained a train driver's license in another European Union country applies to the State Railway Technical Inspectorate, where this person is registered in the “The train drivers’ registration system on driving licenses and harmonized complementary certificates” information system, with the aim of supervising his professional activities in Latvia.

A person who has obtained a train driving license in another European Union country shell obtain the right to drive a train only upon receipt of the harmonized complementary certificate.

Procedure of the knowledge test:

Authorization of receiving a certificate / license:

Terēza Zīriņa

Senior expert manager in charge of railway specialist certification matters - room 21
tereza.zirina [at] vdzti.gov.lv