Practical review information car cat. B é Geneva


The learner’s permit is issued for 24 months – non-extendable. It entitles the holder to take part in learner’s runs with cars accompanied by a person aged 23 or over who has held a driver’s license corresponding to the vehicle category for at least three years, and who is no longer on probation.

Learner drivers will only use heavily trafficked roads if they are sufficiently trained, and freeways or semi-motorways if they are ready to take the driving test.

During apprentice races and for examination purposes, cars must be fitted with a white “L” on a blue background at the rear.



Candidates can only register for the practical test after passing the theory test and completing an 8-hour traffic theory course with an approved driving instructor. The course is valid for 2 years. Anyone who already has an A1 or B1 driver’s license is exempt from this course.

Exam registration

Once the driving theory course has been validated by the approved instructor, the candidate can register for the practical test online at under “Rendez-vous pour examen théorique + pratique” or at the driving license counter. Examination appointments cannot be booked by telephone.

When booking an appointment, please allow four to six weeks until the examination date.


Appointment cancellations must be made at least 96 hours in advance (4 working days).

Otherwise, the examination fee remains payable. The same applies to any departure due to the candidate (e.g. candidate’s lateness, non-compliant vehicle, etc.).


On the day of the test, the candidate will be seated in the area indicated by the “PRACTICAL EXAMINATION” sign, after depositing his or her learner’s permit and, if applicable, driver’s license in the mailbox provided. Candidates must also hold a driving licence for the test vehicle.

Vehicles accepted for examination

Candidates must present themselves with a car weighing no more than 3,500 kg, in perfect condition and capable of a speed of at least 120 km/h.

Cars must be fitted with dual controls or an effective handbrake (when the lever is operated, the wheels must lock), located between the front seats directly accessible to the expert and capable of being operated while driving in an emergency. Vehicles equipped with an electrically operated parking brake or a pedal-operated parking brake are not allowed to take the practical test (see images below).

Frein a main 1


Handbrake or parking brake (authorized)

Frein de stationnement electrique

Cars must be fitted with tires with a profile greater than 1.6mm. Depending on weather conditions, winter equipment may be required. The speedometer must be visible (0 to 120 km/h) from the passenger seat. Lights must not be illuminated on the dashboard (e.g. ABS, AIRBAG, brakes).


If the above conditions are not met, the examination will not take place and the examination fee remains payable. A new appointment will have to be arranged by the candidate. A fee of CHF 120 (subject to change) is payable when registering for the new examination.

Examination time

Approx. 60 minutes.

If you fail the exam

First failure

Once the training course has been completed, the candidate may re-register for the category exam (120 CHF, subject to change) to be paid when registering for the new exam.

The category fee (120 CHF, subject to change) must be paid when registering for the new exam.

Second failure

Anyone who fails the practical test twice may not be admitted to a new practical test if he or she submits a certificate from a driving instructor certifying that his or her driver training has been completed. The category fee (CHF 120, subject to change) must be paid when registering for the new exam.

Third failure

If the learner’s permit is still valid, the applicant can only be admitted to a new test following a positive driver’s aptitude test. The category fee (CHF 120, subject to change) must be paid when registering for the new exam.


The value of ZERO per THOUSAND ( % ) must be respected for :

  • Student drivers;
  • Accompanying adults on training runs;
  • New drivers with a probationary licence;
  • Driving school instructors; Professional drivers.

We hope you find this information useful, and recommend that you only sit the exams once you have completed your training.

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Source: Office cantonal des véhicules Genève

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