Driver’s license (mostly taken from the Nefesh B’Nefesh website, with slight editing)
If you have a valid foreign driver’s license issued at least 3 months prior to making aliyah, you are permitted to drive for one year on your foreign license, and during that year are eligible for a shortened process for obtaining a driver’s license. The total cost of the driver’s license conversion is approximately 1300 NIS (for someone who passes the exam either the first or second time). If the year runs out, or you do not have a valid foreign license, you will need to complete the full process of approximately 20 lessons and a written test, which costs a whole lot more, so make sure to take care of this in time.
Step 1: Visit an Optician to get your Tofes Yarok
Marmanet and Femi-Premium are two private companies who provide services for Misrad Harishui.Click here for a listing of opticians around Israel who are affiliated with Marmanet or Femi-Premium, bring your Teudat Zehut and glasses/contacts.
You will receive a Tofes Yarok, a green form printed by Misrad Harishui (Ministry of Vehicle Licensing). You will also be photographed, and you will have an eye examination.
Cost: The eye examination costs 40 NIS.
Step 2: Fill Out the Hatsharat Briut
Part of the Tofes Yarok is a Hatsharat Briut, a declaration of health. Fill out this form, listing medications that may affect your driving.
Step 3: Visit a Physician
Bring your Tofes Yarok to a physician to sign. The doctor will make a note on the form of any medications you take that may affect your driving.
Step 4: Go to Misrad Harishui
Bring your Tofes Yarok, Teudat Oleh and foreign driver’s license to the Hiafa district Misrad Harishui at Edison 2 (a long-ish wash from Lev Hamifratz) to be stamped. It’s open Sun-Thurs 8am-1pm, and Sun and Tues also 3:30pm-6:30pm. You will receive a Hafnaya (referral form) to give to your driving instructor.
Step 5: Schedule Your Lesson(s) and a Practical Test
- Contact a driving instructor . A listing is available on the NBN Business Directory.
Shimone – 052 269 1022. Tell him you’re from Habonim and he will charge 110 instead of 120 a lesson.
- Schedule either one or two driving lessons, as well as a practical driving test.
- Give your Hafnaya to your driving instructor.
- You will receive an Agrat Mivchan (a form indicating you must pay a fee for the test), to bring to the post office.
Cost: A lesson costs about 110 NIS on a manual car and 130 NIS on an automatic car; specify which type of car you drive. A test on an automatic car only allows you to drive legally on automatic cars.
Step 6: Visit the Post Office
Bring your Agrat Mivchan to the post office.
Cost: 65 NIS. Make sure you obtain a receipt.
Step 7: Take the Test
Bring your Teudat Zehut and the receipt from the post office, to give to your driving instructor. The instructor will phone you after the exam to let you know whether you passed, usually within a day or two.
Cost: About 400 NIS, for the use of the instructor’s car during the exam.
Step 8: Return to Misrad Harishui
After passing your driving test, bring your Teudat Zehut to Misrad Harishui. You will receive a temporary driver’s license and a receipt for payment for your exam.
Step 9: Return to the Post Office
Pay the fee to activate your temporary driver’s license. Your permanent license (photo ID) will be mailed to your home address listed on your Teudat Zehut within 8 weeks. Pay attention to when these 8 weeks are up and call your driving instructor to bug him if you haven’t gotten it yet. Until the age of 65, you will need to renew your license every ten years; over the age of 65, you will need to renew it every two years.