Converting your Foreign Driver’s License

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Offices for License Conversions:
North – the only branches that will deal with conversions are Haifa, Tveria and Afula.

Merkaz  – Petach Tikva and Bnei Brak will deal only with conversions of those who match the new criteria. Holon will deal with those and all other conversion cases as well.

CONVERTING YOUR FOREIGN DRIVER’S LICENSE

The Israeli government has implemented changes to ease the transfer of foreign driver’s licenses.

Olim who meet specific criteria can, as of August 13, 2017, obtain an Israeli driver’s license without the need for an eye exam, doctor’s exam and practical driving test. Read more about the NEW EXPEDITED PROCEDURE below. We have answers to your frequently asked questions about this new procedure HERE.

Olim who do not meet this criteria can transfer their license according to the STANDARD PROCEDURE below.

TIMELINE FOR CONVERTING YOUR LICENSE

The timeframe for converting your foreign license is three years from the day of Aliyah, as written in your Teudat Oleh or Teudat Zakaut.

You may drive on your foreign license (under international law) for one year from your Aliyah entry date. However, if you entered Israel within 12 months prior to your Aliyah entry date, the year count will start from this entry date. For example, if your Aliyah date is August 15th, 2015, and you came on a pilot trip on February 15th, 2015, you may drive on your foreign license until February 15th, 2016.

Olim must present a valid foreign driver’s license issued at least 3 months prior to entry into Israel. If the foreign license does not have the issue date written on it, the Oleh must provide an abstract of the history of their license. This can be issued at their original DMV and will provide an official record of the issue date.

NEW EXPEDITED PROCEDURE

In order to be eligible to convert a driver’s license with the expedited procedure, an Oleh must meet the following criteria as laid out by the Ministry of Transportation:

  1. Within 3 years of Aliyah, according to the date found on the Oleh’s Teudat Oleh or Teudat Zakaut.
  2. Proof of 5 years of consecutive driving on a full foreign license (not probationary or temporary). The driver’s license must be valid.
    • The Misrad HaRishui must see proof of the Date of Issue for your license (which proves 5 years of consecutive driving). This can be proven in 2 ways: (1) on your license itself OR (2) an original record from your DMV which states the original Date of Issue.
  3. Under the age of 70.
  4. Failed the conversion test fewer than 2 times in the past.*
  5. Olim who are 70 or over must undergo the eye exam and doctor’s exam but, if they meet the other criteria, may still convert their license without completing a practical driving test.

*Olim who have failed the conversion test twice must take a practical driving exam.

To obtain an Israeli driver’s license, the following steps must be completed:

Visit a optical store affiliated with Teldor or Femi-Premium

Issta and Femi-Premium are two private companies who provide services for Misrad Harishui. Click below for a listing of opticians around Israel who are affiliated with Issta or Femi-Premium, or phone: Femi-Premium: 03-953-5656

When you visit the optician, bring with you your Teudat Zehut.

You will receive from the optician’s office, a Tofes Yarok, a green form printed by Misrad Harishui (Ministry of Vehicle Licensing). You will also be photographed.

Please note: The Tofes Yarok is only valid for 3 years from its issue date. If your license is not converted within 3 years, or if you lose your Tofes Yarok, the process must be restarted from the beginning – including the appointments with the optometrist and the doctor.

Nefesh B’Nefesh strongly recommends making a copy or taking a picture (even on your phone) of your Tofes Yarok after it has been signed by the physician. Keep this copy for your records.

There may be a cost associated with getting the Tofes Yarok, likely no more than 50 NIS.

Go to Misrad Harishui

Bring the documents listed below to a Misrad Harishui in your district, where you will apply for a temporary driver’s license. The following day you will return to a Misrad Harishui to pick up your temporary license (it does not need to be the same location). This process cannot be completed in one day. Your temporary license is NOT valid until you go to the post office and pay the fee (step 3).

  • Tofes Yarok
  • Teudat Zehut
  • Teudat Oleh
  • Valid foreign driver’s license and a copy (front and back) of your license
  • Proof of having a full foreign license for 5 years (this could be the issue date on your license or a transcript of your driving history from your local DMV)

For a list of Misrad Harishui offices, see the list at the top of this page: Misrad Harishui Offices. You can also go to www.mot.gov.il or phone 1-222-5678 or *5678.

You will receive a temporary license.

Visit the Post Office

Bring your temporary license (which you received in step 2 after returning to Misrad Harishui) to the post office and pay the fee (438 NIS) in cash. Most post offices will not accept credit cards or checks.

Your temporary license IS NOT valid until you pay the fee at the post office.

Your permanent license, valid for 10 years, will be sent to the address listed on your Teudat Zehut.

STANDARD PROCEDURE

To obtain an Israeli driver’s license, the following steps must be completed. As part of the process, you will need to take a Mivchan Shlita, a practical driving test. The total cost of the driver’s license conversion is approximately 1000 NIS (for someone who passes the exam either the first or second time).

Visit an optician affiliated with Teldor or Femi-Premium

Issta 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 Issta or Femi-Premium, or phone: Issta: 03-777-7777, or Femi-Premium: 03-5688140

When you visit the optician, bring with you your Teudat Zehut, and glasses or contact lenses (where relevant).

You will receive from the optician’s office, 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.

Please note: The Tofes Yarok is only valid for 3 years from its issue date. If your license is not converted within 3 years, or if you lose your Tofes Yarok, the process must be restarted from the beginning – including the appointments with the optometrist and the doctor.

Nefesh B’Nefesh strongly recommends making a copy or taking a picture (even on your phone) of your Tofes Yarok after it has been signed by the physician. Keep this copy for your records.


Cost: The eye examination costs 50 NIS.

Fill Out the Hatsharat Briut
(Declaration of Health)

Part of the Tofes Yarok is a Hatsharat Briut, a declaration of health. Fill out this form, listing medications that may affect your driving.

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.

It is strongly recommended to make a copy or take a picture (even on your phone) of your Tofes Yarok after it has been signed by the physician. Keep this copy for your records.

Go to Misrad Harishui

Bring your Tofes Yarok, Teudat Oleh and valid foreign driver’s license (issued more than 3 months prior to your Aliyah date) to a Misrad Harishui that handles license conversions to be stamped. For a list of Misrad Harishui offices that convert licenses, see the list at the top of this page: Misrad Harishui Offices. You can also go to www.mot.gov.il or phone 1-222-5678 or *5678.

If you are participating in an NBN driver’s license fair, this step can be done at the fair.

Schedule Your Lesson(s) and a Practical Test

  1. Contact a driving instructor. You may ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations.
  2. Schedule either one or two driving lessons, as well as a practical driving test.
  3. Give your Hafnaya to your driving instructor.
  4. 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 will only allow you to drive legally on automatic cars.

If you are participating in an NBN driver’s license fair, this step can be done at the fair.

Visit the Post Office

Bring your Agrat Mivchan to the post office.

Cost: 68 NIS. Make sure you obtain a receipt.

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.

In most cases, the driving tests are not private.  Be prepared to have at least one other person in the car with you, also taking their test.

If you have passed the instructor will give you your temporary license.

Cost: As of March 2016, the test costs 229 NIS.  This payment is for the use of the instructor’s car during the test.

Olim can take the conversion test up to two times before they reach the three-year limit on converting a foreign license. If they fail the conversion test two times they will need to take the full driving test (the one given to new drivers) in order to transfer their license. This test can be taken as many times as possible until three years have passed since Aliyah. If the Oleh reaches three years post-Aliyah without successfully converting their license, they will need to take a written theory test (in English) as well as the full driving test.

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. 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.

Cost: 438 NIS for a 10 year license and 93 NIS for a 2 year license

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