Driving in Israel is similar to driving in most western countries, and Israel will even let you use for foreign driver’s license for a time. Tourists and Olim Chadashim can even convert their foreign driver’s license, skipping the theory test and many driving lessons required for Israeli drivers.
Driving with a Foreign Drivers License
Tourists and Olim Chadashim are able to drive in Israel using their foreign drivers license for up to one year from their date of entry into Israel.
Tourists who periodically traveled abroad during the year can use their foreign driver’s licence for longer, but only if they receive permission from Misrad Harishui.
Converting a Foreign License
If you wish to convert your foreign driver’s license to an Israeli one, you only have to take a road test.
New immigrants have up to three years to convert their license; tourists must do so within their first year.
The process is a lengthy one, and costs approximately 1300 NIS.
Note: To be eligible for a foreign license conversion, your license must be valid for at least 3 months prior to the date of aliyah. Also tourists are required to get a temporary ID number from the Misrad Harishui before beginning the process.
Eye Exam & Tofes Yarok
Visit a registered optician, where you will have your photograph taken, and be administered an eye exam. You will be given a Tofes Yarok form with all your information printed on it.
Cost: 50 NIS
What to Bring: Foreign License (and photocopy), Teudat Zehut, Teudat Oleh, Glasses and lenses (if relevant).
Declaration of Health
Fill out the Tofes Yarok, listing medications or conditions that may affect your ability to drive. Have this form signed and stamped by your physician.
What to Bring: Tofes Yarok.
Driving School Referral
Bring your signed Tofes Yarok to the district-level branch of Misrad Harishui. They will stamp your form and give you a referral (hafnaya) for driving lessons.
What to Bring: Tofes Yarok, Teudat Zehut, Teudat Oleh, Foreign License.
Schedule your Driving Lesson(s) and Road Test
Contact a driving instructor to schedule and take your road test. You are also required to take at least one driving lesson beforehand. After taking your lesson, your instructor will give you an Agrat Mivchan, a form needed to take the road test.
Cost: 110 NIS (approx.) for manual transmission; 130 NIS (approx.) for automatic. Tests taken in an automatic cars will only give you a license to drive automatic cars.
What to Bring: Driving Lesson Referral
Pay the Agrat Mivchan
Bring your Agrat Mivchan to the Post Office. You will get a receipt upon payment.
Cost: 68 NIS
What to Bring: Agrat Mivchan
Take the Road Test
The road test is approximately 5 minutes long, and tests your physical control of the car, knowledge of local traffic laws, and safe driving practices. Exams are administered by the Misrad Harishui, using your instructor’s car. Your instructor will bring your forms to the test, and will call you in a day or two with your results.
You may take the road test twice; if you fail both times, you will be required to take the theory test as well.
Cost: 400 NIS (approx.) for use of instructor’s car.
What to Bring: Teudat Zehut, Foreign Passport, Foreign Drivers License, Agrat Mivchan Receipt.
Get your Temporary Driver’s License
Go back to the Misrad Harishui, to receive a temporary driver’s licence and a payment slip for your license.
What To Bring: Teudat Zehut
Activate and Order your License
Visit the Post Office to pay the fee to activate your temporary driver’s license. Your permanent license will be mailed to your address (listed on your Teudat Zehut) within 8 weeks.
Cost: 439 NIS
What to Bring: Temporary Driver’s Licence and Payment Slip
Drivers Licence Renewal / Replacement
Each driver’s licence comes with a printed expiration date, usually for ten years.
Around one month before your license is set to expire, you will receive a temporary license and payment slip in the mail, to be paid at any bank, or online. Once paid, a new license should be mailed to you, and arrive within thirty days of payment.
If you did not receive a temporary licence in the mail, you can call the Ministry of Transportation to request a new one.
Lost or Stolen Licenses
If your license was lost or stolen, you can order one by calling the Ministry of Transportation, or get a replacement at a local Misrad Harishui.