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.

Expiration Renewal Replacement

Drivers Licence Expiration / Renewal / Replacement

Each driver’s licence comes with a printed expiration date. Most drivers licenses are valid for 10 years, however in certain circumstances, a 2-year or a 5-year license will be granted instead.

Two-Year Licenses

Two-year driving licenses are granted in the following circumstances:

  • New drivers
  • Drivers of public transportation, heavy goods, or security vehicles, and children transport vehicles if the driver is over the age of 50.
  • Drivers who are 65+ years old.

Five-Year Licenses

Five-year driving licenses are granted to new drivers after completing two years.

Ten Year Licenses

After you have driving for a minimum of 7 years (and have received both a 2-year and 5-year license), you will be authorized for a 10-year license.

License Renewal

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.

As of February 2018, the cost of renewing a 10-year license is 433 NIS. 

Medical Exam

All drivers over the age of 70 are required to complete a medical exam by their doctors, as well as an eye exam administered by an optometrist or eye doctor.

This also applies to drivers of public transport, heavy goods, fire-fighting, children transport, and ambulance drivers who are 60+ years of age.

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.

The cost of a replacement license is dependent on its date of expiry. You can view the entire table of fees at the Ministry of Transportation website.

Foreign Licenses
License Conversion

S, M, W, Th: 8:00-13:00
T: 8:00-13:00, 15:30-17:45

Note: Requests regarding road exams are only accepted on Mondays and Wednesdays.