Driving in Israel

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