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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.