Driving Lessons, Getting an Israeli Driver's License
For the sake of other new immigrants, or those contemplating Aliyah, we wanted to know more about the process of getting a driver's license in Israel. We asked the community to answer 7 short questions relating to this aspect of Aliyah and relocation.
Respondents were invited to leave their comments at the end of the survey. Many respondents suggested that the system of obtaining a driver's license, in Israel, is corrupt, disorganized and in serious need of revision. We will investigate these issues further in our next survey
Thanks to all of the 478 respondents.
1. I made Aliyah or relocated from:-
|The USA / Canada||68%|
|Australia / New Zealand||3%|
There were no respondents from Central or South America, the Former USSR, Asia or Israeli born members.
2. Please choose one:-
|I have a driver's license from a country abroad and still need to convert it to an Israeli license||20%|
|I have already converted my license and have an Israeli license||75%|
|I am currently driving on an international driver's license||2%|
|I learned to drive in Israel and have an Israeli driver's license||3%|
None of the respondents indicated that they were currently learning to drive for the first time, choose not to drive in Israel, or cannot drive for health or other reasons.
3. How many lessons did you take in order to get your license?
|28 as required by the law for first time drivers of private motor vehicles||2.13%|
|More than 28 lessons||3.19%|
|1 - 5 lessons in order to convert my license||60.64%|
|6 - 10 lessons in order to convert my license||3.19%|
|11 - 15 lessons in order to convert my license||5.32%|
|16 - 20 lessons in order to convert my license||2.13%|
|More than 20 lessons in order to convert my license||0 %|
|Not applicable. I converted my license many years ago before lessons where required
4. How many times have you taken your driving test in Israel?
|More than five times||1.09%|
|It was years ago and I did not need to take a test in order to convert my license||5.43%|
Some that answered "Not applicable" commented that they had learned to drive abroad
5. How much did you spend on driving lessons in Israel?
|Less than 1,000 shekels||53.85%|
|1,001 - 2,000 shekels||15.38%|
|2,001 - 3,000 shekels||5.49%|
|3,001 - 4,500 shekels||0%|
|4,500 - 6,000 shekels||2.2%|
|More than 6,000 shekels||0%|
Some that answered "Not applicable" commented that they could no longer remember or that they had not taken any driving lessons in Israel as there was no need at the time.
6. How much have you spent on taking the driving test in Israel?
Respondents were allowed to fill in the amount and comment at the same time. The answers ranged from 300 to 3,000 shekels. The majority of answers were in the 1,000 shekel range. These were some of the responses:-
- Just the basic fee plus the price to get the license through the post office. A few hundred shekels in total.
- We were charged 300 NIS each to take the test; the instructor claimed the rate cap of 265 applies only to new licenses not transferring; We suspect she may have paid off the tester. We all passed on the first test.
- Taking the actual test - 69₪ for the test and 400₪ for use of the instructor's car. (Took the test in June 2013.)
- Too much! Highway robbery for 15 minutes of a power-mad guy's time
- The cost of the use of (the instructor's) car+ test x3
Two thirds of respondents took less than 5 lessons to convert their license and spend less than 1,000 shekels doing so. Almost two thirds passed their driving test, first time around.
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