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How to apply for licenses abroad? Rules and conditions for obtaining a driver's license in different countries of the world (part 2)

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How to apply for licenses abroad? Rules and conditions for obtaining a driver's license in different countries of the world (part 2)

The procedure for obtaining a driver's license in other countries has its own special rules. Find out more about how to pass the driving test abroad and what requirements exist for Ukrainians to obtain a driver's license outside of Ukraine

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In general, the procedure for obtaining a driver's license is similar in most countries of the world. It is usually necessary to study at a driving school and pass a theoretical and practical test. However, this procedure has certain peculiarities in different states.

We previously talked about the conditions of passing the law and the peculiarities of studying in the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Spain, France and the USA. In the second part, we will talk about the peculiarities of obtaining a driver's license in 8 other countries of the world.


Canada


1. Mandatory conditions:

- Be older than 16 years.

- It is legal to stay in the country.

- Successfully pass a medical examination of the state of vision (taken at the examination center).

- Pay the contributions stipulated by law.


2. Features of training and examination:

- Sign up for driver's courses.

- Get a student's license for "class 5" driver's courses.

- Successfully pass the theory test.

- Successfully pass the practical exam.

- Get temporary trial rights that are valid for 24 months.

- After 2 years, you will receive a "class 5" driver's license, provided that during the probationary period you did not have more than 4 points for violations and did not drive while intoxicated.


Italy


If you have a valid residence permit, you can apply for a driver's license directly as a private individual at the Civil Motorization Office or register at a driving school.


1. Mandatory conditions:

- It is legal to stay in Italy.

- You can start training at the age of 14, but you can get a driver's license after reaching the age of 18.

- Have a medical examination by a qualified doctor or at a local medical center.


2. Features of training and examination:

- Enter a driving school and undergo training.

- Take an exam on knowledge of the theory.

- After passing the medical examination, get a “pink sheet” that allows you to take practical lessons.

- Attend at least six hours of driving lessons before taking the practical test.

- Take a practical test and get a driver's license.




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Denmark


1. Mandatory conditions:

- Have a residence permit in Denmark.

- Confirm the registration address.

- Obtain a CPR number (a civil registration number is a personal identification number issued to all Danish citizens and persons permitted to reside in the country).

- Be older than 18 years.


2. Features of training and examination:

Before getting a license, you need to take a course at a driving school, which includes:

- 7 hours of theory on road traffic and first aid.

- 28 hours of studying traffic rules.

  - 4 lessons of driving and maneuvering on the track.

- 16 lessons on city roads.

- 4 lessons on the slippery road.

Lessons can be held in both English and Danish. After all the classes, you pass the theory and practical tests and get your driver's license.


Turkey


1. Mandatory conditions:

- The minimum age for obtaining a driver's license in Turkey is 18 years.

- Health certificate – a certificate that confirms that you are fit to drive a vehicle. It must be obtained at a licensed medical center.

- Pass an eye test.

- Have a residence permit.


2. Features of training and examination:

- Collect the necessary documents.

- Sign up for driving courses and complete the training.

- Pass the theoretical exam.

- Pass the practical exam.

- Get a driver's license. The license is valid for 10 years.


Austria


1. Mandatory conditions:

- Over 18 years of age, if you are under 18 you will need the written consent of your parent or legal guardian.

- Document certifying identity and place of residence (valid passport, residence permit or Meldzettel (registration form).

- Have a valid medical certificate (ärztliches Attest).


2. Features of training and examination:

- Sign up for theoretical and practical driving lessons at an accredited Austrian driving school (Fahrschule).

- Pass the theoretical exam. You need to get at least 80% correct answers to pass.

- Pass the driving test.

- Provide proof of insurance. You will need car insurance (Kfz-Haftpflichtversicherung) before you can get behind the wheel.

- Pay the necessary fees – cost of theory and driving tests, insurance, license application and mandatory one-off road tax (motorbezogene Versicherungssteuer).


If you meet all the requirements and can pass the theory and driving tests, you will soon receive your Austrian driving license.


Sweden


1. Mandatory conditions:

- Be older than 18 years.

- Live permanently in Sweden or study here for at least six months.

- Do not have a driver's license issued in another EEA country.


2. Features of training and examination:

- Apply for a driving license permit to the Swedish Transport Agency.

- Enter a driving school in Sweden and complete your training.

- Get permission to take the driving theory and practice test.

- Take a written exam on knowledge of the theory.

- Pass a driving test. You must demonstrate to the inspector that you know how to drive.


The written test and the driving test are organized by the Swedish Transport Administration.


Romania


1. Mandatory conditions:

- 18 years is the minimum age for obtaining a Romanian driver's license.

- Have a legal residence in Romania for more than 6 months.


2. Features of training and examination:

- Enter a driving school, the cost of training here is from 230 to 350 euros, depending on the city and the type of car.

- To pass the exam for obtaining a driver's license, it is necessary to pass at least 30 hours of practical driving and at least 24 hours of theoretical and legislative classes.

- After finishing the driving school, it is necessary to pass a double exam: theoretical and practical.

- The theoretical exam is computerized and consists of 26 questions, to pass it you need to get at least 22 correct answers.

- The road test lasts at least 25 minutes, during which the candidate must prove that he/she knows how to drive correctly and, most importantly, safely. During the inspection, the following maneuvers must be performed: parking, turning, driving in compliance with traffic rules.

- You can take the exam in English, French and German.

- The standard validity period of Romanian driving licenses is 10 or 5 years, depending on the category. It is possible to renew the certificate without passing the exam.


Importantly! After obtaining the license, the beginner must place the appropriate sign on the rear window of the car and on the windshield - a yellow disk with a black exclamation mark.


Slovakia


1. Mandatory conditions:

- Minimum age for obtaining a driver's license: from 15 to 24 years, depending on the category.

- Have permanent or temporary residence in the Slovak Republic for at least six months.

- Should not be subject to a ban on driving a vehicle in a foreign country.

- Do not have a driver's license issued in another EEA country.

- Be fit to drive a motor vehicle (obtain a medical certificate).


2. Features of training and examination:

- Take a driving course at a driving school accredited in Slovakia. The cost of courses ranges from 900 to 1100 euros.

- Pass the theory test (40 questions).

- You will have to wait 7 to 10 days for the practical test, i.e. driving, after passing the theoretical test.


Pay attention! In Slovakia, the driver's license you received for driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission is not valid for vehicles with a manual transmission. Therefore, take this into account when choosing a driving school.


The "Green Card" insurance policy is a mandatory document for traveling abroad for cars with Ukrainian registration. Lack of or overdue insurance threatens not only with fines that are several dozen times higher than the cost of the insurance policy per year, but also with seizure of the car and deportation from the country with a subsequent ban on entry. Also, the document is capable of easing the financial consequences of an accident that happens abroad. Therefore, when planning to travel in your own car, be sure to take out a "Green Card" policy.


We remind  you! Ukrainians can apply for a passport abroad. In some countries, the Centers of the State Enterprise "Document" or diplomatic missions will help to resolve the issue. Read how, where and at what cost you can get this document in our previous article.


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