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I have driving lessons in English PDF format if you want I can send you through email. If you know let me know about driving school where they teach in English and I am still not sure if there is possibility  of  giving   test in English I mean theory part.

Hi guys  hope you all good , i need some information about Exchanging driving license in Romania, I hold a full UK driving license and I'm moved  in Romania so I want to exchange my uk driving license into Romanian any one know how it's all process and how long it take time to to get Romanian license and one thing more I changed my family name after marriage so in my uk driving license mention my old family name so its that any problems to exchange into Romanian ? If not can anyone guide me how its all process . Thanks in advance

Mann123 :

Hi guys  hope you all good , i need some information about Exchanging driving license in Romania, I hold a full UK driving license and I'm moved  in Romania so I want to exchange my uk driving license into Romanian any one know how it's all process and how long it take time to to get Romanian license and one thing more I changed my family name after marriage so in my uk driving license mention my old family name so its that any problems to exchange into Romanian ? If not can anyone guide me how its all process . Thanks in advance

Hi,

I'm not sure if you are aware, but you UK license is valid here until it expires.  However, if you changed your family name, you should have updated your license to reflect that before you left UK. If you go to the police here to exchange your license, and the names are not correct, I'm pretty sure they are not going to make it easy for you.  Probably their first question will be, why didn't you update your license with the new name?? In some places, you can be fined for not keeping your license information current.

With those issues aside, it wouldn't ordinarily be so difficult to exchange the license.  You need to do the medical check and be declared 'apt' for the category of license you want, get legalized copies and translations of your license, passport and permis de sedere/registration certificate.  Also, you'll need to pay the applicable taxes at CEC bank, get an application typed with an attached photo and that's about it.

Romaniac

Basically what Romaniac said. I changed my UK licence and I think I described the process somewhere on this forum (do a search). They take a digital photo at the police department where you make the application (in Bucharest at least, might be different in other cities).

Also, when you get your medical certificate, make sure that the doctor specifies that you're fit and able for all the categories on your UK licence otherwise they'll only give you a cat B licence, even if you had other categories on your original licence. I didn't so I lost those categories meaning I'm no longer able to drive farm vehicles... You also might need something from the notary public to attest to the fact that you are indeed the person on the old licence (as your name has changed) and copies of your marriage licence and so on. You'll have to look into that.

Thanks for reply , I changed my name after left the uk that's why I couldn't updated my license now here I have a proof of my name changed documents such as marriage certificate, my new passport, and residence permit, and I have a some documents to proof I had old name , do you think it's still hard for me to exchange driving licence ?

Doing anything bureaucratic in Romania is a pain in the butt, but it's just one of those things. If you're lucky, you'll go once to the police to submit the documents, and then go again to collect your new licence. I had to go a couple more times, once because they'd screwed up the photo and had to retake it, and once to sign something else because the date on my old licence didn't match the info that DVLA sent them.

By the way, after you submit your docs, they'll send off to DVLA in the UK to confirm the info you've given them. Only when they hear back from them can they process your request, and that can take a couple of weeks, so if you need to drive at some point, make sure you apply at least a month beforehand.

Thank you for help ,I hope I'll get through easily

Good luck! Take a Romanian speaker with you too.

Hy , I'm living in ilfov so couldn't find the police department where can I exchange my uk driving licence into Romanian one if you know which department I have to go in ilfov kindly help me , thanks

Same place as for Bucharest:

INFORMAŢII UTILE ELIBERARE PERMISE BUCUREŞTI ŞI ILFOV
DRPCIV
Şos. Pipera , Nr. 49

Bucureşti:
Program: Luni, Marţi, Miercuri, Joi, Vineri 8:00-20:00
Telefon: TelVerde 0800.806.806
021.212.86.36
021.311.13.13
interior 11784

Ilfov
Program: Luni, Marti, Miercuri, Vineri 8:00-16:00
Joi 8:00-18:00
Telefon: 021.212.86.36
021.311.13.13
interior 11784

Thank you very much it's help me a lot

Hey,

I'm looking for lessons about driving too ! I will pass the third time my theory test in July .... If you would help me sharing your pdf, it would be so nice. I hope you will help me Bye !

Mann123 :

Thank you very much it's help me a lot

You're welcome.

Hello,
Can you please share where exactly can you take the exam (in Bucharest?)
Michal

Mszczu :

Hello,
Can you please share where exactly can you take the exam (in Bucharest?)
Michal

Maykal already answered this a few posts up  :dumbom:

Hi all, I just finished the process of applying for a new licence in Romania so thought Id offer up my experience. I had UK licence which I lost (lost wallet), it was also nearly expired.

The process is actually fairly simple, you need the below documents:

1 - Original licence (or in my case certificate from the police to say I had lost it. I also had a print out of both sides of my licence)
2 - Fisa-auto medical original and copy. This can be done at many medical centres, I did it with Medicover and cost was 149LEI. Note that to do the medical you need a statement from a family doctor that you do not suffer from any chronic illnesses, I also got this from a doctor at medicover (no cost)
3 - Proof of payment. I tried a few banks (as the website says this is how to obtain it) but none were able to take the payment. I got it from the post office - cost 68 Lei + 5Lei TVA.
4 - Passport and copy
5 - Registration certificate or Romanian ID original and copy
6 - Complete the form. I printed the one off their website but was given a different one to complete.

You take all these documents to the Permise si inmatriculari auto, Bucuresti office, the counter is on Floor 1, counter 1 (at the far end). My Romanian is still very bad but the girl spoke reasonable English and was happy to help with the form.
Note opening times below:
Luni             08:00 - 13:00
Marţi    12:00 - 17:00
Miercuri    08:00 - 13:00
Joi            08:00 - 13:00
Vineri    08:00 - 13:00

I was told my licence could take 1 month as I had lost the original. I was given a ticket to collect the replacement from the office after 1 month.

Hope this helps anyone else looking to do this.

That's the most useful info I have read in some time. Thanks.

It's something I need to do myself but just never seem to get round to it.  It's been five years now of meaning too now lol.

Daz90, re: Changing your UK licence for a RO one. When you get the medical certificate, make sure the doc writes down all the categories he says you are fit to apply for (ie, all those on your UK licence), otherwise on the new Ro licence you'll just get B1/B (cars) regardless of what you had on your UK one.

Maykal, when I submitted my paperwork I was told I have to collect the licence from the same place. Do you know where you collect it from? I am guessing it is not the same queue as to apply as I never saw anyone collecting their licence while I was waiting. If you remember where you collect it from could you let me know, I dont want to queue again for hours to be told I am in the wrong place. There was some sort of information desk on level 1 but again it had a large queue.

I am going to try on Monday as I am away on holiday from Tuesday and hoping my licence will have arrived on time.
Thanks

Hi XOOZ,

Yes, when I went to collect the finished licence, I got it from that desk at the front on the first floor, the one that's kind of facing you after you go up the stairs and into that area. There were a couple of cops there with a box full of licences and the queue, although 8-9 people deep, moved pretty quickly as most people were just flashing their IDs and picking up their completely licences.

Tell them you're a relative of Tariceanu and maybe you won't have to queue :P

Hello,
does anyone still have testing-material in English? That would really help me a lot!
Sally

Sally Sue :

Hello,
does anyone still have testing-material in English? That would really help me a lot!
Sally

You can find it for sale at the online bookstore Librarie.net

Romaniac
Expat.com Experts Team

Hi buddy

Can you send me the materials for driving test if you still have it please at ***

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rajeshmisca :

Hi buddy

Can you send me the materials for driving test if you still have it please at ***

You can buy them online! Please read the last posts.

P.S - Here is an easy link to find it.  However please do not ask for it to be shared, as that is copyright infringement.

2017 Traffic Code in English

Romaniac
Expat.com Experts Team

Hey I'm got Italian residence what I need to apply for Romanian driving license , I very panic about it can't find any info

Qazi22 :

Hey I'm got Italian residence what I need to apply for Romanian driving license , I very panic about it can't find any info

You must be a legal Romanian resident first.

Romaniac
Expat.com Experts Team

Can I apply for that because I'm allowed to stay there for 90 days , where can I apply ,

Qazi22, you must apply for the licence in the country where you are normally resident. If you are only staying 90 days then you are not normally resident in Romania. If you are planning to live in Romania then why not just register now? Are you wanting to exchange your licence for a Romanian one or are you looking to sit the test to gain a licence? If you have an EU licence then there is no need to exchange it unless it is about to expire.

see This link for EU driving licence requirements

I want to apply for new license , some one told me I have to take a letter from embassy in Romania , the guy own driving school , but I'm sure If I'm eligible for it or not I got scenghen visa for 5 years

Qazi22 :

I want to apply for new license , some one told me I have to take a letter from embassy in Romania , the guy own driving school , but I'm sure If I'm eligible for it or not I got scenghen visa for 5 years

A Schengen visa has no relevance.  You must establish residency in Romania.  No embassy letter is needed.  The previous poster also made a valid point, if your Italian license is still valid for some time, there's no need to exchange it.

I don't have Italian license , you can only take it Italian here this is the worst things , that's why I want to apply in Romania if possible , can I make residence with my visa , or do I need to apply for new visa through which I can apply for residence

Qazi22 :

I don't have Italian license , you can only take it Italian here this is the worst things , that's why I want to apply in Romania if possible , can I make residence with my visa , or do I need to apply for new visa through which I can apply for residence

If your visa only allows 90 day stay in Romania, then yes you need to apply for a long-stay visa in Romania.  However, this is getting off topic.  For visa discussion, please search the forum or start a new topic if you need to please.

Romania
Expat.com Experts Team

Hello Everyone!

This is how i passed my Theory Test in English and I will try to be as detailed as possible since when i was searching, i couldn't any information. 

I was in a similar situation where none of my 3 international licenses were recognized by Romania and had to settle for the same process that all new Romanian driving license candidates go through.  The process is quite straight forward and had been explained by few already.  If you enroll with a good school they take care or assist in most of the process, especially because you being a foreigner.  On a side note, you could work out something with the instructors (not exactly legal) for a reduced fee for reduced course hours but fill in the required 30 hrs on papers.

The problem for the expats is the lack of study materials in English or other languages.  I found an English translation of the Traffic Code here,

http://www.librarie.net/p/262149/The-Ne … ing-driver

I see from the above posts, that they have updated ones for 2016 and 2017, but i guess the changes are minimal.

The book is generally good and stays true to the Romanian materials you can download from most Driving Schools' websites. 

For the practice tests, i found two websites. 

1.  http://driverlicense.ro/index.php
2.  http://driveinro.com/

The STRONGLY recommend to stick with the first one.  I signed up for it first on a 10-Day, 85 Lei package and went thru their Questions and 35 Mock Tests.  NOTE that for the price, you also get the Traffic Code in English and can avoid buying the book.  But I like a hard copy in my hands for constant reference.  I like the fact that the English translations are alright, it has 30-Minute timer and at the end of the test you can check for the right/wrong answers. 
But the test format is not exactly similar to the real test.  The real test which can be accessed online after signing up at
http://www.drpciv.ro/info-portal/dlExamSignUp.do
The real test has one question per page and lets you know instantly if you got the question right or wrong.  This website however has all the 26 questions in one page and you get the scores after you submit the page.  No big deal for learning purposes!

I went through the 35 Tests quickly and so  signed up for the second website because it had like 100 Tests.  I chose their 30-Day, 30 Euro package.  But after going through few tests I realized that the materials had too many errors, questions requiring images, didn't load images or the images had wrong or no required information, traffic symbols were wrong, and too many repeat questions.  So the 100 Tests claim is sorta false.  Mostly repeats.  They did have decent English translation, closer to real test format.  But the tests didn't have built-in 30-minute timer and didn't give you the right answer at the end of the test to verify and learn more.  Just tells you that it is wrong and that's it.

So, I went back to the first site and retook the tests again and started getting a good idea on questions that are usually asked.  For me the questions I was consistently getting wrong were on Punishments. Crimes vs Fine vs Penalty vs Suspension, vs Cancellation vs Retaining of Registration vs Retaining of License Plates vs Immobilization of vehicle.  I had to memorize and ironically didn't get a single question on that subject when I took the Official Test.

Another confusing thing between various English translations was on the difference between, stopping, waiting, parking.  I thought i got that figured out till in the Official Test they used the term "standing".  Got me confused and I got that wrong.

The day before the exam I went to DRPCIV website and ran few mock tests in Romanian with Google translate open on the side to get used to the software and format.

My advice is, when you have doubt about a question, check "Answer Later" option and come back at the end.  Because you can't change the answer you committed to and once you get 5 answers wrong you can't proceed.  Once you know you got the required 22 questions right, you don't have to worry about the deferred questions.

Hope this helps!

Good Luck!

Hello everyone
I am new to this site, congrats for the time you took to share your experience...
I am looking for a good rated driving school in Bucharest, English language, preferably with automatic gear car. Hope you would not infringe any roules with your suggestions.
Thanks and waiting for your inputs!

Hi. I have read most of these posts and I am still a bit confused. I am an American living here under a 1 year business visa. I have a valid U.S. drivers license. What must I do to obtain an Ro drivers license? Thanks.

Dan dog Baxter :

Hi. I have read most of these posts and I am still a bit confused. I am an American living here under a 1 year business visa. I have a valid U.S. drivers license. What must I do to obtain an Ro drivers license? Thanks.

Please read post #96.

Alternatively, you can read the info at this link
https://www.prefecturaiasi.ro/Prefectur … traine.pdf

What exactly are you confused about?  We've gone over here in quite some detail.

If you are only here for 1 year, then there is no need to change your license.  Just keep your passport and visa with you when you drive.
Trust me ita not worth the hassle of the time, and money you'll spend changing it over.  If you're gonna be here for several years, then i can tell you exactly what youll need here:  https://odessatoma.blogspot.ro/2011/08/ … n.html?m=1

odessa.toma :

If you are only here for 1 year, then there is no need to change your license.  Just keep your passport and visa with you when you drive.
Trust me ita not worth the hassle of the time, and money you'll spend changing it over.  If you're gonna be here for several years, then i can tell you exactly what youll need here:  https://odessatoma.blogspot.ro/2011/08/ … n.html?m=1

Odessa, as an non-EU citizen, if you have a permis de sedere you are required by law to exchange your driving license within 90 days of establishing residence in Romania.

Yes, it often is hassle, but it is the law.

I was 3 years before changing mine over.  Ooops!!!!!
Still if you're only here a year and only rent a car to drive occassionaly, I wouldn't bother with it.  Between taxes and fees, its costs about $200 in total to change it over.

Hi brother, I know a a driving school where they teach in English, I think I can not post it here, so replay to me at xxx and yes, I am interested in those English driving lessons:)

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