Driving license for an Indian

Hi Aneesh,

I want to take Belgium Driving License.
Please can you guide me the best way to get it quickly.I already had Indian License.
It would also be great If you can help me with any theory book If you have.Thanks

Thanks and Regards
Ranjith Rupireddy

Hello Ranjith,

If you read this thread from the beginning, you will find the info you need. … 10#1849480

Sorry, I dont have a theory book :(

Dear All,

I would like to seek your comments on the following scenario.

I am on Indian driving license and passed the Belgian traffic theory test. I am attending driving classes.

If I complete all the 20hrs of lessons, I will be receiving  a provisional license.

On provisional license, am I eligible to rent a car from car pooling  to practice my driving further before I go for practical driving test ?

EDIT: If I cannot rent a car from car pooling, what is the best way ?


Best way is to check with the car rental company and ask if you are allowed to rent a car with provisional license. At the same time, check with exam center if you can use a rented car for the test.

If the answers are not positive, it is better to go with the driving school's car (the same car in which you are practicing now, as you already are comfortable with that car).

Thanks Aneesh for prompt reply.

I had called cambio & caramigo. Both said I cannot rent on provisional license. I doubt there are any company willing to rentout to provisional license holders ?

In short, is this statement correct: provisional license is only useful when we want to buy a car or own a company car?


Hi all,

I have faced some difficulties during the exchange process of my driving license to Belgian one.

The thing is I lost my previous permit and I had to go back to home country to retrieve a new driving license.
But the city hall does not want to change it due to of new permit’s date of issue which is 05.2016 and I have received my Belgian ID in 02.2016, despite the fact the note on the other side of the driving permit stating “ this is a replacement of the driving permit which was issued in 03.2009, license number XXXXXX”

Could anybody advise how can I convince and resolve this issue with the city hall. They rejecting to accept my driving license. Where I can report this issue, maybe some Administration of transport of something like that?

I know that generally driving license from my home country is recognized.

Thaks in advance

Hello Guys,

I see a lot of guys have commented their views and experiences on driving license procedure.

I really appreciate, you are going a great help to needy people.

Since I hold only Indian car driving license, I would like to apply for Belgium driving license now.

And of course I have some doubts.

Theory test:

1. Do I have to wait for weeks and weeks for English translator??
2. Which place is good for theory test ?? (Evere, Anderletch or Scharbeek)
3. The new/latest book(Driving in Belgium from A to Z) is 49.95 euros and I think it's bit expensive. On their website they charge 6-10 euros for 2 days unlimited mock tests so, will the online mock tests be sufficient to pass theory test since I studied their book of 2008 year???
4. Is there any restriction on number of attempts of theory test???.

Practical test: 

1. Do I have to give practical test right after the theory test(if I pass theory test)???? or I have option to give practical test whenever I want??
2. If I fail in practical test,  Is there any restriction on number of attempts of practical test???.
3. Which is good for practical test, Brussels or Asse???

And if someone is ready sell his theory book for reasonable price, please send message or mail to ***

I really appreciate you guys for replying to my doubts.


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Hi Aneesh,

Thank you for all the valuable information. Could you please provide the person/driving school's contact number who give 3-4 classes and accompany as a translator to the practical exam?

Thank you in advance.


Aditi Sarkar :

Hi Aneesh,

Thank you for all the valuable information. Could you please provide the person/driving school's contact number who give 3-4 classes and accompany as a translator to the practical exam?

Thank you in advance.


Heard good feedback about from my friends. Other than this, all driving schools [Auto Ecole Europeenne, Auto Ecole Stop, etc] (with an English instructor - as you need lessons in English) can provide you lessons. With driving schools, as per my understanding, you may have to use their vehicle for the tests for the instructor to accompany you.

You may also speak to the translator to see if he/she has contacts of freelance instructors.

Hi all,

back after a hiatus, but with good news.

After 1 year of driving in Brussels with Indian License I finally got my Belgian Driving License few months ago. Just a small guidance and process I followed.

What I had

1. Indian Driving License (old format/incomplete name/duplicate version)
2. 10+ years of driving experience from driving all over the world (India/US/UK)

Theory Test

1. Bought the book from Waterstones
2. Read the book & practiced with online exams on their website (with book)
3. Waited 4 weeks for a date to get a slot with English translator
4. Attempted the exam and passed in 1st attempt
5. More &  More practice exam helps and also since I was driving already, rules were clear

Practical Test

1. - Absolutely good place and great guidance - recommended
2. Went there, took a 2 hr class and then straight to test
3. Attempt 1 - I had my Belgian ID gone for renewal so i got a paper from commune.. this was rejected and i could not appear for test
4. Attempt 2 - They reject my Indian License saying - Name is not clear, so money gone and could not even appear for test
5. Changed  test center to Asse ( new School)
6. CRZ driving school - Recommended (English Speaking & Good)
7. 2 hours of classes and to the test
8 . Indian License was accepted and test was successful
9. Gave the certificate to commune and my Indian Driving License
10. 2 weeks and I had my Belgian License with me

Yes, I took some risk for initial few months driving without a Local License, but I did not drive much as I live close to work and thankfully no problems.

Hope this helps for others who are trying to get a License.


Noticed some helpful information from you. Thanks for that. Could you please pm me the trainer contact info ?
I have driven here in Europe the first few months and I do not want to spend a lot in attending 20HRS classes. So if you could point me to the relevant contacts that would be great.

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