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Hi - Can someone kindly explain the requirements and cost for a Romanian to obtain a driver's license. The applicant lives in Ploiesti but I'm assuming the rules are similar throughout the country. For example, does one have to first pass the theory test before taking the driving classes? How many hours are required? Cost per hour and so on. Thank you very much. Best - J

To clarify, you're asking what a Romanian has to do to get a Romanian driving licence? Odd question for an expat site as s/he could easily just google such a thing.

But, briefly, you open an application, take the theory test (usually computerised) and then the practical part. You also have to take X hours of driving lessons with an instructor, Y hours of classroom lessons, and get a medical and psych report and, I think, a police check. Last time I heard (about a year ago) an instructor in Bucharest was charging about 1200 RON for the whole package, including getting the medical reports.

Hi. First, you need to enroll in a driving school. There you take theoretical classes and practical, driving classes with a certified instructor. When you are done, you will have a thorough medical check up and a psychological test. They can all be organized by the school. After that you need to pass two exams. For those you need to go to the police section which deals with driving regulations located in Pipera. First, you take the the theoretical exam. If you pass that, you'll be scheduled for the practical exam, where you will go with the driving instructor from the school and the car you have learned to drive on. If you pass that too, you are done. You will be issued your driving licence. If not, you will need to retake the two tests. If one year passes and you still haven't managed, the school expires and you need to start all over again.

cheia :

Hi. First, you need to enroll in a driving school. There you take theoretical classes and practical, driving classes with a certified instructor. When you are done, you will have a thorough medical check up and a psychological test. They can all be organized by the school. After that you need to pass two exams. For those you need to go to the police section which deals with driving regulations located in Pipera. First, you take the the theoretical exam. If you pass that, you'll be scheduled for the practical exam, where you will go with the driving instructor from the school and the car you have learned to drive on. If you pass that too, you are done. You will be issued your driving licence. If not, you will need to retake the two tests. If one year passes and you still haven't managed, the school expires and you need to start all over again.

Why would someone in Ploiesti go to the police in Pipera neighborhood of Bucuresti?  Then again, as Maykal pointed out, why would a Romanian ask about this via an expat on an expat site?  :huh: It all sounds rather odd to me as well

Hi - please explain what comes first. Do you first take and pass a theory test or do you first take driving classes with a teacher on the road.

Romaniac, you are only here to criticize everything. Dear Original poster, strike Police Bucharest and replace with the according police station in Ploiesti.

biz man :

Hi - please explain what comes first. Do you first take and pass a theory test or do you first take driving classes with a teacher on the road.

As I have written above, first you take the classes and then you go take the two exams: the theoretical one and then the actual driving exam with a policeman. It is just like in school..first you go to school, take classes and at the end of school, you pass several exams to get your diploma. Here, you go to driving school, then you take the exams and finally you get your driving licence.

Hello Cheia - Thank you once again for responding. Your analogy is excellent as if your writing style. Of course, I get that the final exams come after the school and driving lessons have been completed. Simple stated, I am trying to understand procedurally how this comes together. In California, for example, you first read the material and have class work. After receiving a certificate that you completed the class you are then permitted to take the written exam. Thereafter, and only upon successfully passing the theoretical exam are you permitted to have behind the wheel instruction. Would this be a similar process for Romanian driving students?

biz man :

Hello Cheia - Thank you once again for responding. Your analogy is excellent as if your writing style. Of course, I get that the final exams come after the school and driving lessons have been completed. Simple stated, I am trying to understand procedurally how this comes together. In California, for example, you first read the material and have class work. After receiving a certificate that you completed the class you are then permitted to take the written exam. Thereafter, and only upon successfully passing the theoretical exam are you permitted to have behind the wheel instruction. Would this be a similar process for Romanian driving students?

The exams come at the end of the instruction process.  Unlike California (or the rest of the US for that matter, Romania does not have "learners permits").

Dear Romaniac - When a Romanian wants to get a driver's license he/she goes to a driving school. Then what? Does the student study for the theoretical test or does the applicant first get behind a car and start driving with an instructor? What comes first? Or, are they accomplished simultaneously?

biz man :

Dear Romaniac - When a Romanian wants to get a driver's license he/she goes to a driving school. Then what? Does the student study for the theoretical test or does the applicant first get behind a car and start driving with an instructor? What comes first? Or, are they accomplished simultaneously?

Hi, a person (regardless of citizenship) goes to a driving school and starts driving while studying for the exam.  Once they have received enough hours practice and complete the course (or very near the completion) they take the theory exam and then the practical exam.  Many ppl fail the exam(s) however, which means more study or further lessons at the school until retesting.

Can the Romanian you are asking on behalf of not simply contact a driving school and ask these questions?  I'm just curious, not being critical ;)

Anyway I hope this clears your confusion. 

Romaniac

Well, in Romania , you do not need to prove to the police you have followed the classes of a driving school. When you go to the police, you only need to pay a tax and show your medical and psychological check up. Then you proceed to the the two exams: theoretical one, taken at a computer and the practical one, which is actual driving in the presence of a policeman. However, for the driving exam you will need a special car, with two commands so most people use the one provided by the driving school. Also, most people go to driving school because they need it to actually learn how to drive. The school requires the student to take a theoretical exam before starting the driving classes with the instructor, but this exam is not legally required, it represents just a formality. This is the only similarity I find with what you have described happening in the States.

Confusion cleared. Thank you all...

You do realize that, if this is about you, you could simply just exchange your U.S. driver's license for a Romanian one, without going through this process....

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