The Transportation Ministry recently issued an attractive
pamphlet (in Hebrew) containing all the information on
vehicle and driver's licenses needed by new and old drivers
The pamphlet has numerous questions and answers that occupy
drivers, bringing together for the first time all of the
information in a clear, convenient and concise form. It also
lists important phone numbers of related organizations.
Many of the questions and answers were based on inquiries
directed at the Transportation Ministry Spokesman.
The pamphlet is now available in all of the licensing bureaus
across the country in entranceways and waiting rooms for
written license tests. The pamphlet it also available from
the Transportation Ministry Spokesman upon request (POB 867,
Jerusalem; tel. 02-6663190; fax 02-6663195).
The following excerpt was taken from the chapter on transfer
of ownership: "The transfer of ownership stage is a critical
moment in the purchase of a used vehicle. Extra caution
should be taken to ensure the seller is indeed the owner of
the vehicle and that the information on the vehicle matches
what appears on the vehicle license and the writ of sale.
"How is ownership transferred?
"When a vehicle is sold the obligation to register the change
in ownership is incumbent on both the seller and the buyer.
The change in ownership must be registered within 15 days of
the sale. Until the transfer of ownership is executed the
vehicle remains registered under the seller's name and he is
liable to receive reports, fines and impoundments.
"Vehicle ownership can be transferred at every post office
branch connected to the Licensing Bureau computer. At the
time of transfer a national ID card and vehicle license must
be presented. If no restrictions were placed on the vehicle,
impoundments or seizures, the permit will be given on the
spot. Ownership can be transferred by another person through
a power of attorney signed and attached to the license
renewal notice, along with the ID cards of the authorized
individual and the owners."
The written driver's test will soon be translated to Spanish
following the recent wave of aliya from South America. The
tests are currently available in Hebrew, English, French,
Arabic and Russian.
Every year 200,000 written driver's tests are administered
around the country. The Transportation Ministry's licensing
department recently updated a considerable portion of the
written exams. Three weeks ago the Ministry announced a
tender for the writing and editing of a new study booklet to
prepare for the written exam.