Why do I have to take the driving test again to get a license ?

@safety69 (592)
Taiwan
November 3, 2011 9:07pm CST
I have been driving car for twenty one years and I moved from my country to another country, I have been driving with my international licence and now is expired . I went to the driving office to get my new one and they said I have to take both writting and driving tests, ohh I felt so disappointed, ofended and angry with them , but, then I realized that is because they dont know me and I am a foreigner. I think they should have another easy way to get the license for people who has been driving for many years and have international driving license. What do You think?
6 responses
@samafayla33 (1857)
• United States
4 Nov 11
In alabama, you just keep your license up to date, that way you don't have to retake the test again unless you wait too long and then have to reschedule to take a test again. :( That's a pain! i have never heard of a international driving license before.
@safety69 (592)
• Taiwan
4 Nov 11
Yes , that is when You are in your country and go to renew it, in my country can apply for an international and can drive anywhere else You go , I had it for 5 years but now is expired. I am trying to drive very careful so , I wont have troubles. Thanks for commenting.
• United States
4 Nov 11
Good luck and hope you have an easy test that doesn't cost you too many hairs lost. Have a great day.
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
4 Nov 11
A lot of countries have different rules when it comes to drivers licences, the only one generally accepted everywhere is the international drivers licence. The fact that your international licence has expired means that to them it is as if you do not have a licence so you have to do the whole process again. You could try going to your embassy and find out what is the best option and if it is possible to renew your international licence. If you go in with a valid international licence it may make things easier to legalize your drivers licence in your new country, at least you will be allowed to drive until you find a solution.
@safety69 (592)
• Taiwan
4 Nov 11
I was thinking today and I am going to try to do that , one of my friends I mean my only friend from my country , jaja , is leaving on december , she told me she could take my International Driver license with her and renew it for me. Thanks I am going for now for this opcion . But , still I am going to study the driving laws of here , I am sure I know more than half now, so , I hope will be easy.
@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
4 Nov 11
It might be to your benefit to go through the process again. The driving laws in your new country might be quite different than the laws where you were. It never hurts to know the rules before you are accused of breaking one that you did not know existed. If the law there is like here, they will tell you ignorance of the law is no excuse.
@safety69 (592)
• Taiwan
4 Nov 11
Yes, You are right is for my own benefit, to know the driving laws in this country. Yeah I dont want to have any problems with the police. Still not happy untill I am done with the process. Thanks for your comment.
@maximax8 (28842)
• United Kingdom
5 Nov 11
My mom's American friend was allowed to drive in the United Kingdom for one year then she had to pass the practical driving test in my home country. Sometimes a driver can get an international driving license. Every country has its own laws and in my home country the driving laws are strict. It is a challenge for a learner driver to pass the theory test, a hazard perception test and a practical driving test. All of these especially the practical test are hard. In some country people drive in a dangerous way which wouldn't be acceptable in my home country. You have 21 years of driving experience yet due to you being foreign you have to take a driving test. Good luck.
@airkulet (2705)
• Philippines
5 Nov 11
I think that's ok if the license will have a long expiration like five years or more but if it will expire every year, that's very frustrating too.
@Octav1 (1420)
• Romania
4 Nov 11
Hello Safety69, It must be awful that you have to start it all over again with writing and driving tests! I never liked those tests and I was so nervous when I gave my two exams that I thought I was going to fail. Luckily I passed them both but I don't even want to think what would happen if I had to pass them again. What to say? Start learning the theory and ... good luck! I hope you will pass those exams without problems, especially that you have such a long driving experience.