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Poland driving licence, non EU, non resident (Poland)


Dinesh 1 | -
8 Jun 2010  #1
hey ppl !!

Just wondering?? I am a non EU and live in Germany - Frankfurt(Oder) boarder to Slubice.
I would like to take driving license, so I was just wondering it would be rather less expensive for me to take a driving license from Polish side than a German??

Is it this option open ?? or shld I be living in Poland to enroll and take a driving license. shld I be residing in poland

thanks !!

cheers
dinesh
Drjizzocyst - | 3
22 Jun 2010  #2
sounds like and idea, i have a international DL it going to expire soon this year, so far I am lucky, never had problems with police or tickets speeding, i do have a US DL which doesn't expire until 2016, im wondering how hard it would be to convert over for a Polish DL. let me know what you find out.

btw there are autostores in usa, like autozone and advance auto parts, is there anything like that here in poland? God forbids i pay someone to change my oil in a fiat, i rather do it myself
delphiandomine 83 | 17,641
22 Jun 2010  #3
You need to be resident legally in Poland for 185 days in order to do so. As you're non-EU, that means you must possess a valid Karta Pobytu (residence permit).

Not impossible, but probably more hassle than it's worth.
emkap - | 2
22 Jun 2010  #4
sounds like and idea

i'm quite sure that you will have to ask your embassy for some kind of certificate to allow you drive abroad, i dont know how long it takes, but as long as you get it you are eligible to drive in PL without converting your DL.

I would like to take driving license, so I was just wondering it would be rather less expensive for me to take a driving license from Polish side than a German??

i think you might be able to do it, only if you are in PL for the minimum of 180 or 190 days before the test. Beside you need to know polish as the theory is in Polish :/.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,641
22 Jun 2010  #5
Beside you need to know polish as the theory is in Polish :/.

No you don't. Many test centres have the test available in English, and the materials are available in English too - I've got the CD sitting right here. But you will need a sworn translator for the test - I'm not sure how it works if your native language isn't one that can be translated to/from by a sworn translator.
warsaw_expat - | 3
14 Jul 2010  #6
Hey delphiandomine and others,

Would you mind sharing where you got the study materials/CD for the theoretical exam in English?

Also, has anyone here with elementary Polish skills, by chance, passed the Polish theoretical exam simply by memorizing the Polish material? I have the CD in Polish and I'm questioning whether I could pull it off or not. I'd love to hear if anyone else has!

Thank you so much!
delphiandomine 83 | 17,641
14 Jul 2010  #7
Also, has anyone here with elementary Polish skills, by chance, passed the Polish theoretical exam simply by memorizing the Polish material?

I heard of one person who tried this and failed badly - I wouldn't recommend it. There's just no point, when the exam is available in English anyway.

Would you mind sharing where you got the study materials/CD for the theoretical exam in English?

Sure - I don't have it to hand right now, but I'll send you a message when I do. It's published by a company in Piła (I think...) - though they haven't released a book this year for some bizzare reason. There are some printed materials available though, so it's not all doom and gloom - and the CD is comprehensive enough.
warsaw_expat - | 3
15 Jul 2010  #8
Nice to hear from you delphiandomine!

Many test centres have the test available in English...But you will need a sworn translator for the test

Do you happen to know why a sworn translator is necessary when the theoretical exam is already written in English? I see this requirement on the WORD website but I don't understand the reasoning behind it. Sworn translators are expensive - in Warsaw they go for 150zl/hour (PM if cheaper, pls). Clearly, it makes sense to require the presence of a translator for the practical exam but not so much for the written exam. What's the deal?

There's just no point, when the exam is available in English anyway.

The point for me would be to save the expense of the sworn translator (and the higher exam cost). The question is whether 150zl/hour < the opportunity cost of spending additional hours pouring over the Polish material. Probably. And since mastery over the material isn't itself worth much after the exam I'm leaning towards paying upfront to take it in English.

But that brings me back to the question of why we need sworn translators for the t-exam in the first place?!
Harry
15 Jul 2010  #9
But that brings me back to the question of why we need sworn translators for the t-exam in the first place?!

More to the point, why on earth would you want to bother getting a Polish licence? A British one is perfectly acceptable here.
warsaw_expat - | 3
17 Jul 2010  #10
That's true except that I do not have a British license.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,641
18 Jul 2010  #11
Do you happen to know why a sworn translator is necessary when the theoretical exam is already written in English?

The reason for this is simple - the instructions are given in Polish, and thus must be translated into English. I suspect that it may also be because it avoids doubt - where instructions are in Polish, it must be translated by a sworn translator. No different to the (insane) need for a sworn translator to be present at a notary. Either way, it's daft, but there's nothing we can do except petition for them to change the law.

The question is whether 150zl/hour < the opportunity cost of spending additional hours pouring over the Polish material. .

From what I've heard, it's nearly impossible for someone without at least B2/C1 level of Polish to attempt. And yes, as you say - mastery of the material means nothing, so you might as well take it in English to begin with.
permis
26 Jan 2012  #12
Merged: Is it difficult to get a driving licence in Poland?

Hi, everybody

It is easy to pass the test in Poland?

I'm from Paris, France. Here, it is very difficult to get a driving licence, plus is it very expensive, I spend 2000 euros already. I'm looking for a country where it is easier (and less expensive ) to pass.

I have a 50 hours training already in a car, so I am not a real beginner in driving either.

Thanks for any information you could provide. I'm desperate!

Cordially

Val
Alligator - | 261
26 Jan 2012  #13
It is definitely cheaper, but not so easy (at least for me it wasn't easy) ;)
Zulu Boi
26 Jan 2012  #14
It is easy to pass the test in Poland?

i THINK YES!I passed mine in english,they have it in other EU languages as well,and if you have a foreign license then written/computer test is sufficent(as for me).If you have 50 hours of TRAINING then dude I think you should get it easily if not then I would not even think of driving in life:) and stick to a bike or cabs or public transportation.
permis
26 Jan 2012  #15
Well, I'm looking for some other advices, since one says no, and the second says yes :-)))
ceto - | 1
20 Jul 2013  #16
Hi,

I'm from Turkey,so non-EU citizen and I have driving licence in here.I'll be in Poland for 2 years for my master degree...so I'll get a residence permit..after that permit how can I drive in Poland..Can I just change my driving licence to Polish one or should I take the exam in Poland?
jorge_lt - | 2
6 Oct 2015  #17
Hello all! I am also non-EU citizen, and I would like to know where to get the CD-DVD to have the test. Thanks in advance!
Gaucho 2 | 49
17 Oct 2015  #18
Here's an active link to buy it
grupaimage.com.pl/sklep,358
Rahmankh
22 Sep 2016  #19
Hello
sir/madam i am an Afghanistan Citizen but i have italain Resident for 5 years and some one tolled me that its possible to get driving license in poland is it true.. As i am haveing italian residence... Plz help me to inform...

Here is my Me4you@live.no
adsalk 1 | 17
22 Sep 2016  #20
@Rahmankh
You must be 18 yo (B) or 21 yo (C,D) stay in Poland 185 days each calendar year and have personal ties/job here or just be a student for at least 6 months. You must also take medical test and take driving lessons (mandatory) before the final exam.


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