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Need help on my driving license (lost my national license in Poland and would like to replace it for Polish)


ddandan70 1 | 1
19 Dec 2011 #1
I have lost my national driving licence but still having the international driving licence with me.But I am in Poland now which make it difficult to get a new national one.

Can I still be able to chnage my international driving license to a polish national license without having to go thru driving school and practical test again?

any idea will be appreciated.Thx in advance.
bledi 2 | 11
19 Dec 2011 #2
First of all: Your national driving license was polish? :P Because you say that you are in Poland and it is difficult..and is making me confused.

Some more info.would be a good help for everybody.
As I know if you loose the driving license you don't need to go through course and exam again,is enough to go in this office where you took your driving license(i don't remember the name of this place:P) and inform them about the loss of it.

Frankly,I think they are the only persons who can help you(IN MY OPINION OF COURSE).
Hope everything goes well.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,883
19 Dec 2011 #3
Can I still be able to chnage my international driving license to a polish national license without having to go thru driving school and practical test again?

No. The international driving permit (not a licence!) is merely a translation of your licence into other languages, it is NOT a driving licence by itself.

Either replace your licence, or you'll have to do the Polish theory and practical test.

Be warned - if you get stopped while only having the IDP, you'll be prosecuted for driving without a licence.
OP ddandan70 1 | 1
20 Dec 2011 #4
No it's not polish one.
Scottypippins 1 | 5
1 Feb 2012 #5
I drove for over five years without a driving licence in Germany, Holland and Poland. Believe it or not it's not such a big problem and quite funny when the police get all pissy with you and tell you, you are in big trouble, as long as you have valid insurance and test certificate and not been banned, it's only a fixed on the spot fine. The last time I was fined for it in Germany, it cost me 20 d marks. Just give him your docs, wait till he asks you for a licence and tell him you gave him it. Then go through the motions of looking for it and when you can't find it tell them you've lost/forgotton it. Simple.

"Be warned - if you get stopped while only having the IDP, you'll be prosecuted for driving without a licence." not true he/she has a driving licence just can't produce it= Fixed penalty "Kodeks Karny". even if she/he has no driving licence still not an offence so long as the said person has not been excluded from holding one.No insurance is an offence.
adrian2302 - | 13
25 May 2015 #6
Merged: Driving license

Hello,

I do realize there are quite a few topics about the driving license, therefore I apologize for creating a new one - because I was unable to find the required information that would help me worry less.

One week ago I have discovered that somehow I lost my driving license, as I didn't manage to find it anywhere. I am an European citizen and had a driving license released by my home country. Being a resident in Poland for almost a year, I started the procedure to have it replaced with a new, Polish one, that would take up to one month - a process that seemed so fast and smooth.

My curiosity is the following: since I have to drive everyday back and forth to work, I have asked the employee from Urząd Miasta whether it is possible or not to drive until my driving license will be renewed, on which question he replied that I should definitely be able to do so, however if a mean cop might stop me and he would want to create problems, he will be able to do it - while giving me a proof that I requested for a new one.

If someone with more knowledge would kindly inform me what exactly should be the procedure, I will deeply appreciate it.

To mention, I did ask many of my co-workers and friends but still we couldn't find any useful information.
Thank you in advance.
eh?
25 May 2015 #7
It's news to me that Poland would issue you with a driving licence without you first taking a Poland driving test.

My thoughts are it's a question you should ask at your city's main police HQ. Probably not ok to drive until you get a licence, would be my *guess*.
adrian2302 - | 13
25 May 2015 #8
Of course they would issue a new one, since it is declared lost - they will renew it. One of my co-workers in a similar situation, she had her driving license expired and she had it renewed after doing the psychosocial and medical evaluation.

I will ask someone to help me by contacting someone from a police station, since I couldn't find someone who is speaking English.
Thank you.
eh?
25 May 2015 #9
I'm not sure - why would they issue a new licence to you if they didn't issue the old licence? You saidI am an European citizen and had a driving license released by my homecountry. By this do you mean that you have previously held a Polish licence or ONLY one from your old EU country? Because it's news to me that they'd issue a licence to a foreign national (EU or not) unless a person takes the full test of driving skill. To be sure, best ask at the police station - there's usually someone that speaks English on a helpline if not in the building.
adrian2302 - | 13
26 May 2015 #10
Because as a legally Polish resident I am entitled to receive such assistance. The procedure was quite simple, I gathered all documents required to prove that I am residing here legally: working contract, identification card/ passport (from my home country), the paper with pesel and the certificate of residency given by the council - declared on my own responsibility that the driver license was indeed lost and not retained by other competent agencies.

And so I was informed, that the part that will take the most will be receiving information about my previous one, released by my home country - up to one month.

All of this information was previously given by the embassy that is residing in Warsaw, as they kindly informed me that my passport can be renewed by the embassy in work local authorities due to the accords between our countries. An European passport, with information about my nationality (place of birth) and also the place where I currently reside.

I might be unaware of the specifics on some procedures, however I was nicely pleased to discover I am living in a country that has better implemented systems to help its residents.
eh?
26 May 2015 #11
Thats interesting, Adrian. So they are suggesting a registered worker with a certificate of residency can have a Poland issued driving licence instead of or in addition to their home country's licence. Very surprising flexibility.
adrian2302 - | 13
26 May 2015 #12
They are not suggesting it, they are actually doing it. It is an European driving license released by the Polish authorities, after they will check the authenticity of my previous one.

As I previously stated, my co-worker made a new one by almost the same procedures, the difference was that she had it expired and therefore needed to complete a few medical exams.

I must say, I am impressed by how well things are going. A similar procedure exists also in Denmark, as another colleague of mine had it renewed in a quite similar way - the difference was that he needed to contact the embassy to provide a legal document that states the authenticity and the specifics of his previously license; however it might have been that way because of the differences between the country's relationships.


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