25 Oct 2012

Vic license & ID point system

No Comments Move to Australia

I finally have an appointment at Vic Roads to get my Victorian drivers license sorted tomorrow. I’m not really obliged to get a Victorian license since I’m only here on a temporary visa and I can continue to drive on my Swedish license provided that it’s accompanied by an approved translation. But given that my Swedish license doesn’t work as an approved form of identification (since it’s all in Swedish and noone understands what it says) and I have to carry my passport around I thought it would be a good idea.

Another reason for it being a good idea is because of the Australian ID point system.  Most legal transactions require some form of identification, applying for our appartment for example did. In some cases, at least 100 points of ID is required. Certain documents will get you a fictive number of points, the more reliable the ID the more points you will get. A driver’s license is a form of secondary document and will give you 40 points. A primary document such as a passport will give you 70 points. But back to the driver’s license.

Sweden is, as I’ve written about earlier (HERE), considered to be a recognised country meaning that Australia approve of our drivers license testing standards. Therefore we (the Swedes) don’t have to take any tests, all we have to do is to make an appointment with Vic Roads, go there and apply for a Victorian license. And that’s exactly what I’m doing tomorrow! The downside to the story is that all Vic Roads’ offices only are open during regular work hours so I have to take half a day off work to be able to make the appointment.

06 Feb 2012

Driving license – final cost

No Comments Driving license (Sweden), Move to Sweden

Simon, as you know, took his Swedish license in the end of last year and this is how much he ended up spending:

  • Learner’s permit (körkortstillstånd) – 220 SEK
  • Eye exam – 100 SEK
  • Theory study material in English: Driving license book incl. Swedish road signs booklet – 435 SEK, Trafikskolan TEO 2011 (PC program) – 149 SEK
  • Risk training part 1 – 600 SEK
  • Risk training part 2 (slippery road/halkbana)- 1900 SEK
  • Driving lesson – 4 x 400 SEK
  • Written test - 2x 220 SEK
  • Driving test – 700 SEK
  • Borrow car for driving test - 400 SEK
  • Manufacturing cost for the license – 150 SEK
  • Photo – 50 SEK

In the end it all adds up to 6 744 SEK, quite expensive for someone who already knows how to drive and have had their license for 10 years but hey, not much you can do about it.

24 Nov 2011

Third time’s a charm

2 Comments Driving license (Sweden), Move to Sweden

 Simon passed his written drivers test today. It was really the second time he wrote it since the first time, when they made him write the test in Swedish, doesn’t count. But there is no good saying like “Third time’s the charm” about the second time, at least not that I know of.  :)

Read more

18 Nov 2011

Please call back later

No Comments Driving license (Sweden), Move to Sweden

The tests are up and running again and according to information posted on Trafikverket‘s website they would call everyone that had their written driving test cancelled and give them a new test time, yesterday. No one called Simon. Surprise, surprise!

I tried calling them today and got the information that a lot of people were calling right now and the queue was full so I was asked to call back later…..

15 Nov 2011

Still no test

No Comments Driving license (Sweden), Move to Sweden

As I wrote last week Trafikverket experienced technical problems after the system upgrade and last Thursday when Simon went to write the test he found out it was cancelled. Well, it’s Tuesday now and the problems are still not solved so no one can take the written drivers test right now. Apparently it’s said to be up and running tomorrow but I believe that when I see it. It will be interesting to see how they’ll handle getting new test times for all the people affected by the cancelled tests. To be continued…

06 Nov 2011

Overseas drivers

3 Comments Move to Australia

 Given that the subject of driving licenses is discussed a lot here at home I’ve started looking into how it would work for me if I go to Australia. If I understand things correctly there might be some differences between different states but for Victoria the following applies.

Read more

01 Nov 2011

With flying colours

No Comments Driving license (Sweden), Move to Sweden

 Simon passed the driving exam with flying colours. I know he’s an excellent driver, I’m just happy the examiner saw that too. He’s also booked in for a new written exam IN ENGLISH, tomorrow.

01 Nov 2011

A f*kn joke!

No Comments Driving license (Sweden), Move to Sweden

I’m embarrassed to be Swedish today and the whole story I’m about to share with you is an absolute joke! Simon had his driving test today. We had booked the time online at Körkortsportalen and I had, just to make absolutely sure that everything was in order, called Trafikverket to double check that he would be able to write the written exam in English without ordering it ahead and that the examiner for the driving exam would be able to have the test in English. Yes, no problem. You can choose to do the written test in English once you’re there and the instructor does the driving exam in Swedish or English without you having to book it ahead of time.

Read more

30 Sep 2011

Slippery road done

No Comments Driving license (Sweden), Move to Sweden

 Simon’s had his slippery road lesson for the driving license this week and of course he passed. He had a double driving lesson as well and was told his driving was good but he needs to pay more attention to the blind spots, the right hand rule and when reversing around a corner he apparently did it too quick. Knowing how Simon drives I find it very hard to believe that he did it quick and reckless in any way but what do I know. The teacher said that he could pass if he was to do his driving test today but he could also fail, all depending on how strict the examiner is. Hard to hear when you have a license already and I know I’m biased but Simon is a really good driver.

29 Aug 2011

Learner’s permit

No Comments Driving license (Sweden), Move to Sweden

Something went quick, for a change. Simon received a letter from Transportstyrelsen today, his learner’s permit. He did the eye examination on Monday last week at the driving school and sent in the certificate on Tuesday or Wednesday. So instead of taking up to 6 weeks as he was told he got it in just one week. Nice when you (occasionally) get positively surprised.