Driving around the world

September 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Back in 1910 Germany was the first country to mandate the licensing of all drivers on an national case. It created a system of tests and driver’s education requirements which became a template for the licensing laws of other countries.

Since then, the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a driving license has varied widely across the world.

South Africa

In South Africa to be given a license you have to be 18 and able to pass a written or computer-based test. In order to obtain your full license you have to pass a road test.

In the past all a person had to do to pass a driving test is drive six meters forward and six meters back. At present, a person has to answer eight out of ten questions correctly and then pass a forward and reverse S-track test and be able to demonstrate their parking skills.


The minimum age to drive a vehicle is 18 or 16 to drive a motorcycle. People that are aged more than 50 years have to undergo strict medical tests so that they can be given a driver’s license. Moreover, the validity of a license is five years and therefore needs to be renewed every five years.


Licenses in Pakistan contain your digital photo, signature, blood group information, date of birth, emergency contact, fingerprint impression and the name of your parents.

A driver’s license in Pakistan


All driving licenses in Europe follow the European Union format for driving licenses. This common format allows all licenses to be understood irrespective of language differences.

A Spanish driving license which follows the European Union format

Costa Rica

One has to pass three tests in Costa Rica to be given a driving license: practical driving tesr, theoretical driving and a medical test which examines your eyesight, blood pressure and verifies the presence of other diseases and behaviors of the driver. The license must be renewed every two years and then every five years after that.


A person can attain a driving permit at the age of 15 but they need to have an adult with them at all times while they are driving. When they turn 18 they are allowed to have a full license.


The minimum age for a driving license is 18, you have to pass a road test, computer test and a vision test.

United States

By the age of 16 you can obtain a license and drive unsupervised but you have to pass the requisite tests.







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