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Check These Driver's License Requirements for Foreign Drivers

Driver's License Requirements for Foreign Drivers


Driver's license requirements...

vary in Japan from country to country. To ensure you don't make a disappointing mistake, be sure to research thoroughly to ensure you're legal to drive in Japan. We hope this guide will help you get that done faster so you can get here and embark on your journey.

 

If you are from one of these countries;


 

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Argentina

Austria

Australia

Bangladesh

Barbados

Benin

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Cambodia

Canada

Central African Republic

Chile

China

Côte d'Ivoire

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ecuador

Egypt

Fiji

Finland

France

Georgia

Ghana

Greece

Guatemala

Haiti

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

India

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Kingdom of Lesotho

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Luxembourg

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Mali

Malta

Monaco

Montenegro

Morocco

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Niger

Nigeria

Norway

Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Republic of Congo

Republic of Dominica

Republic of San Marino

Republic of South Africa

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Senegal

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Thailand

Togo

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Uganda

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican City

Venezuela

Zimbabwe

 

you are going to need an International Driving Permit (IDP)!

An IDP should be obtained in your home country before going to Japan because Japan does not issue them. You can usually get one through the National Automobile Association of your country for a fee, and it is valid for up to a year. 

 

But if you are from one of these countries…


 

  • Belgium
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Monaco
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan

      … You will need an official Japanese translation of your home country’s driver’s license instead.

You can get the translation through the Japan Automobile Federation or your country’s embassy in Japan. Just like the IDP, this is only valid up to a year. 

 

For foreigners who are residing in Japan and would like to drive, you must get a Japanese driver’s license.

 

If you are from one of these countries…


 

Austria

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Czech Republic

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Portugal

Slovenia

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

The United Kingdom

US states of Maryland and Washington

           … you can obtain a Japanese license as long as you hold a valid driver’s license in your home country!

 

Otherwise, you will have to pass both the written and practical exams in order to receive a Japanese driver’s license.