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Obtaining a Japanese Driver's License(August,2008 )

There are two ways foreign residents can get a drivers license in Japan.


1 Switching from a foreign drivers license to a Japanese license


(1)Applicants foreign drivers license must be valid.

(2)Applicant must be able to prove that he/she stayed in the issuing country for at least 3 months total after obtaining their license.


 An aptitude test, traffic rules knowledge check and driving skill check are required to switch from a foreign drivers license. These tests/checks are held at the Driving License Center. The traffic rules knowledge check is given in seven languages (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Persian and Spanish), but other tests/checks are held only in Japanese.

 A preliminary review is required before the above tests/checks (appointment necessary). Please call and confirm with the Miyazaki Prefecture Drivers License Examination CenterTel:0985-31-0110/Extension755-252; OpenMon - Thurs, 10:0012:001:004:00 *Closed on Holidays.


Required Documents for Preliminary Review:

Alien Registration Certificate

Foreign Drivers LicenseIncluding previous expired drivers licenses

*If your license does not show a date of issue or the date of issue is less than 3 months prior to your arrival in Japan - due to license renewal - you must provide documentation, with translation, showing the original date your license was issued.

PassportOld and new copies  

Translation of foreign drivers licenseIssued by either a foreign embassy or consular office in Japan, or the Japanese Automobile Foundation (JAF) (JAF Miyazaki Branch: Tel:0985-52-4511


Additional Notice:

 If your license has been issued by one of the countries listed below, the traffic knowledge and driving-skill checks are not required: France, Spain, Germany, Portuguese, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Holland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Finland, United Kingdom, Australia, Demark, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Canada, South Korea.


The Aptitude Test and Knowledge/Skill Checks

Time&Place: Miyazaki Prefecture Drivers License Examination Center: Open Monday to Friday, Drivers License Centers: (Miyakonojyo city): Monday & Thursday; (Nobeoka city): Tuesday & Friday *except holidays *8:30am9:30am

FeesOrdinary license test = \2400; Drivers license processing fee = \1650

*Note that Miyakonojyo & Nobeoka Drivers License Centers only accept applicants who have a license issued by one of the above 22 countries.


2 Obtaining a Japanese drivers license

 Passing all aptitude, paper, and driving skills tests is necessary to obtain a Japanese drivers license. Study at a driving school is common. Aptitude and skills tests are given in Japanese; paper tests can be taken in Japanese or English.


Questions: Miyazaki Prefecture Drivers License Examination Center(Miyazaki city)0985-31-0110/Extension755-252,

Drivers License Center: (Miyakonojyo city)0986-24-0110/Extension533,

(Nobeoka city)0982-22-0110/Extension544 


If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the Miyazaki International Foundation: (Phone) 0985-32-8457, (Fax) 0985-32-8512, or (Email) Thank you.


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