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Transfer of Foreign Driver's License

If you hold a valid foreign driver's license and meet certain requirements you may be eligible to obtain a Japanese driver's license with partial exemption from the usual license examination procedures.

Firstly, you must submit an application form, which will be reviewed to determine if you qualify to this procedure. If you can qualify you can then take the necessary examination. If you then pass the examination you will be entitled to obtain a Japanese driver's license.

APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE

  • Application on reservation basis
    • Application for transfer of foreign driver's license is accepted on phone reservation basis.
    • Please call us in advance to make your reservation.
  • Please dial 075-631-5181(Driver's License Examination Center) and ask for extension 222,223.
  • Calls are attended in Japanese only, from 4 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, except on national holidays, year-end and new year holidays.

Application Process

Designation of application date

At the time of making reservation, date and time for document screening (On weekdays, from 9:30a.m.to 10:00a.m., 1:30p.m.to 2:30p.m.) are fixed.

Place of application

Kyoto Prefectural Police Driver's License Examination Center, Main Building, 1st floor, Counter 2or4

Application process

  • Upon receiving necessary documentations, document screening, interview and knowledge test are conducted. 
  • Applicants who pass the knowledge test can proceed to the driving test starting from the next day(week day only). The driving test can not be reserved. Please apply for the test at the counter No. 5 on the ground floor of the main building from 8:30 am till 9:00 am on week day.
  • Applicants must pass the driving test within 6 months of the knowledge test. If you fail to pass the driving test you have to start with the document screening all over again.
  • To those countries applicants whose knowledge test are exempted, we shall do the documentation examination and the aptitude test in the morning.
    Licenses shall be issued in the afternoon to those applicants who pass those tests.

An interpreter is required

  • Your interview is conducted in Japanese only. If you have problems with the language,make sure to be accompanied by an interpreter.
  • Your interpreter will be asked to indentify himself with ID documents, e.g. drivers license.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • You are a holder of a valid foreign driver's license.
  • You have stayed for 3 months or longer in the issuing country after having obtained the foreign driver's license.
  • Age
    • You must be aged 16 or older to obtain a license for an regular motorcycle or moped.
    • You must be aged 18 or older to obtain a license for an regular vehicle,large motorcycle, large special vehicle or towing vehicle.
    • You must be aged 20 or older to obtain license for a medium-size vehicle.(*1)
    • You must be aged 21 or older to obtain license for a large-size vehicle.(*2)
  • You must be registered as a foreign resident of Kyoto Prefecture.
  • To those who wish to change foreign driver’s license to Japanese medium or large vehicle license, you must first change to Japanese regular driver’s license then obtain from foreign country in question the history of your license in order to certify the eligibility to change to medium or large vehicle, then again you must do the procedure to change to medium or large vehicle driver’s license.

(*1)Eligibility for a medium-size vehicle license

  • You must be aged 20 or older.
  • You must have held a valid Japanese driver's license for a regular car or large special vehicle for 2 years or more (excluding any period of invalidity).
    or
  • You must have held a foreign driver's license equivalent to a Japanese regular car or large-special vehicle license for 2 years or more.

(*2)Eligibility for large-size vehicle license

  • You must be aged 21 or older.
  • You must have held a Japanese regular car, medium-vehicle or large-special vehicle license for 3 years or more (excluding any period of invalidity).
    or
  • You must have held a foreign driver's license equivalent to a Japanese regular car, medium-size vehicle, or large-special vehicle license for 3 years or more.

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

Your foreign driver's license

must be valid at the time of application.

Additional documents

  • Driving License (Certificate of Driver's License), if your foreign driver's license does not show the original date of issue, or if this is unclear. 
  •  Counterpart Driving License, if you are a holder of UK driver's  license (credit card size)
  • Official Receipt and Red Ribbon
  • Chinese National Identification and Basic information(kihon  shinsoku)
  • Certificate of Driver's License according to each states, if you are  a holder of Australian driver's license.

Japanese translation of your foreign driver's license

You must provide a certified translation of your license. This can be done only by an embassy or consulate of the issuing country in Japan or by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF).
(JAF in Kyoto. Tel: 075-682-6000,JAF in Osaka .Tel:072-643-1300)
Note that the translation will not be returned to the applicant in case the application is rejected.

Certificate of Residence showing your nationality

Photocopies are not allowed. Certificate not acceptable if nationality, etc is omitted. Due to revisions on Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, as a long term foreign resident or a special permanent resident, you have to obtain your Certificates of Residence showing the nationality, etc visa status and length of stay. Those foreign residents who don't fall into the mentioned category are kindly asked to make an inquiry to the Driver's License Examination Center. Applications will not be accepted from anyone who is overstaying in Japan.

Your passport

Your passport is required to prove that you were living in the issuing country when you obtained your driver's license and that you stayed in that country for 3 months or more after obtaining your license. Please bring expired passports along with your current passport.

A photo (one copy)

You must provide a photo taken not more than 6 months prior to your application.
The photo should be 2.4 W x 3.0 H cm, showing you front-facing, from shoulders up, without a hat or cap, with a plain background. 

Your Japanese driver's license (if you hold one)

If you hold a currently valid or expired Japanese driver's license, please bring it with you.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

  • Document screening (Applicants who pass this proceed to further steps.)
  • Knowledge test(Applicants who hold a national driver's license issued in one of designated number of countries are exempted from the knowledge test)
  • Driving test(Applicants who hold a national driver's license issued in one of designated number of countries are exempted from the driving test)
  • Aptitude test

* Applicants with a national driver's license issued in any of the following countries are exempted from the knowledge test and driving test (25countries・3areas).

Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada,Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Washington and Maryland States(in U.S.A),Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal,the Republic of Slovenia, the Principality of Monaco, South Korea, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom 
(since January 4th, 2017)

FEES

Examination fees

  • ¥4.400 for large-size and medium-size vehicles
  • ¥2,200 for regular vehicles
  • ¥1,500 for mopeds
  • ¥2,950 for other vehicles

If you need to take the driving test an additional charge of ¥1,550 must be paid, for vehicle usage.

Issuance fee 

JPY2,050 for a single license (and ¥200 for each additional license issue) 

VERIFICATION OF DRIVING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL (SCREENING)

Verification of knowledge

  • To proceed to the driving technique stage it is necessary to score 7 or more correct answers out of 10 questions. Note that you will be charged for the knowledge test even if you fail the test.
  • Note that you will be charged again for the knowledge test each time you retake it.

Verification of driving technique

  • Driving test will be held at the Kyoto Police Driving Test Center where you will be asked to drive over a designated course according to the license type you are applying for. To pass the test you must score 70 or more out of 100points.
  • Note that if you fail the driving test you will be charged again for the test and vehicle usage each time you retake the test. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • If you have committed any traffic violations in Japan (even while using an international driver's license) you may not be allowed to take the examination.
  • If you have had your driver's license revoked (excluding revocation under the Beginner Driving Period), if how have had a license application refused, or if you have been banned from driving for more than six months, you will be eligible to apply for a license examination only after the penalty period has ended and you have attended driver reeducation classes within the past one year.
  • You may be required to submit additional documents.

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京都府警察本部運転免許試験課免許係

京都市伏見区羽束師古川町647

電話番号:075-631-5181