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Procedures for Renewing Driver Licenses

Place and registration time

Persons who can apply for Renewing driver license at the Kyoto Prefectural Police Driver's License Examination Center

Anyone who is resident in Kyoto Prefecture can apply for renewal at the Kyoto Prefectural Police  Driver's License Examination Center  (in Kyoto City).

※ For details about the renewal procedure on Sundays, see "Q and A on Driver License Renewal ".
In case of renewing driver's license at the same time as reissue, the procedures must be completed on weekdays.

Registration times

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday, and Sundays (Except public holidays, Year-end and New Year holidays) 

Persons who can apply for Renewing driver license at the Kyoto Driver's License Renewal Center.

Those who live in Kyoto Prefecture who are model driver's or who have taken a elderly driver's training course can apply for renewal at the Kyoto Driver's License Renewal Center. 

Registration times

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday to Friday,and Sundays(Except public holidays, Year-end and New Year holidays) 

※ There is no parking and bicycle parking at the Kyoto Driver's License Renewal Center. Please come by public transport.

Persons who can apply for Renewing driver license at Police station in Kyoto.

Anyone who meets any of the definitions below can apply to renew their license at the corresponding police station or police box.

Place of residence

Place of renewal

Residents of Hanase, Kuta, Hirogawara, Ohara Omi-cho, Ohara Momoi-cho, and Ohara Ogose-cho in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City

Shimogamo Police Station

Residents of Kasagi-cho, Wazuka-cho, Minami Yamashiro-mura in Soraku-gun

Kizu Police Station

Residents of Kizugawa city and Soraku-gun who are 65 years of age or older, or who are "model drivers" (see definition below). In addition, any of these residents can renew their moped license or small-sized special vehicle license here.

Kizu Police Station

Residents of Keihoku in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, and Miyama-cho in Nantan City

Keihoku Police Box (managed by Ukyo Police Station)

Residents of Saga Koshihata and Saga Kimigahara in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City

Kameoka Police Station

Residents living north of Kameoka City

Local police station (with jurisdiction over place of residence)

Persons who have taken a driver training course for elderly drivers

Local police station (with jurisdiction over place of residence)

A "model driver" is someone who has held a driver license continuously for five years or more as of 40 days prior to their birthday in the year they are applying for license renewal, and who has not committed any driving offenses in that time.

Registration times

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday (Except public holidays, Year-end and New Year holidays)

Period when renewal can be made

In the two-month period from one month before your birthday to one-month after your birthday

If the one-month period after your birthday ends on a Saturday, Sunday, public holiday, or during the New Year holiday period, renewal can be made on the next day on which it is possible.

Those who can not do the renewal procedure due to unavoidable reasons such as birth,business trip to overseas,etc.may do the renewal procedure before the period (special renewal)(See "Q and A on Driver License Renewal ".for further information)

Necessary documents and items

  • Renewal Notice (postcard sent out to notify you about renewal)
  • Your current driver license
  • Fee to be paid
  • People who wear spectacles (or contact lenses) must bring them.
  • You may not wear colored eye contact lens at the time of shooting
  • One photo
    The photo must be 3×2.4 cm (H×W), showing a front-view of the upper body (chest up), without a hat, with a plain background, and it must have been taken no more than 6 months ago. Note that those renewing their license at the Kyoto Prefectural Police   Driver's License Examination Center, the Kyoto Driver's License Renewal Center or any of the following places do not need to bring a photo: the Shimogamo, Kizu, Kameoka, Nantan, Ayabe, Fukuchiyama, Maizuru (including Maizuru East police building), Miyazu, and Kyotango police stations; the Amino and Kumihama police boxes of the Kyotango police station; and the Keihoku police box of the Ukyo Police Station.
  • Certificate of completion of a driver training course for the elderly (if you have sat such a course)
  • If you need to update the information given on your license (e.g., address) at the time of renewal:
    • To change your nationality, or name 
      Certificate of Residence showing the nationality,etc.(Photocopies are not allowed, documents which were issued within the past 6 months are needed.)
      ※ Persons who have foreign nationality need to bring a certificate of residence which is printed the status of residence and the term of residence. If the status of residence and the term of residence are not printed on your certificate of residence, bring your residence card with them.
      ※ Persons who aren't applied on Residential Basic Book Act need to inquire to the Kyoto Prefectural Police Driver's License Examination Center.
    • To update your address only
      Documents that verify your new address(Taken within 6 months)
    • An extract of your certificate of residence (photocopies are not allowed)
      ※ Persons who have foreign nationality need to bring a certificate of residence which is printed the status of residence and the term of residence. If the status of residence and the term of residence are not printed on your certificate of residence, bring your residence card.
      ※ Persons who aren't applied on Residential Basic Book Act need to inquire to the Kyoto Prefectural Police Driver's License Examination Center.
    • By the case of updating your address only and someone who can't prepare the certificate of residence need to submit any of following.
    • Your health insurance card
    • Public utility receipts, e.g., for electricity, gas, water, telephone (Bills only are not allowed)
    • Stamped postal mail (forwarded mail is not allowed) 
      That must be printed your correct new address and name.
      ※ Persons who have foreign nationality need to bring their residence card or special permanent resident certificate.

Fees

License renewal fee

2,500 yen

Education fees

  • Model drivers 500 yen
  • General drivers 800 yen
  • Offending drivers 1,350 yen
  • First-time renewers 1,350 yen 

Renewal education session duration

  • Model drivers 30 min.
  • General drivers 60 min.
  • Offending drivers 120 min.
  • First-time renewers 120 min.

Those who have completed a driver training course for the elderly are exempted from the renewal education sessions. 

Remote renewal

"Remote renewal" allows license renewal to be done via the public safety commission of a prefectural authority other than the one in which you are residing. 

People eligible for remote renewal

To be eligible for remote renewal of your license, you must satisfy ALL of the following conditions.

  1. You are a "model driver" (stated in the driver category field of the renewal notice).
  2. You are renewing your license in the one-month period before your birthday.
  3. You are not apply to change any details of your license (e.g., family registration address, address, name) and you are not applying simultaneously to have your license reissued.

Where to apply for remote renewal

Kyoto residents

Please see "List of remote renewal application contacts." 

Those who do NOT in Kyoto People living outside Kyoto

You can apply for via-application at the Kyoto Prefectural Police Driver's License Examination Center(window no.5 Annex.building) or at the Kyoto Driver's License Renewal Center.

Registration times
  • Kyoto Prefectural Police  Driver's License Examination Center 
    8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Monday to Friday,and Sundays (Except public holidays, Year-end and New Year holidays) 
  • Kyoto Driver's License Renewal Center
    8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Monday to Friday or Sundays (Except public holidays, Year-end and New Year holidays)

Necessary documents and items

  • Renewal Notice (postcard sent out to notify you about renewal)
  • Your current driver license
  • One photo (3×2.4 cm (H×W), front-view of upper body (chest up), without a hat, plain background, taken not more than 6 months ago)
  • Fees
    • Those who do NOT live in Kyoto.
      Renewal application fee (Use prefectural revenue stamp of the locality of your residence) 2,500 yen
      Please buy in advance and bring revenue stamp of the locality of your residence.
      Fee for via-application (Use Kyoto-city revenue stamp to pay) 550 yen
      Fee for seminars (Use Kyoto-city revenue stamp to pay) 500 yen
      ※Please pay postage fee to those who to receive the license by mail. (Go to Anzen Kyokai)
      To those who live in Kyoto---Please ask a window at each city hall (see the list of via- application windows) for procedures.

LIST OF REMOTE RENEWAL APPLICATION CONTACTS (AS OF September 1st.2016)

PREFECTURE APPLICATION PLACE LOCATION PHONE
HOKKAIDO SAPPORO SAPPORO DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER SAPPORO CITY 011-683-5770
SAPPORO GOOD DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER(CENTRAL) SAPPORO CITY 011-242-0110
SAPPORO GOOD DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER(ATSUBETSU) SAPPORO CITY 011-896-0110
HAKODATE HAKODATE DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER HAKODATE CITY 0138-46-2007
ASAHIKAWA ASAHIKAWA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER AWAHIKAWA CITY 0166-51-2489
KUSHIRO KUSHIRO DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KUSHIRO CITY 0154-57-5913
KUSHIRO OBIHIRO DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER OBIHIRO CITY 0155-33-2470
KITAMI KITAMI DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KITAMI CITY 0157-36-7700
AOMORI AOMORI PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER AOMORI CITY 017-782-0081
IWATE IWATE DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER MORIOKA CITY 019-683-1251
MORIOKA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER MORIOKA CITY 019-606-1251
SOUTHERN DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER TANZAWA GUN 0197-44-3511
COSTAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KAMAISHI CITY 0193-23-1515
TOHOKU DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KUJI CITY 0194-52-0613
MIYAGI MIYAGI PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER SENDAI CITY 022-373-3601
AKITA AKITA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER AKITA CITY 018-863-1111
YAMAGATA YAMAGATA TRAFFIC SAFETY CENTER TENDO CITY 023-655-2150
FUKUSHIMA FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER FUKUSHIMA CITY 024-591-4372
KORIYAMA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KORIYAMA CITY 024-961-2100
TOKYO KANDA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER TOKYO, CHIYODA-WARD 03-3294-3380
SHINJUKU DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER TOKYO, SHINJUKU-WARD 03-3343-2558
IBARAGI IBARAGI PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER HIGASHI-IBARAGI-GUN 029-293-8811
TOCHIGI TOCHIGI PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER SHIKANUMA CITY 0289-76-0110
GUNMA GUNMA TRAFFIC CENTER MAEBASHI CITY 027-253-9300
SAITAMA SAITAMA PREFECTURAL POLICE DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KONOSU CITY 048-543-2001
CHIBA CHIBA PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER CHIBA CITY, MIHAMA-WARD 043-274-2000
NAGAREYAMA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER NAGAREYAMA CITY 04-7147-2000
KANAGAWA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER YOKOHAMA CITY 045-365-3111
NIIGATA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KITA-KAMAHARA-GUN 025-256-1212
YAMANASHI YAMANASHI PREFECTURAL TRAFFIC CENTER MINAMI-ALPS CITY 055-285-0533
POLICE DRIVERS LICENSE DIVISION TSUGE CITY 0554-43-4101
NAGANO HOKUSHIN DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER NAGANO CITY 026-292-2345
CHUNANSHIN DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER SHIOJIRI CITY 0263-53-6611
TOSHIN DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER SAKU CITY 0267-53-1550
SHIZUOKA EASTERN DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER NUMAZU CITY 055-921-2000
WESTERN DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER HAMAMATSU CITY 053-587-2000
CENTRAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER SHIZUOKA CITY 054-272-2221
TOYAMA TOYAMA PREFECTURAL DRIVING EDUCATION CENTER TOYAMA CITY 076-441-2211
ISHIKAWA ISHIKAWA PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KANAZAWA CITY 076-238-5901
FUKUI DRIVERS EDUCATION CENTER SAKAI CITY 0776-51-2820
OKUETSU DRIVERS EDUCATION CENTER ONO CITY 0779-66-7700
TANNAN DRIVERS EDUCATION CENTER ECHIZEN CITY 0778-21-3613
RYONAN DRIVERS EDUCATION CENTER MIKATAKAMNAKA-GUN, WAKASA-CHO 0770-45-2121
GIFU GIFU DRIVERS LECTURE CENTER GIFU CITY 058-295-0110
AICHI DRIVERS LICENSE TEST SITE NAGOYA CITY 052-801-3211
MIE MIE DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER TSU CITY 059-229-1212
SHIGA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER MORIYAMA CITY 077-585-1255
KYOTO KYOTO PREFECTURAL POLICE DRIVERS LICENSE EXAMINATION CENTER KYOTO CITY, FUSHIMI-WARD 075-631-5181
KYOTO DRIVERS LICENSE RENEWAL CENTER KYOTO CITY, SHIMOGYO-WARD 075-631-5181(715-452) 
OSAKA KADOMA DRIVERS LICENSE TEST SITE KADOMA CITY 06-6908-9121
HYOGO AKASHI DRIVERS LICENSE RENEWAL CENTER AKASHI CITY 078-912-7061
KOBE DRIVERS LICENSE RENEWAL CENTER FOR GOOD/ELDERLY DRIVERS. KOBE CITY 078-351-7201
HANSHIN DRIVERS LICENSE RENEWAL CENTER ITAMI CITY 072-783-0110
HIMEJI DRIVERS LICENSE RENEWAL CENTER FOR GOOD/ELDERLY DRIVERS. HIMEJI CITY 079-222-0550
NARA NARA PREFECTURAL POLICE DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KASHIHARA CITY 0744-22-5541
WAKAYAMA TRAFFIC CENTER WAKAYAMA CITY 073-473-0110
TANABE DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER TANABE CITY 0739-22-6700
SHINGU DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER SHINGU CITY 0735-31-7771
TOTTORI EASTERN REGION DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER TOTTORI CITY 0857-36-1122
DRIVERS LICENSE TEST SITE TOHAKU-GUN, YURIHAMA-CHO 0858-35-6110
SEIBU REGION DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER YONAGO CITY 0859-22-4607
SHIMANE SHIMANE PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER MATSUE CITY 0852-36-7400
WESTERN DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER HAMADA CITY 0855-23-7900
OKAYAMA OKAYAMA PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER OKAYAMA CITY 0867-24-2200
HIROSHIMA HIROSHIMA PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER HIROSHIMA CITY 082-228-0110
YAMAGUCHI YAMAGUCHI TRAFFIC CENTER YAMAGUCHI CITY 083-973-2900
TOKUSHIMA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER ITANO GUN 088-699-0110
KAGAWA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER TAKAMATSU CITY 087-833-0110
EHIME DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER MATSUYAMA CITY 089-934-0110
KOCHI DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER AGAWA-GUN 088-893-1221
FUKUOKA FUKUOKA DRIVERS LICENSE TEST SITE FUKUOKA CITY, MINAMI-WARD 092-565-5010
KITA-KYUSHU DRIVERS LICENSE TEST SITE KITA-KYUSHU CITY, KOKURA-WARD 093-961-4804
CHIKUHO DRIVERS LICENSE TEST SITE IIZUKA CITY 0948-26-7110
CHIKUGO DRIVERS LICENSE TEST SITE CHIKUGO CITY 0942-53-5208
SAGA SAGA PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER SAGA CITY 0952-98-2220
NAGASAKI DRIVERS LICENSE TEST SITE OMURA CITY 0957-53-2128
KUMAMOTO DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KIKUCHI-GUN 096-233-0110
OITA OITA PREFECTURAL DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER OITA CITY 097-528-3000
MIYAZAKI MIYAZAKI DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER MIYAZAKI CITY 0985-24-9999
MIYAKONOJO DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER KITAMOROKATA-GUN 0986-24-0110
NOBEOKA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER NOBEOKA CITY 0982-33-9999
KAGOSHIMA KAGOSHIMA PREFECTURAL TRAFFIC SAFETY EDUCATION CENTER KAGOSHIMA CITY 099-266-0111
OKINAWA DRIVERS LICENSE CENTER TOMIGUSUKU CITY 098-851-1000

 

お問い合わせ

(For Inquiries)
Kyoto Prefectural police Headquarters Driver's License Examination Center Driver's License Section
647, Furukawa-cho, Hazukashi, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto city
Telephone:075-631-5181