Switching foreign license

Switching foreign license

To drive a car in Japan,

  • 1. Those with a foreign driver’s license can apply for a procedure to switch to a Japanese driver’s license (Class 1 license).

    ① Practice at Tekuno Driving School(テクノ自動車学校), etc., and acquire a Japanese standard car license by switching from a foreign license.

  • 2. Obtain a new standard car license through training at a designated driving school, etc.

    1. ① Acquire through training at a designated driving school such as Tekuno Driving School(テクノ自動車学校).
    2. ② Directly take the exam at the driver’s license examination center in each prefecture.
  • 3. To obtain a medium-sized license, medium-sized license, large-sized license, trailer license, large special vehicle license, Class 2 license, it is necessary to acquire a Japanese standard car license first and then obtain it at a designated driving school such as Tekuno Driving School(テクノ自動車学校).

※ Acquire an international license to drive (limited to one year).

A. About switching from a foreign driving license to a Japanese driving license (switching foreign licenses)

Figure:About switching from a foreign driving license to a Japanese driving license.

Holders of foreign driving licenses can switch to a Japanese driving license (Class 1 license) under certain conditions at the driver’s license centers operated by prefectural police departments. (Hereinafter, this procedure is referred to as “switching foreign licenses”)
An appointment for the examination date is required.

1. Appointment for the examination date

– Accepted at Hiroshima Prefecture Driving License Center or Hiroshima Prefecture Eastern Driving License Center.
– A residence certificate (with the place of domicile (nationality, etc., for foreigners) mentioned) with an address in Hiroshima Prefecture is required.
※Be cautious as address changes cannot be made during visa application and renewal.

2. Reception hours

Weekdays from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

3. Reservation method

– Principally, the applicant themselves should make a reservation via phone, etc.
– Hiroshima Prefectural Police Headquarters phone number: 082-228-0110

※Due to a high volume of applicants wishing to switch foreign licenses, there is approximately a 2-month wait.
※For exams at driving license examination centers in other prefectures, please inquire directly with each prefectural examination center.

B. Application conditions for switching foreign licenses

  • 1. Those with a residence certificate, etc., in Hiroshima Prefecture.

    ※Be cautious as address changes cannot be made during visa application and renewal.

  • 2. Must possess a valid (not expired) foreign driving license at the time of application.

    ※Is there a grace period of 1 to 4 months before the license’s expiration date?
     It may take 1 to 4 months until the license exam.

  • 3. Must be able to prove having stayed in the country of license issuance for a total of 3 months or more from the date of obtaining the foreign license.

    ※If the license issuance date or the initial issuance date is not indicated on the license, driver’s records, official receipts, entry and exit records from the country of license issuance, etc., are required.
    ※The stay period will be verified using passport entry and exit records, but if automatic gates, etc., were used, certificates from schools or workplaces in the country may be required.
    ※If you previously held a Japanese driver’s license, please bring that as well.

  • 4. Those with difficulty understanding Japanese must be accompanied by an interpreter.

C. Process for switching foreign licenses

  • 1. Preparation of necessary documents.

  • 2. Appointment for the examination date.

  • 3. Verification of necessary documents at the license center

  • 4. Interview (hearing)

    Knowledge check
    ※Written test ※2,550 yen (tax-exempt)
    Questions in foreign languages (True or False, 10 questions) 7 or more correct answers to pass
    Questions are available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Persian, Russian, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

  • 5. Aptitude test

    ※Vision test, color blindness test, hearing test, and physical ability test

  • 6. Taking the practical test (on-site course)

  • 7. Issuance of the license

    ※If you pass the practical test, the license will be issued on the same day ※2,050 yen (tax-exempt)

    ※If you are not confident in Japanese, please be sure to bring an interpreter.
    ※If there are no issues with the documents, all tests will be conducted on the same day.

D. Items required for the application to switch foreign licenses

  • 1. Foreign license (International driving permits are not accepted)

  • 2. A translation of the foreign license into Japanese (1 copy)

  • 3. Documents proving the duration of stay (passport, seaman’s book, etc.)

    ・ If the passport does not have both entry and exit stamps from the license-issuing country (for those who used automated gates or hold a license from within the EU, etc.), documents proving the duration of stay or entry and exit record certificates are required.

  • 4. Residence certificate with domicile or nationality mentioned (1 copy)

    (copies not accepted, must not include the Individual Number (My Number))

  • 5. Japanese driver’s license (if available, valid or expired does not matter)

  • 6. License photo (1 piece, size 3.0 cm x 2.4 cm)

    ((taken within the last 6 months, frontal view with no hat, no background, upper three-quarters of the body visible)

  • 7. Fees, seal (inkan), ballpoint pen

  • 8. Application form (exclusive for foreign license conversion) & questionnaire ※Created at the license center

  • 9. Glasses or contacts (if needed)

  • 10. Cash(check if cashless payment is supported, bringing extra cash is safer)

    ※The required documents may differ depending on the prefecture of application, so please inquire with the examination center in each prefecture.

    Certificate of residence + photograph for passports,Passports + translated text
About the license photo

– Inappropriate identification photos will not be accepted and will require retake.

Good photo

〇Face on more than two-thirds of the screen.

Bad photo
  • The face is small in the picture

  • Off center.

  • Her eyes are hidden by her hair

  • White in strong light

  • I see shadows on your face

E. Documents (copies) to submit for the preliminary examination for switching foreign licenses

  • Both sides of the foreign driver’s license

  • Documents proving a stay of at least 3 months in total in the country after obtaining the foreign license,

    e.g.,passport (with issuance date or entry/exit stamps), entry/exit certification, university enrollment certification, etc.

  • Residence certificate with domicile (nationality for foreigners) mentioned. The address must be within Hiroshima Prefecture.

    ※Be cautious as address changes cannot be made during visa application and renewal.

  • For foreigners, a residence card or special permanent resident certificate (foreigner registration certificate)

  • Japanese translation of the foreign license (created by one of the following institutions)

Japan Automobile Federation (JAF)

– Contact: 082-272-9967 (JAF Hiroshima Branch)

JAF (external site)https://jaf.or.jp/common/visitor-procedures/about-dltas

Reception: Monday to Friday (excluding holidays and New Year’s holidays) from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

ZipPlus Inc.

– Contact:050-1752-6862(Representative phone)

Reception: Web reception only
Target countries:United States,China,Hong Kong SAR only,Taiwan,Vietnam, Philippines

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

50-11 Motoyoyogi-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Contact:03-3466-3311

Consulate-General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Osaka

5-3-8 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Contact:072-221-6666

Consulate-General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Fukuoka

5-3-8 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Contact:092-263-7668

List of foreign embassies in Japan (external link)

For countries not covered by the special exception,eligibility for the exam will be confirmed based on the application documents, followed by qualification confirmation (knowledge and skill check)
If deemed qualified to drive without any issues, you will be exempt from some parts of the license exam (written and practical tests) and can take the aptitude test.
※If you have previously obtained a Japanese license for the type of license you are applying for, you may be exempt from the qualification check.
After confirming eligibility based on application documents, an aptitude test will be conducted.

《Special Exception Countries and Regions 29》

Iceland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, South Korea, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Monaco, Luxembourg, Taiwan, United States (Indiana (only skill check exempted), Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, Virginia, Hawaii, Maryland, and Washington)

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F About the Japanese translation of the foreign driver’s license

The “Japanese translation of the foreign driver’s license” is one of the necessary documents when applying to switch a foreign driving license to a Japanese license (application for switching foreign licenses). The issuing body should be confirmed by each individual.

The embassy of the respective country in Japan(however, for Taiwanese driving licenses, it is the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association)
  • Japan Automobile Federation (JAF)

  • German Automobile Club (ADAC) (for Germany only)

  • ZipPlus Inc. (for Taiwan, United States, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, People’s Republic of China, Republic of the Philippines, Hong Kong SAR, Ukraine, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Nepal)

  1. ① JAF generally issues Japanese translations for all countries’ driving licenses, but the following licenses may require an English certificate issued by the license issuing authority or the embassy/consulate of the country in Japan:

    1. 1.Licenses written only in languages other than those primarily using Latin script

      (excluding Arabic, Korean, Thai, Lao, Burmese, Russian)

    2. 2.Licenses with unclear details

      ※For any inquiries, please contact JAF branch in advance.

      ・ Translations can be applied for at the “Driving License Translation Application Site”.

      ※It generally takes about 2 weeks to obtain a JAF translation.

  2. ② ZIPLUS also offers extensive translation services.
Web application

Both JAF and ZIPLUS allow you to apply for various license translations online through the “Driving License Translation Application Site”.
Please check the application conditions, required documents, fees, and collection methods on each page before proceeding with the application process.

  1. 1.About JAF’s web application for foreign license translation (external site)

    https://jaf.or.jp/common/visitor-procedures/about-dltas
  2. 2.ZIPLUS’s Japanese translation of foreign license (external site)

    https://ziplus.jp/switching_license/translation/

This translation does not guarantee the exchange of the license.
If you have any questions about switching foreign licenses, please contact the driving license center that covers your area directly.
Some licenses may not be translatable by JAF.
Embassies and consular institutions of various countries may also issue translations, so please inquire and confirm on your own.

G Basic Course for Switching Foreign Licenses at Tekuno Driving School

Plan to switch a foreign driving license to a Japanese driving license and drive on Japanese roads!

※If you have difficulty understanding Japanese, please be sure to bring an interpreter.

Contents time Educational Contents
On-site Course
(Tekuno Driving School)
2-8 periods Test Preparation Course
Classroom Training 1 period Knowledge check, signs & markings etc
Hiroshima Driving License Center Driving Practice 2 periods Test Course
Switching Foreign Licenses
On-road Driving Practice 2-4 periods On-road Practice Course
Classroom Training 4 periods Basic Road Traffic Laws
Basic Course A
(valid for 3 months)

A course for basic driving practice to switch a foreign license

Basic Course A 【3-period Course】
Contents time
On-site Course
(Tekuno Driving School)
3 periods Test PreparationCourse 29,700 yen/person
(incl. tax)
Driving Practice
Basic CourseA 【5-period Course】
Contents time
On-site Course
(Tekuno Driving School)
5 periods Test Preparation Course 47,300 yen/person
(incl. tax)
Driving Practice
Basic CourseA 【8-period Course】
Contents time
On-site Course
(Tekuno Driving School)
8 periods Test Preparation Course 73,700 yen/person
(incl. tax)
Driving Practice

※If the course duration is exceeded, it is possible to attend at 8,800 yen/1 period

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Basic CourseB (valid for 3 months)

A basic course for switching a foreign license

Basic CourseB 【4-period Course】
Contents time
On-site Course
(Tekuno Driving School)
Driving Practice
3 periods Test PreparationCourse 38,500 yen/person
(incl. tax)
Classroom Training 1 periods Knowledge check, signs & markings etc.
Basic CourseB 【6-period Course】
Contents time
On-site Course (Tekuno Driving School)
Driving Practice
5 periods Test PreparationCourse 56,100 yen/person
(incl. tax)
Classroom Training 1 periods Knowledge check, signs & markings etc.

※If the course duration is exceeded, it is possible to attend at 8,800 yen/1 period.

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Basic CourseC (valid for 3 months)

A basic course for switching a foreign license

Basic CourseC 【6-period Course】
Contents time
On-site Course
(Tekuno Driving School)
Driving Practice
3 periods Test PreparationCourse 71,500 yen/person
(incl. tax)
Classroom Training 1 periods Knowledge check, signs & markings etc.
Hiroshima Driving License Center
Driving Practice
2 periods Test Course
Basic CourseC 【8-period Course】
Contents time
On-site Course
(Tekuno Driving School)
Driving Practice
5 periods Test Preparation Course 89,100 yen/person
(incl. tax)
Classroom Training 1 periods Knowledge check, signs & markings etc.
Hiroshima Driving License Center
Driving Practice
2 periods Test Course

※Driving practice at the license center is conducted on specific Saturdays in the afternoon on site.
※The practice at the license center includes a course usage fee (4,000 yen per hour, incl. tax).
※If the course duration is exceeded, it is possible to attend at 8,800 yen/1 period

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Basic CourseD (valid for 3 months)

After switching to a Japanese license,learn basic driving and necessary laws through on-road practice.

Basic CourseD 【6-period Course】
Contents time
On-road (On-site)Driving Practice 2 periods On-road Practice Course 56,100 yen/person
(incl. tax)
Classroom Training 4 periods Basic Road Traffic
Basic CourseD 【8-period Course】
Contents time
On-road (On-site)Driving Practice 4 periods On-road Practice Course 89,100 yen/person
(incl. tax)
Classroom Training 4 periods Basic Road Traffic

※If the course duration is exceeded, it is possible to attend at 8,800 yen/1 period.
※The validity period for Basic Courses A, B, C, & D is 3 months from the first ride.
※Passing the license exchange tests for each course is not guaranteed;
the number of training periods may increase based on the learner’s proficiency.
※If you have any questions about switching foreign licenses, please contact the driving license center that covers your area directly.
If the course duration for Basic Courses A to D is exceeded, it is possible to attend at 8,800 yen/1 period.

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H After switching to a Japanese license, methods to acquire Medium Vehicle License, Large Vehicle License, Class 2 License, etc., necessary for driving trucks, taxis, and buses in Japan.

After switching to a standard Japanese driving license, obtaining other licenses such as Medium License becomes the next step.

Tekuno Driving School(テクノ自動車学校) supports the acquisition of necessary licenses for driving trucks, taxis, and buses, including switching foreign licenses, on-road driving, Medium License, Large License, and Class 2 License!

To drive large vehicles or obtain Class 2 Licenses in Japan with a foreign license, the typical process involves switching the foreign license to a standard Japanese car license, verifying conditions such as driving history, and then enrolling in a driving school to acquire the license.

It is recommended to observe traffic conditions, including passenger presence, before driving in Japan.

Tekuno Driving School(テクノ自動車学校) offers a series of license acquisition processes from rewriting Japanese driving licenses to on-road driving practice and obtaining Medium Licenses under certain conditions.

We aim to improve the rights and ensure the safety and security of foreign workers in Japan’s driving, construction, and manufacturing industries, offering consultation services for a comfortable life in Japanese society. Please feel free to consult us.

Preparation of Necessary Dpcuments,License Center Reservation※1,Driving Practice at Tachno,License Center Reception,Document Review,Document Review Passed,Knowledge Check,Aptitude Test,Skills Test,Photographing,License Issuance,Road Practice※2,Acquisition of Higher-class Lincense※3

※1 If you visit Tekuno Driving School, we will make a reservation for you(interpreter will accompany).
※2 After the foreign license conversion, road practice will be conducted at Techo Driving School.
※3 To acquire a higher-class, a driving history is required for some licenses.

Foreign License Driving History Verification, Knowledge Check (Written Test), Aptitude Test (Vision, etc)., Skills Verification (Practical Test), Acquisition of Class Ordinary License, Verification of Foreign License Driving History※1, Training at Driving School※2, Written Test at License Center, Acquisition of Class 2 Driving License.Or Foreign License Driving History Verification, Knowledge Check (Written Test), Aptitude Test (Vision, etc)., Skills Verification (Practical Test), Acquisition of Class Ordinary License, Verification of Foreign License Driving History※1, Training at Driving School※2, Acquisition of Large(Midium) Driving License. Or Foreign License Driving History Verification, Knowledge Check (Written Test), Aptitude Test (Vision, etc)., Skills Verification (Practical Test), Acquisition of Class Ordinary License,  Training at Driving School※2,Acquisition of Semi-Medium Vehicle License Towing Lincense or Large Special Motor Vehicle License or  Acquisition of Motorcycle License

※1 A mediun license requires over 2 years of driving history equivalent to a regular car with a foreign license.
Large license and Class 2 licenses require over 3 years of driving history equivalent to a regular car with a foreign license.
※2 Those who have newly acquired a redular license in Japan need a driving history of 2 or 3 years.

License Type Standard
License
Junior
Medium-Sized
License
Medium-Sized
License
Large scale
licence
Class 2 License
Qualification Requirements (Age) 18 and over 18 and over 20 and over 21 and over
Qualification Requirements
(Years of Driving Experience)
2 years or more 3 years or more
Qualification Special Training Driving experience of 1 year or
more Age 19 or over
Vehicle Gross Weight Under 3.5t Under 7.5t Under 11t Under 11t
Maximum Load Under 2t Under 4.5t Under 6.5t Under 6.5t
Seating Capacity 10 or fewer 10 or fewer 29 or fewer 30 or fewer
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I Attention points for the practical driving test for switching foreign licenses at the driving test center

Actual driving actions that could result in a traffic accident or pose a risk, or actions that may inconvenience other traffic, leading to test failure.

Actions leading to immediate failure due to extremely dangerous driving

※If driving operations are not reliable, and the speed and method do not avoid inconvenience to the road, surrounding traffic, other vehicles’ situations, etc., and the examiner has to assist (handle, brake, etc.), it will also result in failure.

Unable to start
(発進不能)
Poor judgment on signals or waiting for priority vehicles, causing inconvenience at intersections.
Stalls repeatedly in the same spot.
Unable to start immediately due to lack of skills.
Runaway
暴走
Loss of control over the accelerator or brake, posing danger.
Unable to pass
通過不能
Frequent need for U-turns in narrow roads.
Major derailment
脱輪(大)
Driving continues after riding onto a curb.
Major contact
接触(大)

Contact with stationary obstacles.

  1. 1. When the vehicle strongly contacts or lightly contacts obstacles set up in the on-site course (poles, color cones) and continues to drive or attempts to continue driving.
  2. 2. When there is a risk of the vehicle contacting pedestrians, other vehicles, or buildings.
Right-side driving
右側通行
  1. 1. Crossing the centerline where there’s nothing.
  2. 2. Driving on the opposite lane.
  3. 3. Excessively deviating while avoiding parked vehicles.
Hindering Following Vehicles
後車妨害
Hindering cars coming from behind when starting or changing lanes.
Ignoring Signals
信号無視

Attempting to go through a red light, or a stoppable yellow light.

  1. 1. When part of the vehicle crosses the stop line upon a red signal display or attempts to cross.
  2. 2. When part of the vehicle crosses the stop line upon a yellow signal display despite being safely able to stop or attempts to cross.
Obstructing Progress
進行妨害

Attempting to proceed before vehicles that have the right of way.

  1. 1. When causing a vehicle coming from the left at an intersection without signals and of similar road width to decelerate or stop.
  2. 2. When, at an intersection without signals, causing a vehicle on a priority road to decelerate or stop.
  3. 3. When, at an intersection without signals, causing a vehicle on a conspicuously wider crossing road to decelerate or stop.
  4. 4. When causing oncoming straight-going or left-turning vehicles at an intersection to decelerate or stop.
  5. 5. When causing vehicles on the crossing road to decelerate or stop when starting from a place designated for a stop by road signs, etc.
Failing to Stop at Designated Place
指定場所不停止
Not stopping before the stop line at places designated for a stop by road signs, etc., or stopping beyond the stop line.

Actions Resulting in Major Deductions (20 Points)

Too Fast (Major)
速度速過ぎ(大)
Speeding more than 5 kilometers per hour above the safe speed suitable for the road and traffic conditions.
Swerving (Major)
ふらつき
Due to poor steering control, swerving more than half the vehicle width.
Not Maintaining Lateral Distance
側方間隔不保持
Not maintaining a distance of more than 50 centimeters from stationary objects like buildings or parked vehicles.
Violating Slow Speed
徐行違反
  • ・Speeding while turning right or left at an intersection,
  • ・passing through an intersection with poor visibility on both
  • ・sides, or entering an uncontrolled intersection.

Actions Resulting in Easy Deductions (10 Points)

Failing to Confirm Safety
安全不確認
Not performing necessary safety checks when required, overlooking vehicles, or delayed detection of others, leading to danger.
MaintainingSpeed(Off-Task Speed)
速度維持(課題外速度)
  • Insufficient acceleration, failing to achieve the required speed, or mismatch between running speed and gear
Too Fast (Minor)
速度速過ぎ(小)
Speeding less than 5 kilometers per hour above the safe speed suitable for the road and traffic conditions.
Sudden Steering
急ハンドル
Sudden steering actions while driving.
Violating Direction of Travel for Different Directions
進行方向別通行区分
Not following designated traffic lanes at intersections, etc.
Poor Judgment of Priority
優先判断不良
Not giving way to vehicles that can proceed, although not leading to obstructing progress.
Misuse of Horn
警音器使用制限違反
  • Unnecessarily using the horn or not using it where designated by road signs, etc.

Actions Resulting in Easy Deductions (5 Points)

Failure to Signal (For Turning, Changing Lanes)
合図不履行(右左折・進路変更)
  1. 1. The signal for changing lanes must be given about 3 seconds before changing direction, and continued until the lane change is complete.
  2. 2. When intending to turn right or left at intersections, etc., the turn signal must be activated 30 meters before the turning point and continued until the turn is completed.
Inadequate Measures to Prevent Being Squeezed In
巻込み防止措置不適
Not taking measures to prevent being squeezed in when turning left.
Violation of Lane Change
(Narrow Roads)
進路変更違反(狭路)

When turning into narrow courses
(crank, S-shaped roads).

  1. 1. Not changing lanes to the left side 30 meters before.
  2. 2. Although the lane was changed, staying more than 1 meter away from the road’s left edge.
  3. 3. Finishing the lane change less than 30 meters before the narrow road.
  4. 4. Steering right just before entering the narrow road entrance.た
Violation of Lane Change
(At Intersections)
進路変更違反(交差点)

When turning right or left at intersections.

  1. 1. Not changing to the left or far left side 30 meters before the intersection.
  2. 2. Although the lane was changed, being more than 1 meter away from the left edge of the road or 0.5 meters away from the center of the road.
  3. 3. Finishing the lane change less than 30 meters before.
  4. 4. Steering right or left just before entering the intersection.
Incorrect Turning Method
右左折方法違反
  • ・When turning left, if the vehicle’s left rear wheel is more than 1 meter away from the left edge of the intersection.
  • ・When turning right, if the vehicle is more than 2 meters away from the inside of the center of the intersection.
  • ・When turning right, if the vehicle’s right front wheel travels on the outside of the center of the intersection.

The practical driving test is scored on a demerit point system starting from 100 points, with a pass mark of 70 points.
Deductions are made in increments of 5, 10, and 20 points, with more dangerous driving actions receiving larger deductions.

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J After switching to a Japanese license, there are aspects of Japan’s driving license system that, if unknown, could lead to issues.

In Japan’s driving license system, only safe drivers and vehicles are permitted to drive on the roads, and there are systems in place for regular checks.
Violations can lead not only to fines but also to the revocation of the driving license, so it’s wise to study up in advance.

1. Japan’s driving license operates on a point system.
This system aims to exclude high-risk drivers from the road by assigning points for traffic violations and accidents over the past three years. If the total points reach a certain threshold, the driver’s license can be suspended or revoked.
Minor offenses carry 1 to 3 points, while serious offenses are penalized with 6 to 25 points.
Even more severe violations, such as drunk driving or hit-and-run, receive 35 to 62 points.

This could result in job loss for those who drive professionally.

Standard Points for Penalties
For general violations
Penalty Type Number of Violations Suspension Holding Cancellation Denial
Disqualification Period 1 year
(3 years)
Disqualification Period 2 years
(4 years)
Disqualification Period 3 years
(5 years)
Disqualification Period 4 years
(5 years)
Disqualification Period
5 years
No Prior 6-14 points 15-24 points 25-34 points 35-39 points 40-44 points 45 points or more
1inning 4-9 points 10-19 points 20-29 points 30-34 points 35-39 points 40 points or more
2inning 2-4 points 5-14 points 15-24 points 25-29 points 30-34 points 35 points or more
3inning or More 2 or 3 points 4-9 points 10-19 points 20-24 points 25-29 points 30 points or more
For specific violations
Penalty Type Cancellation・Denial
Number
of
Violations
Disqualification Period 3 years
(5 years)
Disqualification Period 4 years
(6 years)
Disqualification Period 5 years
(7 years)
Disqualification Period 6 years
(8 years)
Disqualification Period 7 years
(9 years)
Disqualification Period 8 years
(10 years)
Disqualification Period 9 years
(10 years)
Disqualification Period 10 years
No Prior 35-39 points 40-44 points 45-49 points 50-54 points 55-59 points 60-64 points 65-69 points 70 points or more
1inning 35-39 points 40-44 points 45-49 points 50-54 points 55-59 points 60-64 points 65 points or more
2inning 35-39 points 40-44 points 45-49 points 50-54 points 55-59 points 60 points or more
3inning or More 35-39 points 40-44 points 45-49 points 50-54 points 55 points or more

※ The number of prior offenses refers to the number of times a license has been suspended, held, etc., within the last three years.
※ The date of the offense is the starting point for the denial or holding of a license.
※ The figures in parentheses indicate the disqualification period if the license is canceled or denied again within 5 years after the end of the disqualification period.

  1. 2. New Driver Period System
    • ・If your driving history is less than 1 year when switching to a standard car license, you will be subject to the new driver period under Japanese road traffic laws. Repeated minor traffic violations may require you to attend a new driver training course.
    • ・Failure to attend this course or continuing to violate after attending can result in the cancellation of your driving license.

    ※ Displaying the beginner driver’s mark during this period is mandatory.

  2. 3. Restrictions on Two-Person Riding on Motorcycles
    • ・When driving a motorized bicycle with a standard car driving license, two-person riding is prohibited.

      Also, for ordinary motorcycles, two-person riding is not allowed unless the motorcycle license history is over 1 year.

    • ・For two-person riding on highways, a license history of 3 years is required.
    • ・Motorcycles with a total displacement of 125cc or less are not allowed on highways.
    • ・If the driving history overseas (based on the submitted documents) is less than 3 years, that duration will be displayed on the back of the driving license.
  3. 4. Training System
    • ・Serious traffic violations or accidents may lead to suspension or cancellation of the driving license, preventing license acquisition for a certain period.
    • ・If the driving license is suspended, you must undergo a violator’s training course.
    • ・If the driving license is canceled, you cannot obtain a license for a certain period. Once eligible, you must undergo necessary training to reacquire it.
  4. 5. Driving License Renewal System
    • ・The driving license’s basic validity period lasts until the third birthday after acquisition. You must renew the driving license before its expiration by attending the required training course to continue driving.
    • ・If you maintain a period without accidents or violations, your license status will change from “green” to “blue” to “gold,” qualifying you as an excellent driver (with a validity period of 3 to a maximum of 5 years).
  5. 6. Insurance Enrollment and Vehicle Inspection System
    • ・As a responsibility of driving, you are liable for compensating any damages caused to people or property.
    • ・When driving in Japan, it is advised to enroll in compulsory insurance (such as Liability Insurance Mutual Aid) and, additionally, voluntary insurance for coverage of property damage accidents.
    • ・Vehicle inspections are mandated by law, and neglecting regular inspections and checks annually or as required can result in the vehicle being unfit for driving.
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Hiroshima Hiroshima
Prefectural Driving License Center
Hiroshima City, Saeki Ward, Ishiuchi Minami 3-1-1 082-228-0110 Spanish,
Persian,
Russian, Thai
Hiroshima Eastern Driving License Center Fukuyama City, Seto Town, saboku 54-2 082-228-0110
Hokkaido Sapporo Driving Test Center Sapporo City, Teine Ward, Akebono 5-jo 4-1-1 0570-080-456 Nepali
Hakodate Driving Test Center Hakodate City, Ishikawa Town 149-23 0138-46-2007
Asahikawa Driving Test Center Asahikawa City, Kinkon Town 17-2699-5 0166-51-2489
Kushiro Driving Test Center Kushiro City, Otaru Kita 1-15-8 0154-57-5913
Obihiro Driving Test Center Obihiro City, West 19-jō North 2-chōme 0155-33-2470
Kitami Driving Test Center Kitami City, Taisho 141-1 0157-36-7700
Aomori Aomori Prefectural Driving License Center Aomori City, Sannai Maruyama 198-4 017-782-0081 Russian
Hachinohe Driving Test Center Hachinohe City, Jōsai 1-16-25 0178-43-4141
Hirosaki Driving Test Center Hirosaki City, Ōkubo West Field 38-2 0172-32-5311
Mutsu Driving Test Center Mutsu City, Chuo 1-19-1 0175-22-1321
Iwate Morioka Driving License Center Morioka City, Morioka Station West Avenue 1-7-1 019-606-1251
Kenmin Driving License Center Kanegasaki Town, Iwate Prefecture, Kitaaraimaki 100-2 0197-44-3511
Enkai Driving License Center Kamaishi City, Nakatsuma Town 3-3-1 0193-23-1515
Kenboku Driving License Center Kuji City, Kawasaki Town 2-1 0194-52-0613
Iwate Prefectural Driving Test Center Morioka City,
Tamayama District, Nakadaira 183
019-683-1251
Akita Akita Prefectural Driving License Center Akita City, Niinuma Minamihamacho 12-1 018-863-1111 Ukraine
Yamagata Yamagata Prefectural Comprehensive Traffic Safety Center Tendo City, Takane 1300 023-655-2150 Spanish, Thai, Russian, Persian
Miyagi Miyagi Prefectural Driving License Center Sendai City, Izumi Ward, Ichinazaka Takakura 65 022-373-3601
Ishinomaki Driving License Center Higashimatsushima City, Akaishi Minami 134 0225-83-6211
Furukawa Driving License Center Osaki City, Furukawa Omiya 3-4-30 0229-22-8011
Sennan Driving License Center Shibata District, Ogawara Town, Nanpei 3-1 0224-53-0111
Fukushima Fukushima Driving License Center Fukushima City, Machi Niwasaka Obara 1-1 024-591-4372 Ukraine
Koriyama Driving License Center Koriyama City, Otsuki Town, Bijike Ue 14-6 024-961-2100
Ibaraki Ibaraki Prefectural Police Driving License Center East Ibaraki District, Ibaraki Town, Nagaoka 3783-3 029-293-8811
Tochigi Tochigi Prefectural Driving License Center Kanuma City, Shimoiwakawa 681 0289-76-1551
Gunma Gunma Prefectural Comprehensive Traffic Center Maebashi City, Moto Soujya Town 80-4 027-253-9300
Saitama Saitama Prefectural Police Driving License Center Kounosu City, Kounosu 405-4 048-543-2001
Chiba Chiba Driving License Center Chiba City, Mihama Ward, Hamada 2-1 043-274-2000
Nagareyama Driving License Center Nagareyama City, Maekisaki 217 04-7147-2000
Tokyo Fuchu Driving Test Center Fuchu City, Tama Town 3-1-1 042-362-3591 Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, French, Persian, Bengali, Malaysian, Burmese, Russian
Samezu Driving License Test Center Shinagawa District, Higashi Oi 1-12-5 03-3474-1374
Koto Driving License Test Center Koto Ward, Shinjuku 1-7-24 03-3699-1151
Kanagawa Kanagawa Prefectural Police Driving License Center Yokohama City, Asahi Ward, Nakao 1-1-1 045-365-3111 Spanish, Thai, Persian, Russian
Yamanashi Yamanashi Prefectural Comprehensive Traffic Center Minami Alps City, Shimotakasago 825 055-285-0533
Yamanashi Prefectural Police Driving License Division Tsuru Branch Tsuru City, Shimotani 3-2-2 0554-43-4101
Shizuoka Central Shizuoka Driving License Center Shizuoka City, Aoi Ward, Yoichi 6-16-1 054-272-2221
Eastern Shizuoka Driving License Center Numazu City, Ashitaka Oiue 241-10 055-921-2000
Western Shizuoka Driving License Center Hamamatsu City, Hamakita District, Komatsu 3220 053-587-2000
Nagano Hokushin Driving License Center Nagano City, Kawanakajima Town, Hara 704-2 026-292-2345 Spanish, Thai, Persian
Chūnan Shin Driving License Center Shiojiri City, Sogabe, Kikyōgaoka 73-116 0263-53-6611
Tōshin Driving License Center: Saku City Kyōwa 131-1 0267-53-1550
Niigata Niigata Prefectural Driving License Center Kitakambara District, Seirō Town, Tōkō 7-1-1 025-256-1212 Spanish, Thai, Persian, Russian
Niigata Prefectural Driving License Center Nagaoka Branch Nagaoka City, Uwajima Town 1-7-1 0258-22-1050
Niigata Prefectural Driving License Center Jōetsu Branch Jōetsu City, Kakizaki District, Naikaihama 1174-3 025-536-3688
Niigata Prefectural Driving License Center Sado Branch Sado City, Yoshioka 389-1 0259-55-0067
Ishikawa Ishikawa Prefectural Driving License Center Kanazawa City, Higashikazumamachi 2-1 076-238-5901 Russian
Toyama Toyama Prefectural Driving Education Center Toyama City, Takashima 62-1 076-441-2211 Spanish, Thai, Persian, Russian
Gifu Gifu License Examination Place Gifu City, Mitadohigashi 1-22-8 058-237-3331
Tajimi Examination Place Tajimi City, Misaka Town 4-6 0572-23-3437
Tōnō Examination Place Nakatsugawa City, Nasukawa 1127-1 0573-68-8032
Hida Drivers’ Training Center Takayama City, Daishinmachi 5-68-1 0577-33-3430
Aichi Aichi Prefectural Driving License Examination Place Nagoya City, Tenpaku Ward, Hirabari Minami 3-605 052-801-3211 Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Persian, Russian, Urdu
Eastern Mikawa Driving License Center Toyokawa City, Kanayamachi West 2-7 0533-85-7181
Mie Mie Prefectural Driving License Center Tsu City, Tarumi 2566 0059-229-1212
Fukui Fukui Prefectural Drivers’ Education Center Sakai City, Harue Town, Harinohara 58-10 0776-51-2820
Fukui Prefectural Reinan Drivers’ Education Center Mikatakaminaka District, Wakasa Town, Kurami 1-51 0770-45-2121
Fukui Prefectural Tannan Drivers’ Education Center Echizen City, Yodacho 2-1-1 0778-21-3613
Fukui Prefectural Okuetsu Drivers’ Education Center Ōno City, Minami Shinzaike 32-1-4 0779-66-7700
Shiga Driving License Center Moriyama City, Kibahama Town 2294 077-585-1255 Spanish, Thai, Persian, Russian
Driving License Center Maibara Branch Maibara City, Irie 301 0749-52-5070
Kyoto Kyoto Prefectural Automobile Driving License Examination Place Kyoto City, Fushimi Ward, Hasukashihigashikawacho 647 075-631-5181
Nara Nara Police Driving License Center Kashihara City, Kuzumotocho 120-3 0744-22-5541
Wakayama Wakayama Prefectural Police Headquarters Traffic Center Wakayama City, West 1 073-473-0110
Driving License 2nd Examination Place (Tanabe) Tanabe City, Nakamuro 50
Tanabe Driving License Center: Tanabe City Kamino Yama 1-2-5 0739-22-6700
Shingu Driving License Center: Shingu City Miwasaki 1148-4 0735-31-7771
Osaka Kadoma Driving Test Center Kadoma City, Ichibancho 23-16 06-6908-9121
Komyoike Driving Test Center Izumi City, Fushiya Town 5-13-1 0725-56-1881
Hyogo Hyogo Prefectural Automobile Driving License Examination Place Akashi City, Niyama Town 1649-2 078-912-1628
Tajima Driving License Center Yabu City, Yakuno Town, Asakurashimodai 48-5 079-662-1117
Okayama Okayama Prefectural Driving License Center Okayama City, Kita Ward, Mitsu Nakayama 444-3 086-724-2200
Kurashiki Examination Place Kurashiki City, Oshima 451-1, Kurashiki Police Station Annex 2nd Floor 086-426-0110
Tsuyama Examination Place Tsuyama City, Hayashida 77, Tsuyama Police Station 4th Floor 0868-25-0110
Hiroshima Hiroshima Prefectural Driving License Center Hiroshima City, Saeki Ward, Ishiuchi Minami 3-1-1 082-228-0110 Spanish, Persian, Russian, Thai
Hiroshima Eastern Driving License Center Fukuyama City, Seto Town, Yamakita 54-2 082-228-0110
Hiroshima Prefectural Automobile Driving License Miyoshi Examination Place Miyoshi City, Hatakejuku Town 1880-11 0824-64-0110
Shimane Shimane License Center Matsue City, Uchide Town 250-1 0852-36-7400 Spanish, Thai, Persian, Russian
Shimane Western Driving License Center Hamada City, Takehara Town 2385-3 0855-23-7900
Oki Automobile Test Place Oki District, Oki Island, Sakaimachi 865 08512-2-0340
Tottori Eastern District Driving License Center Tottori City, Yoshikata Onsen 2-501-1 0857-36-1122 Spanish, Thai, Persian, Russian
Central District Driving License Center Tōhaku District, Yurihama Town, Kamiashizu 216 0858-35-6110
Western District Driving License Center Yonago City, Kamifukubara 1272-2 0859-22-4607
Yamaguchi Yamaguchi Prefectural Comprehensive Traffic Center Yamaguchi City, Kogōri Shimogō 3560-2 083-973-2900 Spanish, Thai, Persian, Russian, Ukrainian
Ehime Ehime Prefectural Driving License Center Matsuyama City, Katsuokachō 1163-7 089-934-0110
Kochi Kochi Prefectural Driving License Center Agawa District, Ino Town, Edagawa 200 088-893-1221
Kagawa Kagawa Prefectural Driving License Center Takamatsu City, Gōtōchō 587-138 087-881-0645
Tokushima Tokushima Prefectural Driving License Center Itano District, Matsushige Town, Mihofukutaku 1 088-699-0110
Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefectural Driving Test Center Ōmura City, Kogashimamachi 533-5 095-53-2128
Fukuoka Fukuoka Automobile Driving License Examination Place Fukuoka City, Minami Ward, Hanabatake 4-7-1 092-565-5010 Spanish, Thai, Persian, Russian, Ukrainian
North Kyushu Automobile Driving License Examination Place Kitakyushu City, Kokuraminami Ward, Hinodechō 2-4-1 093-961-4804
Chikugo Automobile Driving License Examination Place Chikugo City, Kuromi 1135-2 0942-53-5208
Chikuhō Automobile Driving License Examination Place Iizuka City, Tsurumio 1518-1 0948-26-7110
Saga Saga Prefectural Driving License Center Saga City, Kuboizumimachi, Kawakubo 2269 0952-98-2220
Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Driving License Center Kikuchi District, Kikuyō Town, Karashima 2655 096-233-0116
Ōita Ōita Prefectural Driving License Center Ōita City, Matsuoka 6687 097-528-3000 Spanish, Thai, Persian, Russian
Miyazaki Miyazaki Comprehensive Automobile Driving License Center Miyazaki City, Awakigahara Town, Maehama 4276-5 0985-24-9999
Nobeoka Driving License Center Nobeoka City, Ōnuki Town 1-2834 0982-33-9999
Miyakonojō Driving License Center Miyakonojō City, Miyamura 2944-3 0986-25-9999
Kagoshima Kagoshima Prefectural Driving Test Center Aira City, Higashimochida 3937 0995-65-229
Okinawa Okinawa Prefectural Police Driving License Center Tomigusuku City, Toyosaki 3-22 098-851-1000
Safety Driving School Central Branch Okinawa City, Minamitoyohara 4-27-22 098-933-0442
Safety Driving School Northern Branch Nago City, Higashie 5-20-5 0980-53-1301
Safety Driving School Miyako Branch Miyakojima City, Hirara Shimozato 3107-4 0980-72-9990
Safety Driving School Yaeyama Branch Ishigaki City, Heiwa 343-2 0980-82-9542

he information above was independently verified on January 18, 2024, to the extent possible through the homepages of the driving license examination places in each prefecture. However, there may be errors, so please make sure to check by yourself before taking the exam.

The procedure for making a reservation for the examination varies depending on the license center.
It is recommended that you inquire by phone and confirm the details by yourself.

【Tekuno Driving School: Switching Foreign Licenses】
Online application (Hiroshima preliminary examination) is here