Driver's License Requirements

Driver's licenses which permit driving of automobiles in Japan are as follows.

Japanese Driver's License

Driver's license of each domestic Public Safety Commission publication.

Foreign driver's licenses
licenses

Foreign driver's license of a target country and the local (six countries and Taiwan of the Swiss Confederation, the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Republic of Estonia, the Principality of Monaco) publication

* The simultaneous presentation of a Japanese translated sentence and the passport is necessary.
* The Japanese translated need to be published based on application on person by embassy, consulate of each country in Japan or JAF
* Taiwan need translated sentence by JAF or East Asia-related association of Formosa.
* Germany need translated sentence by JAF or German Automobile Federation (ADAC).
* Terms of validity of driving in Japan is within the period of foreign driver's license and a year date from land to Japan( confirmation by a seal of landing date to Japan of passport)

International driving permit
bnr_domestic_drivers_license

In Geneva Convention (1949) contracting parties, it is an international driver's license of the publication (except Japan)

* The simultaneous presentation of the passport is necessary.
* The driving in the international driver's license acquired at Paris Convention (1926), Washington Convention (1943), Vienna Convention (1968) member nation is not accepted in Japan.
* expiration of international driver's license is within a year from publication(confirmation necessary ) and expiration of driver's license of Japan is within a year date from landing to Japan (confirmation by a seal of landing date to Japan of passport)
* But date of re-entry can't be the date of landing(expiration reckon in Japan) when one recorded by Japanese Basic Resident Register enters again within a period less than three month * The effectiveness to let you drive in Japan is effective (you must confirm an issue date) for one year from an issue date. It is confirmed by an entry stamp, and indicates an entry date to Japan (from a year in passport)

However, the person who leave Japan within under three months; re-input country Basic Resident Register afterwards operate qualification in Japan (it is not necessary considered to be the starting date).

If the documents like the contractor are not prepared, all one cannot run.

When there is documents deficiency, we cannot loan by any reason.

In that case, please be careful enough because there is the case that a cancellation rate according to agreement produces.

List of parties to the Geneva Conventions
Europe State United Kingdom Asia Philippines
Greece India
Norway Thailand
Denmark Bangladesh
Sweden Malaysia
Netherlands Singapore
France Sri Lanka
Italy Cambodia
Russian Federation Laos
Serbia Korea
Montenegro Brunei Darussalam
Kingdom of Spain Middle East Turkey
Finland Israel
Portugal Syria
Austria Cyprus
Belgium Jordan
Poland Lebanon
Ireland United Arab Emirates
Hungary Africa State South Africa
Romania Central African Republic
Iceland Egypt
Bulgaria Ghana
Malta Algeria
Albania Morocco
Luxembourg Botswana
Monaco Democratic Republic of the congo
San Marino Congo
Vatican Benin
Kyrgyzstan Cote d'Ivoire
Georgia Lesotho
Czech Republic Madagascar
Slovakia Malawi
Slovenia Mali
Republic of Lithuania Niger
Republic of Croatia Rwanda
Principality of Liechtenstein Senegal
America United State Sierra Leone
Canada Togo
Peru Tunisia
Cuba Uganda
Ecuador Zimbabwe
Argentina Namibia
Chile Burkina Faso
Paraguay Nigeria
Barbados administrative district Hong Kong
Dominican Republic Macau
Guatemala French Overseas Territories
Haiti Aruba
Trinidad and Tobago Curacao
Venezuela Saint Martin
Jamaica Cayman Islands
Oceania New Zealand Isle of Man
Fiji Guernsey
Australia Jersey
Papua New Guinea Gibraltar
Territories of the United States
Updated: June 19, 2020
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