Driving lesson to switch foreign driver’s license to Japanese one.
English → Japanese
Your knowledge and practical driving skills will be examined when you exchange your foreign driver’s license for a Japanese one. The following 29 countries etc are exempt from the examination of knowledge and practical driving skills.
Exam-Exempt Countries and Region
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Kingdom of Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United State of America (States of Virginia, Hawaii, Maryland and Washington only), and Taiwan
A valid foreign driver’s license
*If your foreign driver’s license does not contain the date you first obtained it, a document, such as your driving record with the said date, is required.
*If you have multiple licenses (e.g. an ordinary motor vehicle license and an ordinary motorcycle license), a document indicating the date you first obtained these licenses maybe required respectively.
*Required documents may vary depending on the country or license status. Please contact us in advance for details.
Japanese translation of the license
*The translation by the embassy of your country in Japan (or Taiwan-Japan Relations Association for Taiwanese license), or Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) must be attached.
Current and expired Japanese driver’s license(s), if any
An official copy of your “jumin-hyo” or Certificate of Residence, indicating the “honseki” or Registered domicile, or nationality
*In case you are a medium-to-long-term resident in Japan under obligation of resident registration.
*The Jumin-hyo should not contain your My Number. Photocopies are not accepted.
*If you bring Jumin-hyo with My Number, you will be asked to black out the My Number with a pen.
Passport or other form of official ID2
*Passport or other form of official ID2 (In case you are a medium-to-long-term resident in Japan free from obligation of resident registration)
Please present any one of the following documents.
・ Official ID issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
・ ID document issued by a competent authority
A document which proves that you had stayed in the country or region where you obtained the license for a total of three months or more since you obtained it (e.g passport)
*Please bring all of your passports, including expired ones.
*If you used the automated passport control at the immigration, please bring along a certificate issued to prove the aforesaid fact that you stay for the required period in the country or region where you obtained the license.
*The immigration record may be necessary even if your passport has not passed through the automated gate. Please contact us for more details.
Please contact us for more details.
Living in Aichi-ken（3 days lesson）
Ordinary motor vehicle license
Automatic Transmission 70,000 yen + tax
We accompany you at Hirabari driver’s license center. Applicants who do not understand Japanese must be accompanied by an interpreter. Interpreter fee is 5,000～10,000 yen + tax per day.
Following fees are included in the basic fee.
・8 driving lessons fee（1 lesson / 50 mins）
・Guide skills test course fee（Once）
Following fees are not included in the basic fee.
・Textbooks fee（Only applicant）
・Classroom lessons fee（Only applicant）
・Foreign license translation issue fee：3,500 yen
・Test fee：3,350 yen
・Extra driving lesson fee（If you fail the pre-test）：5,000 yen + tax per lesson
・Extra driving lesson fee（If you fail the skill test）：18,000 yen + tax per fail
・Japanese license issuance fee：2,050 yen
When you quit your lessons halfway, fees cannot be refunded.
Process（Ordinary motor vehicle license）
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*If you are judged unable to convert your license as a result of the preliminary evaluation, you cannot continue the application process.
（2）Aptitude test（eye test, etc.）
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|2||Driving lesson（4 lessons）||Seirin Driving School|
|3||Guide skills test course||Hirabari Driver’s License Center|
|4||Driving lesson（2 lessons）||Seirin Driving School|
|5||Driving lesson（2 lessons） & pre-test|
*If you pass the pre-test, you can proceed to the next stage.
*If you fail the pre-test, you must add a driving lesson.
|Seirin Driving School|
*Those who pass all tests（(1)～(4)） will receive a driver’s license on the testing day.
*If you fail the skill test, you must add a driving lesson. Then you have to take the skills test again.
|Hirabari Driver’s License Center|
Application for Seirin Driving School
*Applicants who do not understand Japanese must be accompanied by an interpreter. Those not accompanied by an interpreter may not be able to complete the application process.