If you meet certain requirements you may be eligible to obtain a Japanese driverís license with simplified testing procedures.

The procedure involves submitting certain documents (listed below) to determine your eligibility. Once they are approved there will be a vision and color recognition check.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Have a valid foreign driverís license from any of the following 24 countries/places:
    Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom
  • Have lived in the country that issued the license for at least three months after the license was issued
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Hold a valid visa to stay in Japan
  • Be registered as a foreign resident at your local city, town, or ward office

Examination Process
  • Inspection of documents
  • Eye test

After your documents are approved, and you have passed the eye test your license will be issued to you.