Tests Required


Most overseas license holders can obtain a Japanese driver’s license with simplified testing procedures, involving submitting certain documents to determine your eligibility.  Once the application is approved there will be a vision and color-recognition check, followed by exams to test your knowledge of the driving rules and driving techniques.

Eligibility Requirements for Group 2

  • Have a valid overseas driver’s license
  • 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
  • Be registered as a foreign resident at your local city, town, or ward office

Examination Process

  • Inspection of documents
  • Vision and color-recognition check
  • Knowledge test – this is usually a ten question true/false test; seven correct answers are required to pass
  • Driving test – a test of skills on an enclosed course at the license center
  • License preparation

After passing the driving test your license will be issued on the same day; first your picture will be taken, then you will pay the fee and receive your license

The process for converting a foreign drivers license to a Japanese drivers license.