A Japanese driver’s license or an international driver’s license is essential for automobile use. You can drive a 50cc motorcycle using an ordinary license. An international license is only valid for one year from the date of issue. It is highly advisable for students to change their foreign licenses into Japanese licenses or apply for new Japanese licenses. (This is an expensive and difficult procedure.) For converting a foreign driver’s license into a Japanese license, the following items are required. A short test will be given, depending on which country you are from, and your driving skills and eyesight will be examined.
- A valid license (used for more than 3 months in the issuing country)
- International driver’s license (if you have it)
- Japanese translation of the above license by Japan Automobile Federation or your country’s Embassy in Japan.
- Alien Registration Card
- 2 photos (3cm×2.4cm)
- 2,400 yen for revenue stamps for an ordinary license (3,300 yen for motorcycles)
- 1,750 yen when u have passed.
Students who have completed alien registration formalities in Ibaraki Prefecture are able to obtain a Japanese driver’s license at the License Bureau of the Traffic Department, Police Headquarters, Ibaraki Prefecture (Driving Test Center).
3783-3 Nagaoka, Ibaraki-machi, Higashi-ibaraki-gun
Tel. 029-293-8811 Ext. 333
Transportation: Take the Kanto-Tetsudo bus bound for the ‘Menkyo Center’ (No. 3 bus stop) from the north exit of JR Mito Station. Time required about 30 min. Registration hours: 9:30 – 10:00 (weekdays)
All students must take and pass the tests on general traffic rules, automobile knowledge and driving skills in order to obtain a new Japanese license. Please contact your embassy or the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) for further information.
Renewing your driving license:
The license can be renewed at the Tsukuba Central Police Station. It is located south of the main post office and NTT building. For first timers you will have to fill in an application, then a new photo is taken, pay some money, and attend a 120 minute lecture. The times to start the renewal process are between 8:30am and 11am, or between 1pm and 4pm.
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