A valid international driving license is required for drivers for driving in Japan. To drive in Japan, you must have either of the following licenses:
Drivers are required to present both their passport and an international driving license.
*When foreign nationals registered on Japan’s Basic Resident Register (or Alien Registration) System drive in Japan with an international driving license, the following two conditions must be satisfied:
Both an international driving license issued by a signatory to the 1949 Geneva Convention (including two administrative regions) and a passport must be presented.
An international driving license is valid for one year from the date of issuance (the date of issuance to be confirmed), and the period of validity for driving a car in Japan is one year from the date of entry into Japan (the date of entry to be confirmed with the entry stamp in the passport). Those with an international driving permit issued under different conventions – the 1926 Paris Convention, the 1943 Washington Convention and the 1968 Vienna Convention – are not allowed to drive in Japan.
|Sri Lanka||Zimbabwe||The Republic of Georgia|
|South Korea||Nigeria||Americas||The United States of America|
|Middle East||Turkey||Europe||United Kingdom||Canada|
|United Arab Emirates||France||Paraguay|
|Central Africa||Russia||The Dominican Republic|
|Algeria||Spain||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Austria||Oceania||New Zealand|
|Cote d'Ivoire||Ireland||Papua New Guinea|
|Lesotho||Hungary||Administrative regions||Hong Kong|
Please check that your permit has stamp(s) in B,D box(es) according to the type(s) of vehicle that can be driven.
B: Passenger car (a maximum of 9 passengers)
D: Large passenger vehicle (10 passengers or more)
* To drive a car in the W4 class, the license must have a stamp in the D box.
If you have a domestic driving license of Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium or Taiwan, and its Japanese translation, you are allowed to drive in Japan for one year from the date of entry into Japan. Please take the following two documents and your passport with you to the office when you pick up the car.
The Japanese translation of the domestic driving license is issued by the embassy and consulate in Japan or the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF). For JAF, please click the link below.
A driving license issued in Taiwan must be accompanied by a translation by JAF or the East Asia Relations Commission.