Necessary driver's license

Necessary driver's license

Japanese driver's license
(issued by the Public Safety Commission)

Driver’s license for residents in Japan

SOFA Driving License for US Forces Japan

The SOFA driver license for US Forces Japan is acceptable.

International Driving Permit issued by AAA or AATA is acceptable.
and States Side Drivers License with US Militaly ID are acceptable.

Passport with Foreign driving license with Japanese Translation by authorized organization.

(issued in Switzerland, Germany, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Slovenia or Monaco)

If you have a domestic driving license of Switzerland, Germany, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Slovenia or Monaco, 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.

**Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Slovenia, Monaco
An authorized organization in Japan is JAF or the embassy and consulate.

**Taiwan An authorized organization in Japan is JAF or 台北駐日経済文化代表処
(Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Fukuoka, Naha)
An authorized organization in Taiwan is the East Asia Relations Commission
(亜東関係協会)(Driver’s License Center)

International license and passport

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. You can get it only in your country with only paper work. In France, Belgium and Monaco IDP issued by a signatory to the 1949 Geneva Convention is not published.

ALL PLASTIC drivers license card is NOT allowed to drive in Japan.
All Paper-Book style drivers license without “1949” on the surface is NOT allowed to drive in Japan.

Drivers license for EU is NOT allowed in Japan.
But the EU license ONLY BY Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Estonia, or Monaco is allowed to drive in Japan WITH Japanese Translation by authorized organization and the passport.

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