Driver license

2015-11-16
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Foreign nationals who want to apply for the driving license in China can handle it in the following ways:

The first: If foreign nationals do not have a foreign driving license and want to apply for the Chinese driving license, then the individual has to enroll with a the driving school and take examinations of the Chinese driving license.

The second: Foreign nationals who have their own national driving license can use their own national driving license to apply for the Chinese driving license. This method is the quickest and most convenient, which only needs to pass a theoretical examination; the applying methods for foreign driving license to exchange the Chinese driving license are as follows:

According to the relevant provisions, you can consult and check your own situation.


Stipulations of application for and use of driver's license for motor vehicles

1. Foreign nationals should put forward their application in the present place of residence;


2. Foreign nationals who hold own national driving license conform to the  application condition of the provision and can apply for the driving license of corresponding vehicle type. If vehicle driving licenses have mutual recognition agreements between countries, or the relevant agreements involving the driving license have been signed up between countries, formalities are handled and carried out depending on the agreement.


3. If foreign nationals who hold overseas driving license want to apply for the driving license in China, the individual are supposed to fill out the application form of vehicle driving license, and submit the following certificates and permits:

(a) The applicant's identification paper; (passport, visa, work permit)

(b) The proof of the relevant physical conditions issued by medical institutions above the county level;

(c) The overseas driving license. If the vehicle driving license is not the Chinese version, it should be translated into Chinese version.


4. If the staff of foreign embassies in China, and staff of representative agencies of international organizations in China have own national driving license, the individual should fill out the application form of vehicle driving license in order to apply for the vehicle driving license, and submit the following certificates and permits:

(a) The applicant's identification paper;

(b) The overseas vehicle driving license. If the vehicle driving license is not the Chinese version, it should be translated into Chinese version.


5. If foreign nationals who hold overseas driving license want to apply for the driving license, the individual shall take the examination of Subject 1 (examination concerning the laws and regulations of the road traffic safety, and relevant knowledge). It will be adequate that foreign nationals only pass this theoretical test when applying for the driving license of compact car. If foreign nationals apply for driving license for large passenger cars, motor tractor, medium bus, large freight cars, the ones shall take the examination of Subject 3(examination concerning road driving skills).


Many foreign drivers have the misunderstanding and regard the so called international driving license? as the common driving license, but the traffic police department also reminded that international driving license? is only a certificate issued by official institutions or any other authorized institutions in the holder's own country in accordance with related laws and regulations, indicating one has a lawful driving license of his or her own country, but it shall be used together with valid driving documents of his or her own country. International driving license" is not common in China. Although the driver holds an national driving license, he or she will still need to pass the examination of Chinese driving license. In this way, foreign drivers can drive the vehicle on the road; otherwise it's regarded as driving without a license.


There is a serious phenomenon that foreign drivers do not have a drivers license or exceed the speed limit. We warmly remind that your own national drivers license is not valid in China. Please take the origin passport, a translated form from translation company, original foreign drive license and a translated form as well, and original registration certificate to local police department. If a translator accompanied, his/her original ID is required as well.


Treatment of monitoring and speed-exceeding more than 50%, foreign nationals need to take the original national drive license, registration certificate, passport and all translated forms. If the driver of the car does not conduct annual examination, the original valid transportation compulsory insurance is needed.


Exchange Foreign Driver's License to Chinese Driver's License Service

Administrative Item:

Application Chinese motor vehicle driving license holding overseas driving license


Legal Basis:

Road Traffic Safety Law of the People's Republic of China (Order No. 8, President of the People's Republic of China)

Regulations for Implementation of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Road Traffic Safety (Order No.405, the State Council)

Provisions on the Application for and Use of Driving Licenses (Order No. 91, Ministry of Public Security)


Qualifications

1. Holder of an overseas driving license (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan driving license) , who applies for Chinese motor vehicle driving license must conform to the age and health condition as required by the Provisions on the Application for and Use of Driving Licenses ( Order No. 91, Ministry of Public Security) . If the applicant's age and health condition are not up to the standards, he can apply for a specific type of motor vehicle at a lower level which meets the requirements of application.

2. Any applicant must comply with all the conditions mentioned in the application for motor vehicle license as required by the Provisions on the Application for and Use of Driving Licenses (Order No. 91, Ministry of Public Security)


Application Materials

1. Motor vehicle driving license application form;

2. Applicant's identification document;

3. Certificate for driver's health condition issued by medical institutions at or above county level or regimental level. Staff members in foreign embassies, consulate and representative offices of international organizations in China do not have to present the certificate.

4. The holding motor vehicle driving license. If it is not in Chinese, a Chinese translation version shall be issued.


Procedures

Applicant should take the above-mentioned materials to the Vehicle Administrative Station for the application of Chinese motor vehicle driving license having overseas driving license (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan driving license); holders of overseas motor vehicle driving license shall take the test for the application of Chinese driving license. Those applying for specific type of motor vehicle such as large passenger car, motor tractor, medium passenger cars and heavy trucks shall take a third test for the application of Chinese driving license. If the applicant is from foreign embassies, consulates and international organizations in China Representative Office, the principle of diplomatic reciprocity shall be followed to approve and issue the driving license.


Charging Standards

Notice of the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance on the Relevant Issues Concerning the Management Intensification and Regulation of the Charging Standards Such as the Motor Vehicle Certification Cost


Responsible Institution

The Motor Vehicle Administration of the traffic administrative department of the public security organ of municipalities directly under the central government, cities divided into districts or at the same level or the Motor Vehicle Administration of the traffic administrative department of the public security organ at the county level where the owner of the vehicle's place of domicile, temporary place of abode or the place of his unit's main administrative office is located.