How to get a driver's licence translation to Drive in Japan
Discover the process of acquiring an authorized translation of your driver's license to enable driving in Japan. Gain insights into the prerequisites and steps involved in obtaining this certified translation.
If you wish to drive in Japan, you need to take into account certain points in addition to adapting to driving on the left. This guide on the driver's license in Japan will provide you with the necessary information. It is important to note that the French international license is not recognized in Japan. You can apply for an international license for free at the prefecture in France, but because France has not signed the 1949 Geneva Convention with Japan, French citizens cannot drive with this document in Japanese territory. This also applies to Belgium and Switzerland.
"How to obtain an official driver's license translation in Japan?
If you are staying in Japan for no more than 12 months, you can drive with your French license, provided that it is translated. You can either get the translation done in France before leaving or once you arrive in Japan. To get the translation done in Japan, you need to bring your original license, passport, and a request form, and go to the JAF (Japan Automobile Federation) office. The cost of the translation is 3000 yen, about 23 euros. You can also get the translation done by mail by sending a photocopy of your license and a cash payment to JAF. The translation is valid as long as your license does not expire or is not modified. Any changes to your license require a new translation.
In summary, if you want to drive in Japan for more than 12 months, you will need to translate your French driver's license, provide a series of documents (original license, Japanese resident card, passport, ID photo, and residence certificate), take tests (ocular, auditory), and watch a video on road safety. The cost is 4250 yen. Once these steps are completed, you will receive your Japanese driver's license. It is important to note that the speed limits are lower and that the driving direction is on the left, so special attention should be paid to avoid accidents.