[Must see! ] A guide to switch a foreign driver’s license to a Japanese license | All procedures, conditions, necessary things to bring etc.
Zipplus Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President: Shigeru Kanasaka), which operates JDL (Japan Drivers License), has been designated as a corporation that can issue the Japanese Translation of Foreign License by the National Police Agency from April 1, 2021. This service will be available from April 2021.
The number of foreign residents in Japan has increased in recent years, and the need to obtain a driver’s license is increasing in light of changes in the social environment such as the expansion of employment of foreigners. We pray that licensed foreigners will understand Japanese traffic laws and regulations correctly and will drive in compliance with the rules and manners to achieve traffic safety.
Currently, the we are able to offer our services to those whose licenses are issued from the following five countries:
① United States
② People’s Republic of China
③ Republic of China (Taiwan)
④ Socialist Republic of Vietnam
⑤ Republic of the Philippines
This service does not require you to go in person. You can easily apply online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All you have to do is take a picture of your own foreign driver’s license with your smartphone and upload the image on the entry form. Payment can be completed online through PayPal (We also accept payment via bank transfer).
We have pages that support multiple languages such as English, Chinese, and Vietnamese, so even those who are not good at Japanese can apply with confidence.
Click here to apply for a translation in Japanese
If you are a foreign national and have a driver’s license in your own country and want to get a driver’s license for work or living in Japan, you can get a Japanese driver’s license immediately by following the procedure called Gaimen Kirikae or Driver’s License Switching. Even Japanese people who have obtained a foreign license and returned to Japan will be able to drive on public roads in Japan by switching their foreign license into Japanese.
Please check the procedures here: