International Driving Permit in Japan


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How to get an International Driving License in Japan?

The International Driving License is a translation of the national driving license into many languages. The first ID cards appeared in 1926 after the Paris International Convention relative to Motor Traffic. The International Driver's License was also influenced by two other conventions in 1949 and 1968. The International Driving Permit is the same as the International Driving License.

Getting an International Driver's License in Japan while you are in Japan if you have a valid Japan national driver's license. If you are only planning to visit Japan, you can contact the competent authority in your country. If you are already traveling and do not have an IDL, the only option is to have your national driving license translated online. This is a faster, more convenient and easier way to continue to drive when you travel.

We remind you that an International Driver's License is valid only with a valid national license.

How to get International Driving Permit online?


Simply and quickly
To get the International Driving Permit online, you should apply and then fill out the form for which you need to give us:
  • 1. A photo of your valid domestic driving license
  • 2. Your personal data
  • 3. A photo of yourself
  • 4. Your signature (scan or photo it)

Our services will not cost you a fortune.
Get an International Driving Permit (IDP) now and travel easily.

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How to get a International Driving Permit in Japan?

According to the Vienna Convention of 1968, International Driving Permit are authorized to be issued by national governments or organizations to which these functions have been delegated. In most countries, this is done by automobile associations affiliated to the AIT/FIA, the police or other organizations. To get an International Driving License in Japan, you must have a local license and apply to the authorities responsible for this (we try to keep the information up to date, let us know if the link does not work). The cost and timing of issuance differs from country to country.

If you have a national license not issued in Japan, you need to check if you have the right to drive with your license and if you need an IDP. If you do, the only way out is to order a translation of your driver's license with delivery or an electronic version (check with the rental car company if the electronic version will work), for example with us.

If you are a U.S. citizen and only have a U.S. driver's license when you travel, you can get an IDP from AAA - but you have to do it before you travel to Japan!

FAQ


How to get an International Driver's License in Japan?

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If you have a local license and want to travel contact a competent organization. If you are an American and plan to travel in advance, you can get an IDP from AAA. In other cases, you can have your driver's license translated into the required languages so that you can travel with your national license and its translation.


How to apply for International Driving License?

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Our application process is fast and simple. Complete the IDP application form, attach a copy of your valid driver's license, your handwritten signature and a color ID photo, and make the payment. You can apply for an IDP online here.


Do you need an International Driving License for Japan?

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Japan has not unified its driving license in accordance with the 1968 Vienna Convention. Drivers from other countries need an International Driving License, unless Japan and the country that issued your license have an additional agreement on the recognition of driving licenses.


Can I drive in Japan with a US license?

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You can only drive in Japan with your driver's license if you have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP). Additional information for traveling U.S. citizens can be found on the government website.


Сan an American drive in Japan?

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To drive an American in Japan, you must have an International Driving Permit (IDP). Additional information for traveling U.S. citizens can be found on the government website.


What is the International Driver's document?

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Our IDD is ideal for travelers visiting multilingual destinations. No test is required and the IDD is valid for up to three years. This document is used in conjunction with, but does not replace, your valid national license; it is a translation of your driver’s license in three formats.


Can I rent a car with this document?

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Usually yes. However, as requirements vary from region to region, you are advised to inquire directly with car rental companies.


Can I purchase car insurance with the IDD?

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Usually yes. However, as requirements vary from region to region, you are advised to inquire directly with local insurances companies.

What you need to know to drive in Japan?


  • Only International Driving License from AAA is valid for USA citizens.
  • International Driving License is required.

Japan documents

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Driving tips for Japan:

  • Driving in Japan is on the left side of the road.
  • Seat belt is a must.
  • The minimum age to drive in Japan is 18. The minimum age to rent a car is 21.
  • The speed limits for Japan are as follows: 30-50 km/h on urban roads, 80 km/h on rural roads and 100 km/h on highways.
  • Hands-free is obligatory.
  • Japan is one of those countries that imposes a ban on drink driving.
  • Younger children must not sit in the front seat if without an appropriate rear-facing child seat. You can transport older children in the back seat, however, before make sure you have a booster cushion and seat belts.
  • Japanese drivers are quite polite and organized. Thus, driving is a real pleasure. Stick to the driving rules and everything will be great.
  • The rush hours in Japan are from 7 to 9 in the morning and from 4 to 7 in the evening.
  • In winter, Japan has much snow and ice. Thus, take necessary precautions and use suitable tyres as well as snow chains.
  • Road signs are written only in Japanese. Thus, if you don’t speak Japanese, that can be challenging.

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