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For Drivers of Cars and Motorcycles

■Confirmation of Driving License

Even if you have foreign driving license, you can drive a car in Japan within some fixed restriction.
You have to change the foreign driving license to Japanese one or have to acquire Japanese driving license to drive a car in Japan.
There are some fixed terms for which you can drive a car with international driving permit or conditions on that you can change the foreign driving license to Japanese one.
If you request further details, please refer to the "Type of Procedure" of Traffic Sectio n in Home Page of Gunma Prefectural Police.

■Acquirement of Driving License

The procedure of acquiring Japanese driving license is as the same as that of Japanese.
You have to take the aptitude test, technical test and paper test and so on.
By the way, we don't provide test paper written in foreign language. So you shall take thetest in Japanese.
We show the reading of chinese characters by writing "Hiragana" at its side on the tes t paper for the foreigners who can not read chinese character.
At least it is necessary to understand the meaning of road signs, road indicators and han d signals of Japan.

※ References

  • Driver's License Examination Division of General Traffic Center
    Tel 027-253-9300(main number)
  • Traffic Division of Police Station

■You shall be punished if you drive a car without automobile inspection and insurance.

■When you have a traffic accident, you have to

  • rescue the injured person.
  • take proper steps to keep the safety on the road.
  • report about the traffic accident to the police.

If you run away from the scene of the traffic accident without reporting to the police, youshall be punished as a criminal.

■If you

  • bend the number plate of
  • take the number plate off from

the cars, two-wheelers and motorbikes and so on, you shall be fined or shall be levied infraction fee.

■You shall be obligated to attach the Child Seat.

  • If you drive a car with a child under six, you have to attach the child seat to him(her).
  • If you violate, you shall be inflicted one point.
  • Let's make use of the child seat, and protect the little children against traffic accident.
  • You can buy a child seat at the car parts shop, and you can also borrow it at traffic safet y association with no pay. So please request without hesitation.

※ References

  • Traffic Planning Division of Gunma Prefectural Police Headquarters
    Tel 027-243-011 0 (main number)
  • Traffic Division of Police Station