Japan Driver's License - Tips and Procedures


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In today's article we’re going to talk about Japan’s driver’s license, what processes are needed to take, how it works, what the cost, time, traffic lessons, and Japan’s fine system.

The Japanese driver's license is called unten menkyosho [運転免許証], to have your driver's license from Japan you need to go through some procedures. And to maintain this license, it is necessary to respect the traffic laws, if you commit infractions that reach 15 points you can already lose your license.

Taking your driver's license in Japan

A resident of Japan who wants to get his or her wallet for the first time needs to take classes (obviously) and take 4 exams. The first exam consists of a written test with 50 questions. The second exam is a practical exam, inside the Transit Center.

After passing the first 2 exams, he receives a provisional card called karimenkyo (仮免許). Then there is another practical test, then a theoretical test of 100 questions, and finally a final practical test. In addition, those interested must undergo vision, hearing, knowledge of the Japanese traffic system and driving skills.

In total there are 2 processes, the Karimen the process to get the provisional portfolio. It's the Honmen the final process. Passed these two exams, you will receive your definitive driver's license. With this license you can drive vehicles and transport up to 10 people, ride motorcycles up to 50cc and small trucks weighing up to 3000 kg.

If you want to transfer your wallet from a country to Japan, just take a small test with few questions and a practical test.

Carteira de habilitação do japão

How much does the driver's license cost in Japan?

Taking out a Japanese wallet can seem expensive for the Brazilian pocket. Driving schools usually charge between 30 and 200 thousand yen (thousand to 8 thousand reais) for classes. In addition it is necessary to pay for the exams.

A driver's license in Japan can be between 4 to 10 thousand reais, everything will depend on the location and speed of the process. Be careful that in order to pass the exams it is necessary to correct more than 90% of the questions.

There is a very popular method among Japanese people called “Gasshuku”, where the person stays until the end of the procedure to take his wallet with the aim of improving himself mentally, isolating himself from everyday life. This procedure is usually more expensive, but it is really worth it and avoids a lot of stress (the video at the end of the article will explain about it).

Carteira de habilitação do japão

Golden Japan Driver's License

In Japan there is a special driver's license that gives discounts of approximately 12% on renewal, in addition to the need to renew only every 5 years (normal is 3).

This gold wallet goes to drivers who have not had any kind of infraction in the past five years. Its difference is a golden stripe instead of the blue stripe of ordinary qualifications.

Watch out! If you commit minor infractions, you can easily have your wallet suspended, or even lose your license. I hope this short article has helped you to answer your questions about the Japanese driver's license.

Below we will leave an interview of our friend Caipira in Japan with Manoel Santos who works in a Driving School in Japan with a focus on helping foreigners to get their wallet.

Manoel is the executive director of the Strada Driving School and gives valuable tips on what is the best procedure for a person to obtain the long-awaited Japanese license.

Driver's License Course in Japan

If you already have a driver's license in Brazil, you may just want to retake the exams and withdraw your license without having to go through long or boring classes or processes. Perhaps this article was not enough to guide you, there are online courses for that purpose.

The Japan Letter Course has all the information you need to get your driver's license in Japan. Find out if in your case you can hire an interpreter, service provider, friend or if you can do the whole process yourself.

What documents are needed and how to get them. Interview: how it is, how to proceed, what information you need to know and other tips. Theoretical test: simulated texts, signs, signage in general and other tips.

Practical test: video lessons explaining all the maneuvers you have on the circuit giving tips on how to perform each one. Psychological help: help with psychological preparation before tests to increase the chance of success.

These are the subjects covered in the online course to obtain a driver's license in Japan taught by Kirizawa. If you want to know more details about this online course, just click the button below: