International Driving Permit – Japan
Guide to obtaining an International Driving Permit for your trip to Japan
What is an International Driving Permit?
An International Driving Permit, or IDP for short, is a document that allows holders to drive in any country that is a signatory of the Geneva Convention of 1949.
IDPs must be issued in the same country that issued your original driver’s license.
Who needs an IDP?
The requirements for having an IDP or a Driver’s License translated to Japanese depends on your country of domicile. See the tables below to see if you need an IDP or a Japanese translation. If your country is not shown in the tables below, you will not be able to drive in Japan.
Countries requiring an International Driving Permit:
|Asia||Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong(China), India, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand|
|Europe||Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See)|
|North America||Canada, United States of America|
|South America||Argentina, Barbados, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela|
|Africa/Middle East||Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Israel, Jordan, Kingdom of Lesotho, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Republic of South Africa, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe|
Countries requiring Driver’s License from country of domicile + Legal Translation:
|Europe||Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Estonia, Monaco|
How do I obtain an IDP?
You must obtain your IDP within your country of origin. Applications from overseas are generally not accepted.
Every country designates its own companies or government offices to officially issue IDPs. See list below for official issuers.
There is usually a permit fee that must be payed to receive an IDP. This will go for around $20.00 (USD)
A photocopy of both sides of your original Driver’s License is usually required with the application
Two passport photos (signed on the back) may also be required
Applications can be handled in person at the designated offices. Some countries may offer mail-in applications as well
IDPs may not be issued over 6 months in advance of planned use
Australia: ($39.00 AUD + Postage, Issuer depends on state)
New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory: NRMA Motoring and Services
Queensland: RACQ Ltd.(Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited)
Victoria: RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria)
South Australia: RAA (Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, Inc)
Western Australia: RAC (Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia Incorporated)
Tasmania: RACT (Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited)
Northern Territory: AANT (Automobile Association of Northern Territory Inc)
Canada: ($25.00 CDN + Postage)
Canada Automobile Association
Hong Kong: ($80.00 HKD)
Complete a TD51 form and bring 2 recent photos + the license fee to any driver’s licensing center.
Singapore: ($20.00 SGD)
Automobile Association of Singapore
S. Korea: (8500 KRW)
All regional driver’s license examination offices
For other countries, please check with your local Government office, or Automobile Association for more information on how you can obtain an IDP
Countries that only require translation and original license:
The countries listed below only require a legal Japanese translation, provided by JAF, your valid passport, and your original driver’s license.