Driving Licence Translation
In Japan, the international driving licence is not valid for nationals of the following countries: France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Taiwan.
Indeed, only nationals of countries that have signed the 1949 Geneva Convention with Japan are allowed to drive in Japan with an International Driving Permit (for a maximum of one year). Note that some countries have signed the Geneva Convention but issue their international licences on the model of the Vienna Convention. This is the case for France, for example, whose international licences are not valid in Japan.
If your driving licence was issued by one of these countries, you'll need an official Japanese translation of your licence from the JAF (the Japanese Automobile Association). To make it easier for you to organise your trip, we can take care of this procedure for you!
Translation rates and turnaround times
- €65 per driving licence translation
- minimum 4 weeks' delay
- Your driving licence translation is taken care of in Japan by the JAF, the Japanese Automobile Association.
- Once in Japan, you will need the original driving licence and the translation we provide in order to drive.
What we need to translate your driving licence
- Your home address and phone number. Please note that we need contact details with which we can easily reach you in the event of an issue with your translation.
- The date on which you plan to leave for Japan.
- A double-sided color scan of your driving licence.
Please note the following conditions:
- the scan must be a maximum of 2 pages
- it must be of sufficient resolution quality
- the entire driving licence must be scanned in full
- the licence must be legible, the photo and the stamp must be clearly visible
- the licence must be scanned without its plastic cover
Should we be unable to translate your driving licence due to an issue with your scans and are unable to contact you after several attempts, we reserve the right to cancel your order from two weeks before the deadline and issue a refund.
The advantages of our driving licence translation service
- Our bilingual team of specialists on site in Japan will take care of the process.
- You will not have to deal with international calls or deliveries.
- In the event of a problem, our team will also take care of following up your file with the JAF in Japan.
- Quick and easy, all you have to do is provide us with a color photocopy of your driving licence and your translation will be waiting for you in our agency in due course or will be sent to your home.
Before placing your order, please read the terms and conditions of the driving licence translation service below carefully.