Foreign Driver's License & International Driving Permit

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Butlers Korea
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2018-04-02 14:33
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Exchange of Foreign Driver’s License


It is not possible to drive in Korea with a foreign issued license only. However, people with a valid foreign driver’s license granted by the responsible government authority can request for an exchange of their driver’s license as follows.


1. Review of the required documents such as an Embassy Certificate
- During the course of reviewing the submitted documents, the person in charge may request additional documents if any problems arise.
2. Aptitude Test(health check) and Written Examination
- When a driver’s license is issued by the Acknowledged Countries (AC), a written examination will not be necessary.
* Notice: Although the US states of Oregon and Idaho are included in the AC, applicants should sit for the written examination
3. Issuance of Korean driver’s license


A foreign driver’s license must be in the form of a valid full license, and the holders of a temporary, learner, provisional, probationary, permit, certificate etc. are not eligible for any exchange.

Required Documents


 
Item Contents Remarks
Applying
Location
All regional driver’s license examination offices
Domestic
License AC

  • Korean National Police Agency Notification dated June 28, 2017 : Click for details (Link)

  • What is the Domestic License AC?
    - It means counties that issue the exchange for a Korean license without a separate examination
    - If notified due to changes of recognition after making a notification, then you must comply with the new system

  • License issued by AC: Aptitude test (Health check) only performed

  • . License issued by Unacknowledged Countries (UC): Aptitude test and written examination (ie. Multiple choice, 40 questions) – Select one
    among Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Russian, Indonesian, Mongolian, Cambodian, Filipino (Tagalog) versions


Required
Documents
※ * As health check venues do not exist in the driving test offices of Gangneung and Taebaek, please complete your health check at the nearest hospital
 
AC
UC
Foreigner/ Foreign Citizen
Foreigner/ Foreign Citizen

  • Original foreign license

  • Original passport
    - Passport with stamps confirming entry & departure

  • Original Foreigner Registration Card (Original Korean with Foreign Nationality ID Card)

  • 3 Color photos taken within 6 months (As per standard size)

  • Embassy certificate of license

  • Certificate of the Facts Concerning the Entry & Exit
    - birth year to the current date

  • Processing Fee : KRW 12,500



  • Original foreign license

  • Original passport
    - Passport with stamps confirming entry & departure

  • Original Foreigner Registration Card (Original Korean with Foreign Nationality ID Card)

  • 3 Color photos taken within 6 months (As per standard size)

  • Embassy certificate of license

  • Certificate of the Facts Concerning the Entry & Exit
    - birth year to the current date

  • Processing Fee : KRW 20,000


Korean/
Permanent Resident
Korean/
Permanent Resident

  • Original foreign license

  • Original passport
    - Must be possible to confirm over 90 days stay in the license issuing country

  • Original National ID Card (Including original Korean with Foreign Residency ID Card, Resident Registration ID Card for overseas residents )

  • 3 Color photos taken within 6 months (As per standard size)

  • Embassy certificate of license

  • Certificate of the Facts Concerning Entry & Exit
    - birth year to the current date

  • Processing Fee: KRW 12,500



  • Original foreign license

  • Original passport
    - Must be possible to confirm over 90 days stay in the license issuing country

  • Original National ID Card (Including original Korean with Foreign Residency ID Card, Resident Registration ID Card for overseas residents )

  • 3 Color photos taken within 6 months (As per standard size)

  • Embassy certificate of license

  • Certificate of the Facts Concerning Entry & Exit
    - birth year to the current date

  • Processing Fee: KRW 20,000



  • Embassy certificate of license: Evidences issued in Korean or English by the relevant Embassy in Korea or the Korean Embassy to the relevant country for the purpose of verifying a foreign license, or certificates issued in Korean or English by the member countries of the Apostille Convention for authentication.
    ** As for the relevant Embassy in Korea without a separate notice regarding the suspension of verifying the certificate issuance, please contact the Embassy in advance for further information**

  • Certificate of the Facts Concerning Entry & Exit and passport: Confirm the fact of staying i) over 90 days and ii) on the date of foreign license issuance through the Certificate and passport stamps

  • Not possible to exchange the foreign license in the case of a short term sojourner below 90 days without foreigner registration. (Provided, it is eligible to apply for a general test without an exemption on the driving test)

  • Local means the persons registered pursuant to Article 6 of the Resident Registration Act.


License
Replacement

  • Foreign driver’s license exchange is limited only to Type 2 Regular

  • As for licenses issued by the countries otherwise specified according to the Mutual Recognition Agreement (ie. Belgium, Poland, Spain and Italy), it is possible to issue an equivalent type license.


Other

  • Application by agent not allowed

    • Regions with an independent license system such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Guam etc. are included under the country category




Note regarding Issuance of Exchange


· Although applicants from the UC can request for the exchange, the following persons & legal partner or children under the age of 19 without child thereof will be exempt from the written examination : A-1 (Diplomacy), A-2 (Official), A-3 (Agreement), D-7 (Sojourning Employee), D-8 (Company Investment), D-9 (Trade Business), E-1 (Professor), E-3 (Research), E-4 (Technology Instruction), E-7 (Special Activity), F-4 (Korean with Foreign Nationality).


· In the case of exchanging a foreign license for the Korean driver’s license, there is a requirement to return the foreign license (ie. Article 84 of the Road Traffic Act)
- One may apply for the return of the foreign license if 1) departing for overseas, 2) canceling the Korean driver’s license upon applicant’s wish, 3) sending a request by diplomatic mission, and foreign licenses over 3 years without any return application will be disposed.

· As the American Embassy / British Embassy / Korean Consulate General in Hong Kong / Finish Embassy no longer issue notarization, please submit the certificate of Apostille regarding a license.

· In the cases of defacement, poor printing quality of a foreign license & notarization certificate or issuance (renewal) of the foreign license during a stay in Korea etc, the person in charge may request for additional documents

· Embassy certificate of license is valid for 1 year from the date of issuance, and if it specifies a period of less than 1 year, it will be applied. No need to notarize the Embassy certificate separately.

· In the case that the issuing date & valid period are not specified in the driver’s license or certificate, one must submit the document such as the “Certificate of Driving History” issued by the relevant issuing authority in order to confirm the date of issuance & valid period

· If it is not possible to confirm more than 90 days stay through a passport or Certificate of the Facts Concerning Entry & Exit, then certificates of school attendance, employment, tax invoice, etc can be utilized, however, any confirmation by another person’s document is not acceptable.

· If your country has not the Embassy in Korea and the Korean Embassy in your country, in addition, isn't a member of the Apostille convention, you can issue the verifying certificate of license from the Embassy of your country in the neighboring country to Korea (ex.: japan, etc.) or from the Korean Embassy in the countries additionally performing the business of your country. Provided that it may not perform the duty of issuing such a document, please contact the relevant Embassy in advance for further information.
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