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How to Get a Chinese Driving License

Updated:2018-4-20 16:30:40    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:613

How to get a Chinese driving license? Foreigners from any country who wish to drive in China must apply for a Chinese driver’s license. This is because China has not signed the convention, which created IDPS (International Driving Permits). Besides, Chinese Driver’s Licenses are valid in Mainland China only. Residents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan also need to apply for one to be able to drive in the mainland.

The details stated below are based on the laws of the province of Beijing, and is the general case in China, the requirements may differ somewhat depending on the city in which you apply.

Getting a driver’s license for the first time
If you are over 18 years of age, you have a temporary or permanent residency permit and you don’t have a driver’s license from your home country, you can still get a driver’s license in China. To do this, you’ll have to pass four exams:

1) Written exam on laws and traffic;
2) Parking and basic driving skills test on a track;
3) Written exam on correct driving habits (50 questions);
4) Road test.

Necessary Documents
1) Passport and residency permit with at least 3 months of validity (original and photocopy);
2) Record of temporary residency obtained at the local police station (original and photocopy);
3) Medical certificate;
4) Three to five one-inch color photos with a white background.

Renewing or Extending existing Chinese Driving License
In this case, you should apply for renewal of the license at the China Police Vehicle Administration within 90 days before its expiration. A license with a 10-year effective period will be given to those whose penalty points are less than 12 in each of the past six years.

Conditions for Renewal
1) 90 days before the driver’s license expired;
2) Driver’s license has not been put in a suspended, canceled or revoked state.

Necessary Documents
1) Residence Permit;
2) A copy of the old and new passport main page;
3) A copy of the valid Chinese visa;
4) A copy of the latest entry stamp on your passport;
5) Original Chinese driver’s license;
6) A 1-inch Digital color photo with a white background;
7) Medical Check-Up Report.

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