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Driver's License

@You can apply for the following at entities that act on behalf of the public safety commission, such as the driver's license examination center.

@If you have a valid non-Japanese driver's license, you will be exempted from parts of the examination to obtain a Japanese driver's license. You will not be exempted from aptitude tests, such as the vision test. Depending on the country issuing your driver's license, you might have to take an examination for traffic rules in Japan or a driving test. Depending on your physical conditions, such as poor eyesight or disability, you might be obliged to meet certain requirements for driving.
›@Requirements for conversion
‚P A registered address in the Sapporo Area of the Hokkaido Prefectural Police
‚Q Residence of no less than three months in the country where the non-Japanese driver's license was issued after the issuance of the license, and proof of the above
‚R A valid non-Japanese driver's license

›@Information about application for conversion
‚P You need to make an appointment for the application.
‚Q If you do not speak Japanese, you will need to bring an interpreter.
‚R You cannot convert your non-Japanese driver's license into a second-class driver's license that is required to transport passengers as a profession.
‚S Depending on the issuing country, necessary documents differ for conversion. Please check with the Sapporo Driver's License Examination Center before your visit there.
‚T We do not accept applications by mail. Please go to the center in person.

›@Items required for conversion
‚P Application for a Driver's LicenseiThe form is available at the driver's license examination center.)
‚Q Valid non-Japanese driver's license
‚R Japanese translation of the non-Japanese license (It must be translated by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) or by an official entity of the country issuing the license, such as a consulate.)
‚S Certificate of residence with an entry of the legal address on the family registry or of the nationality. It must have been issued no more than six months before the day of application.
Note: If you are not required to register as a resident, please contact the Sapporo Driver's License Examination Center. (If you do not speak Japanese, you will need to bring an interpreter.) An alien registration certificate or a residence card will not be accepted as a substitute.
‚T A photograph of you taken no more than six months before the day of application (Size: 3 cm long by 2.4 cm wide)
‚U Passport (including an old passport to confirm your period of stay in Japan) or any other document that shows your period of stay in Japan (For details, please contact the Sapporo Driver's License Examination Center. If you do not speak Japanese, you will need to bring an interpreter.)
‚V Name seal (If you do not have one, your signature will do.)
‚W Japanese driver's license, if you have obtained one.
‚X Examination fee and issuing fee for the Japanese driver's license

›@Days and times for application
@You need to make an appointment from Monday to Friday for the application (except for national holidays and days from December 29 to January 3)
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@If your driver's license has been lost or damaged, you can apply for reissuance.
›@Items required for application
‚P Application for reissuance of a driver's licenseiThe form is available at the driver's license examination center.)
‚Q A photograph of you taken no more than six months before the day of application (Size: 3 cm long by 2.4 cm wide)
You can have your photograph taken at a driver's license examination center, for a fee.
‚R Name seal (If you do not have one, your signature will do.)
‚S Reissuance fee
‚T ID, such as a passport, a residence card, a health insurance card or an employee's ID
‚U Damaged driver's license, if any

›@Days for application
@Weekdays except from December 29 to January 3

›@Reissuance on the day of application
@If you apply for reissuance between 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m., the driver's license will be issued that day. Reissuance takes two to three hours.
Note: You can apply for reissuance of your driver's license at the police station that has jurisdiction over your registered address, except at police stations in Sapporo. In that case, the driver's license will not be reissued on the day of the application.
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@If there are any changes to the information on the driver's license, such as your name, address, nationality or legal address on the family registry, you must report that to the driver's license examination center. The change will be written in the remarks column on the back of the license.
›@Necessary documents
‚P Driver's license
‚Q Report of Changes to the Information on a Driver's License iThe form is available at the driver's license examination center.)
œ @For changes of the legal address on the family registry, of the name or of the nationality:
@A certificate of residence with the entry of the new legal address on the family registry, of the new nationality or of the new name, which was issued no more than six months before the report
œ @For the change of the address
@A document that proves the new address, such as a certificate of residence, a residence card, a health insurance card, a receipt of utilities or mail addressed to the applicant

›@Days and times for application
@Between 8:45 and 5 p.m. on weekdays, except from December 29 to January 3

›@Other
@No fee is necessary for this procedure.
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@Procedures and necessary documents differ, depending on the timing and reasons for the expiry and the time passed after expiry. For details, please contact the driver's license examination center that has jurisdiction over your registered address.
Ÿ Inquiries for the above
(If you do not speak Japanese, you will need to bring an interpreter.)
œ Sapporo Driver's License Examination Center
1-go, 1-ban, 4-chome, Akebono 5-jo, Teine-ku, Sapporo-shi
Tel: 011-683-5770
œ Hakodate Driver's License Examination Center
149-23, Ishikawa-cho, Hakodate-shi
Tel: 0138-46-2007
œ Asahikawa Driver's License Examination Center
2699-5, 17-chome, Chikafumi-cho, Asahikawa-shi
Tel: 0166-51-2489
œ Kushiro Driver's License Examination Center
15-8, Kita 1-chome, Otanoshike, Kushiro-shi
Tel: 0154-57-5913
œ Obihiro Driver's License Examination Center
1, Kita 2-chome, Nishi 19-jo, Obihiro-shi
Tel: 0155-33-2470
œ Kitami Driver's License Examination Center
141-1, Taisho, Kitami-shi
Tel: 0157-36-7700


@You can apply for renewal of your driver's license at entities that act on behalf of the public safety commission, such as a driver's license examination center. For details, please contact each entity that has jurisdiction over your registered address. (If you do not speak Japanese, you will need to bring an interpreter.)

Ÿ @Japanese driver's licenses are valid for three, four or five years after the issuing date. If you do not renew your driver's license by one month after your birth day of the relevant year, your license will expire. If you drive with an expired license, you will be charged with driving without a driver's license.
Ÿ @You should renew your driver's license one month before or after your birth day in the year of expiry.
Ÿ @You need to pass an aptitude test, such as an eyesight test, to renew your driver's license.
@In addition, you need to attend a seminar for renewal of driver's licenses. If you are between 70 and 74 years old, you need to attend a seminar for senior drivers who wish to renew their driver's license.
@If you are 75 years old or more, you need to first take a preliminary test for a seminar for senior drivers.
@If you pass the test, you need to attend the seminar.
@Please refer to a notification of a seminar for senior drivers or a notification of renewal of a driver's license.

›@Days for application
E Sapporo Driver's License Examination Center
Weekdays and Sundays, except from December 29 to January 3 for senior drivers and drivers whose categories of renewal seminar are "excellent driver", "ordinary driver", "driver of the first renewal" or "driver with violation record"
E Hakodate Driver's License Examination Center, Asahikawa Driver's License Examination Center, Kushiro Driver's License Examination Center, Obihiro Driver's License Examination Center, and Kitami Driver's License Examination Center
Weekdays, and the first and the third Sundays, except from December 29 to January 3 for senior drivers and drivers whose categories of renewal seminar are "excellent driver", "ordinary driver", "driver of the first renewal" or "driver with violation record"
E The Chuo Driver's License Renewal Center for Excellent Drivers (at the Chuo Police Station) and the Atsubetsu Driver's License Renewal Center for Excellent Drivers (at the Atsubetsu Police Station)
Weekdays only for senior drivers and drivers whose categories of renewal seminar are "excellent driver" or "ordinary driver"
E Police stations (excluding drivers who have a registered address in the city where a driver's license examination center is)
Weekdays only for senior drivers and drivers whose categories of renewal seminar are "excellent driver", "ordinary driver", "driver of the first renewal" or "driver with violation record"
Application must be made by 5 p.m. The renewed driver's license will be issued after the day of application.

›@Issuance of renewed driver's licenses on the day of application
@You can receive your renewed driver's license on the day of application at the driver's license examination center and at the driver's license renewal center for excellent drivers, if you finish application for the renewal and attendance of a seminar for renewal by the designated time.
@For details, please contact the driver's license examination center or the driver's license renewal center for excellent drivers that has jurisdiction over your area (If you do not speak Japanese, you will need to bring an interpreter)
Ÿ Driver's License Renewal Centers for Excellent Drivers
œ Chuo Driver's License Renewal Center for Excellent Drivers
4, Nishi 5-chome, Kita 1-jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi
Tel: 011-242-0110
œ Atsubetsu Driver's License Renewal Center for Excellent Drivers
5-20, 4-chome, Atsubetsuchuo 2-jo, Atsubetsu-ku, Sapporo-shi
Tel: 011-896-0110

›@Items required for application
‚P Application for Renewal of a Driver's License (The form is available at the facility for application.)
‚Q Driver's license
‚R Notification of Renewal of a Driver's License (This is not absolutely necessary.)
‚S Name seal (If you do not have one, your signature will do.)
‚T A photograph of you taken no more than six months before the day of application, if you apply for the renewal at a police station (Size: 3 cm long by 2.4 cm wide)

›@Fee
E Drivers under 70 years old
Renewal fee and fee for a renewal seminar
E Drivers 70 years old or more
Renewal fee


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