[For foreigners working in Japan] Explain the flow of obtaining a driver’s license in Japan

Yohji
Yohji

Hello.  This is Yohji.
It’s been 18 years since I got my driver’s license.  During that time, I think the reason I didn’t have an accident was because I attended a driving school and learned safe driving skills. It takes a very long time and a lot of money to get a driver’s license in Japan. And there is little information about their content in English.

So, this time, I will explain in English the flow of going to a driving school and getting a driver’s license in Japan. If you read this article, you can understand the process of getting a driver’s license in Japan.

Flow for obtaining a driver’s license

Yohji
Yohji

It takes at least two months to get a driver’s license in Japan.

There are eight main steps to obtaining a driver’s license in Japan.  Yes, it’s very difficult and time consuming.  However, please be assured that most people can get a driver’s license if you go to a driving school.  Then, I will explain the detailed contents of each stage.

Admission procedure

The first step is to enroll in a driving school.
Go to the reception counter of the driving school you want to enter and tell them your intention to enter the school. 

Then, go to the driving school again at the designated date and time, and submit your resident card, photo of the designated size, and ID (resident card, passport, etc.).  Depending on the driving school, you may need to pay the full tuition fee in advance, so be sure to check the amount and timing of payment.

A place where you can get a driver’s license test in English in Japan

Aptitude test

Even if say “inspection”, you will not fail.  You perform a simple personality diagnosis and visual acuity / hearing test.  Visual acuity must be 0.7 or higher for both eyes.

Department training / Skill training (first stage)

In addition to classroom lectures, you will actually drive a car on the premises of a driving school.  In the classroom, you will learn about traffic rules and the meaning of signs in Japan.  In the skill training, you will learn the technic to be able to drive safely even on narrow roads and parking lots in Japan.  ※Called school training(校内教習 / こうない きょうしゅう)

Japanese traffic signs and rules are summarized in English in an easy-to-understand manner <May 2021>

Proficiency test / Provisional license subject test

In the proficiency test(技能試験 / ぎのう しけん), you drive on the road in the driving school and the instructor scores it.  The scoring range is from boarding to disembarking, during which there is no advice from the instructor.

The department test(学科試験/ がっか しけん) is divided into two stages.  First, take a mock test(模擬試験 / もぎ しけん).  If you get 90 points or more in the mock test, you will be ready for the provisional license department test(仮免許学科試験 / かりめんきょ がっか しけん).  There are 50 questions for both the mock test and the provisional license department test, and you can answer “yes” or “no”.  If you answer 45 questions or more (90 points or more) correctly, you will pass.

If you pass both the proficiency test and the provisional license subject test, you will be issued a license ※called a provisional license(仮免許 / かりめんきょ) to proceed to the next step.

Department training / skill training (second stage)

 In the second stage of the course, you will learn first aid and what to do if you have an accident. In skill training, you go out of the driving school and drive a car.  Learn about turning, parallel parking, and driving on the freeway.  ※Called street training(路上教習/ ろじょう きょうしゅう)

Pre-graduation department test / proficiency test

The range of questions is a written test that is given from all the training areas of the first and second stages.  95 questions are asked, and 90 points or more pass.

The skill test (Called 卒業検定/ そつぎょう けんてい) is the final test at a driving school.  Drive a car on the road and the instructor will score.  The scoring is done by the deduction method, and a pass is passed with 70 points or more.

Department test / aptitude test (at the license center)

Take the test at the driver’s license center of the prefecture where you are registered as a resident.  The aptitude test tests eyesight and hearing.  Don’t forget if you are wearing glasses or contact lenses. The department test has 95 questions and passes with a score of 90 or higher.  The content of the test is similar to the pre-graduation test conducted at the driving school.

Issuance of driver’s license

Those who have passed the academic test and aptitude test will be issued a driver’s license after taking a picture to be used in the license and waiting for tens of minutes.



Support this blog

This blog is run with your donations. If this article helps you, I would be grateful if you could support this blog in the form of a cup of coffee.



Conclusion

Where do you want to go for a drive once you have a driver’s license?  If you leave any comments, I would like to explain the mechanism of Japanese expressways next time.

Well then!

Introduction and usage of the online community “useJapan”

Yoji
Yoji

By the way, a reservation is required for driving school classes.  Since there are many students enrolled from January to April, it is very difficult to make class reservations.  Therefore, I recommend that you avoid driving school from January to April☺

5 COMMENTS

Coy Peacy

Great tremendous things here. I am very happy to peer your post. Thank you so much and i’m having a look ahead to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

返信する
Awilda Shemper

Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a weblog website? The account aided me a appropriate deal. I had been a little bit familiar of this your broadcast offered vibrant transparent concept

返信する
cryptocurrency to buy now

I just like the valuable info you supply in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and test again right here regularly. I’m quite sure I’ll be informed many new stuff proper here! Best of luck for the next!

返信する
necklace

My wife and i felt absolutely joyful Jordan managed to deal with his investigation via the ideas he obtained out of your web site. It’s not at all simplistic to simply find yourself giving for free key points some people could have been making money from. And now we take into account we have got you to appreciate because of that. The specific explanations you made, the straightforward website menu, the relationships you can make it easier to engender – it is most superb, and it’s helping our son in addition to us know that this matter is enjoyable, and that’s pretty indispensable. Thank you for all the pieces!

返信する

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Translate »