International Driving Permit Japan
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IDP is essential when driving abroad
International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.
- Required by car rental agencies worldwide
- You must be 18 years or older to apply
- No test is required
How to get your IDP
Fill in the forms
Have your driver’s license and delivery address handy
Verify your ID
Upload pictures of your driver's license
Wait for confirmation and you’re ready to go!
Driving Rules in Japan
Visit Japan; the Land of the Rising Sun. Discover the rich heritage, delicious cuisine and mind-blowing scenery Japan has to offer. Driving in Japan is a treat on its own! Be sure to read several rules to maximize your stay.
- Drive on the left side of the road.
- The minimum age to drive a car is 18 years old. The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old.
- Seat belt is a must.
- Hands-free is a must. Keep your phone away unless it is hands-free.
- Drinking and driving is not tolerated. Japan has very strict rules for drunk driving
- The speed limit is 30 km/h on urban areas, 80 km/h on rural roads and 100 km/h on motorways.
- Be sure to have an early warning device in your car.
- Japan is one of the best places to drive as a tourist.
Driving in the Winter
Driving in Japan in winter is challenging. Be sure to prepare before heading out. Put on winter tires in all wheels. Keep emergency kits in your car at all time.
Enjoy your stay.
How do I get an international driving permit in Japan?
Getting an International Driving Permit in Japan is relatively easy and you can just start the process by clicking the blue button which says “Apply for IDP”
Follow every instruction well and prepare your credit card, a passport-size photo, and valid driver’s license. Always double-check that every detail you’ve inputted on the application form before you submit it.
Our IDP is recognized in 165+ countries worldwide, including the following:
- United Kingdom
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Any U.S. State
- and more.
Can you drive in Japan with an international driver's license?
There is no such thing as an international driving license. However, the accurate document that is being used to drive in another country is called an International Driving Permit (IDP).
You can drive in Japan as a visiting tourist within three months or less using an IDP that is a 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic type. An IDP is a document that is used to translate the information on your valid driver’s license into 12 of the widely used languages worldwide. This would include the Japanese translation of your valid driver’s license as you drive around the streets in Japan using a motor vehicle that you rented via a local car rental company in Japan.
However, if you intend to drive in the country for more than three months, you will be required to join a driving school in Japan to take a driving test, and exam, and get your Japanese driver’s license. This allows you to continue driving in the country no matter what province it is like Hokkaido, Osaka, etc.
Can I get an international driving permit online?
Issuance of an International Driving Permit (IDP) online is possible as long as your foreign driver’s license from your home country is present. However, there are other providers online that may be a fad, that’s why you need to do your research before you proceed with any transactions with them.
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