Switching from foreign's license to Japanese license via ZIPLUS

Guide for Switching Driver's License to a Japanese License

Foreign Driver's License holder.
We issue the translations
to support
foreign license conversion

Ziplus will issue the "Japanese translation" document  which is required for switching your driver's license to a Japanese license.

Ziplus is a corporation that supports approximately 1,500 people per year in obtaining licenses.
We issue translations as designated by the National Public Safety Commission. *Since 2023

Available area

United States (50 states)
China
Hong Kong
Ukraine
Philippines
Taiwan
Vietnam
Myanmar
Nepal

*Ukraine driver's license must have English notation.

notice

2023.12.19 For those who obtained a Taiwanese Driver's License on or after June 30, 2023

If you obtain a "small vehicle license" after June 30, 2023, you will not be able to drive a regular motorized bicycle.
To drive a regular motorized bicycle, you need to switch to a regular license.
For more information, please contact your local license center or police.

2024.1.31 From February 1, 2024, we will start issuing translated versions of [Nepal] driving Driver's License.
2024.1.31 We have opened a dedicated translation hotline. ☎050-1731-8335

Please note that you may have to wait during busy times.
[Weekdays] 10:30-18:30 [Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays] 9:30-17:30 *Excluding year-end and New Year holidays

For beginnersSince April 2021, Ziplus issue the
"Japanese translation" document
which is required for switching foreign driver's license to a Japanese driver's license.

This site is for foreign nationals living in Japan.
We provide various information about obtaining a driver's license.
There are two ways for foreign nationals to obtain a driver's license in Japan.

On this site, foreigners living in Japan<br>We provide a variety of information about obtaining a driver's license.

To convert your Foreign Driver's license
in a  Japanese Driver's license.

If you have foreign driver's license,You can drive in Japan.
Translation procedures can be applied through Ziplus.

Flow of foreign license switching

1

confirmation of foreign license

2

document preparation

here
The translation is
Is required

3

book an audit

4

examination

5

aptitude test

6

knowledge check

7

skill check

8

driver's license issuance

Service overview

Ziplus Co., Ltd. can issue translations of Driver's License for some countries and regions.

4 services

Cost 6,000 yen(tax included)

*Letter Pack Plus: 520 yen (shipping fee)

Convenience store printing fees are free.

Speed 3 to 4 days*1

Depending on the inquiry and the situation of the translator,
There is a possibility that you will receive the date.

online application to payment,
All online

You can print out your translation at your local convenience store.

*FamilyMart, Poplar, Lawson (excluding some stores)

Support phone, email

We will support you on how to apply for translations, etc.
(Foreign languages available)

*1 Excludes year-end and New Year holidays and temporary closures. In addition, depending on the inquiry and the situation of the translator, it may takes few more days.

Compatible Driver's License

*Ukraine driver's Driver's License must have English notation.
*For those who obtained a Taiwanese Driver's License after [June 30, 2023]
If you obtain a "small vehicle license" after June 30, 2023, you may not drive a regular motorized bicycle.
In order to drive a regular motorized bicycle, you need to switch to a regular license.

Those who have a  Driver's License from another country/region

We are terribly sorry. Ziplus Co., Ltd. cannot issue the translation. 
Please contact other consular agencies and legal entities as specified by government ordinance.

FAQ

Q. How long does it take for the translation to arrive?
A.

It will be shipped 3-4 days after your application.

Q. How will the translation be delivered?
A.

It is delivered by "Letter Pack Plus".
A signature is required upon receipt. It will be received face-to-face. If you are not at home, you will probably find an "absent note" in the post, so please check it and follow the procedures for redelivery yourself.

Q. Does the signature have to be the person on the driver's Driver's License?
A.

It is also possible to receive the signature of a proxy.

Q.  I did not receive the translation due to a time conflict and the storage deadline seems to have passed. Can you send it to me again?
A.

fine. However, please note that re-delivery after the second time will be shipped by cash on delivery.

Apply/Inquiry

Apply for translations
Please feel free to contact us.