Japanese Driver's License Renewal


Renewal period

The period for renewing your driver's license is the two-month period of “1 month before and after” your birthday in the year in which the license expires.

What to bring (MUST BE ORIGINAL)

  • Renewal notification postcard (If you did not receive this, please tell at the reception counter
  • Japanese driver's license
  • Residence card
  • The renewal fee in CASH *Please check the fee below.
  • *headshot photo  (you can take a photo at the license center for 600JPY)
  • A resident certificate with NO my number (if you have changed your address)

        *Headshot photo:

  1. H3cm×W2.4cm
  2. The photo must be taken within the last 6 months
  3. Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  4. The photo should show a close-up of your face and the top of the shoulders
  5. No background

Renewal fee

  • Gold status(優良運転者)3,000 JPY
  • Blue status(一般運転者)3,300 JPY
  • Traffic rules violation & beginners license(違反者講習&初回更新者)3,850 JPY

Renewal location & schedule

1. Okinawa Prefectural Driver's License Center (near the airport)
2. Okinawa Prefectural Police Safe Driving School Chubu Branch (in Okinawa city)
3. Okinawa Prefectural Police Safe Driving School Hokubu Branch(in Nago)

Please be at the renewal location by one hour before the starting time



  • There is no ATM or wifi at the license center and driving schools
  • Please be at the renewal location by one hour before the starting time
  • If you don't know what your license status is(usually, it is written on the notification postcard), please go to one of the renewal locations for the earliest renewal sessions