How to Get an International Driving Permit Based on Your Japanese License

Where to go

Please visit one of the following without an appointment:

*1 An IDP will be issued on the same day        *2 If you apply for an IDP through a Driving School, it will take approx. 3 weeks.

Reception hours

Mon-Fri (except holidays and New Year's holiday)

Morning: Between 8:30 and 11:30

Afternoon: Between 13:00 and 16:45

Required documents (MUST BE ORIGINAL)

  • Japanese driver's license
  • Passport or official business trip certificate
  • A headshot photo*
  1. H5cm×W4cm
  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

*can be taken at the Driver's License Center on the day of submission

  • Fee: 2,350円 (Purchase Okinawa prefectural revenue stamps at the License Center)


  1. Visit either the Driver's License Center or a Driving School
  2. Fill out an application form for International Driving Permit at window#3
  3. Submit the application form along with the required documents
  4. Pay the fee by purchasing Okinawa prefectural revenue stamps
  5. Receive your International Driving Permit (If you are applying through one of the Driving Schools, you need to go back to their office to pick it up)