Japanese Driver's License Renewal

 

Renewal period

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

What to bring (MUST BE ORIGINAL)

  • Renewal notification postcard (If you did not receieve this, please tell at the reception counter
  • Japanese driver's license
  • Residence card
  • Renewal fee in CASH *See the fee as below
  • *headshot photo  (you can take a photo at the license center for 600JPY)
  • 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

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

 

Others

  • 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