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Driverfs LicensekJIDOSHA UNTEN MENKYOl

Getting a Driverfs LicensekŽŠ“ŽŽÔ‰^“]–Ć‹–‚̐V‚˝‚ČŽć“žl

In order to get a Japanese driver's license, people normally go to a specialized driving school. There are three components to the test: an aptitude test, a subject test and a driving skills test.@ It usually takes 1 to 2 months to complete all the examinations.@ The driving courses are conducted in Japanese.@ For more information, please contact your local government.

Changing to a Japanese Driver's Licensek“ú–{‚ĚŽŠ“ŽŽÔ‰^“]–Ć‹–‚ւ̐؂č‘Ö‚Śl

If you have a driver's license from another country, and were present in that country for a total of 3 months or more after acquiring the license, you may take a license transfer examination.

You can apply to take this exam at the Driver's License Testing and Issuing Center (681 Shimoishikawa, Kanuma-shi, tel.# 0289-76-0110)
Required Items:

The Japanese driver's license is valid from the date of issue until the third birthday after which it was issued. (Under certain conditions, the license can be extended until the fifth birthday.)

When you renew your driver's license you need to go to your local police station or Driver's License Testing and Issuing Center with the following items:

Links:
The Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) Website
(Re. Changing a Foreign Drivers License to a Japanese Drivers License)

Car InsurancekJIDOSHA HOKENl

Japan has a compulsory damage and liability insurance system to protect drivers against the costs of traffic accidents. Since insurance alone does not always provide sufficient coverage, most drivers in Japan also subscribe to an additional, optional insurance.

Damage and Liability InsurancekŽŠ”…Ól

All cars must be covered by damage and liability insurance. However, in the event of a vehicular accident that results in the injury or death of another person, this insurance will only compensate for certain damages.

Optional Insurancek”CˆÓl

damage and liability insurance has a maximum limit for compensation of damages.
Therefore, to cover any additional costs incurred, including those simply not covered by your damage and liability insurance, it is highly recommended that every driver subscribe to an additional insurance policy.

Motor Vehicle TaxkJIDOSHA ZEIl

Any person who owns a vehicle with an engine capacity that exceeds 661cc on the 1st of April must pay a motor vehicle tax. The tax notice is sent to all vehicle owners in the beginning of May and must be paid by the end of the same month

For further information, please contact the Automobile Tax Office in Utsunomiya (1-5-10 Yachio, Utsunomiya-shi, tel.# 028-658-5521) or the Sano Branch Office (2001-4 Shimo Haneda, Sano-shi, tel.# 0283-20-6111).

If a situation arises whereby you are unable to pay the vehicle tax by the set deadline, you must go to the Prefectual Tax Office in your jurisdiction for a consultation. If you do not pay and do not come in for a consultation, your property and /or assets may be seized.

Light Motor Vehicle TaxkKEI JIDOSHA ZEIl

Any person who owns a light motor vehicle on the 1st of April must pay a light motor vehicle tax. This applies only to owners of vehicles with an engine capacity of 660cc or less.
@For further information, please contact your local government.

Car Purchasing and Inspection kJIDOSHA NO SHUTOKU TO SHAKEN SEIDOl

Car owners in Japan are required to pay all relevant automotive taxes (acquisition tax, tonnage tax and automobile tax) and must have insurance. In addition, when you register your car, you are required to show proof that you have a proper parking space. If you do not have this parking space, you might not be allowed to own a car. All of the necessary paperwork can be done by your car dealer.@ If your car has been given to you by a friend or family member, please inquire at the address below.

The Japanese government has strict rules for cars (i.e. exhaust level, brakes, etc.). Every 2 years (3 years for the first-time inspection of a new car), the car must be inspected. You can find the next inspection date for your car on the inspection sticker, located on the front windshield. At each inspection you must provide proof that your automobile tax and tonnage tax have been paid.

Organization Address Phone Area covered
Tochigi Transportation Office 1-14-8 Yachiyo, Utsunomiya-shi
§321-0169
028-658-7012
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028-658-7013
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Sano Automobile Registration and Inspection Office 2001-7 Shimohaneda-cho, Sano-shi
§327-0044
0283-21-3720
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