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Validity of International Driving Licences
The holder of an international driving licence is only allowed to drive on that licence during the first thirty consecutive days of the holder having landed in Taiwan, and only to drive the group(s) of vehicles designated on the licence.
If the holder is applying for an Alien Residence Certificate (A.R.C.), then the validity of the licence can be extended to cover the period of the holder’s extended residence, up to a maximum of one year. Re-application of the licence extension must be made after its date of expiry.
If a non-A.R.C. holder leaves Taiwan and then re-enters, then the standard international licence validity period of thirty consecutive days from landing re-applies.
If required, licences can be extended upon reaching the thirty day expiry date.
International Licence Extension
To extend an international licence for use beyond the holder’s initial thirty days after landing in Taiwan, the applicant will need to go to one of the main Motor Vehicles Offices in their area and provide:
i) their International Driving Licence
ii) their passport or A.R.C. (Alien Resident Certificate)
iii) a passport photo.
The process should usually be completed within a few minutes and documents will be returned immediately. The original international licence will have an additional piece of paper attached (called a “visa” by the authorities) and notarized with a rubber stamp. There is no charge for this service.
Please refer to the list of reciprocating countries for information on validity and acceptance of relevant international licences for use in Taiwan as not all licences may be accepted for use.
See table of reciprocating countries for international licence validity in Taiwan.
Local Licences, and Testing
Local licence regulations have recently been cleared up over their validity period and are now valid for as long as the holder's A.R.C. permit. They may be extended along with A.R.C. permits up to a total of five years. Subsequent renewal licences do not require additional testing, only an additional tax/fee, payable at a motor vehicles office. In the case of R.O.C. citizens the licence will be valid for five years.
You may only apply for a local licence if you hold an Alien Residence Certificate (A.R.C.) or are already an R.O.C. citizen. If you are a holder of a licence from a reciprocating country you may use it to qualify for immediate entrance to the theory and road examination procedure after passing the basic physical exam (see physical exam below) . Drivers from some reciprocating areas may simply exchange thier licences for local licences (see table for details).
If you don't already hold an accepted licence from another region then you can apply for a local provisional licence and then register for lessons at a training facility. After 35 days minimum of training you may proceed with the theory and practical test at a testing facility. If you can, we recommend taking your test at the Motor Vehicles Office, Taipei Shilin branch as the online practice exam questions and answers are exactly as they appear in the exam offered at that centre whereas not only questions, but answers to questions may be different at other testing stations, which is another anomaly within the local bureaucracy. The road test itself should technically be most demanding in the parts of the test which require tight turning, parking and driving through the 'S' road and then reversing. We recommend you become familiar with whichever vehicle you will be using in the test as turning circles on different vehicles may differ (you may not use your own vehicle for the test).
Required Documents for Local licence Application
1) A completed 'Physical Examination Report' (see 'Pysical Exam' below).
2) Alien Residence Certificate (A.R.C.) with validity of one year from beginning to end.
3) Three recent photos 1-inch photos of front image without hat (Taken within past six months.)
4) Application Form for Driver’s Licence (available at theMotor Vehicle Office).
5) Local Provisional Driver’s Licence or accepted International Driver’s Licence, plus one copy (necessary only for car driver’s licence test)
6) Money. You should need around NT$1000 to cover all aspects of registration and testing, but take more in case prices change over time.
7) We advise to take multiple foreign and local identification doccuments including passports in case they are requested by M.V.O. staff.
Local licence application process and costs:
Step One: Physical Exams (NT$100, plus NT$100)
Step Two: Application (NT$552)
Step Three:Theory Test
Step Four: Practical [Road] Test
Step Five: Collection of new Driver's Licence (NT$200)
Step One: Physical Exam
This exam must first be completed before applying for a local driving test.
The examination is a non-intrusive exam which takes into account the applicant’s general physical abilities. No blood tests or samples of any kind are obtained during this test. See bottom pf page for 'physical exam' locations in the Taipei area.
The test consists of:
1) Eyesight, including distance, peripheral and colour blindness.
2) Measurements including height and weight.
3) Motor skills including the ability to squat down, stand up and wriggle all ten fingers.
4) Hearing, including both left and right ears.
Step Two: Application
Application forms are available at every M.V.O. (Motor Vehicle Office). Staff should be on-hand to assist with any form filling as some parts may require the input of Chinese characters.
Step Three: Theory Test
The theory test is a multiple choice, computer based exam comprised of a limited number of questions. Each applicant must first pass with a minimum of 85 points before being allowed to take the final 'Practical Exam'.
When practicing the online test linked here then you will need to know that the two selection boxes offered are labelled "是" "Yes"
and "否" "No". The button functions at the bottom of the page are from left to right: "Clear answers", "Submit answers" and "Return to language page". You will need a score of 85 points or more to pass this "theory" test.
It is recommended to take the theory test at the Taipei City, Chengde Rd. Centre as the test will appear identical to the one linked here. Taiwan still has a way to go in introducing standard questions and answers to all regions and many M.V.O.s are known to offer differing questions and difering answers to the same questions.
Step Four: Practical [road] Test
The practical course is a simple course set on a relatively empty testing lot, free of traffic, which consists of various challenges. These courses are standard testing tracks and can be found at many of the M.V.O.s in Taiwan. The course (depending on volume of applicants) generally takes only twenty minutes to complete for a practiced and competant driver. It is important to remember that there is no time limit to complete this practical test and so applicants can take all the time they like to complete the exam. There is no hurry and hurrying any sections of this test can easily result in failure. Do please take your time.
A total of seventy points or above are needed to pass this portion of the test.
Re-testing may be done after a minimum of seven days in the event of a failure.