Conditions for foreigners to change driving licenses in Vietnam

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Foreigners who want to drive in Vietnam must have a driving license in accordance with the provisions of Vietnamese law. LSX Lawfirm will give you an article about: “Conditions for foreigners to change driving licenses in Vietnam”, as follows:

– Circular 12/2017/TT-BGTVT regulating training, testing, and licensing of road motor vehicles

– Circular 38/2019/TT-BGTVT amending and supplementing a number of articles of Circular No. 12/2017/TT-BGTVT dated April 15, 2017 of the Minister of Transport providing regulations on training and testing , issue of road motor vehicle driving license

– Then, Circular 01/2021/TT-BGTVT amending and supplementing a number of articles of Circular No. 29/2015/TT-BGTVT dated July 6, 2015 of the Minister of Transport

– Finally Circular 188/2016/TT-BTC stipulating the rate, collection, payment, management and use of driving test fees; fees for granting licenses and certificates of operation on vehicles and fees for registration and issuance of license plates for special-use motorcycles.

Foreigners take driver’s license test in Vietnam

Accordingly, Foreigners who are residing or working or studying in Vietnam for three months or more (confirmed by a competent authority) can attend and take the driving license exam.

So, according to the provisions in Article 8 of Circular 46 and Clause 1, Article 60 of the Road Traffic Law, which stipulates who can participate in the test for a driving license in Vietnam:

  • So, as Vietnamese citizens, foreigners allowed to reside or work or study in Vietnam.
  • Full 18 years or older (by the date of the driving test), health, educational level as prescribed.
  • However, they must read and understand Vietnamese because the theory test for all grades of driving license nationwide is in Vietnamese. At the same time, they need to have other conditions such as: being within the prescribed age range for each class of driving license (grades A1, B1, B2: 18 years or older; upgrade to C, D: 21 years old or more). ; upgrade to E class: from 25 years old) and have enough health.

Conditions for foreigners to change driving licenses in Vietnam

According to the provisions at points g and h, Clause 5, Article 37 of Circular 12/2017/TT-BGTVT, foreigners who can change their driving licenses in Vietnam include:

– Foreigners residing, working and studying in Vietnam considered to change to the corresponding Vietnamese driving license when:

  • Having diplomatic identity card, official identity card, temporary residence card, residence card, residence card, permanent residence card with a period of 03 months or more
  • Then Have a valid national driving license
  • Have a need to drive in Vietnam

– Foreign tourists considered to change to the corresponding Vietnamese driving license when:

  • Driving a foreign registered car into Vietnam
  • Then Have a valid national driving license
  • Have a need to drive in Vietnam

Circumstances in which a driver’s license cannot exchange include:

– Temporary foreign driving license

– Then, International driving license

– So, Foreign driver’s license has expired according to regulations, erased, torn, no longer has all the necessary elements to change driving license or there is a difference in identity

– Then Foreign driving license not issued by a competent authority.

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Procedure to change driver’s license for foreigners in Vietnam

Conditions and procedures for changing a driver’s license when having a foreign driver’s license

  • Foreigners who have resided, worked or studied in Vietnam for 3 months or more;
  • The foreign driver’s license still has all the necessary elements: Still valid, the vehicle class allowed to drive, there is no sign of erasing or tearing, there is no difference in identification;
  • So, Do not change temporary foreign driver’s license, international driving license.


  • Procedures for changing driver’s license for foreigners:
  • So, An application for change of a driver’s license according to the prescribed form (for foreigners);
  • The translation of the foreign driver’s license into Vietnamese guaranteed by the translation quality of the notary agency or the Embassy or Consulate in Vietnam where the translator works and affixed a stamp adjacent to the copy of the driver’s license. car;
  • So, Copy of passport (including passport number, full name and photo of the grantee, expiry date and entry visa page to Vietnam);
  • A photocopy of one of the following papers: residence card, residence card, temporary residence card, permanent residence card, papers verifying long-term residence in Vietnam.

Where do foreigners go to study and take the driver’s license test?

Foreigners can contact the driver training institutions under the Department to submit documents to study and take the driving license test.
The fee for issuance of driving license for foreigners is the same as for domestic people. As follows:
Theory exam:
2 wheeler motorbike license: 30,000 VND for one time
Driving license for cars: 70,000 VND for one exam
Practicing test:
2 wheeler motorbike license: 40,000 VND for one time
Car driving license: 280,000 VND for one test
License level: Moto 2 wheels / car: 30,000 VND

Related questions

What are the procedures to prepare for foreigners to take the driving license test in Vietnam?

You need to make 01 set of documents to be submitted directly at the training institution, including:
Photocopies of passports, visas with a stay of more than 3 months.
Application for study and test to issue a driver’s license (made according to the form – distributed at the office)
Health certificate issued by a competent medical facility according to regulations. (check at the office when registering)
4 photos of 3×4 size with blue background.
Format of the test: Foreign students take the test in the same program as the Vietnamese – do the Theory test on the computer (16/20 questions with A1 grade and 18/20 with A2 grade). Practical part on manual or manual cars

If you already have a license issued by a foreign country, what should you do if you want to change it to use it in Vietnam?

Procedures for changing driver’s licenses for foreigners in Vietnam are specified in the Circular No. 12/2017/TT-BGTVT dated April 15, 2017 of the Ministry of Transport – Regulations on training and testing. , road motor vehicle driving license. According to the circular in Clause 10, Article 33: “Foreigners or overseas Vietnamese who wish to drive in Vietnam, if they have a national driving license, they must carry out procedures to change to a similar driving license. response of Vietnam.

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