If you have lived or have relatives in Japan, you may know the differences about Drivers Licence between Japan and NZ.
1. YOU CANNOT DRIVE A CAR UNDER 18 YEARS OLD!
Unlike NZ drivers licence, in Japan people can start driving a car at 18 years old.
2. THERE ARE DRIVING SCHOOLS IN JAPAN!
It is very common that people go to Driving school for acquiring a drivers licence.
The system is similar to college. We pick classes from schedule and learn theory with texts and tests and actual driving practice. Schools have own sites for training, which consists full of variety such as normal roads, slopes, under covered car park and railroad crossing.
The entire cost usually starts from NZ$2,000 to 4,000.
3. YOU CAN GET A FULL DRIVERS LICENCE WITHIN 2 WEEKS IN JAPAN!
Actually the earliest term is 13 days. Comparing to NZ, the speed is almost 20 times…!
Many University students go to camp with their friends, and study hard from morning to evening for 2 weeks in middle nowhere… We sometimes heard this is too tough to complete for young people because of the lots of amount of learning and tests and homesick.
4. YOU MUST GET ABOVE 90% ON THE NATIONAL THEORY TEST!
There are 95 questions and you must get correct answers above 90%.
However it is said that its percentage of passing people are about 60-70% of applicants.
If you pass the test, you will find your number on an electric scoreboard at the test centre.
5. YOU CANNOT DRIVE WEARING KIMONO AND GETA!
Some of Japanese cities ban drivers from wearing Kimono and Geta (Traditional wooden shoes) as it is danger.
*If you hold a valid driver’s license from NZ, you can get a Japanese license without taking a written or practical exam.
Instead, go to your local license center with an official translation of your license (obtainable from the Japan Automobile Federation), your passport, and proof that you held your license for at least three months in the issuing country before coming to Japan. Then, take a basic eye and physical test and you will be issued a new license on the same day.