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License Application Process

KOREAN

Guide on Driver's License Exchange

Exchange of Foreign Driver's License

* Please make sure to check the notes when exchanging a license.

  • Application
    locations
    All regional driver's license examination offices
  • Acknowledged
    countries
    • - Public notice by the National Police Agency on Feburary 04, 2019 (View details)
    • - What is an acknowledged country?
      • A country which allows Korean licenses to be exchanged to licenses of that country without any separate test
      • In cases where the acknowledgement of Korean licenses changes after the enactment of a public notice and notification of that fact has been given, the system after the change will be followed
    • - A license issued by an acknowledged country: Only a health check is necessary.
    • - A license issued by an unacknowledged country: A health check and written exam (40 multiple choice questions; available in Korean, English, Chinese, or Vietnamese).
  • Required documents
Acknowledged Country(Foreigner/Foreign Citizen ,Korean Citizen /Permanent Resident),Unacknowledged Country(Foreigner/Foreign Citizen,Korean Citizen /Permanent Resident)
Acknowledged Country Unacknowledged Country
Foreigner/
Foreign Citizen
Korean Citizen /
Permanent Resident
Foreigner/
Foreign Citizen
Korean Citizen/
Permanent Resident
Original foreign license Original foreign license Original foreign license Original foreign license
Original passport
- Passport confirming entry & departure
Original passport
- With entry/exit stamps confirming over 90 days of stay in the license issuing country
Original passport
- Passport confirming entry & departure
Original passport
- With entry/exit stamps confirming over 90 days of stay in the license issuing country
Original Alien Registration Card (Original Korean with Foreign Nationality ID Card) Original National ID Card (including original Korean with Foreign Residency ID Card) Original Alien Registration Card (Original Korean with Foreign Nationality ID Card) Original National ID Card (including original Korean with Foreign Residency ID Card)
3 color photos taken within 6 months (3.5x4.5 cm) 3 color photos taken within 6 months (3.5 x 4.5 cm) 3 color photos taken within 6 months (3.5 x 4.5 cm) 3 color photos taken within 6 months (3.5 x 4.5 cm)
Embassy certificate or Apostille for the license Embassy certificate or Apostille for the license Embassy certificate of the license of Apostille Embassy certificate of the license of Apostille
Certificate of the Facts Concerning Entry & Exit
- From birth year to the present
Certificate of the Facts Concerning Entry & Exit
- From birth year to the present
Certificate of the Facts Concerning Entry & Exit
- From birth year to the present
Certificate of the Facts Concerning Entry & Exit
- From birth year to the present
Fee
- License Issuance: 8,000won(English:10,000won)
Fee
- License Issuance: 8,000won(English:10,000won)
Fee
- Written Exam: 10,000won
- License issuance: 8,000won(English:10,000won)
Fee
- Written Exam: 10,000won
- License issuance: 8,000won(English:10,000won)

* Embassy certificate or Apostille for the license: ⓐ or ⓑ issued within the past year must be submitted to confirm the authenticity of the foreign license.

  • Certificate issued in Korean or English by the relevant Embassy in Korea (embassy of the country in question) or the Korean Embassy to the relevant country to verify a foreign license
  • ‘ Certificate issued in Korean or English by a member country of the Apostille Convention (as of the present)

* Foreigners who are staying for fewer than 90 days without completing Foreigner Registration cannot exchange a foreign license for a Korean one but can take the normal exams without exemption benefits.

  • Note
    • - As for the relevant Embassies in Korea without separate notice regarding the suspension of certificate issuance, please contact the Embassy in advance to check whether a certificate can be issued
    • - Additional fee for Health Check
      • Large/Special: 7,000 won
      • Other licenses: 6,000 won
      • * Since the Gangneung, Taebaek, and Mungyeong examination offices do not have a Health Check Center, applicants must receive the health check at a nearby hospital.
  • Exchanged license
    • - Foreign driver's license exchange is limited only to Type 2 General.
    • - A license issued by a country otherwise specified according to Mutual Recognition Agreement (Belgium, Poland, Spain, and Italy) can be exchanged for an equivalent type of license.
  • Other
    • - Since exchange of a foreign driver's license is a time consuming process, please inquire with the regional office before visiting it.
    • - Application by agent is not possible