Driver’s License

This section provides information on the driver’s license and related documents required to drive in Japan.

The rising number of rental transactions made with the use of fake international driving permits has been a problem recently.If the country that issued your passport differs from the country that issued your driver’s license, our staff may check the travel history on your passport.

We may refuse to rent out a vehicle if we are unable to confirm that you yourself obtained the international driving permit from the proper authorities in the country of issuance and that your international driving permit is valid.

Customers with International Driving Permit

A passport and a valid international driving permit are required.

The International driving permit must conform to the format specified by the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic.

*The international driving permit is valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance; it can be used to drive in Japan for one (1) year from the date of entry to Japan (checked against the date of entry listed in your passport).

International Driving Permit

Driver’s License

Valid passport

Driver’s License

*The international driving permit is valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance; it can be used to drive in Japan for one (1) year from the date of entry to Japan (checked against the date of entry listed in your passport).

Customers with a driver's license issued in France, Germany, Switzerland, Estonia, Monaco, Belgium, and Taiwan

Japan’s traffic rules require you to always have the following documents on hand when driving. Submit these documents to our staff when picking up the vehicle at the station.

Valid driver’s license issued by your home country

Driver’s License

Valid passport

Driver’s License

Official translation

Driver’s License

Acquiring Official Translations

Official Japanese translations of documents can be acquired from the following institutions.

1. Embassies and consulates based in Japan

2. Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) offices

*Taiwanese customers: Translated documents can be acquired from Motor Vehicles Offices in Taiwan.

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