Driving Licences in Taiwan
Find out about getting a Taiwanese driving licence and learning to drive a car or motorbike in Taiwan...
In Taiwan all drivers must have a valid driving licence, which must be carried at all times when driving. The minimum age to drive a car is 18 years old.
Drivers who have a valid foreign driving licence and who wish to stay in Taiwan long term will need to convert it to a Taiwanese (ROC) one.
- For more information on licence exchange, see the Angloinfo Information Page Exchanging a Driving Licence in Taiwan
Foreigners are not allowed to take professional driving licence tests in Taiwan; they can, however, apply for a personal driving licence. For foreigners a driving licence is valid for the same length of time as their Alien Resident Card (ARC).
Applying for a Learner's Licence
A learner's permit is needed to start learning to drive in Taiwan. To apply, the foreigner must be at least 18 years old and have a valid residency permit for at least one year.
Applications should be made at the local Motor Vehicle Office, which is part of the city or county government. A completed driving licence registration form is needed. The following documents are needed in support of the application:
- An Alien Resident Card (ARC), valid for at least one year
- Three identical passport style photos (one inch) taken in the preceding six months
- A physical capability examination report
There is a fee for applying for a learner's permit.
- To find the nearest Motor Vehicle Office: Click here
Physical examination report
The report is issued by public health offices, government hospitals or other offices designated by the Motor Vehicle Office. The report is valid for one year after it is issued and includes:
- An eyesight test
- Weight and height measurements
- A test of motor skills
- A hearing test
- To find a physical examination centre: Click here and then scroll down to "Physical Examination Centre locations"
The physical test must be taken before applying for a driving test.
The Driving Test
The licence is issued once an applicant has successfully passed both a written test on Taiwan's traffic regulations and a practical driving test. Once the written test has been taken it is valid for one year. Should either test be failed they can be re-taken seven days later.
The written tests for both car and motorcycle licences are computer-based and involve a series of multiple choice questions. Tests can be taken in Chinese, Japanese, English, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese and Cambodian. Written test questions for applicants to drive both motorbikes and cars can be downloaded from the website of the Director General of Highways.
The practical driving test involves demonstrating proficiency in the following manoeuvres, which are done on a test track:
- Reversing into a garage
- Parallel parking
- Moving forward and backwards on a curve
- Railroad crossing
- Dealing with forked road intersections
- Control and stability when changing gears
- Going up and down hills
- Dealing with pedestrian crossings
The test can be taken in either a manual or automatic car; the licence, however, only allows the driver to drive the same transmission type in which the test was done.
Once the licence is issued, it is valid for as long as the ARC. Licences can be renewed, without retaking the test, at a local Motor Vehicle Office. A fee for renewal must be paid.
Applying for a Motorbike Driving Licence
In Taiwan, to ride a scooter or motorbike a person must be at least 18 years old. To apply for a driving licence for a motorbike above 250cc, the applicant must be at least 20 years old.
To ride a motorbike with an engine power greater than 50cc, there are both written and practical tests. However, a driver who has a car driving licence can ride a motorbike which is less than 50cc without taking the tests. Those without a car licence must sit a written test.
The procedure and the documents required are the same as for a car driving licence.
One of the smoothest routes to getting a driving licence in Taiwan is to attend a driving school. Once the fee is paid, students have access to practice written tests, which they can take at their leisure, and to driving tracks similar to those used in the test.