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Q1. Am I allowed to drive in Taiwan?
A1. Foreign nationals who want to drive in Taiwan must meet the requirements of Taiwan’s driving regulations. In addition, if you are from a country that has signed a reciprocal agreement with Taiwan on exchanging driver’s licenses without tests, you can drive in Taiwan either with an international driver’s license or by exchanging your original driver’s license for a Taiwanese license, depending on the stipulations of the agreement between Taiwan and your country.

 

Q2. Can I drive in Taiwan with my international driver’s license?
A2. Foreign nationals holding a valid international driver’s license issued by a nation that has signed a reciprocal agreement with Taiwan on exchanging driver’s licenses without tests may lawfully drive vehicles in the first 30 days of their stay in Taiwan. There is no need to apply for another driver’s license. Those planning to drive after the initial 30-day period must fill in an International Driving License Permit Application and go to a Motor Vehicle Office to obtain an extension for their driving privileges in Taiwan. The maximum extension time is one year.

 

Q3. Can I drive in Taiwan with my international driver’s license?
A3. Yes. In fact, foreign nationals who intend to drive in Taiwan for a longer period of time must exchange their original driver’s license for a Taiwanese license, or take the written test and road test in order to acquire a Taiwanese license. Whether foreign nationals can directly exchange the original driver’s license issued in their home country depends on if that particular country has signed a reciprocal agreement with Taiwan on exchanging driver’s licenses without tests.

To convert a driver’s license issued by another country or territory into a Taiwanese license, the holder must, before arriving in Taiwan, apply for verification at an overseas ROC embassy, representative office, or, after arriving in Taiwan, at a foreign embassy or representative office in Taiwan.

 

Q4. How do I obtain a new Taiwanese driver’s license?
A4. To obtain a new Taiwanese driver’s license, a driver must apply for a driver’s license test at a Motor Vehicle Office. For the convenience of foreigners, a computerized written test item bank is provided in seven languages: Chinese, English, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese and Cambodian.

 

Q5. What about driving motorcycles?
A5. Motorcycles in Taiwan are divided into light motorcycles, ordinary heavy motorcycles and large heavy motorcycles. Motorcycles with engines 550 cc or larger are now allowed on all of Taiwan’s expressways (but not freeways). Headlights must be turned on at all times, and drivers and passengers must wear full-face safety helmets

Foreign nationals may ride motorcycles in Taiwan. Applications for motorcycle driver’s licenses must be submitted to Motor Vehicle Offices. The motorcycle driver’s license will be issued only after the applicant passes both the written test on traffic regulations and the road test.

Those who have a valid Taiwanese car driver’s license can ride a light motorcycle of 50 cc or lower. Those with a valid car driver’s license or light motorcycle driver’s license who apply for an ordinary heavy motorcycle (between 51 cc and 250 cc) driver’s license are exempted from the written test.

Those who want to take the test for large, heavy motorcycle (above 250 cc) driver’s license must be aged 20 or above, have held an ordinary heavy motorcycle driver’s license for more than one year, have completed a training course at a registered driver’s education school, and have passed a comprehensive physical examination.
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