How to Get Your Driver's License Legalized in Vietnam

If you plan to drive in Vietnam, it's important to ensure that your driver's license is legally recognized. Here's a simplified guide on how to legalize your driver's license in Vietnam:
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  1. International Driver's License (IDP): It's recommended to have an IDP with the appropriate category for motorcycles (Category A) or smaller bikes (Category A1). With a Category A license, you can drive small-sized bikes.
  2. Cost and Application: To legalize your driver's license in Vietnam, you'll need to pay a fee of 135,000 VND and complete an application form. Make sure to have a valid Vietnamese visa for at least 3 months.
  3. Visit the City Transportation Department: Go to the city transportation department to proceed with the legalization process. You'll need to bring the following documents:
  4. a. Original passport with a Vietnamese visa
  5. b. Original driver's license
  6. c. Notarized copy of your passport (including the page with the visa) valid for at least 3 months
  7. d. Notarized copy of your existing driver's license
  8. e. 3 passport-sized photos (4x6 cm)
  9. f. Completed application form (provided by the department)
  10. Processing Time: After submitting the required documents, it usually takes 5-7 days to receive your legalized driver's license.
There are two options available:
  1. Temporary Driving License: You can apply for a temporary driving license, allowing you to drive legally in Vietnam for a limited period.
  2. Convert Your Existing License: If you already have a driver's license from your home country, you can convert it into a Vietnamese driver's license.
Stay tuned for the next part of this article, where we'll explain the simplified procedure for individuals with a Category B license who want to obtain a Vietnamese driver's license for bikes.

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