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Chinese driving license: how to get one

Driving in China can be an interesting experience, and while not many foreigners drive by themselves, it is not too hard to get a Chinese driving license. Basically, the problem is that the driving rules in China are not identical to any other country, so you will have to do a theory exam (in english or chinese) even if you already own a driving license in your country.

Chinese Driving License: how to get one (if you already have a driving license in another country)

If you already own a driving license, in order to convert it to a Chinese one, you will need to:
1. Translate your driving license, valid in your country, by asking an authorized translator;
2. Do a health test (at the Traffic Police Dpt.);
3. Provide your health test results and your translated + original driving license to the Traffic Police Dpt;
4. Make a theory exam: 40 sentences to mark as true or false, and 60 questions with multiple answers. Here you can find an example! If you fail, you can repeat one more time in the same day. If you fail twice, you will have to wait ten days before repeating the exam.
5. Once you pass your exam, you will get your driving license on the spot.

For all other cases

If you do not have a driving license, then you will need to follow the common procedure, which varies from city to city. We will provide the details for one of the most complex ones, used in Shanghai:
1. Make a theory exam: 40 sentences to mark as true or false, and 60 questions with multiple answers. Here you can find an example! If you fail, you can repeat one more time in the same day. If you fail twice, you will have to wait ten days before repeating the exam.
2. After learning how to drive with your driving instructor, you can proceed to a practical test in a private circuit with other drivers-to-be (composed of S-turns, U-turns, parking and similar exercises). If failed, there is still chance to try up to 4 more times before having to repeat everything from scratch.
3. After more lessons specific to this part of the exam, proceed to a practical test in a public road with other drivers. The test consist of different parts and can be repeated one more time in case of failure. If you fail twice, you will have to wait 10 days before repeating the exam. If the exam is failed in 5 different days (so up to 10 failures), you will have to repeat everything from scratch;
4. Final theory exam, with different topics from the first part.
5. Once you pass your exam, you will get your driving license on the spot.

Whether you need help to prepare for the exam or you need help to take care of the bureaucracy behind the procedure to get a Chinese driving license, SinoActive got your back. Ask us for help!

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