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  • Emergency Medical Center1339
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  • Interpreting Service1588-5644
  • Ulsan Global Center1577-2818
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Obtaining Korean Driving License (same procedure as for Koreans)

There are two kinds of driver's licenses: Class 1 and Class 2, by type of vehicle. An applicant must pass three kinds of tests: a knowledge test, a course test and a road test. An applicant takes the tests at the driver's license test center. An applicant can take the tests at a driving school, however it takes longer to obtain a driver's license, and it is more expensive, although the pass rate is higher than at driver's license test centers.

  • Drivers License Agency homepage www.dla.go.kr
  • Driver's License Test Center 1577-1120 (all over the country)
Driver’s license Class 1, Class 2
Driver's License Vehicles permitted to Drive
Class Category
Class 1 Large ① Automobiles, busses, cargo trucks, emergency vehicles
② Construction equipment
  • - Dump trucks, asphalt distributors, road stabilizers
  • - Concrete mixer trucks, concrete pumps
  • - Perforators (truck loading type)
  • - Forklifts less than 3 tons running on the road
③ Special vehicles (except trailers and tow trucks)
④ Motorbikes
Regular ① Automobiles
② Passenger cars with less than 15 passengers
③ Emergency vehicles with up to 12 passengers (only for automobiles / passenger cars)
④ Cargo trucks with a loading capacity of less than 12 tons
⑤ Construction equipment (only forklifts less than 3 tons running on a road)
⑥ Motorbikes
Small ① Cargo trucks with three wheels
② Automobiles with three wheels
③ Motorbikes
Special Trailers, tow trucks, all vehicles allowed for Class 2 Regular Licensee
Class 2 Regular ① Automobiles including passenger cars with less than 10 passengers
② Cargo trucks with a loading capacity of 4 tons
③ Motorbikes
Small ① Two-wheeled vehicles (sidecar included; (more than 125cc)
② Motorbikes
Motorcycle Motor-equipped bikes
Learner's License Class 1 Regular ① Automobiles
② Passenger cars with less than 15 passengers
③ Cargo trucks with a loading capacity of less than 11 tons
Class 2 regular ① Automobiles including passenger cars with less than 10 passengers
② Cargo trucks with a loading capacity of less than 4 tons
International Driver's License

Those who have an international driver's license issued in a foreign country can drive a vehicle in Korea for one year from the date of arrival into Korea. However, they cannot drive commercial vehicles; they can only drive the vehicles allowed by the relevant driver's license. An international driver's license loses its validity if a holder does not take an aptitude test after its expiry, fails in an aptitude test, or has a car accident while driving. Driving without a driver's license is illegal.

Exchange of a Foreign Driver's License for a Korean Driver's License

Only those from countries that recognize the Korean driver's license are exempt from all tests as of July 1, 2003 in accordance with the Geneva Convention. They must take the knowledge test in order to exchange a foreign driver's license for a Korean driver's license.

Required documents
  • Foreign driver's license
  • Alien registration card
  • Fee: 11,000 Won
  • Knowledge test: 6,000 Won
  • Three photos (3 cm x 4 cm)
  • Translated and notarized copy of foreign driver's license (the date of issuance and validity shall be notified on a copy. No translation/notarization required for a foreign driver's license in English)
  • Immigration certificate or passport at the time of issuance of foreign driver's license
  • Embassy certificate

Source: Busan Life (http://www.busanlife.or.kr)