If you are a foreigner or an expat in Saigon and you do not hold a driver’s license of any kind, you have to pass both theory and driving tests before getting a license. It is important to go through this because driving in Vietnam is an entirely different thing. The theory test is in Vietnamese and you are not allowed to have an interpreter or translator.

To register for this case, you must:

››Be a Vietnamese resident or a foreigner who is allowed to reside, work or study in Vietnam.

››Be at least 18 years of age. 

Documents required:

›A completed application form to register at the driving examination.

›A photocopy of your permanent residence card or valid passport.

›A health certificate provided by jurisdictional health department. After taking the examination you will be granted your driver’s license within 10 working days.

If you hold an international or national driver’s license, you can obtain a similar Vietnamese driver’s license by satisfying the following requirements:

››You have to reside in Vietnam and have at least a three month Vietnam visa.

Documents required:

››A complete application form to change the driver’s license

››A notarized translation of your driver’s license

››A photocopy of your driver’s license

››A photocopy of your passport (the page with your picture, personal details and other valid information)

››A photocopy of a valid visa or permanent residence card.

Deadline for changing driver’s license is five working days after receiving the following documents:

››A notarized translation of your driver’s license

››A photocopy of your driver’s license

››A photocopy of your passport (the page with your picture, personal details and other valid information)

››A photocopy of a valid visa or permanent residence card.

For information on driving a motorbike in Vietnam go to In Vietnam, Motorbike Drivers’ Behaviour Matters

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