For customers using Car Rental with an international driving license

For Customers With an International Driver's License

One of the following licenses is required to drive in Japan.

Japanese Driver's License (For residents of Japan)

Japanese Driver's License
Japanese Driver's License

International Driving Permit ※1 + Passport

International Driving Permit

※1Permits issued by member states of the Geneva Convention in accordance with the convention.

Driving with an International Driving Permit issued in accordance with the Paris Convention (1926), Washington Convention (1943) or Vienna Convention (1968) is not permitted in Japan.

Foreign Driver’s License※2 + Japanese Translation※3 + Passport

Foreign Driver's License
Foreign Driver's License
Japanese Translation
Japanese Translation

※2 This applies to driver's licenses issued from the following:

Republic of Estonia, Swiss Confederation, Federal Republic of Germany, French Republic, Kingdom of Belgium, Principality of Monaco and Taiwan.

※3 Japanese translations are valid only for translations issued by the embassy or consulate in Japan of each country or by JAF (Japan Automobile Federation). For Taiwan, translations must be issued by JAF or the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association.

Issuance of Japanese Translation of Foreign Driver's License

Valid Period for Driving in Japan

For International Driver's Permit

One year from the day you entered Japan, ※4 or one year from the date of issuance of the international driver's permit. Whichever period is shorter shall apply.
Date of Entry Stamp

※4 Verified by the date of entry to Japan stamped in your passport. However, if you enter though an automated gate (eGate), your passport will not be stamped. To receive a stamp, please ask an official when passing through the gate.

A car rental cannot be rented without an entry stamp.

International Driver's Permit

  1. 1 Is the issuing country a member of the Geneva Convention?
  2. 2 Does the convention name read “CONVENTION ON ROAD TRAFFIC OF 19 SEPTEMBER1949?”
  3. 3 Is it within one year from the date of issuance?
  1. 4 Is there a stamp on the categories of vehicles permitted to drive?
  2. 5 Could you confirm the person in the picture is you?

About International Driving Permit Upload


Please upload a photo of the international driving permit to include all items labeled 1-5. Please ensure the picture is clear and visible.

List of Geneva Convention Member States That Issue Geneva-Style International Driver’s Permits

List of Member States

  • Philippines
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Bangladesh
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Republic of Korea
  • Brunei Darussalam
Middle East
  • Turkey
  • Israel
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Cyprus
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • United Arab Emirates
  • South Africa
  • Central African Republic
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Morocco
  • Congo
  • Benin
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe
  • Namibia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Nigeria
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Greece
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • Kingdom of Spain
  • Finland
  • Portugal
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Ireland
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Iceland
  • Malta
  • Luxembourg
  • San Marino
  • Vatican
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Republic of Lithuania
  • Republic of Croatia
  • Principality of Liechtenstein
  • Republic of Estonia
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Peru
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Paraguay
  • Barbados
  • Dominican Republic
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Venezuela
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Fiji
  • Australia
  • Papua New Guinea
Special Administrative Region
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Aruba
  • Curacao
  • Saint Martin
  • Cayman Islands
  • Isle of Man
  • Guernsey
  • Jersey
  • Gibraltar
  • Territories of the United States (Guam, Puerto Rico, etc.)

Countries that are members of the Geneva Convention but do not issue international driver's permits in accordance with the convention;
France, Belgium, Monaco (Driving in Japan is permitted with a driver's license issued by the country of origin and a Japanese translation)

※Please also refer to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's “List of the contracting states of the Convention at Geneva 1949

Driving not permitted in Japan

License FormatPermitted /Not Permitted
International driver's permit issued by a country or region that has not ratified the Geneva Convention.Driving not permitted in Japan
International driver's permit issued by a country or region that has ratified the Geneva Convention, but in the form of the Vienna Convention.Driving not permitted in Japan
International driver's permit issued by competent authorities in a country or region that has ratified the Geneva Convention, but the format differs greatly.Driving not permitted in Japan
International driver's permit issued by an authority not authorized to issue such permits.Driving not permitted in Japan