Motorcycle Licenses in Japan

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Motorbikes are divided into four categories according to the amount of exhaust put out. 50cc & 125cc bikes are not allowed on expressways.

Type

50cc

125cc

400cc

Large Motorbikes

Eligibility

People with a regular (普通) driver’s license may also drive motorbikes of 50cc or less.

People with a regular driver’s license (普通) are exempt from the written test.

People with a regular driver’s license (普通) or 125cc license are exempt from the written test.

People 18 years and older who pass

test criteria.

People 16 years and older who pass test criteria.

Tests

At the Aichi Driving Test Center

Written test (48 questions / 30 min)

90% pass mark

No driving test

Must take 3 hrs of the Safe Driving Course at the Center.

At the Aichi Driving Test Center

Written test (95 questions/ 50 min)

90% pass mark

Those people who have passed driving courses at designated driving schools are exempt from the driving test.

Those people who take the driving test at the Center must take a driving and emergency course at a designated driving school – both 3hrs long. If you have a regular license or 125cc motorbike license the above mentioned tests are exempt.

Necessary

documents

Alien Registration Card +photocopy, license Application Form, photo (head shot, 30mm x 24mm), inkan if you have one, an HB pencil, eraser, black ink pen and proper riding clothes

Current Japanese drivers license if you have one, certificates from the driving school which you studied at and graduated from (if applicable), and proper riding clothes

Fees

Exam:1,650 Yen

Safe Driving Course: 4,050 Yen

Processing fee: 1,750 Yen

Exam: 3,300 Yen

Emergency course: 3,600 Yen

Use of test vehicle: 1,100 Yen

Processing fee: 1,750 Yen

Driving course: 12,300 Yen

Driving course for large motorbikes: 12,600 Yen

Aptitude Test criteria:

There are certain aspects that must be met, these are: proper eye sight, hearing, ability to distinguish color and driving ability. Applicants at the Aichi Driving Practice Center will only need to undergo a simple eye test.

  • For 50cc motorbikes: Both eyes must have vision of 0.5 or better, use of glasses and/or contacts acceptable. For those people who only can see well out of one eye, the other eye must have vision of 0.5 or better and be able to see left and right for 150 degrees.
  • For 125cc and above motorbikes: Both eyes must have overall vision of 0.7 or better, at least 0.3 in each eye (use of glasses and/ or contacts acceptable.) For those people who only have 0.3 in one eye or can only see out of one eye, the other eye must have vision of 0.7 or better and be able to see left and right for 150 degrees.

Exam dates and times

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