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Living Tips

Getting a Korean Driver’s License A new regular column, based on the Living Tips segment in GFN radio’s City of Light show, which aims to provide detailed information about living tips for foreigners in Gwangju. The column will help provide information to make foreign nationals’ daily life in Gwangju more convenient, offering useful tips from little issues like using a bank machine or making a bank card to big issues like changing visa status or extending period of sojourn etc.

have an aptitude test, take a written test, and apply for a Korean driver’s license. You can also go to a public health center to get an aptitude test. It costs 4,000 won.

This month’s tips are about replacing an international driver’s license with a Korean driver’s license and getting a driver’s license for the first time.

3. Once you have passed the test and got a stamp proving that you are fit to drive, you should ready three recent passport-size photos, your valid driver’s license from your home country, your passport, and alien registration card to apply for a change of international driver’s license. The application fee costs 6, 000 won.

Replacing an International Driver’s License with a Korean Driver’s License Foreign nationals who have stayed in Korea for less than a year can drive with an international driver’s license; however those who plan to stay longer should get a Korean driver’s license. A foreign national whose resident permit includes diplomatic, official, correspondent, corporation investment, trade management, professor, research, technical advice, special activity, and Koreans abroad and their spouse and children aged under 20 are only required to take an aptitude test. It is also similar for a foreign national whose driver’s license is issued from a country that recognizes a Korean driver’s license, and vice versa. However, for a foreign national whose driver’s license is issued from a country that does not recognize a Korean driver’s license, and vice versa, a written test simplified with 20 questions and an aptitude test are required. Here are some tips in replacing an international driver’s license with a Korean one: 1. Go to the Naju Driver’s License Test Site, where you can

2. For foreign nationals who are required to get a written test, there are two ways to take the test, one is paper based and the other is computer based. Whatever you decide to take, the result of the test will be announced as soon as you finish the test. The written test costs 6, 000 won.

4. Your photo will be scanned and your Korean driver’s license will be printed right away. Your international driver’s license will not be returned to you. It will only be returned when you decide to go back to your country of origin.

Getting a Driver’s License for the First Time A foreign national who does not have a driver’s license must follow the procedures of getting a driver’s license in Korea which includes passing the written test with 40 questions, an onsite skills test and a road test. Steps to Follow in Getting a Korean Driver’s License for The First Time: 1. Choose a driving school that is near your area. 2. As there is a very slim chance of meeting an employee in the driving school who can speak English, it is highly recommended to a take a Korean-speaker with you to help with the registration and understand the rules and regulations to follow when getting a driver’s license.

Driver’s License Classification, Training Hours and Fees

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Classification

Training Hours

Fees

Class 1 Manual

15 Hours

645,000 won

Class 2 Automatic

12 Hours

636,000 won

Class 2 Manual

15 Hours

720,000 won

Road Test

10 Hours

40,000 won

On Site Test

35,000 won

Extra Class

500,000 won

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