|International driver’s license holders|
|Holders of International Driver’s License can drive in Korea for one year since the issuance of the license.|
|Documents necessary to get Korean Driver’s License for foreigners who hold driver’s license from their home country|
|driver’s license issued by their home country, passport or Alien Registration Certificate, three photos (3 4cm), a translation of their Driver’s License (driver’s licenses in English are exempt), written confirmation from your embassy, processing fee of KRW 10 thousand.|
|Obtaining Korean Driver’s License|
|There are two types of Korean Driver’s License(Type Iand Type II) depending upon the type of vehicle.|
|To get Driver’s License, applicants must pass (1) a written test, and (2) a function test and a road driving test.|
|Written test: passport, Certificate of Alien Registration, two half-business card size photos (3 4cm), a fee of KRW 9,000.|
|Function test: passport, Certificate of Alien Registration, application form, a fee of KRW 13,000.|
|Road driving test: passport, Certificate of Alien Registration, a fee of KRW 15,000|
|※Driver’s License Agency|
|nquiries: Telephone number: 1577-1120|
|Website www.dla.go.kr/Servlet/Main (information available in English, Japanese, and Chinese)|
|Aptitude test and renewing Driver’s License|
|Type I Driver’s License holders must take an aptitude test within the period specified on their Driver’s License. Type II Driver’s License holders must renew their license within the period specified on their Driver’s License.
For more information, see http://www.dla.go.kr/english/index.jsp.
|Because vehicle registration procedure is complicate, foreigners who purchase new cars are recommended to ask dealers to make registration on their behalf. Acquisition tax (2%), registration tax (5%) and Rail road bond (20%) are imposed on buyers.
※ Required documentation
-Alien Registration Card and passport
-Two Korean guarantors and immigration certificate if a foreigner does not possess Alien Registration Card.
-Liability insurance policy and national bond
|It’s not a duty of the used car dealers to register vehicles on behalf of their customers. However, they generally provide vehicle registration service. Foreigners are recommened to go with interpreters to a vehicle registration office in their district. A fine is supposed to be imposed on the buyers if he fails to register the vehicle within 15 days from the contract date. Acquisition tax(2%), registration tax(5%) and rail road bond(6%) are imposed on the buyer.
|- Vehicle registration card
- Vehicle inspection certificate
- Alien Registration Card and passport
- Two guarantors and immigration certificate if a foreigner does not possess Alien Registration Card.
- Contract of transfer of ownership (legal forms)
- Liability insurance policy and national bond
|When purchase was made in Korea|
|Immediately after purchasing a vehicle, the vehicle must be registered at the Transportation Division of Seongbuk-gu Office. When an agent registers the vehicle, proxy written by the owner and owner’s seal must be submitted.|
|-Original of Certificate of Vehicle Manufacture
-Copy of the owner’s Alien Registration Card
-Copy of liability insurance policy
-Original of Temporary Driving Permission
-Temporary license plate
-Receipt of registration tax
-Receipt of Regional Development Promotion Bond
|※ For more details, contact Transport Administration Division, Seongbuk District Office. (2nd floor, main office Tel: 02-920-3948)|
|Negligence fines will be imposed on vehicles parked on the road where parking line is not drawn. The vehicles may be even towed away. Please use parking spaces when parking.|
|※ Negligence fine for parking violation|
|When a vehicle that violated parking regulation was towed, a notice is attached to the location where the vehicle was parked. The notice includes information on the location of the towed vehicle. To retrieve the vehicle, the following must be submitted: Driver’s License, Certificate of Alien Registration if the license is not Korean, towing fee (KRW 40,000-115,000, depending upon the size of the vehicle. A storage fee of KRW 700 is added every 30 minutes. In addition, one or two months later, parking violation fee of KRW 40,000-50,000 must be paid after receiving a notice sent by mail.|
|※ Towing and storage fees|
|Procedure for becoming a member of an automobile insurance plan is almost identical for Koreans and foreigners alike. After making inquiries to insurance companies, bring passport and Certificate of Alien Registration to subscribe to an insurance.|
|Right lane is for driving and left lane is often used as passing lane.|
|Drivers and people seated in passenger seats must fasten their seat belts.|
Korea’s traffic laws and traffic signals are identical with those in advanced industrialized countries.
Korea’s traffic laws are available from http://www.dla.go.kr/eng/main.jsp.
|When accidents occur
When small car accidents occur, Koreans tend to reach an agreement without getting the police or insurance companies involved. Considering problems in communicating, however, foreigners are recommended to carry phone numbers of insurance companies and their Korean friends and cameras for taking pictures of the incident site.
|※ Necessary When serious car accidents occur|
|-Help injured people first.
-Report it to the police(dial 112): if anyone is injured, call for an ambulance(dial 119)
-Take the picture of the accident site and move the vehicle to the roadside.
-Contact the insurance company.
-Request Driver’s License to the other party and record name, telephone number, and plate number.
|Motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles
Wearing helmet is a requirement when driving two-wheeled vehicle in Korea. Otherwise, a fine has to be paid. Furthermore, all traffic regulations are applied to motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles. In general, two-wheeled vehicles cannot be driven in roads such as expressways, which are exclusively used by automobiles. Violators will be fined.