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How to Get a Motorcycle License in Vietnam

According to Vietnamese law, when residing in Vietnam, you must hold a Vietnamese driving license to drive on the roads. And to have it, you can convert your current national driving license to a Vietnam driving license or apply for the test to get one. A motorcycle endorsement is needed if you want to ride a motorcycle.

There are no clear rules or laws prohibiting or allowing ride on the roads for travelers and tourists who stay in Vietnam for a short period. Vietnam has only recently accepted an International Driving Permit issued by the countries signed in the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic. If you are not on the list of these countries, you cannot drive in Vietnam because you cannot convert your home country license into a Vietnam license with a tourist visa (short-term, under three months).

Use of International Driving Permit in Vietnam (IDP) | How to Get a Motorcycle License in Vietnam

Vietnam has issued a decree (effective since 2015) to legalize using an International Driving Permit (IDP). If you are from a country listed in the 1968 Convention agreement, all you need to do is bring this document and your national driving license with you in case you must present them to the police and the authorities. You won’t need to convert the license to a Vietnamese license. Unfortunately, the IDP issued under the 1949 Convention is not recognized in Vietnam.

What you should know when using your IDP in Vietnam

  1. Your driving license must be endorsed by the vehicles you want to drive. For example, your driving license and IDP say you can drive cars only, so in Vietnam, you can only drive cars, not motorcycles, and vice versa
  2. The other important thing is the validity of your IDP. If your IDP is expired, you cannot use it in Vietnam either. In that case, you must renew it or apply for the test to take a Vietnam license (for residents longer than three months).

How to Get a Vietnam Motorcycle License in Vietnam (A1 and A2 Class)

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Vietnam Driving License Class A1

  • A1: motorcycle with engine size from 50cc to 175cc
  • A2: motorcycle with engine size larger than 175cc

A must-have condition for all of the cases is that you have to acquire a Vietnam visa for stay longer than three months. If you don’t have it, the only way you can drive in Vietnam is the IDP.

First Scenario. If you have a driving license with a motorcycle endorsement, you can convert it.

Converting to the Vietnam Motorcycle License Process

Send a copy of all of the following documents to the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam or the Department of Transportation close to where you reside:

  • Convert the license request form
  • Translation of the national license that the authorized notary offices or Embassy notarizes, Consulate in Vietnam where the translator works
  • Copy of passport (pages of passport number, your name and picture, expire date, and Vietnam visa/custom stamp marker), residence card/documents
  • You will have to take a picture at the place where you submit the documents and present the originals.

Send a copy of all of the following documents to the Department of Transportation:

  • Convert the license request form
  • Translation of national license that is certified by authorized notary offices or Embassy, Consulate in Vietnam where the translator works
  • Copy of the documents of entry and exit of the Ministry of Police or copy of passport (number, name, picture, expiration date, and the page that certified your entry to Vietnam)
  • 1 picture of 3×4 cm, blue background
  • You will have to present the original documents to verify when receiving the driving license.
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Convert license request form (Appendix 20)

After 5 working days, you should be able to get the Vietnam license.

It is valid for the vehicles you can drive with your national license. The license is valid for the period of time stated in your visa, before your national license expires, and before your Vietnam license expires. For tourists from other countries coming to Vietnam, the license is valid for the period of time stated in their visa and before their Vietnam license expires.

Second Scenario. If you have a driving license but don’t have a motorcycle endorsement, you must pass the motorcycle riding test without taking the theory test.

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Figure 8 Riding

Third Scenario. If you don’t have a driving license, you must take motorcycle riding and a theory test.

Notes: The theory test questions and answers are all in Vietnamese, and you cannot receive any assistance during the exam, so you will have to be fluent in Vietnamese enough to take the test about traffic laws and riding skills.

Applying for the test | How to Get a Motorcycle License in Vietnam

  • You must register with a training center to take the test. During the training, you will have a 12-hour course for an A1 license (7 hours of theory and 5 hours of practice) or a 32-hour course for an A2 license (12 hours of theory and 20 hours of practice).
  • You are a resident in Vietnam

You will have to submit the following to your training center:

  • Training and test request form
  • Copy of passport (over 6-month till expiration), residence card (temporary or permanent)
  • Health check-up result

Your training center will send these documents to the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam or the Department of Transport along with their test request list, which should have your name on it.

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Training and test request form (Appendix 7)

Within ten days after the theory and field test (carried out in one day), you should be able to receive the result and granted the license.

It could be tedious with all the process but the good news is Vietnam license for A1 and A2 Class is perpetual, you don’t have to renew it.

ItemsFee
Grant/convert licenseVND 135,000
Theory testVND 40,000
Riding skills testVND 50,000
Theory training feeVND 50,000
Riding skills feeVND 20,000
Table of fees regarding convert and grant new Vietnam Driving License

Summary of How to Get a Motorcycle License in Vietnam

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