Foreigners who have driving license issued by their home countries can apply for a temporary driving license and drive in China without taking related tests, according to a clause in a regulation issued by the Ministry of Public Security. The regulation starts to take effect from January 1, 2007.

The regulation, which deals with the management of automobiles and foreigners that come to China for a short stay, stipulates that the valid period for the temporary driving license should not exceed the period marked in the entry and exit certificates, and the temporary license can be valid for three months at most. The valid period can not be extended. In addition, the temporary driving license should be used together with foreigners' driving license issued at his or her home country and foreigners should always take these two licenses with them, in case traffic police ask them to show these licenses at any time.

Although foreigners who have obtained their driving license at home can get their temporary driving license in China without taking related tests, they need to attend lessons to study Chinese road safety regulations, before they can drive in China. And they can only drive small cars or automatic-gear cars.

If foreigners will stay for a relatively long time in China, they can consider obtaining an official driving license in China. To do so, they should take their foreign driving licenses and valid passports to the traffic management bureau, fill up the automobile driving license application form, take related theory examination, and attend a traffic regulation test. Once they have fulfilled all these procedures and passed related tests and exams, they can get the official driving license issued by the Chinese government.

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Created on 2010/11/02

This is a report from Shenzhen Daily about how to get a Chinese driving license in Shenzhen, and expats' experience on getting it. Some points might be different from Beijing, if you are interested in Getting China Driving License in Beijing, just click on it.

EXPATS in Shenzhen might be surprised to learn that, according to Chinese law, they are expected to take a local driving test before they hit the road — even if they hold an international driving license.

The implications of this can be severe.

In one recent case, Russel, a French national not identified in full, was charged with deceiving police in Quanjiao County, Anhui Province, following his attempts to get a driving license.

Created on 2010/04/20

Driving schools in Beijing have all finalized their price-hike schemes on the training courses Thursday, the Beijing Times reports.

The cost of a course on driving a manual shift sedan has been raised a maximum of 2,000 yuan (293 US dollars)after a two-round price-hike, which started in March of this year, the report says.

The move came after the Ministry of Public Security's recent requirements that all driving schools must add seven hours of instruction time to the current 79 hours, which is meant to improve the skills of new drivers on the city's increasingly crowded roads, thus reducing the potential risks of traffic accidents.

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