Convert your foreign driving license into a Chinese one

Convert your foreign driving license into a Chinese one

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 Obtain a Chinese driver’s license

How to obtain a Chinese driver’s license with a foreign one



The steps needed in order to obtain your license provided you have a valid license in your home country already is explained below.  Obtaining a 驾照 jiàzhào Chinese driving license is your first step to freedom on the road.


What you’ll need:

Driver’s License from your home country
Photocopy of your license.
Photocopy of the front of your passport.
Photocopy of the information page.
Photocopy of your current visa page.
Photocopy’s of both last exit and entry stamps. (These may be on separate pages)
备查卡bèichákǎ (You get this when you register with the local police)
Copy of your备查卡bèichákǎ


Note:  Please make sure that you take several copies of all the above mentioned documents. You may need to give a copy to several different people.


Step 1. Get your home countries driver’s license translated by an official translator.

Your driver’s license can be translated by 天津翻译中心 within a half hour or so for 100元.  They are put up directly across the street from Tianjin Foreign Studies University 天津外国语学院tiānjīn wài guó yú xué yuán.


Contact information is given for your reference



Address: 天津市和平区马场道64号

Land Line: 23253701

Mobile: 23256273



Step 2. Get your physical check-up

If you start in the morning, taking care of the translation and physical check-up the same day is easy. Go down the street to公安医院 on 南京路 where you will first take pictures and do a quick physical for 45元, after  the translation is complete.

Step 3. Go to the Tianjin Traffic Police Management Bureau Office of Vehicle Management 天津市公安局车辆管理市所 in your district.

A map of all the available offices will appear, if you copy and paste天津市公安局车辆管理市所in Google.Chances are you will go to the 河东Hedong District branch or the 北辰 Bechen branch. The directions Hedong district branch where you can take up the test are as follows,

Get a number for the queue on the left, after entering the first building on the left (building 4). You have to present all your paperwork including your physical checkup paperwork, they will find your state/province and a copy of someone else’s license from there as reference to see whether or not yours is a fake. After some careful examination, you will be asked to go to the building where the test is going to take place. Your paperwork need to be seen again there simply and you will be given the complete schedule of your test, you will be given a slip of paper showing the days and time the test can be taken.


Step 4. Study for the test.

You can simply take up the test either in Chinese or in English. It is still very necessary to study the “old” test questions, although the test was changed in 2013. Before proceeding any further, there are a few caveats to keep in mind. No matter what your study materials the chinglish on the test will not be exactly the same. The best advice is to prepare for the rules,  regulations, penalties, signs, road markings and the general way questions are presented and worded. Just memorizing answers to the study questions is although helpful in understanding how the questions may be presented. But it is not a replacement for understanding the actual laws. In order to get through, you have to score 90 or above in the test. You can take the test two times. But for the third time to take up the test you will have to pay a fee of 60 RMB. If you fail the test you can take it again the following test day.



This website is the only one you need to pass the test and  is by far the best resource. First go to the site and read through all the old test study materials completely. It may sound like an easy way, but it will make certain that you will pass the very first time. Start doing the practice test and quiz after you’ve spent a few days. Copy down all the questions you have problems with and add them to an SRS style study app like Anki. Start studying the questions on the main page of the site, these questions should be the same as the old questions but in visual form which makes them much easier to answer, once you think you have all of those down.


You can find some app on the apple store, by typing chinese driving test


A 2008 question bank book for 50 元 which is entirely unnecessary will be sold by your testing center.  The local laws and regulations for Tianjin in the back of the book (which in some cases completely contradict national laws) which are not on the test is the only difference between the questions in this book and the ones found online. After failing the first test (I scored 81 after only studying the pictures on the main page) that the test of the old material was quite accurate to actual test itself, i found by myself.  For the  first two times I took the website test without studying I received an 81 and 82.  I had pushed up to a score of 93, after three days of studying. I took the test and passed with a score of 93, the following day. Chances are you will pass the real test, if  you’re passing the test on this website.


Step 5. Take the test.

You will need to sign your name in English or Chinese, your sex, nationality and phone number, if you’re taking the test for the first time. for Chinese and foreigners, the proctor will explain how the test will be taken.  Don’t expect any translations; however there is someone who can speak English that you can talk to after their presentation is over.  You will enter the testing room,after waiting for some time and they call your name. You’ll need to locate the computer with your name on it. You can ask the proctor questions by raising your hand, during the test. It’s important you keep your face centered the entire time as there will be a camera facing you during the test, it will take three pictures during random times. From the moment you hit start, the test lasts for 45 mins. Before you submit, the English test allows you to change your answers. So take advantage of this by making mental notes on questions that repeat or give away answers to others.  The computer will display your score after submitting, so leave the room and go to the small window next to the testing room if you passed with a 90 or above. Your information will be print out by them. Make sure you take your paperwork with you and go back the next testing day with it, if you didn’t pass there’s nothing to do. At 11:30 a.m, ID’s are printed the same day (this is according to the Hedong center). So you will be holding around for an hour. You can collect your ID at booth 1  in the building you registered for the test, it will cost you around 10 元.

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