Driving license in Taiwan

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In Taiwan, Driving licenses (Chinese: 汽車駕駛執照) are issued by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to a qualified motor vehicle driver. The number of the driving license in Taiwan is similar to the ID number of the license holder.

Format[edit]

The driving licenses in Taiwan are only issued in Chinese. For comparison purposes the table below is shown in bilingual form.

中  華  民  國
Republic of China (Taiwan)
交通部制發汽車駕駛執照
Driving license of motor vehicle
照片
Photo
駕照號碼
License No.
A000000000 性別
Sex
姓名
Name
XXX
出生日期
Date of Birth
YYY.MM.DD 駕照種類
Type
XXXXXX 持照條件
Condition
X
住址
Address
XXXXXXXXXXXX
有效日期
Date of expiry
YYY.MM.DD 管轄編號
Control No.
8000000000000
發照日期
Date of issue
YYY.MM.DD 審驗日期
Date of Inspection
YYY.MM.DD

Notes:

Categories[edit]

Taiwan International Driving Permit

Driver licenses are categorized pursuant to the Road Traffic Security Rules (道路交通安全規則) in Taiwan. These 15 categories are:

Ordinary automobiles Business automobiles Motorcycles
No. Name Chinese No. Name Chinese No. Name Chinese
1 Driving license of ordinary
light vehicle
小型車普通
駕駛執照
5 Driving license of business
light vehicle
小型車職業
駕駛執照
11 Driving license of small
light-duty motorcycle
小型輕型機器
腳踏車駕駛執照
2 Driving license of ordinary
large truck
大貨車普通
駕駛執照
6 Driving license of business
large truck
大貨車職業
駕駛執照
12 Driving license of ordinary
light-duty motorcycle
普通輕型機器
腳踏車駕駛執照
3 Driving license of ordinary
large passenger vehicle
大客車普通
駕駛執照
7 Driving license of business
large passenger vehicle
大客車職業
駕駛執照
14 Driving license of ordinary
heavy-duty motorcycle
普通重型機器
腳踏車駕駛執照
4 Driving license of ordinary
container truck
聯結車普通
駕駛執照
8 Driving license of business
container truck
聯結車職業
駕駛執照
15 Driving license of large
heavy-duty motorcycle
大型重型機器
腳踏車駕駛執照
  • 9. International Driving Permit (國際駕駛執照): A multilingual translation a Taiwanese license for international use, issued after Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968. As the Republic of China has lost diplomatic relations with most countries since the 1970s, certain countries do not honour international driving permits from Taiwan.
  • 10. Driving license of light-duty motorcycle (輕型機器腳踏車駕駛執照): Formerly used, now splits into 11 and 12.
  • 13. Driving license of heavy-duty motorcycle (重型機器腳踏車駕駛執照): Formerly used, now splits into 14 and 15.

Licenses and Motor vehicles[edit]

Type Vehicle Definition Licenses allowed to drive
1, 5 2, 6 3, 7 4, 8 11 12 14 15
Auto-
mobiles
Light vehicle 小型車 Motor vehicles having a permissible maximum weight not exceeding 3,500 kg and not more than nine seats including the driver's seat. Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Large truck 大貨車 Motor vehicles used for the carriage of goods and whose permissible maximum weight exceeds 3,500 kg. No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Large
passenger vehicle
大客車 Motor vehicles used for the carriage of passengers and having ten seats or more including the driver's seat, e.g. city bus, tour bus. No No Yes Yes No No No No
Container truck 聯結車 Tractor coupled to a trailer whose permissible maximum mass exceeds 750 kg, e.g. Link Truck, Tractor-Full Trailer, Tractor-Semi Trailer. No No No Yes No No No No
Motor-
cycles
Small light-duty
motorcycle
小型輕型
機器腳踏車
Electric motorcycles with power not exceeding 1.34 HP. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ordinary light-duty
motorcycle
普通輕型
機器腳踏車
Motorcycles with a cubic capacity not exceeding 50 cm³, or electric motorcycles with power between 1.34 HP and 5 HP. Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Ordinary heavy-duty
motorcycle
普通重型
機器腳踏車
Motorcycles with a cubic capacity between 50 cm³ and 250 cm³, or with power between 5 HP and 40 HP. No No No No No No Yes Yes
Large heavy-duty
motorcycle
大型重型
機器腳踏車
Motorcycles with a cubic capacity exceeding 250 cm³, or with power over 40 HP. No No No No No No No Yes

Driving tests[edit]

The minimum age pursuant to Article 60 is normally 18, but one must be at least 20 to get a professional license or a license for an ultra-heavy motorcycle. A professional license must be converted to an ordinary one at 60 years old, but a professional small vehicle driver may keep the license until they are 65 years old when passing annual physical examinations. Since driving jobs are not open to foreigners, foreigners cannot get professional driver licenses.