Driving license in South Korea

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South Korean driver's license (anonymized), 2013.

Driving licenses in the Republic of Korea may be attained at age 18 for cars and motorcycles.[1][2] South Korea is one of the few nations that issue International Driving Permits (IDP) to sixteen-year-olds. This was made possible by a South Korean law in 2009, which gave Military cadets the requirement of driving a motor-vehicle. [3]

Type of license[edit]

Classes Categories Description Minimum age
Level 1 Large vehicles Passenger car, bus, truck, emergency vehicle, construction machine (dump truck, asphalt distributor, road stabilizer, concrete mixer truck, concrete pump, truck with boring machine), special vehicle (except for trailer, tow truck), moped (and motorcycle with engine displacement of 125 cc or less) 19
General Passenger car, bus with seating capacity of 15 or less, emergency vehicle with seating capacity of 12 or less (only passenger car and bus), truck with maximum loading capacity of less 12 tons, moped (and motorcycle with engine displacement of 125 cc or less), construction machine (only forklift with maximum loading capacity of less 3 tons) 16
Special Trailer, tow truck 19
Level 2 General Passenger car, bus with seating capacity of 10 or less, truck with maximum loading capacity of 4 tons or less, moped (and motorcycle with engine displacement of 125 cc or less) 16
Small Any motor-equipped bicycle or motorcycle 18
Moped Moped (and motorcycle with engine displacement of 125 cc or less) 19

Classified in a separate category that is not licensed, but the body can be operated in accordance with state and driving aptitude to limit the conditions under which the vehicle can be fitted. From July 1, 1995, based on a driver's license began, [3] from 24 July 2001 written in the Roman alphabet began. [4] In this case, the characters have a driver's license mechanism is as follows: (Road Traffic Enforcement Rules asterisk 20) [5]

The birthdate and year is printed in the first row of numbers, surrounded by 0 in the month/date/year format.

  • A: The automatic transmission vehicles (Normal-or healthy- person can acquire class 2 license with A/T only. However, in the case of handicapped person, he or she can acquire class 1 license with A/T.)
  • B: Prosthetic
  • C: Prosthesis
  • D: Hearing Aids
  • E: Deaf cover and a convex mirror
  • F: manual brake, accelerator
  • G: specially designed and approved car
  • H: Right direction indicator
  • I: Left accelerator
  • J: Multi-gear bike motor (or motor tricycle gear bike)

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