Fewer documents and longer validity term! China has implemented new policies to ease application of temporary driving permits for international travelers from Sept 20.
Last month, China’s Ministry of Public Security held a news conference to introduce six new policies that come into effect from Sept 20.
The most exciting changes for our overseas friends are undoubtedly the new measures involving driving permit and plates.
A traveler who applies for provisional driving permits (临时机动车驾驶许可) for a car or motorcycle will no longer need to submit a health examination report.
The validity term of the license will be for a minimum of three months and can be extended to a year if holder will stay for more than three months.
The driving permits can be used for multiple-entry during the validity periods so that people don’t have to re-apply.
Chinese police also simplify the procedure for international travelers to obtain temporary plates for their vehicles.
Foreign cars meeting following conditions can be exempt from technical checks in China:
Driver’s license in traveler’s home country
Two documents’ Chinese translations
1-inch ID photo with white background
Vehicles meeting the following conditions will be granted a 1-year-valid digital plate:
Be registered within the past 6 years
Registry services are allowed to be provided at airports, harbors and free trade zones where demands are the highest.
It will benefit inbound vehicles to get one-stop services.
It is reported that places such as Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Haikou Meilan International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, and Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone have already set up processing windows of temporary driving permits for people from abroad.
The purpose of the new policies is to promote economic and social development, and to serve the needs of both individuals and companies.
These measures allow foreign tourists to travel in China by cars and help to attract people to travel, study, work and start a business in China.
Antoine Chalendard, a visitor from France who had just arrived at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on Sept 20, was granted the very first provisional driving permit for foreigners.
He successfully picked up a pre-booked car and started his self-driving tour in China with the permit.
We have posted several articles about Chinese driving license application, Click the links to know more about China’s driving license.
Here’s the detailed guide about application for provisional driving permits (car & motorcycle).
As we mentioned above, required documents are reduced under the new policies, all materials you need are:
From HK and Macao that enter the mainland via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
From Macao to Hengqin of Guangdong province
From Taiwan to Pingtan of Fujian province
Since there are different rules in different cities, you’d better prepare at least three copies for each document.
Your original Driver’s License
Chinese Translations of two documents
One-inch ID photos with a white background
Not all Chinese cities and regions allow motorcycles so that motorcycle licenses are not permitted in these places.
If you want to drive a motorcycle in China, please check the local rules first.
Visit the DMV or other service stations
Present all the materials
Get your provisional driving permits within about 30 minutes
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SOURCE | 人民网 / Xinhua / The Paper