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How to apply for a Chinese driver's license in Shanghai?
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If you are over 18 and have a valid driver's license of another country then you will most likely only need to complete a written (computerized) test to obtain a 6 year Chinese driver's license for a minimal fee.
You should go to the Shanghai Driver's Licensing Centre
Address: No. 179, Qinchun Road, Minhang District.
Office hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday-Thursday; 
                   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Friday
Tel: 021-64987070


  • Bring someone with you who can write Chinese
  • Take photographs at the center
  • Collect a standard application form and complete the form in Chinese script
  • Have a medical examination
  • Have your foreign driver's license translated into Chinese at an authorized translation service center
  • Take the papers needed (pictures, passport, foreign driver's license, and Chinese translated license) back to a reception counter
  • Make arrangements to take the written test

If all of these steps are followed without incident, you may receive your Chinese driver's license within 5 days after passing the test and paying the fees.


  • Service charge: 5RMB
  • License fee: 10RMB
  • Written test: 40RMB (if you pass the first time)

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