Driving in Shanghai

Interested in driving in Shanghai? Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of the metro or waiting for taxis? Then you will need to obtain a Chinese drivers license. Here are a few hints to help you with the process. Unfortunately, International Driving Licenses’ are not authorized in China, so if you are interested in driving on your own in Shanghai, you will need to convert your home country’s license to a local one. First things first, you will need to be a long term resident of China, which means you have a residence permit that is valid for at least one year. Receiving a Chinese license is cheap but can be a time consuming process if you are unaware of all the protocols. driving_shanghai
To apply for a Chinese drivers license you will have to visit the Shanghai Vehicle Administration (上海车管所). There are several branches located throughout the city, however, the Minhang Branch has been acknowledged particularly for their foreign friendly staff. You can find the address of the Minhang Branch below. Before you visit the Shanghai Vehicle Administration, here are a few preliminary steps: 1) Get your foreign driver’s license translated into Chinese by an authorized translation service (about 50RMB) 2) Make sure you have all necessary documents (passport, foreign driver’s license, license translation, temporary residence permit, work permit, etc). Chances are if you think you might need it, bring it. Also, make sure you have copies of every document. It is very cheap to create document copies and there are many Chinese side street shops that offer this service. To save you time and money, it is always best to be OVER prepared. Once you have prepared your documents and are ready to visit the desired branch, here are the next few steps you will have to complete: 1) Upon arrival, you will have to have photographs taken (building #12 at Minhang branch). You won’t be able to use your own photographs because these special photos come printed with your name and ID number. (40RMB) 2) Next, a health check will be required (same building at Minhang branch). During the exam, your hearing and vision will be tested and you will have to complete a health form. (60RMB) 3) Your documents will then need to be rechecked to confirm completion and authenticity (building #8 at Minhang branch). 4) Following this, you will then need to schedule your computer based test date (building #9 at Minhang branch). You will be given a slip of paper with your name, 5) Make sure you return to take your test at the scheduled date and time (building #9 at Minhang branch). If you pass, you will need to fill out a few more documents and pay some money (55RMB), and in a few minutes you will receive your license. If you fail, you can reschedule your test.

Tip: The computerized test resembles a Chinglish test, so be sure to spend some time reviewing all the test bank questions on their official site.

Best of luck on your exam and happy driving in Shanghai!

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Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

Additional Information:
Shanghai Vehicle Administration – Minhang Branch 179 Qinchuan Road, Minhang District (Near Metro Line 5 – Chunshen Road Station) 闵行区沁春路 179 号
View this website to download the computer based test learning material: http://www.shjtaq.com 
Check out this website for more information about obtaining a Chinese driving license


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