The day before yesterday I received my Korean Driver’s License Class Two. It means that I can drive cars and bikes and almost any vehicle except those the bus and truck types..
This post is meant to be a guideline for an Indian in Korea who wants to get a Drivers License. Since India has an agreement with Korea, the whole process of getting a Korean Drivers License (valid for 10 years) is really simple and would take not more than 3-4 hours including the transportation involved..
- Preparation: You would need to take your Passport, Alien Registration Card, Original Indian Drivers License and three Passport Size Photographs.
- Take two photostat copies of the Indian license and one each of your passport (first and last pages) and your alien registration card.
- Go to Indian Embassy, Seoul located in Hannam. This station is Located in Line 1 just above the Han river (positioned near the central region of the subway map)
- Better plan this visit so that you reach the embassy any weekday before 12:30 pm.
- Exit from Hannam Station, take a taxi and ask them to take you to Indian Embassy (인도 대서관, Indo Dae Seo Kwan in Korean).
- After getting a from from the embassy, Submit KRW 16,000 to the account specified, at the Korea Exchange Bank located down the road.
- Get one copy of your license attested from the Embassy.
- Go to the nearest Drivers License Agency (운전면허시험장, Un Cheon Myeong Heo Si Heom Chang in Korean)
- If you are a SNU student, the nearest one is at a walking distance from Samseong Station, Exit 1.
- If you are not, here is a complete list of locations in Seoul.
Gangnam Driver’s Licence Test Site Subway Line 2. Samseong Station(Exit. 1) Seobu (west) Driver’s Licence Test Site Subway Line 2. Hongik Univ. Station(Exit. 2)
– Green Bus 7016
Gangso Driver’s Licence Test Site Subway Line 5. Songjeong Station(Exit. 4)
– Green Bus 6647
Dobong Driver’s Licence Test Site Subway Line 4. Nowon Station(Exit. 9)
- If you are going to the Driver License office in Gangnam, go to the second floor of the office and submit and application.
- You need to get an application filled from there and then go down to test your Eye (takes about 60 seconds literally) and then get a seal stamped on your application. You have to pay KRW 11, 000 (6, 000 for the license and 5,000 for the Eye test) in this process.
- Go back to the second floor, submit the test reports, wait for 10 minutes.
- Voila!! You’ve got your new license with 10 years validity.
Note: You have to surrender your Indian License when you get your Korean License. But you can get it back when you go to India the next time by showing your Air Ticket, Passport and the Korean License (which need NOT be surrendered) . From that time forth you can have both the licenses with you.
Enjoy driving in Korea!!!