In late 2014, the procedure for renewal of driving licenses for overseas Vietnamese residents having demand of driving in Vietnam has been amended, supplemented and taken effect from December 1st, 2014. Editorial Board is supplying information on these articles to the readers who are overseas Vietnamese having demand of driving in Vietnam so that they could be realized and implement:
According to Clause 2 of Article 1 of Circular No. 48/2014 / TT-BGTVT amended and supplemented some articles of Circular No. 46/2012 / TT-BGTVT dated on November 7th , 2012 by Minister of Transport on training, testing and licensing motor vehicles with effect from December 1st, 2014.
Foreigners or Vietnamese residing overseas having demand of driving in Vietnam make as follows:
a) If national driving licenses are available, necessary procedures must be done to convert them into the corresponding Vietnamese driving licenses;
b) If international driving licenses issued by the authorities of the member countries of Convention on Road Traffic 1968 are available and not expire, the types of vehicles provided in the driving licenses are allowed to be used without converting them into Vietnamese driving licenses.
Contents of international driving licenses are provided in Appendix 32 of this Circular.
c) In case international treaties on driving licenses of which Vietnam is a member have different privisions, the provisions of those international treaties must be implemented.
In case the driving licenses are not internationally issued but nationally, if overseas Vietnamese want to use them in Vietnam, necessary procedures must be done to convert them into the corresponding Vietnamese driving licenses.
Profile of renewing Vietnamese driving licenses is provided in Article 57, 58 Circular No. 46/2012 / TT-BGTVT (amended by Circular No. 38/2013 / TT-BGTVT and Circular No. 48/2014 / TT-BGTVT ):
“Article 57: Profile of changing foreign driving permit or driving licenses
1. Profile made by the driver must be sent directly to Vietnam Road Administration or Department of Transportation (registered place of residence, temporary or permanent residence) includes:
a) An application of renewing or re-issuance of driving licenses (for Vietnamese, follows the form prescribed in Appendix 29 of this Circular; for foreigners, follows the form prescribed in Appendix 30 of this Circular) ;
b) Translation of foreign driver's licenses into Vietnamese notarized by notary authorities, Embassies, Consulates in Vietnam where translators are working, sealed with a photocopy of the driver's licenses. If suspicious problems are detected, authorities renewing driving licenses must send proposal to Embassies, Consulates of the countries issuing those driving licenses for verification.
c) A copy of the passports including numbers, full names and images of people being granted, the expiration date and entry visa to Vietnam; a photocopy of indentity cards, diplomatic or public service indentity cards granted by Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs or a photocopy of residence cards, temporary residence cards, permanent residence cards, papers verifying permanent residence in Vietnam for foreigners;
When changing driving licenses, drivers would be photographed by driving licensing authorities and must present valid passports, identity cards, diplomatic or public service indentity cards granted by Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, residence cards, temporary residence cards, permanent residence cards, papers verifying permanent residence in Vietnam for foreigners;
2) Original profile of changing driving licenses are given to drivers by changing driving licenses authorities including documents recorded at the points a, b, c of Clause 1 of this Article and foreign driving licenses.