Vietnamese driving licences are mandatory for all drivers of motor vehicles as well as for riders of motorcycles with a capacity of over 50cc. Non-Vietnamese citizens are only permitted to drive in Vietnam if they hold a temporary Vietnamese driver's licence.
Converting an Australian driving licence into a Vietnamese driving licence
To convert an Australian driving licence into a temporary Vietnamese driver's licence, the applicant must hold a valid Vietnamese residence permit of at least three month's validity.
In Hanoi, applications for temporary driver's licences should be directed to the Hanoi Urban Transport Management and Operation Centre, 16 Cao Ba Quat street, telephone (024) 3747 0029, fax (024) 3747 0024, website address: http://tramoc.com.vn/index.php?newlang=english
In Ho Chi Minh City, applications should be directed to the following addresses (http://sgtvt.hochiminhcity.gov.vn/huongdanthutuchanhchinh/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?CategoryId=1&ItemID=98&PublishedDate=2014-02-24T14:55:00Z):
- 252 Ly Chinh Thanh, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
- 8 Nguyen Anh Thu, Trung My Tay ward, District 12, Ho Chi Minh City
- 111 Tan Son Nhi, Tan Son Nhi ward, Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City
- 04-06 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Linh Xuan ward, Thu Duc district, Ho Chi Minh City.
In provincial areas, travellers should consult local police authorities to determine what action is required to obtain a temporary driving licence in the province where the applicant resides.
Applying for a Vietnamese driving licence
To apply for a Vietnamese driving licence (either to driver a motor vehicle or a motorbike) in Hanoi, the applicant should contact the Research and Training Centre – Department of Transportation of Hanoi, 01 Quoc Tu Giam street, telephone (024) 3732 1283 or (024) 3733 4681, website address (in Vietnamese only): http://hosolaixe.vn/
In Ho Chi Minh City, applications should visit the website below for a list of addresses that they can direct their application to: http://sgtvt.hochiminhcity.gov.vn/gioithieu/thongtingioithieu/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?CategoryId=3&ItemID=43&PublishedDate=2010-02-04T09:40:00Z
For more information on driving in Vietnam, please see our travel advice.