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 Department of Transportation, 2 Phung Hung, Van Quan, Ha Dong, Hanoi, telephone (024) 6681 0037, website address: Trang Chủ - Sở Giao thông vận tải Hà Nội (hanoi.gov.vn) (Vietnamese only)
In Ho Chi Minh City, applications should be directed to Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transportation, 252 Ly Chinh Thang, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, telephone (028) 3935 0551, website address: Cổng thông tin điện tử Sở Giao Thông Vận Tải Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh > Home (hochiminhcity.gov.vn) (Vietnamese only)
In Dang Nang, applications should be directed to Da Nang Department of Transportation, 24 Tran Phu, Hai Chau, Da Nang, tel (0236) 3822 008, website address: Trang chủ - Sở Giao Thông Vận Tải (danang.gov.vn) (Vietnamese only)
In other provincial areas, travellers should contact the relevant local Department of Transportation for further information.
For more information on driving in Vietnam, please see our travel advice.