Living in Korea - Driving
As an F-4 visa holder you are required to register with the Korea Road Traffic Authority if you plan to operate a motor vehicle in Korea. You can change your driver's license easily from your adoptive country license to a Korean Driver's License.
Please visit the Seoul Global Center which is located directly behind City Hall on the 3rd Floor of the Seoul Press Center.
You need the following:
Your Driver's License (not expired, you will have to surrender the hard copy of your adoptive country drivers license, however, if you need to leave Korea, return to the Seoul Global Center and present your airline ticket or itinerary and it will be handed back to you -- upon returning to Korea, you DO NOT have to return it to the Seoul Global Center)
Your F-4 ID
Notarial from your adoptive country embassy (this document, required by the Korea Road Traffic Authority, will be signed by you, witnessed by your embassy consulate, is a signed affidavit verifying your information on your driver's license.
As the American Embassy / British Embassy no longer issue notarization, please submit the certificate of Apostille regarding a license.
** In the case that the issuing date & valid period are not specified in the driver’s license or certificate, one must submit the document such as the “Certificate of Driving History” issued by the relevant issuing authority in order to confirm the date of issuance & valid period
If the Country that the Driver's License was issued and one's Nationality is different, you need be able to verify the fact of staying over 90 days where the license was issued.
It can be verfied through the following document: Passport stamps from the Country that issued the license.
3 passport photos
Eye examination (F-series visa holders are no longer exempt from this)
Working hours of the Seoul Global Center:
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM, (**Lunch Break: 12:00PM ~ 1:00PM)
** Please visit by 4:00 PM for exchanging a license.