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Driving Licences in Vietnam

Anyone in Vietnam who wants to drive a vehicle that has an engine capacity of 50cc or greater must possess a valid Vietnamese driving licence. Vietnam does not recognise driving licences from other countries, nor does it recognise International Driving Permits.

A foreigner who wants to convert a driving licence from their home country to a Vietnamese driving licence is well advised to seek the help and advice of a trusted Vietnamese friend, agent, interpreter or official who is well-versed in navigating the intricacies of local Vietnamese bureaucracy. Although the basic rules are similar throughout the country, the interpretation of the rules, regulations and documentation required to obtain a licence can vary widely from province to province, city to city, district to district and even from individual to individual.