Operational guidelines to driver registration procedures
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Operational Guidelines to Driver Registration Procedures by the Vehicle Administration, Point Constable Detachment of the Public Security Bureau, Guangzhou

Notice on the Operational Procedures of Application for a Motor Vehicle Driving Certificate on the Basis of a Non-Mainland China One

1. Relevant Requirements:

a. People who hold a non-mainland China driving certificate and fulfill the application requirements set forth in the Regulation for Application and Use of Motor Vehicle Driving Certificate are eligible to apply for the motor vehicle driving certificate entitling the holder to drive the corresponding types of vehicles. The applicant should file the application at the place of residence.

b. People who apply for a motor vehicle driving certificate on the basis of a non-mainland China one should go through the Exam Subject one.

People who apply for a motor vehicle driving certificate that entitles them to drive big passenger buses, tow trucks, mid-sized passenger cars and big trucks should go through the Exam Subject three.

For personnel of foreign embassies, consulates and representative bodies of international organizations in China who apply for a motor vehicle driving certificate, the certificate shall be checked and issued on the principle of equal diplomacy.

For people who are nationals of a country with which China has an accord for mutual acknowledgment of each other's motor vehicle driving certificates, formalities shall be fulfilled in accordance with the accord.

For people who are nationals of a country with which China has any relevant accord that involves motor vehicle driving certificates, formalities shall be fulfilled in accordance with the accord.

2. Documents Required:

1) The applicant's identification credential and copies:

a. The resident's identification credential takes form of the Resident's ID Card;

b. For residents from inland provinces living in their provisional localities, their identification credential takes form of the Resident's ID Card and residence certificate and temporary residence certificate issued by the PSB;

c. For personnel of foreign embassies, consulates and representative bodies of international organizations in China, their identification credential takes form of a valid identification credential issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 

d. The identification credential of a non-Chinese-mainlander refers to the one produced when entering the border (a notarized Chinese version is needed in case that the credential is in a foreign language) and a residence certificate (the identification credential on which a resident of Hongkong or Macao applies for a mainland driving certificate takes form of an ID card from Hongkong or Macao and a Laissez-Passer for Hongkong and Macao Residents to Travel to and from the Mainland or the hometown-bound certificate or a passport; a resident from Hongkong or Macao who does not temporarily reside in the mainland needs not to produce the permit for temporary residence when applying for a driving certificate; a resident from Taiwan can apply for a driving certificate on producing a Laissez-Passer for Taiwan Residents to Travel to and from the Mainland to which a permission procedure for temporary residence has been attached by the PSB, and a residence permit is no longer needed, while he/she should also produce an Application Form for Taiwan Residents to Apply for Motor Vehicle Registration and a Driving Certificate that has been verified by the local Office of Taiwan Affairs; the identification credential of a foreigner or an overseas Chinese person takes form of a passport. Residence credentials include a residence permit, a permit for temporary residence or a Registration Form for a Temporary Resident, etc. A foreigner or an overseas Chinese person who is under regulation not eligible to be issued a residence permit and a permit for temporary residence should produce a Registration Form for a Temporary Resident issued by the PSB at his/her place of temporary residence.

2) An Application Form for Motor Vehicle Driving Certificate;

3) The Certificate for Physical Fitness of the Applicant issued by a medical institution at and above the county level, or by a military medical institution at and above the regiment level. (When personnel of foreign embassies, consulates, and representative bodies of international organizations in China exchange their driving certificate with a Chinese one, no physical examination is needed, and procedures shall be carried out in line with the principle of equal diplomacy in order to offer further convenience for the diplomatic personnel);

4) A valid driving certificate for a motor vehicle registered outside of the border and its copy (A notarized Chinese version is needed in case that it is in a foreign language);

5) 4 recent color photos of the applicant's uncapped front side in a white background (Spectacles are needed to wear if vision is under rectification), with a size of 32 mm×22mm (1 Sq inch), the head occupying about two thirds of the photo's length, and a 300dpi resolution. The photo for a motor vehicle driving certificate can be in the form of either gluing or digital printing;

6) Personnel from foreign consulates in Guangzhou also need to provide a consul certificate or public servant certificate and its copy in addition to the aforementioned requirements. A signature from the person in charge of the consulate and also an official seal of the consulate are needed on the copy of a passport or on the notarized translated version.

3. Sites for Fulfilling the Procedures:

The Vehicle Administration, Point Constable Detachment of the Public Security Bureau, Guangzhou (in the Training and Testing Room, Cencun), the Baiyun Sub-office (#888 Ji Chang Rd.), and the Huangpu Sub-office (#989 Mao Gang Rd., Huangpu); people who need to take exams should go to the Vehicle Administration (in the Training and Testing Room, Cencun) for execution of procedures.

Editor: Miranda
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