Australian Embassy
Vietnam
Embassy address: 8 Dao Tan Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi - Telephone: 3774 0100 - Fax: 3774 0111

Driving in Vietnam

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 (04) 3747 0029, fax (04) 3747 0024, website address: http://tramoc.com.vn

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):

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 drive a motor vehicle or a motorbike) in Hanoi, the applicant should contact the Hanoi Urban Transport Management and Operation Centre, 16 Cao Ba Quat street, telephone (04) 3747 0029, fax (04) 3747 0024, website address: http://tramoc.com.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.