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Indonesia – Driving Licenses

Indonesia is a popular destination for tourists, and many foreign nationals who visit the country want to drive during their stay. This article will cover the rules and regulations, agreements in place for license exchange, procedures for obtaining and renewing driving licenses, recognition of International Driving Permits, and the penalty system for motoring offenses in relation to driving licenses in Indonesia.

General Rules for Foreign Nationals in Indonesia

Foreign nationals who plan to drive in Indonesia must have a valid international driving license or a driving license from their country of origin. Foreign nationals can use their driving license for up to six months after their arrival in Indonesia. After six months, they must obtain an Indonesian driving license.

License Exchange Agreements in Indonesia

Indonesia has agreements in place with some countries that allow foreign nationals to exchange their driving license for an Indonesian one without taking a driving test. The countries with exchange agreements with Indonesia include Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Foreign nationals from other countries must take a driving test in Indonesia to obtain an Indonesian driving license.

Obtaining and Renewing a Driving License in Indonesia

To obtain an Indonesian driving license, foreign nationals must go through the following procedure:

  • Apply for a learner’s license at the nearest Department of Transportation (DOT).
  • Attend a driving school or take a driving test at the DOT.
  • Pass a theory test and a practical test.
  • Obtain a medical certificate from a doctor.

The cost of obtaining a driving license in Indonesia varies depending on the region, but it is usually around IDR 250,000. The validity of an Indonesian driving license is five years.


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To renew a driving license, foreign nationals must provide the following documents:

  • The original Indonesian driving license
  • A medical certificate issued by a registered medical practitioner

The renewal process is straightforward and usually takes no longer than a day. The cost of renewing a driving license in Indonesia is around IDR 200,000.

Relevant Government Departments or Agencies

The Department of Transportation is the government agency responsible for regulating driving licenses and road safety in Indonesia. Foreign nationals can obtain more information on driving licenses in Indonesia by visiting the department’s website at https://www.dephub.go.id/.

International Driving Permit Recognition in Indonesia

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is recognized in Indonesia. However, it is not a substitute for a valid driving license. Foreign nationals who plan to drive in Indonesia must have a valid driving license and an IDP if they plan to drive for more than six months.

Penalty System for Motoring Offences

The penalty system for motoring offenses in Indonesia is strict, and fines can be significant. The penalties for motoring offenses are as follows:

  • Speeding: Fines range from IDR 100,000 to IDR 750,000, depending on the speed at which the offense was committed.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol: Fines range from IDR 2,000,000 to IDR 6,000,000, and the offender’s driving license can be suspended for up to one year.
  • Driving without a valid license: Fines range from IDR 250,000 to IDR 1,000,000, and the offender’s vehicle can be impounded.
  • Reckless driving: Fines range from IDR 1,000,000 to IDR 5,000,000, and the offender’s driving license can be suspended for up to six months.

It is worth noting that the penalties for motoring offenses in Indonesia are subject to change, and foreign nationals are advised to keep themselves informed of any changes in the law.

In conclusion, foreign nationals who plan to drive in Indonesia must have a valid driving license. Foreign nationals can use their driving license for up to six months after their arrival in Indonesia, after which they must obtain an Indonesian driving license. Indonesia has agreements in place with some countries that allow foreign nationals to exchange their driving license for an Indonesian one without taking a driving test. However, foreign nationals from other countries must take a driving test to obtain an Indonesian driving license.

The procedure for obtaining an Indonesian driving license includes applying for a learner’s license, attending a driving school or taking a driving test, passing a theory test and a practical test, and obtaining a medical certificate from a doctor. The cost of obtaining and renewing a driving license in Indonesia varies depending on the region.

An International Driving Permit is recognized in Indonesia, but it is not a substitute for a valid driving license. The penalty system for motoring offenses in Indonesia is strict, and fines can be significant. Foreign nationals are advised to keep themselves informed of any changes in the law regarding driving licenses and motoring offenses in Indonesia.


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