Is it easy to get an international drivers licence after I am already here in TW? I did bring my US drivers licence, will that work?
AN international license is issued from your home country usually. And can you get an International license for a motorbike ?Depending on what state you are from, the Taiwanese might change directly into a Taiwan license, but this can sometimes seem ridiculous. A person from Bangledesh can change theirs while a UK license is not accepted.
Also you need an ARC to do this.
Could I buy it now, ride it illegally, and when i get the work permit in a few months, change it to be registered in my name?
You can buy it and ride it, the illegal part of riding it has little to do with registration and insurance and more to do with the fact that since you have neither have a Taiwan issued license or International, in an accident you are liable, they insurance won’t cover you; and the police might issue you a ticket if they are checking.
When changing registration, this can be done quite easily, all you need to do is go the Motor registration place on Ba DE Rd with your ARC and the the owners Taiwanese’s ID card or if it is a foreigner, their ARC card. They can change it there in 5 mins.
Check before you change reg that there are no fines on the bike.
And how often do foreigners really get pulled over by those nasty police? I always assumed that “I don’t understnad” act would work. Most have told me that most don’t speak English.
Sometimes yes sometimes no…
I have gotten, “passport Passport”…then I say"do you speak english?" at this point they wave me on.
But I have also gotten… could you please pull over, stop you engine, and show me you Driver’s license and regsitration…but this was only once in Taipei City. If you live in the county or outside Taipei altogether, you can probabily get way with the “I don’t understand”…
Usually best policy is always be slow to give them info, the slower and more drawn out you make it, the more you frustrate them and they will probabily let you go