Hello all. Apologies if this has been posted before, but I could use the advice on this forum.
I am from USA, living in Hsinchu for 8 months now. I have a license from California USA (20 years driving, clean record), and I want to obtain a Taiwan Driver’s license without giving up my US one.
I went to the Hsinchu DMV. They don’t speak much English there and and my Chinese is not proficient enough to understand conversation, so I showed my California DL along with my International Driving Permit, and explained I wanted to get a Taiwan DL. It seemed my CA DL and IDP did not matter at all and I would need to go through the usual process.
I have since passed the medical exam and written exam (in English). To prepare for the driving test, I watched many videos, and studied all the rules and procedure of the test. When it was time to take the driving test, unfortunately my instructor did not speak English at all, and so I could not understand him. I immediately failed the test for doing something small which I didn’t understand and left discouraged.
Any advice here? If I have a US DL, is there a way to obtain a DL without taking the driving test? If I must take the driving test, is there a DMV with known English speakers (in Taipei, perhaps)? Or can I hire a translator to bring along? Any advice is much appreciated!