HOW TO PASS THE TAIWAN DRIVING TEST: FAQ
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I wanted to share my experience of taking the Taiwan car and motorcycle driving tests. I learned a lot about the process and Taiwan’s driving rules, so this is a kind of FAQ that should help you pass. It is really not very hard and quite entertaining to try.
Strictly the test procedures only apply to Taipei City, administration may be different in other counties.
Disclaimer: Do not take this or the following posts as legal advice or fact regarding Taiwan’s road laws. The laws have also been changed a lot recently, while I have tried to be accurate but there may be errors.
PART 1: THE BASICS
b Do I need to take the test?[/b]
The easy answer might be, “Why not?”, it is fairly straightforward! Although you might be able to get through police road checks with foreign and international driving licenses, if you were in a serious accident a proper check would be run. The penalties for not having a license are quite severe. You can only drive for a limited time on an international license; it is best to take the test.
The following link explains the rules pretty clearly:
b Do I need to take the test?[/b]
First check to see if you automatically qualify for a Taiwan license. Taiwan has a reciprocal arrangement with some countries and states. If your license is from the U.S. states of Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, many Central and South American countries, most African countries, Portugal, France, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Mayamar, India, Pakistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia you can be issued with a Taiwan license without taking the test. Check:
in the “License Manage” section. There are also some legal loopholes for license exchange. Please see the legal forum on “Oriented” board for discussions. Otherwise you are out of luck and will have to take the test.
b What do I need to apply?[/b]
- [*]Alien Resident Certificate and Passport[*]Two pictures (for each license applied for)[*]Your foreign driving license[*]A motorcycle, if you are taking the motorcycle test. For the car test, you use the ones at the test center.[*]Money of course (about NT$1000 total by the time you have done all the stages)
[/list]You need to be an resident to apply. If you do not have a foreign driving license then you need to sign up with a driving school to learn to drive. This is not really covered here.
b Where do I apply?[/b]
If you live in Taipei, you need to go the test center at No. 80, Cheng-Der Rd., Sec.5, Taipei. It is on the north side of Taipei on the road to Tanshui. It is open for tests from 9am - 12pm and 1-30pm to 4pm. There is a center for license processing at No. 21, Pah-Der Rd., Sec.4, Taipei but they only do office work (new licenses, car registration) and you cannot take the test at that office.
b Do I need to speak, read and write Chinese?[/b]
All the signs, instructions, and the written test are in English. It is useful if you understand spoken Chinese for the driving test part and maybe dealing with the office staff, but it is not essential.
b What is the test process?[/b]
Assuming you can already drive and have a valid foreign driving license and ARC, the procedure is:
(1) Health Check
(2) Written Test
(3) Road Check
You can do all steps at Cheng-Der Rd. For both car and motorcycle you need to take a health check. This is done before the test. It consists of an eyesight test, color blindness check, some basic mobility test, hearing, and night vision. It is not very difficult.
b Types of test?[/b]
There are separate tests for different types of vehicles. If you pass the car test you can also drive a 50cc scooter. For ‘large’ motorcycles (50cc - 125cc) there is a separate test. Decide what you want to drive! If you take the car test, decide if you want to use stick (shou pai) or automatic (zi pai) model. There are also tests to drive trucks (lorries) and buses. The motorcycle test is quite easy, assuming you can drive a motorcycle then little preparation is needed. The car test is quite difficult and requires some practice even if you already drive.
b The written test[/b]
All vehicles require a written test. The test is multiple choice and is available in English or Chinese. It is taken at a computer terminal in the test center and only takes a few minutes. See the following post which gives details of the driving rules. Before you go be sure to practice online at:
Press the “Exam CAI” button.
There does not appear to be a version of the road rules written in English despite what some people have written on this board. I tried hard to find one, the staff at the test center are not aware of one and neither are Eslite or Caves bookstores. Most bookstores do however carry Chinese books to teach you road rules, but it is not really worth the bother. The questions on the Web site appear to correspond with the ones on the test very well. The car test is harder than the one for motorcycles. You need to get 85% score to pass.
b The motorcycle skill test[/b]
The test is conducted on a short U-shaped track. You need to drive between two lines set about 1m wide. There are pressure sensitive strips down each side, if you drive off a horn will sound and you loose some points. You must make stops briefly at a stop sign, traffic lights and a simulated railroad crossing. Don