I’m an expat moving from Vietnam to Taipei. I hold a fresh and fully legitimate A2 Vietnamese motorcycle license (which is the highest license and, unlike A1, allows to ride bikes of any cc). I’ve already confirmed that I can (and will) get a Vietnamese IDP as well to go along with this license, and be able to use it in 85 countries - unfortunately, Taiwan is not on that list (unless the list is outdated somehow).
However, even though I can’t use a Vietnamese IDP to legally ride in Taiwan, it looks like I could still use it for transferring to a Taiwanese license for heavy motorcycles (over 250cc).
I’ve done a fair amount of research - and checked the list of reciprocity of Taiwanese driving licenses, which is an often-linked website (
It specifies the terms of using a Taiwanese driving license and IDP in different countries - but I couldn’t find any resource that would lay out from which countries you can actually convert a driving license in Taiwan. Nobody ever cited that kind of source in any of the discussions I’ve searched - it’s pretty safe to assume it doesn’t even exist? Does Taiwan basically reciprocate and have the same terms for each country as that given country has for Taiwan?
Here’s what that government website and pdf say about using a Taiwanese IDP in Vietnam:
"Q: Taiwanese IDP Valid for operating a
Q: Convertible to local
No time limit
Taiwan-issued IDP needs
to be translated and
submitted to the local
government for a
By logic, Taiwan should reciprocate with same law, no?
Also, here’s an additional requirement for converting a heavy motorcycle license:
“To apply for a heavy duty motorcycle (above 250cc）driver’s license, please visit our website（http://tpcmv.thb.gov.tw） You should provide an authenticated training certificate for over 32 or 43 hours by the issuing country and passing a physical checkup test before exchanging.”
That makes things even more complicated. I could probably have such document prepared and authenticated in Vietnam if I know what exactly does TW DMV accept and what they don’t accept.
At this point it’s becoming too much of an unknown and too much hassle for me to be going back and forth with a TW DMV to see if they will accept all the documents in my case. Hence why I’d prefer to use a professional service that speaks the local language and can at least determine whether or not I have a shot at converting the Vietnamese IDP, or should I look into other options.
(If I can’t convert my Vietnamese IDP, I wouldn’t even want to do a Taiwanse heavy motorcycle license since it requires that I have a license for bikes under 250cc for 1 year before I can get the one for heavy motorcycles. Instead of waiting 1 year I would just go to a country where getting a full motorcycle license is quick & easy - e.g. one of the States in US).
Any insight or contacts that could help to deal with this much appreciated!