TO: All Foreigners Who Want to Drive in the ROC
FROM: Richard W. Hartzell
If you have an ARC, it is certainly possible to obtain a six year Driver’s License. I know this for a fact because I did it. Surprisingly, it did not make any difference that my ARC was going to expire eleven months in the future.
The catch is that in order to get a six-year license, you will have to go through a similar “Administrative Appeal” process to what I went through. My situation was reported in a full page article in the CHINA POST on June 23, 2000. The procedure is roughly this: First, I got a one-year license. Then I filed an “Administrative Appeal”, which I won. The Dept. of Motor Vehicles and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) lost. With my verdict in hand, I called the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the personnel there told me to come get my one-year license cancelled and a six-year license issued.
Please be aware of the following facts:
(1) the 30-day rule applies. In other words, the Administrative Appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date on the receipt which you get when you apply for the license.
Considering that it will take me a few days to get ready and file the paperwork after you send me your data, that means you should proceed as quickly as possible.
(2) The Administrative Appeal which I have developed is four pages long. Two “sets” have to be submitted, both “originals”.
(3) Everything is in Chinese of course. You should fill out page 4, photocopy it, and then STAMP BOTH COPIES WITH YOUR CHINESE CHOP in red ink.
You have to have a CHINESE NAME and a CHINESE CHOP to complete this procedure. In fact, it is not necessary that you put your English name on the page 4 document. If you cannot deal with Chinese data, have one of your Chinese friends help you out.
(4) Several xeroxed attachments are necessary. These are specified on the page 4 document. You can submit one set of these attachments to me, including receipt, ARC, new license, passport, namecard, etc. and I will fix them up for you, and put them in a suitable format, photocopy them, etc. Be sure to submit photocopies of both sides of important items like ARC, Driver’s license, etc., but please only photocopy on one side of any sheet of paper.
(5) The page 4 document can be emailed to you. (I assume that your computer has Chinese system.) Print out two copies. Mail me both completed copies (each stamped in red with your CHINESE CHOP) to:
1st Fl., No. 158 Hsing Yun Street, Nei Hu District, Taipei 114 TAIWAN
Explanation: “Hsing” is star, “Yun” is cloud, “Nei” is inside, “Hu” is lake.
There is a 24-hour security service here in our apartment complex, and they take delivery of express mail or registered letters 24-hours, 365 days. I suggest that you use registered mail.
(6) If you do not have a namecard, use a blank namecard and write one out.
(7) I am asking for a small voluntary donation to help me with my work in the field of foreigners’ rights in Taiwan. If you are interested in getting a six year driver’s license, and you have renewed recently and been denied this length of validity, then by all means submit your data to me. I generally ask for NT $2100 for this Driver’s License procedure. I guarantee you will get the license. My Postal Remittance number is given below. You should send me a copy of your receipt.
(8) NOTES: If you have specific recommendations on how things should be changed here, you are welcome to send your comments to me. I am in frequent contact with a large number of government officials. I know how to submit paperwork through the proper channels to have it acted upon. However, I deal in SPECIFICS. For example, you may have read the position papers of the leading foreign business associations here in Taiwan. These are wonderful, however they are overly “general”. They are not specific enough for submission to the Legislative Yuan, Executive Yuan, etc. in my opinion. Obviously, if you cannot put your proposals in a suitably SPECIFIC format, you will have to consider hiring someone to do so. If it is a complicated project, it is definitely going to require some budget.
My own situation is this: I spend a lot of time and money having documents drafted, translated, typed, proofread, etc. so that we can obtain a better legal environment here. I work with ROC citizens, foreigners, stateless persons, as well as business/commercial entities. So far I have been fairly successful, but believe me there are a lot of fixed costs involved. At this point, I do not like to use “volunteer help”, because it is too slow. I prefer to deal with established Chinese secretarial services, typing services, translation services, etc.
I work hard and fast, but it takes its toll in time and money. That is why I ask for voluntary donations when a project comes along where we can help individuals out, and where the procedure is established. For bigger or more complex cases, where the procedure has yet to be developed, that would be a whole different consideration. Also, for the driver’s license issue, I have developed a one step procedure, and we don’t have to go to court. For more complex cases, (investment rights, for example) there might be the necessity of two or three steps, and I might have to represent you in an suit in the Administrative Court. I am currently representing clients in Taichung and Kaohsiung in those kinds of actions.
(9) The best email address to use is email@example.com because that will be forwarded to me. If you need a copy of the page 4 document, which is totally in Big-5 Chinese, send me an email request.
(10) I write a column for the CHINA POST, which is (usually) published in the PRIME TIME supplement on Fridays. So, you may want to look at that to see what new projects I am involved with. My Chinese name is also shown there.
Richard W. Hartzell
Graduate, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Taiwan resident, since 1975
Consultant, ROC Administrative Law
Taiwanese Postal remittance number: 07014005
Chinese account name (see newspaper column)