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Getting a Motorcycle License


Getting a Motorcycle License

Getting a Motorcyle Licence has become easier in recent years for both Koreans and Expats since a lot more people in both groups have become interested in motorcyles either for fun or for getting around in the city. Previously, motorcycles were mainly used for deliveries.  Note: Even though you may see people riding motorcycles - often quite fast - on the sidewalk, it is illegal to do so!

 A license is required if you are going to drive a motorcylce. As of 2010, all motorcycle license applicants must pass a test (previously this was not necessary if one had a driver's license).  Best to arrive early and register for the test since people are taken on a first registered-first served basis. Unlike car license, motorcycle license can be acquired in a day if you get there early enough. It is also possible to stop by a few days earlier to register for a specific day/time.

Types of Motorcycle License
If you want to drive a motorcycle over 125cc, you need to apply for second small class category (이종소형 ijongsohyung). For a bike that is less than 125cc, you need a motorbike category (원동기 wondonggi).

Where to Get a Motorcycle License:
Motorcycle license tests are available through designated car license agencies in Seoul and elsewhere in Korea. Not all car licensing agencies can give motorcycle licenses, so check first. In Seoul, there are three designated agencies:
Seobu Driver's License Agency, Tel 02-37507185 - there have sometimes been English speaking staff
Dongbong Driver's License, Tel 02-934-7004 - usually Korean speaker only
Gangseo Driver's License Agency, Tel 02-2661-0357 - usually Korean speaker only

Directions:
Seobu Driver’s License Agengy: Go out Exit 2 of the World Cup Stadium Station (stop 619) - Go straight. You'll pass by a convenience store which is about 5 minutes away from the exit - take the #08 bus and get off at the "Seoboo Driver's License Center". It is 4 ~ 5 stops away from where you take the bus. You will be able to see a big apartment complex called World Cup Apt. and the agency is right next to it. MAP
Dongbong Driver’s License Agengy: Go out Exit 8 of Nowon Station (stop 411, 713) - Go straight. You'll see a crosswalk which is about 100m away from the exit. Cross the road and walk straight, the license agency is on your left side, 150m away from the crosswalk. MAP
Gangseo Driver’s License Agengy: Go out Exit 2 of Balsan Stadium Station (stop 515) - Go straight. You'll see a bus stop 10m away from the exit - take the #6642 bus and get off at the " Gangseo Driver's License Center". It is 6 stops away from where you take the bus. MAP

Process:
1.  Fill out an application form at thereception and  pay the fee (see details under 'Cost' below). Note that the form is in Korean but the staff will usually help foreign nationals fill it out. 
2. Traffic Safety Training, which takes an hour and is provided by the agency for free. This training is mandatory prior to taking the written test. Note: the test can be taken in English.
3.  Physical - Appllication must undergo a minor physical exam, which can also be taken at a hospital (but the cost will be higher). : 
4. Taking the written knowledge test.
5.  Undergo a Techinical Skills Test. Should the applicant fail this test, s/he can apply to take it again the next day (taken it twice on the same day is not permitted).
6. Issuance of the motorcycle driver's license.

Documents required:
-Passport
-3 passport size photos
- Alien Registration Card

Cost:
Application fee for second small class: 17,000won (Physical test 5,000won+Knowledge text 6,000won, Technical Skill Test 6,000won)
Application fee for second small class: 14,000won (Physical test 5,000won+Knowledge text 4,000won, Technical Skill Test 5,000won)
Cost for Issuance of Driver’s license: 6,000won

Motorcyle Testing Schedule (subject to change)
Seobu Driver's License Agency :
Tuesdays 3:00pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Friday 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Second small class:
Tuesdays 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm

Dongbong Driver's License Agency
Monday 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Tuesdays 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Friday 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Second small class:
Monday 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Tuesdays 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm

Gangseo Driver's License Agency
Tuesdays 1:00pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00pm
Thursday 10:30am
Friday 9:00am and 10:30am
Second small class:
Tuesdays 9:00am and 10:30am
Thursday 9:00am
Friday 1:30pm

For more details, see the Driver's License Agency website.
For information on getting a (car) driver's licence, scroll down and click on Getting a Korean Driver's License. 


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Last Updated on 2013-04-21


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