One of the most common questions asked when it comes to driving in Vietnam: 
“Is it legal to drive a motorbike without a license?”
You may imagine that the clear answer is: “No”. As in your home country, Vietnam has traffic laws. And offending the rules is being punished. Again, same as in your home country.

The good news: Driving a scooter with 50 cc or less you do not require a driving license. Being 16 years old, you are allowed to drive these scooters legally.

Another good news: Vietnam accepts the International Driving Permit of many countries. Below you can find a list of countries of which Vietnam accepts their international driving permit. Just make sure that you carry your national driving license together with the international driving permit.

What if you can’t get the international driving license before your trip to Vietnam?
One solution is: Get a 50 cc scooter. But this will only work if you and your passenger don’t weight more than 100 kg in total and you do not plan to drive in the mountains.

Another option is to get a document on-line which looks like an international driving permit. It is just a translation, so no legal document. But often it helps as the traffic police is often happy with a proper translation of your national driving license. Again, this does not make you a legal driver in Vietnam, but helps with language barriers. A service we recommend is e-iata. We have cut a deal with them which gives you 10% discount on the check-out page. Use this link to get a translation in the international driving permit format for US$ 21.60 only. Choose the $24 package and on the payment page the discounted price will be shown!

What happens if I drive without a valid driving license?
Checks do not happen often. But it can happen. If you are fined for driving without valid license, the penalty is currently 1 million Vietnamese Dong. They will also fine your bike rental company with 1.8 million Dong and confiscate the bike for 7-10 days. Be prepared to pay for both fines, a parking fee the police charges and the rental fee for the period the bike is confiscated. Expect to pay a total amount of 5.000.000 VND to the bike rental company.

This is how an international driving license looks like

  1. Last Name
  2. First Name
  3. Place of Birth
  4. Date of Birth
  5. Driver’s License Country of Issue



A. Motorcycle
B. Car
C. Commercial Truck
D. Bus
E. Van/ Trailer


Vietnam accepts international driving licenses issued by these countries

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Central African Republic, Chile, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Holy See, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

Note: If your country is not listed, Vietnam does not accept an international driving license of your country.

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