How to get a Chinese Driving License
After being redirected to numerous organisations and put on hold for what seemed like forever, the question how one might convert an existing driving license to a Chinese driving license was finally answered by some transport authority at this number: 68397905. What you'll need:
- Health certificate
- Passport (original)
- Visa (valid for at least 3 months)
- Residency permit
- 1-inch photo (in colour with white background) x4
- Driving license (original)
- Photocopy of driving license with translation (DIY is ok)
Visit 朝阳区南四环东路18号 in person with all the above and pay ¥50 to register for a driving theory test (科目一). The lady on the phone gave a number (63767890) where you could buy the relevant "textbook" but my colleague suggested downloading the free 驾考宝典 app.
The app feels a bit sexist and the questions feel more like an HSK Chinese proficiency test to me than a driving theory test. Wish me luck!