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Gold Driver’s License

  • Today I updated my driver’s license and got a gold licence.


    Driver’s license in Japan is able to be divided into three types — green, blue, and gold.

    The green license is given to people who acquire a driver’s license for the first time, and the expiration date is 2 to 3 years.

    The blue license is given to people who update the green license, or violated the Road Traffic Law more than one time in the past 5 years, and the expiration date is 3 to 5 years.

    The gold license is given a person who keeps his/her driving record clean for 5 years, and the expiration date is 5 years.

    Incidentally, the gold license (ゴールド免許) is officially called “優良運転者免許証,” the literal meaning of which is “license for drivers with no history of traffic violations.”

    The easiest and most reliable way to get the gold license is that you don’t drive after getting your driver’s license.

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