The special measures to extend the period of renewal of the driver’s license were valid for people whose driver’s license was valid until June 30, 2021 (Reiwa 3). However, the government extended the deadline to September 30, 2021.
* Even if you do the procedures for extending the driver’s license renewal period before the renewal period, the letter (hagaki) informing you of the renewal may arrive at your home.
If you are having difficulty renewing your driver’s license due to coronavirus and fit into the target person mentioned above, you can apply at the Unten Menkyo Center, police stations or the “kanbu kouban” (幹部交番), or do the request by mail or by another person. It is possible to extend the renewal or steering period up to 3 months after the last day of the renewal period even without taking renewal procedures such as courses and aptitude tests.
However, you must place this request before your driver’s license period expires.
◆It is possible to send the request through another person (representative – dairinin).
◆You will need to submit the following items if you will have a representative to send the request on your behalf
Please write the application document for the renewal procedures (start and continuation) at the time of application
If the possibility of renewal is confirmed, a sticker will be mailed to the person who will extend the renewal procedure, paste this sticker on the back of the driver’s license.
Also valid for people who have already received the special measures since the last day of the period for renewal and management after the extension will end on September 30, 2021 (Reiwa 3).
If you have not processed the renewal of your driver’s license within the renewal period and have not requested an extension and inevitably expire your driver’s license due to the coronavirus, you can request to have your license re-issued (no need to obtain practical and academic test) For those whose driver’s license has expired, unavoidable circumstances will cease within 3 years after expiration. Within one month from the date, you can aquire it again (without taking the academic test or skills test) by the same procedure as the normal renewal procedure. However, please note that you cannot drive until it has been re-issued.
Contact and request for re-issue by mail
〒514-8518 Tsu-shi Tarumi 2566 – Unten Menkyo Center Unten Menkyo Kanrigakari
TEL: 059-229-1212 (only in Japanese)