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Do you know when to renew your driver's license? Driver's licenses issued in Beijing must be renewed and validated within 90 days before their expiry date. So how do you go about doing it?

►The identity document of the motor vehicle driver; where an agent is authorized to handle the application on behalf of the driver, the identity document of the agent must also be submitted. If the application form is not signed by the principal, a separate power of attorney may be submitted. A written power of attorney is not required for individuals who have applied for authorization online through the "Traffic Management 12123" mobile app.

►A "Driver's Physical Condition Certificate" issued by a medical institution at or above the county level designated by the Beijing Municipal Health Commission or a medical institution at or above regiment level designated by the military or armed police forces;

A "Driver's Physical Condition Certificate" issued by a specialized medical institution designated by the Beijing Municipal Health Commission is required for a driver's license for a Small Automatic Passenger Vehicle For People With Disabilities; 

A paper certificate is not required for individuals applying and submitting all the required materials online;

►Three photos of the driver. (Photo requirements: front facing, head uncovered, color, single person, half-length photos of the applicant, not in uniform, taken within 6 months of the application against a while background, clear, layered, neutral facial expression, and free of obvious distortion. Photo size: 32mm×22mm (equivalent to 1 inch), head width 14-16 mm and length 19-22 mm.)

Eligibility:

► Holding a driver's license for a large bus, tractor-trailer, city bus, medium-sized bus, or large truck without any demerit points for the current cycle. Holding driver's licenses for any other vehicle types must have less than 12 demerit points for the current cycle;

►Holding a driver's license for a large bus, tractor-trailer, city bus, medium-sized bus, or large truck with demerit points for the current cycle or a driver's license for another type of vehicle bearing equal or greater responsibility for a traffic accident causing death, not having had the motor vehicle driver's license revoked and participated in "educational validation";

►No outstanding road traffic safety violations or accidents;

►Physical condition satisfying the driver's license requirements;

►Satisfactory memory, judgement, and reaction skill test results for applicants over 70 years old;

►Driver's license has not been previously seized, impounded, suspended, revoked, canceled, or withdrawn;

►An applicant holding a driver's license issued by another province or city who apply for the license renewal and verification upon expiration in this city, in addition to meeting the above conditions, is also required to apply for a transfer and renewal at the same time.

►Overseas Chinese citizens unable for whatever reasons to return to China before the end of 2023 to renew or verify their driver's license may complete the necessary procedures within six months after returning to China to regain their driving qualifications.

Foreign nationals applying for changes to their names, nationalities, or identity documents and diplomatic personnel may apply at the Vehicle Management Office;

Other foreign nationals may apply at the Vehicle Management Office or a Vehicle Management Branch Office.

Applicants over 70 years old are asked to take the memory, judgement, and reaction skill tests at the Vehicle Management Office or a Vehicle Management Branch Office;

Other personnel with a motor vehicle may apply to any Vehicle Management Branch Office, vehicle management office/station (with driver's license services) of traffic management detachments or brigades, qualified postal service agencies, or government affairs service centers;

Registered users of the "Traffic Management 12123" app can apply by logging in the "Traffic Safety Comprehensive Service Management Platform" or "Traffic Management 12123";

Individuals over 60 years old may use the "Traffic Management 12123" account of a relative or friend to apply;

After renewing a Driver's License, applicants can log in to the "Traffic Management 12123" app to access the e-version of their Driver's License. Individuals who have already obtained their e-version of Driver's License are required to re-apply for it.

Office hours for the Vehicle Management Office of the Beijing Municipal Traffic Management Bureau, any Vehicle Management Branch Office, the offices/stations of vehicle management of traffic management detachments or brigades:

08:30-18:00, Monday to Friday; 09:00-16:00, Saturday and Sunday (except for national holidays)

The office hours of government affairs service centers at municipal or district-level should be based on their public office hours.

Tel: (8610)12123

Applicants are encouraged to use the "Traffic Management 12123" app.


  • Qualification Criteria
  • Timeline and Fees
  • Notes

►Where an applicant is holding a driving license for a Large Bus,a Towing Heavy Trailer, a Tractor, a City Bus, a Medium-Sized Bus, or a Large Freight Vehicle, the applicant must not have accumulated any points during the current scoring cycle. Where an applicant is holding a driving license for any other permitted vehicle type, the applicant must not have accumulated 12 points or more during the current scoring cycle;

►Where an applicant is holding a driving license for a Large Bus, a Towing Heavy Trailer, a Tractor, a City Bus, a Medium-Sized Bus, or a Large Freight Truck and has accumulated points during the current scoring cycle, or where an applicant is holding a driving license for any other permitted type and has been equally or more liable for a traffic accident causing death before, the applicant must not have had their motor vehicle driving license revoked and must have participated in "verification education";

►The applicant has no pending record of a violation of road traffic safety laws or a  traffic accident;

►The applicant's physical conditions meet the requirements for a driving permit;

An applicant aged 70 or above that passes the memory, judgement and reaction skill tests;

►The applicant's motor vehicle driving license has not been legally seized, impounded, suspended, revoked, canceled, or withdrawn.

►Where a driver holding a motor vehicle driving license issued by another province or city is applying for renewal and verification of their motor vehicle driving license upon expiration in this city, the driver must, in addition to meeting the above conditions, apply for transfer-in renewal of the license.


Processing Time for Applications

A half day.

Fees

A processing fee of CNY 10 for a driver's license 


What is an Identity Document?

△ A Resident ID Card or Temporary Resident ID Card for residents;

△ A Resident ID Card or Temporary Resident ID Card for military servicemen (including armed policemen). Individuals without a Resident ID Card may use a Military Officer's Certificate, Civilian Cadre's Certificate, Soldier's Certificate, Veteran Cadre's Certificate, Retiree's Certificate or any other valid military identity documents issued by a relevant military department, along with proof of domicile issued by an entity at or above regiment level;

△ A Residence Permit for Hong Kong or Macao. Individuals without a Residence Permit for Hong Kong or Macao may use the Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents when entering mainland China or the Travel Permit of the People's Republic of China issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with the Resident ID Card issued in Hong Kong or Macao and a proof of accommodation registration issued by a public security authority;

△ A Residence Permit for Taiwan. Individuals without a Residence Permit for Taiwan may use a Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents issued by a public security authority and valid for the next five years, or a Travel Permit of the People's Republic of China issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a proof of accommodation registration certificate issued by a public security authority;

△Overseas Chinese may use their Passport of the People's Republic of China and a proof of accommodation registration issued by a public security authority;

△ Foreign nationals may use their passport or other travel documents when entering mainland China or a valid visa or certificate of residence or stay with a period of three months at least and a proof of accommodation registration certificate issued by a public security authority; foreign nationals with permanent residence in Mainland China may use their Foreign National Permanent Residence Permit Card;

△Staff members of a foreign embassy or consulate in mainland China or a representative office of an international organization in Mainland China may use a valid identity document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.