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Exchange of Military Driver’s License to Regular Driver’s License

Persons who were issued Military Driver’s License and have a military driving history of over 6 months can exchange their Military Driver’s License for a regular Driver’s License while they are still in the military or within 1 year of their discharge with only a simple aptitude test and health check.

Requirements and Processing Fee
Requirements and Processing Fee
Item Details Note
Qualifications Persons with Military Driver’s License
Application Method Must come in person to apply
Requirements
Fee Health check (KRW 6,000), Processing Fee (KRW 7,500)
You can get your health checked at our Examination offices on stie(except Kangllung, Taeback) or at one of our designated hospitals.
Other Original Driver’s License (if applicable)
Types of Military Driver’s License
Types of Military Driver’s License
Division Army Navy Air Force
2-wheel Vehicle 2-wheel Vehicle 2-wheel Vehicle 2-wheel Vehicle
Small-size Vehicle Small Vehicle Regular Vehicle Level 2 Type (Regular)
Medium-size Vehicle Medium Vehicle Regular Vehicle Level 1 Type (Regular)
Large Vehicle Large Vehicle Level 1 Type (Large)
Special Vehicle Tow-Truck Special (Tow-Truck) Special (Tow-Truck) Special (Trailer)
Wrecker Special (Salvage) Special (Salvage) Special (Wrecker)
Matching Table for Exchanging Military Driver’s License
Matching Table for Exchanging Military Driver’s License
Equipment Vehicle Type Persons Or Volume Types of Driver’s License Military Driver’s License
L1
(L)
L1
(R)
L2
(R)
Special
Wre- cker Tra- iler Army Navy AirForce
Military 1/4t K-1XX 5~6 P Exchanging small regular Level 2
K-115 Emergency Exchanging medium regular Level 1
Military
1¼ ton
K-3XX 2~4.5 ton Exchanging medium regular Level 2
K-312 Emergency 10 P Exchanging medium regular Level 1
Military
2½ ton
K-5XX 4 ton Exchanging medium regular Level 1
K-513 oil truck 3,000ℓ+ Exchanging large large Level 1(large)
K-514 bus 24 P Exchanging large large Level 1(large)
105mm cannon tow 750kg+ Exchanging Exchanging
  • medium
  • tow
  • regular
  • tow
  • Level 1
  • trailer
Military
5 ton
K-7XX 8~10 ton Exchanging large large Level 1
K-712 Salvage Exchanging Exchanging
  • large
  • salvage
  • large
  • salvage
  • Level 1 (L)
  • wrecker
K-713 Dump Exchanging large large Level 1(large)
K-715 Tow Exchanging tow tow trailer
155㎜+ cannon tow 750kg+ tow Exchanging Exchanging
  • large
  • tow
  • large
  • tow
  • Level 1
  • trailer
Military
10 ton
K-8XX 12 ton Exchanging large large Level 1(large)
K-912 Salvage Exchanging Exchanging
  • large
  • salvage
  • large
  • salvage
  • Level 1 (L)
  • wrecker
K-915 tow Exchanging Exchanging
  • large
  • tow
  • large
  • tow
  • Level 1 (L)
  • trailer
8in cannon tow 750㎏+ tow Exchanging Exchanging
  • large
  • tow
  • large
  • tow
  • Level 1 (L)
  • trailer
M-98X ammunition Exchanging large - -
M-98X Salvage Exchanging Exchanging
  • large
  • salvage
- -
New beach mat 11.5 ton Exchanging - large -
Other CM6614
(not incl. conveyor driven type)
10~12 P Exchanging medium regular Level 1
RS LS 15 ton Exchanging - - Level 1(large)
GMT 750㎏+ tow Exchanging Exchanging - -
  • Level 1 (L)
  • trailer
ECS 7 ton Exchanging - - Level 1
EPP, RPT, ELO 750㎏+ tow Exchanging Exchanging - -
  • Level 1
  • trailer
Matching Table for Exchanging Military Driver’s License(Equipment)
Matching Table for Exchanging Military Driver’s License
Equipment Vehicle Type Persons
Or
Volume
Types of Driver’s License Military Driver’s License
L1
(L)
L1
(R)
L2
(R)
L2
(S)
ATV Special
Wre- cker Tra- iler Army Navy AirForce
Personal
Cars
All models and types 10- P Exchanging small regular Level 2
15 P Exchanging medium regular Level 1
16+ P Exchanging large large Level 1(large)
Freight
Trucks
All models and types,
8 ton (HD-8C),
9 ton (KB940),
9 ton (Geuraento)
4- ton Exchanging small regular Level 2
5 ton ~
11.5 ton
Exchanging medium regular Level 1
11.5+ ton 11.5+ ton Exchanging large large Level 1(large)
Fire Truck Include aircraft and navy use Exchanging large large Level 1(large)
Tow Truck All models and types Exchanging tow tow trailer
Salvage All models and types Exchanging salvage salvage wrecker
Dump Truck 5+ ton Exchanging large large Level 1(large)
Oil Truck 3,000cc + Oil truck 3,000cc+ Exchanging large large Level 1(large)
Emergency 13+ P 13+ P Exchanging large large Level 1(large)
12- P 12- P Exchanging medium regular Level 1
2-wheel 2-wheel Vehicle 125cc- Exchanging 2-wheel 2-wheel 2-wheel
2-wheel (MC) 125cc+ Exchanging 2-wheel 2-wheel 2-wheel
Candidates for Issuing a Driver’s License
Candidates for Issuing a Driver’s License
Category Candidates Note
Army
  • Driver’s with a official transportation position (including warrant officers) : 241 and 2810 division
    ※ 2810 division(enlisted) was renamed as 241 101~4.106.109 (from Jan. 1, 2012)
  • KATUSA : 2812(transport), 1111(infantry,1915(chemical)
  • 2-wheeled vehicle (including warrant officer) : 321 division
  • For KATUSA drivers, they must first convert their US Driver’s License to a Korean Military Driver’s License before applying for a regular Driver’s License (Proof of military driving history and certificate are needed as submission documents for application)
  • Candidacy does not apply for warrant officers who were involved in driving military vehicles but did not have an official transportation position.
Navy
  • Driver’s with a official transportation position (including warrant officers) : 32/1, 32/2, 93 division
  • Driver’s for communication vehicles : 25 division
  • Driver’s involved in transportation of Navy facilities (including warrant officers) : 48, 946 division
Air Force
  • Driver’s involved in aircraft transportation(including warrant officers) : 462, 463 division
  • Driver’s involved in transportation of tactical communication aircraft (including warrant officers) : 307 division
  • Driver’s involved in driving station construction equipment (including warrant officers) : 551 division
  • Driver’s involved in driving fire fighting equipment (including warrant officers) : 556 division
  • Driver’s involved in driving chemical-related vehicles (including warrant officers) : 558 division
Limitations on the Issue of Driver’s License
  • Limitation on Re-Issue to a Military Driver’s License
    • A person with a Military Driver’s License who converted the license for a regular Driver’s License and then got the Driver’s License cancelled can not re-apply for a Military Driver’s License.
  • Limitations on the Number of Driver’s Licenses
    • 1 Military Driver’s License will be exchanged with 1 regular Driver’s License. If you with to obtain multiple types of Driver’s Licenses, then you must have the equivalent number of multiple Military Driver’s Licenses for exchange.
    • Ex) Even though you might have experience driving large vehicles and special vehicles in the military, since you only have one Military Driver’s License for exchange, you can only exchange it for one equivalent Driver’s License not two.
Expansion of Range of 1st Confirmation Officer

The 1st Confirmation Officer for issuing Proof of Military Driving History used to be limited to field-grade officers and then the Final Confirmation Officer was the Minister of Defense but for individual troops, the requirements for the 1st Confirmation Officer has been downgraded to Company Commander level to expand the scope of allowable candidates.

Expansion of Range of 1st Confirmation Officer
Category Candidate Troops
Army (55) Troop 1066, Troop 1750, Troop 1789, Troop 1936, Troop 1970, Troop 1991, Troop 2107,
Troop 2150, Troop 2161, Troop 2201, Troop 2299, Troop 2330, Troop 3260, Troop 3585,
Troop 3800, Troop 3887, Troop 5291, Troop 5312, Troop 5371, Troop 2171, Troop 3105,
Troop 5837, Troop 5870, Troop 6066, Troop 6303, Troop 6315, Troop 6339, Troop 6606,
Troop 6689, Troop 6875, Troop 7201, Troop 7287, Troop 7327, Troop 7358, Troop 7391,
Troop 7395, Troop 7508, Troop 7516, Troop 7733, Troop 7765, Troop 7808, Troop 7867,
Troop 8098, Troop 8332, Troop 8358, Troop 8361, Troop 8539, Troop 8623, Troop 8911,
Troop 8962, Troop 9030, Troop 9585, Troop 9687, 60 Air Bourne, Finance Support Troop
Navy/Marine (5) Marine Land Offense Troop, Marine Sea Offense Troop, Finance Support Troop, Jeju Island Defense Headquarters Chemical Troop, Navy Headquarters
Air Force (14) 7th Aerial Communication Troop, Troop 7180, 36th Tactical Air Command Troop, 38th Aerial Attack Troop, 73rd Reconnaissance Troop, 1st Air Defense Brigade Headquarter, 2nd Air Defense Brigade Headquarter, 3rd Air Defense Brigade Headquarter, 41st Supply Base, 42nd Supply Base, Finance Support Troop, Gyeryong Support Troop, 91st Aerial Facility Troop, Strategic Operations Headquarters
Ministry of Defense (5) Military Police, Military Seoul Hospital, Psychological Warfare Troop, Hazardous Environment Analysis Troop, Military Transportation Headquarters
Acceptance of eForms and Electronically Generated Documents

In line with the expanded scope of eGovernment and the use of electronically generated documents, the Road Traffic Authority accepts electronically generated Military Driver’s License, Military Driving Certificates and Proof of Military Driving History.

Key Information Needed in the Required Documents and Application Form
Key Information Needed in the Required Documents and Application Form
Category Electronically Generated Document Regular Paper Document
Military Driver’s License
  • Not required (Army, Navy, Air Force)
  • Copy of Military Driver’s License (Proof of Original with stamp of 1st Confirmation Officer)
Proof of Military Driving History
  • Issue number, issue date, photo, type of Military license, electronic signature of 1st and Final Confirmation Officers, driving history, date of discharge, military specialty, date vehicle was received, etc. (according to the requirements stated in Traffic Regulations)
  • Original color version must be submitted (when submitting a black & white version, please have it stamped as “same as original”)
    ※ Must have the signature of 1st Confirmation Officer
  • Please have 1st Confirmation Officer sign the document on the photo area and seal the signature with a transparent tape
  • Please have 1st Confirmation Officer sign the document on the area stating the driving history and seal the signature with a transparent tape
  • Issue number
  • For any changes made on the original, please have 1st Confirmation Officer sign the document on the changed section and seal the signature with a transparent tape
Military Driving Certificate
  • Type of vehicle, Number of months driving the vehicle, driving distance, electronic signature of 1st and Final Confirmation Officers
  • For a copy, need Proof of Original with signature of 1st Confirmation Officer
  • Please have 1st Confirmation Officer sign the document on the photo area and seal the signature with a transparent tape
  • Please have 1st Confirmation Officer sign the document on the area stating type of vehicle driven and number of months of driving and then seal the signature with a transparent type
  • For a copy, need Proof of Original with signature of 1st Confirmation Officer
Other
  • Valid ID (Citizen Registration card, Military Discharge card, etc.)
  • Return of and exchange of Military Driver’s License
  • Enlisted : Proof of Enlistment
  • Discharged : Proof of Discharge (Military Discharge card or Citizen Registration Record)
    ※ Not needed if the enlist/discharge information is provided in the documents provided above.