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**ATTENTION**

If you transfer activity/command within the Yokosuka area of responsibility, or your status changed, you must update your license information to reflect your changes.  You can update your information by bringing a copy of your new orders or letter of employment to the CFAY Drivers License Office.

Driving Privilege and License

To drive any vehicle (private or government-owned) in Japan, you as a SOFA sponsored member must be properly licensed with a U.S. Forces, Japan operator's permit (USFJ Form 4EJ).  Specific qualification and testing requirements must be satisfied before installation commanders may issue these licenses.
One of the requirements is that applicants must present one of the driving credentials listed below and that they remain valid:

  • A valid (current) driver's license issued by any state or territory of the US or by the District of Columbia
  • An international driver's permit (IDP)
  • A valid Government of Japan driver's license
  • A written proof that they have successfully completed a certified formal driving course
  • A valid (current) driver's license issued by the country specified in USFJ Instruction 31-205

 

A pre-requisite to obtaining a Driver's License on CFAY is proof of attendance at the Area Orientation Brief and Inter-cultural Relations Class (AOB/ICR). This class and the Local Hazard Course is offered every week. This class is facilitated by the CFAY Safety Department will familiarize new arrivals with Japanese driving laws, signs, and customs followed by a written examination.

* Pre-registration is required for AOB/ICR.

After completion of Local Hazard Course and successfully passed a written examination, you may schedule a road test appointment. For an appointment, call 080-5416-2232. Study materials are available on-line. If you prefer to have a booklet version of the driving manual, please visit CFAY Driver's License Office at Bldg. #J-196 1st floor.
 

Study Material Downloads
CFAY Driving Instruction Manual  (PDF)
Navy Driver's Handbook (PDF)

Expiration and Renewal

USFJ Form 4EJ will be issued for a period not to exceed 4 years duration based on each individual's need and eligibility for a license, generally to cover a person's initial tour of duty.  You can renew your USFJ Form 4EJ 90 days prior to the expiration date.  It is the licensee's responsibility to initiate renewal action on its own license.  A license that has expired may not be renewed.  In order to renew and extend your license, proof of your SOFA sponsorship and tour extension, i.e. new order or letter of employment/extension, and following valid credential:

  • A valid (current) driver's license issued by any state or territory of the US or by the District of Columbia
  • An international driver's permit (IDP)
  • A valid Government of Japan driver's license
  • A written proof that they have successfully completed a certified formal driving course
  • A valid (current) driver's license issued by the country specified in USFJ Instruction 31-205

 

Motorcycle Safety Information

Fleet Activities Yokosuka Safety department offers both Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic, Experienced and Military Sport Rider Courses.  These courses are mandatory in order to become properly licensed while riding in Japan. Rider Coaches are volunteers for the community and offer their knowledge of riding and the special conditions that are encountered while in Japan. Call 243-2370 for more information on motorcycle training.

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For Vehicle Registration Information, please contact CFAY Vehicle Registration Office at DSN 243-5011.

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