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I would like to travel by car with my friends on the weekend. Are foreigners permitted to rent cars for short periods?

A number of different documents are required depending on the requirements of rental car dealers. You can rent a car with an international driver’s license, a Korean driver’s license, or a valid passport. In recent years, most rental car dealers have provided automobiles equipped with GPS systems. Rental rates may vary depending on car types and rental periods. Please contact the following dealers to obtain more information.

I lost my wallet while riding on the public transportation system. How might I find it?

With respect to the subway, a lost/found center is designated for each subway line. When you contact the lost/found center, providing the name of the subway line (and the time you rode on it) will help facilitate the discovery process.

With respect to buses, lost and found centers are available for each bus company. Your lost items may be found by tracing the bus number, time of travel, and time you departed the bus.

Taxis are classified as either private taxis or union taxis in Korea. Their respective lost/found centers are managed accordingly.

I received a Korean driver’s license in exchange for a Chinese driver’s license. When I travel to China, do I need to retrieve my Chinese driver’s license, and return my Korean driver’s license?

You do not need to return your Korean driver’s license when you retrieve your Chinese driver’s license. In other words, you can retrieve your Chinese driver’s license and continue to use your Korean driver’s license during the effective period in Korea (Administrative procedure followed in accordance with a mutual agreement). To retrieve your Chinese driver’s license, the required documents include your airline tickets or vessel tickets that prove the existence of a departure plan. Your passport, alien registration card, and your Korean driver’s license. You must visit the National Driver’s License Corporation where you returned your Chinese driver’s license.

While driving drunk, I took a blood test, and a 0.05% blood alcohol level was detected. Will I be punished for that?

The drunk driving criteria are listed below:

  • Blood alcohol levels between 0.05%~0.09%: Monetary penalties between 500,000~1,000,000 won, a 100-day license suspension, and 100 penalty points will be imposed.
  • Blood alcohol levels of 0.1% or more: Monetary penalties of 1,000,000 or more and license revocation will be imposed.
  • Fatal Accident at Blood Alcohol Levels between 0.26%~0.35% or 0.05% or more: Criminal charges (imprisonment) and imprisonment penalties of not more than two years in the event of an accident.
  • Refusal to Take Sobriety Tests: Criminal charge. If no accident occurred, monetary penalties corresponding to blood alcohol levels and suspensions of licenses will be imposed.
I would like to dispose of my vehicle. What procedure should I follow?

To dispose of a vehicle, you must find the nearest junkyard. If you cannot move your vehicle, your junkyard will provide a towing service. The junkyard will inform you if outstanding taxes or fines must be paid. After the disposal of your vehicle, the junkyard will issue a vehicle disposal acceptance certificate. You must apply for the cancellation of the vehicle.

I’d like to ride a motorbike from Seoul to Busan. Am I allowed to drive on highways?

You may not ride a motorbike on highways. Korean traffic laws prohibit the use of motorcycles on expressways or highways. Thus, travel on national roads is recommended.

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