If you have a valid drivers licence from your home country with at least
60 days prior to expiration you can apply at the Xili Drivers Licence
Office. You can't drive with international driver's licence here in
China as they don't honor it as valid licence.
you have to Notarize your licence in Shenzhen, they had couple of
notary offices there, they will translate it into chinese.
- you have to go to the Xili Drivers Licence Office. There you will
have an eye exam, after passing, then with your notarize document along
with your drivers licence plus photos and passport copy you have to
submit it at the 2nd floor office, they will give you schedule of the
Chinese Driver's Exam. Normally it's every 15th and 30th of the month.
- the Chinese Driver's Exam, it's literally in Chinese. You'll be
given exams in Chinese which does not really make sense since most of
us do not understand Chinese. The way how to deal with this is that
every examinee has to bring an English interpreter with valid English
Certification. I suggest you post ad here as there are many Chinese
here who can help you with the exam. Mine, I passed on the second try.
Mind you that passing grade is 90 out of 100. They are handing book at
the exam place for your interpreter to review, you can have a glance
also so you'll know about road rules in China.
- after you pass the exam which you'll know the result straight away
after you finish the exam, they will take digital photo to place in the
drivers licence. Then 15 days after you can pick up the licence at the
same office. There are nothing to pay in any of these procedures,
however you will have to pay the interpreter and the notary public.