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Bhutan - Convert or Exchange Foreign Driver License

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  1. Go to the licensing office and fill in an application.
  2. Submit the completed form along with a recent passport size photograph. Make sure that you also bring the original copies of your documents in case you will be asked to present them for verification.
  3. You may be required to take and pass various exams (vision exam, theory or practical exam) in order to be issued a Bhutan driving license. Note: Exams that an applicant will be required to take and pass will vary depending on which country the driver's license was obtained.
  4. Pay the application fee.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form
  • Your foreign driver's license
  • One recent passport size photograph
  • Note: The Authority may reasonably require applicants to present additional documents.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Head Office[edit]

For complete list of contact numbers, please follow the link:

Thimphu Region[edit]

Toll free number 224

  • Name: Dophu Dukpa
    • Designation: Sr.Regional Transport Officer,Thimphu.
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Tel: 02-322147 Fax:02-323273
  • Name: Ugyen Lhamo
    • Designation:Asst. Registration & Licensing Officer
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Tel: 02-321282

For complete list of contact numbers, please follow the link:

Phuntsholing Region[edit]

Toll free number 225

For complete list of contact numbers, please follow the link:

Gelephu Region[edit]

Toll free number 226

  • Name: Bola Gyeltshen
  • Designation: Chief Regional Transport Officer.
  • Name: Damber Thapa
    • Designation: Registration and Licensing Officer,Gelephu.
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Tel: 06-251142/17621995/77331497

For complete list of contact numbers, please follow the link:

Samdrupjongkhar Region[edit]

Toll free number 227

  • Name:Kinga Gyeltshen
  • Name:Tezin Jamtsho

For complete list of contact numbers, please follow the link:


A foreigner applying for a Bhutan Driving License must:

  • fulfill all the requirements needed in order to be issued a driving license.
  • hold a valid driving license issued in his/her home country
  • produce a valid Visa or a Work Permit

Note: If the Licensing Office thinks that the applicant does not possess the skills to drive a vehicle in spite of the person holding a valid driving license issued from another country, the Licensing Office may direct the applicant to attend a driving test conducted by the Licensing Office.


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

Please attach documents that can be used by people. e.g. links

Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.

Processing Time[edit]

Please explain processing time taken in obtaining the document/certificate.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 


Please provide instructions on obtaining the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Need for the Document[edit]

Please provide the need for the procedure. 
e.g. Birth Certificate - why do we need to have a birth certificate? 

Information which might help[edit]

Exemption from requirement for a Bhutan driving license:

The Licensing Office may exempt a person from obtaining a driving license for a period of three months if the person:

  • has a valid international driving license;
  • holds a diplomatic passport and a valid driving license issued in another country;
  • is a foreigner who resides in Bhutan for a period not exceeding three months and in possession of a valid driving license issued in the country of residence; and.
  • is a member of the armed forces and holds a valid driving license issued by the respective Motor Transport Officers for driving military and police vehicles:
    • Only professional Bhutan Armed Forces drivers will be eligible for a civilian driving license upon producing an endorsement letter from the Motor Transport Officer concerned, along with a Certificate of having attended a one day Introductory Course.
    • Other Armed Force personnel holding a non-professional military driving license will need to follow procedures prescribed in this case.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

  • Road Safety and Transport Authority:


More information which might help people.