Exchanging a U.S. Driver’s License for a Korean Driver’s License
The Republic of Korea is a member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and recognizes apostilles issued by foreign authorities. Therefore, U.S. citizens or Koreans with a valid U.S. driver’s license can exchange their U.S. driver’s license for a Korean driver’s license by taking a simplified version of the written exam. (This written exam can be provided in English.)
However, if your driver’s license was issued by a state with a reciprocity agreement with Korea, you are exempt from the written exam.
The following 14 U.S. states have reciprocity agreements with Korea:
- West Virginia
To have your driver’s license apostilled, please contact the issuing state’s office of authentication for an apostille.
For more information on how to obtain a Korean driver’s license, please visit the Korean Driver’s License Agency’s website: