Driving Privately Owned Vehicles
As of August 1, 2007, Americans who have long-term visas may attempt to use their valid U.S. driver’s license to obtain a Korean driver’s license.
The following personnel (and their US State licensed dependents age 18 or older) are authorized to obtain a POV License after passing the local written exam:
- Personnel in Command Sponsored status accompanied with family.
- Personnel in a joint domicile status authorized a POV on their orders.
- Member of the U.S. Armed Forces in the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7) or above.
- Department of the Army civilians in the grade of GS-5 or above and USFK technical representatives.
- Invited contractors* who have SOFA privileges.
- Personnel who have a letter of approval by the USAG-Humphreys Commander for exception to policy.
* - Invited contractors, their employees (including Koreans) and dependents of contractors who operate a POV in the Republic of Korea must first obtain a valid ROK Driver's License. These personnel must object a valid USFK Form 134 EK (POV License) to operate their POV on a U.S. military installation and in Korea. To obtain a ROK driver's license, you should have a valid U.S. State driver's licenses and a letter of employment from CPO for civilian employees only.