the Chinese Driving License is still interlinked to a Foreigners Resident Permit (>not a visa<) and they stopped the temporary ones in most cities.
Best Regards, Ride Safe! BUTCH
"Chinese Driving License Service"....done on a Xerox copy machine.... remember this is the fakers country....
Scam catches foreign drivers
Shanghai Daily Newspaper 2007-6-31
SOME foreign motorists in the city may be driving illegally and be unaware of it thanks to a bogus application ruse.
Overseas drivers living in Shanghai should only apply for a Chinese driving license with local police.
Shanghai traffic police made the clarification yesterday following reports that some agencies are charging expatriates thousands of yuan to have licenses issued out of town. These licenses are not legitimate.
Shanghai Morning Post broke the story on Thursday after an undercover investigation of the agencies.
With photocopies of the driver's passport, driving license from his or her own country and head-shot photos, clients are told to expect a Chinese driving license, issued by out of town authorities, after a week to 40 days, the newspaper said.
The foreign clients don't need to show up in person but only pass on the material to agents and wait for the licenses to arrive.
Agents charge between about 2,000 yuan (US$263) and 5,000 yuan for the service.
Shanghai Daily interviewed officers from the vehicle administration office under the General Team of Traffic Police who said licenses required by the agents are illegal.
Foreign drivers should swap them for a driving license issued by traffic authorities in their exact area of residence.
Shanghai traffic police are investigating the matter.
"Expatriates with a Shanghai-issued residents' permit, should only apply for a driving license issued by Shanghai traffic police," said a police officer with vehicle administration.
It costs 40 yuan to sit for a test on computer in Chinese road traffic rules. You can obtain a Chinese driving license the same day you pass the exam after paying 15 yuan for certification.
To apply for the test, the expatriate need to come to the police office on 1179 Qingchun Road, with head-shot photos and a hospital- issued physical exam report. Applicants also need to take the driving license issued in their own country.
Police said that international driving license holders are not allowed to drive in China before gaining a Chinese license. Questions about applying for a Chinese driving license should be directed to a hotline, 24023456.
Foreigners warned on out-of-town driving license
Shanghai Daily Newspaper 2007-6-30
SHANGHAI police have warned local foreigners not to buy driver's licenses from out-of-town driving schools.
For those who want a driver's license, the application procedure for a local-registered one takes only one day and a small sum of money, police said. Passing a written test is a must.
For those who hold no license, police suggest them to learn to drive and sit for tests in the city.
Foreigners in Shanghai have been targets of out-of-town driving schools since last August when the schools' business with city residents was ruined by local police.
They were offering a driver's license service that required no written or road test to lure foreigners, said an insider surnamed Zhang.
"The schools offer 'apartment service,' which suited many foreign people," Zhang said.
They usually find it too troublesome to go to a city to do registration.
A salesperson would knock at the door, collect some basic information, get the fingerprints and photos and take copies of the passport.
Then, all in need to do is to wait patiently for at least 40 days when the applicant will receive a driver's license that has been registered outside Shanghai.
"Though foreigners have to pay 1,000 yuan (US$131) more and wait longer, they find it convenient and efficient," Zhang said.
Local students usually pay between 2,600 yuan to 4,200 yuan to get such a license from out-of-town driving schools. It takes at least 5,000 yuan from local schools.
Training outside of the city allows students to get a license quickly. Local regulations require drivers to do 86 hours of in-car training, and they can't spend more than six hours a day on training.
Drivers must also wait at least 40 days between taking a written test and sitting the actual driving test. The whole procedure may take three months.
Other provinces don't have similar regulations, so students can get a license much quicker.