There are no two year driver-license available in China and you need a "green-card" (Chinese workpermit) to obtain a LEGAL drivers license. In case you get stopped by Police / PSB / GongAn and cannot provide the required Chinese Greencard you could get into serious trouble.
Most of the times vehicle registrations / PSB (Public Security Bureau) are reluctant to issue Motorcycle License to foreigners.
The authorities changed the rules once more in may 2000 in bigger cities and you have to go through extensive testing like weight lifting, driving test, etc., i'm not kidding...
Furthermore, there are FAKE license available (as virtually everything else is available FAKE in China) but wouldn't recommend using them and having an accident in Mainland China.
check out http://www.homestead.com/shanghaibikers
and click onto the link: Advise / Rules since we are keeping track (as far as possible) on developments.
Hopefully your not dealing with some well-known "rip-off artists tour organisers" based in Dalian....(call themselves HD Adventure Tours) but have never seen a HD.
Below, find the procedures described in an Expat-Magazine in Shanghai. Beijing rules are stricter:
Driving in China (Shanghai)by "THAT's Shanghai Magazine" for foreigners:
We have obtained the official document from the Shanghai Vehicle Management Bureau that gives all information required for having a Chinese Driving Licence. The official document is in Chinese so although we have translated it, we would always advise that you contact the Shanghai Vehicle Management Bureau using the details listed below should you need exact information relating to your own individual circumstances - we are told that the rules can differ dependent on Countries of Origin.
Welcome people holding foreign (or Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan) driving licences to apply for changing your driving licence to Chinese ones. Please handle the following procedures. Thank you for your cooperation.
A) The Materials Needed For Applying for Driving Licence.
a. People who hold foreign passport should supply the passport, the script and the copy of Shanghai Resident Permit for foreigners. (You are allowed to apply for Driving Licence if your resident permit is over one year. You are only allowed to apply for temporary Driving Licence if your resident permit is over three months but below one year.)
b. People from Hong Kong and Macao should supply the "Huixiang" document, the script and the copy of the temporary resident permit issued by Shanghai government. People from Taiwan who have temporary resident permit should supply the script and the copy of passport or travel document for coming to Mainland China.
c. If there is no Chinese version in your foreign , Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan , and international driving licence, you are supposed to go to authorized "Shanghai Foreign Language University Translation Company" or "Shanghai Foreign Affairs Translator association" to translate the driving licence to Chinese.
B). The Procedures.
a. Go to take digital pictures with your relevant document. ( on the ground floor of building 6)
b. Fill the Driving Licence Application Form with fountain pen.
c. Take the Driving Adapt Test or supply the medical check qualification issued by the hospital over county level.
d. Take the test about communication regulation and relevant knowledge.
e. If your driving experience is more than three years, the test driving on road is unnecessary. If Belgium Government issued your driving licence; test is also unnecessary for changing your driving licence to type C.D.E.
f. After finishing preparing for all the documents needed, pay 20 RMB for the commission fee and wait for one week to get your Chinese Driving licence.
a. The address of Shanghai Foreign Language University Translation Company: 183 Tiyuhui Road West The Address of Shanghai Foreign Affairs Translator Association: 1st floor, Building 2, 13 Kunshan Road The Address of Shanghai PSB Immigration Department: 333 Wusong Road
b. Business Time: Monday. Wednesday.
c. The Time of the Test of the communication regulation and relevant knowledge: Monday afternoon, 13:30
d. Shanghai Vehicle Management Bureau
That is the complete wording on the form, although this has been translated into English from the Chinese Version. We hope that the information provided gives you an idea of what is involved and we do repeat that it is wise to discuss your own personal circumstances with the Shanghai Vehicle Management Bureau.
Telephone: 6516 8168 Address: 1101 Zhong Shan Bei Yi Lu