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What to Know Once You Have Entered Japan

1 Resident Registration

Foreign residents are required to register their residence. Please conduct procedures for resident registration at your local ward office.

1 Registration

Change to be Resported Deadline Documents Required
Moving to Osaka City Within 14 days
  • Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate
  • Moving-out certification (not required when coming from abroad)
  • In cases when a foreign national who is not the head of the household transfers, moves location, etc., and the head of the household is foreign nationality, a document certifying the relationship to the head of the household.
  • Notification card or My Number card (Individual Number card)
  • Basic Resident Register card (if you have one)
Moving within Osaka City Within 14 days
  • Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate
  • If Head-of-House is not known, bring documents to confirm relationship
  • In cases when a foreign national who is not the head of the household transfers, moves location, etc., and the head of the household is foreign nationality, a document certifying the relationship to the head of the household.
  • Notification card or My Number card (Individual Number card)
  •  Basic Resident Register card (if you have one)
When moving out of Osaka City Before moving
  • Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate
Non-address registration changes
Special permanent resident
Within 14 days of the change Contact the ward office in your district
Non-address registration changes
Other resident
Within 14 days of the change Contact your regional Immigration Bureau

2 Renewal of Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate Renewal

Renewal submission for Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate must be made before the day it expires.

Status of Residence Deadline Location
Special permanent resident Before your 7th birthday since your last application. (for those under 16, by your 16th birthday) Local ward office
Permanent resident Before 7 years have passed since you received your Residence Card (for those under 16, by your 16th birthday) Regional Immigration Bureau
Other resident Before the end of your visa period or before your 16th birthday if you are under 16, whichever is first Regional Immigration Bureau

3 When your Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate has been lost

Status of Residence Deadline Location
Special Permanent resident Within 14 days of noticing. Local ward office
Other resident Within 14 days of noticing. Regional Immigration Bureau

4 Returning your Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate

In any of the following cases, you must returnyour Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate.

Special permanent resident
Return Reason Deadline Return Location
  • When the Special Permanent Resident Certificate's validity period has expired
  • If you do not re-enter within the validity period of the re-entry permit
  • If the person in question passed away (family or others from the same household can return the item)
Within 14 days of the day of occurrence Contact your regional Immigration Bureau
  • When leaving the country (when you have no reentry permit)
Immediately Contact your regional Immigration Bureau
  • When you receive new Special Permanent Resident Certificate
Immediately Local ward office
Other resident
Return Reason Deadline Return Location
  • When your Residence Card expires
  • When the reentry permit has expired and you have not reentered
  • If the person in question passed away (family or others from the same household can return the item)
Within 14 days of the day of occurrence Regional Immigration Bureau
  • When leaving the country (when you have no reentry permit)
  • When you receive a new Residence Card
Immediately Regional Immigration Bureau

5 Requesting a certificate of residence

The person in question, or from the same household, must apply. If an attorney applies, please attach power of attorney paperwork.

Application
Ward Office
Branch Office
Osaka Service Counter
Osaka City Hall 1st Floor (Residency・Family Register Certificate Corner)

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Various Registrations

1 Marriage

In addition to the notification of marriage (which must have the required items filled in and have the seals or signatures of two adult witnesses) available at a ward office, etc., please prepare the following items and then notify the ward office. For information about reporting your marriage to your home country’s government, please contact your home country’s embassy or consulate in Japan.

The Immigration Office procedures can be different, depending on your circumstances, so please contact the Immigration Information Center on your own.

1 When a non-Japanese citizen and a Japanese citizen get married

※If you have already been married in another country, the necessary documents and procedures are different. Please consult your ward office for details.

A Foreign National

If you have already been married in another country, the necessary documents and procedures are different. Please consult your ward office for details.

Japanese Nationals
Full family register or extract of family register
Proof of identity (driver's license, passport, etc.)

2 If the marriage is between two foreign nationals

Please prepare the same things when a non-Japanese citizen and a Japanese citizen get married a foreign national

2 Divorce

Divorce papers, which are available at the ward office, etc., must be filled out and submitted to the local ward office (seal or signature of two adult witnesses is required). In addition, proof of identity is also required (Residence Card, Special Permanent Resident Certificate , passport, etc).

Depending on the husband and wife's Family Register and Residency, Japanese public offices may not accept your divorce papers. Also extra documentation might be required, so please contact your local ward office.

3 Birth

When a child is born, the father or mother must register the child at your local ward office. Procedure details please read For Expectant Parents.

4 Death

If a foreign national has died, within 7 days after learning of the death his or her family member or housemate must prepare the things below and notify the ward office of the place where the deceased person lived, stayed, or died.

  • Report of Death (provided at the ward office)
  • Death certificate issued by a doctor.
  • Seal (or signature) of the person reporting the death.

Also the Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate must be returned to the Regional Immigration Bureau within 14 days.
For information about reporting the death to the deceased person’s home country government, please contact that country’s embassy or consulate in Japan.
※The procedures at the immigration office may differ depending on individual circumstances, so please consult with the Immigration Office Information Center for foreign residents.
※※Beginning July 9, 2012, alien registration certificates will be deemed either “Residence Cards” or “Special Permanent Resident Certificates” for a certain period of time.

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Medical Insurance in Japan

Three medical insurance programs operate in Japan: Employee Health Insurance Program for employees of companies, Medical Care System for the Elderly Program for persons 75 years or older (and persons 65 or older who have been certified with certain specified disabilities), and National Health Insurance Program for others. For further information, please refer to When You Are Ill.

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Driver’s License

If you will drive an automobile within Japan, it is necessary to have either a Japanese driver’s license or an international driver’s license. (Please note that there are some exceptive countries, etc.)

1 International Driver’s License

The International driver’s license, acquired before your arrival in Japan, is valid for 1 year from the issue date. This license must have been issued by an administrative office of a country that is a member of the Geneva Convention. Please be aware that some countries’ licenses may not be able to be used in Japan.
※International driver’s licenses cannot be converted into a Japanese license.

Osaka Prefectural Police Department Website (Japanese)

2 Switching an Overseas Driver’s License for a Japanese License

Necessary conditions for exchange

Proof that the applicant stayed in the issuing country for at least 3 months in total after obtaining the license.
Possession of a valid foreign driver’s license.

Necessary documents
  1. A foreign driver’s license (Licenses not showing an issue date must also include a certificate of license record), and photocopies of both sides of the license.
  2. Japanese translation of the original foreign driver’s license.
    ※The translation must be translated by your embassy or consulate, or the JAF (Japan Automobile Federation).
  3. Passport (if you have renewed your passport, your old passports are also required) and photocopies of all pages.
  4. Copy of a certificate of residence that states your nationality, etc.
  5. 1 Photograph (should be taken within 6 months, 3×2.4cm wide, front, upper 1/3 of body, without cap and on a natural background.)
  6. Writing implements (black or blue ballpoint pen)
  7. Fee 〈Application fee・Issue charge〉
Service hours

Monday - Friday (except National holidays and Year-end/New Year holidays)  
(Kadoma)8:45 - 12:00, 12:45 - 13:30 (Komyoike)9:00 - 12:00, 12:45 - 13:30
※ Please check with the driver’s license center for the necessary documents or procedures, which may differ depending on your home country.

Applications and Inquiries
Driver’s license telephone service
TEL:06-6906-0055

Kadoma Driver’s License Center  23-16 Ichiban-cho, Kadoma City
TEL:06-6908-9121 (Weekdays 9:00 - 17:00)

Komyoike Driver’s License Center 5-13-1 Fuseya-cho, Izumi City
TEL:0725-56-1881 (Weekdays 9:00 - 17:00)

※ Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) Kansai Headquarters, Osaka Office
2-1-5 Nakahozumi, Ibaraki City
TEL:072-645-1300 (Monday - Friday 9:00 - 17:30)
※Translation fee: ¥3,000 ※Time required depends on language.
How to apply for a translation

3 Change of the Address

After obtaining a driver’s license, if there are any changes to the entries on your driver’s license, such as your name or address, please promptly notify the police department or the driver’s licensing center and bring a copy of your Residence Card and driver’s license.

4 Renewing your Driver’s License

Valid term

Until one month later from your third birthday after which your license was issued.
※Drivers who have not violated any traffic regulations for a certain period of time and are recognized as good drivers will be issued a license that is valid up to a month after your fifth birthday after the license was renewed.

Renewal procedure

This can be done at the police department or the driver’s license center during the period when procedures are possible (one month before or after your birthday).

Necessary documents
  1. Driver’s License
  2. Written notification of renewal (In case you have received one. Proceedures will be smoother with one.)
  3. Photographs
  4. Renewal service charge
  5. Renewal lecture charge

5 Traffic Rules

  • Vehicles in Japan drive on the left, whereas pedestrians should use footpaths or pedestrian strips where available. Where these are not available, pedestrians should keep to the right. Pedestrians have priority at uncontrolled pedestrian crossings. Those drivers from countries where traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road should pay extra attention when making turns.
  • Drivers who violate traffic rules or who cause an accident are subject to fines and will be issued penalty points. If you are given a blue “Notification of a traffic violation,” you must pay the fine at the counter of a designated bank or post office before payment due date.
  • Drivers, front-seat and back-seat passengers must wear seat belts and motorcyclists must wear helmets. Drivers transporting children 6 years old and younger are required to seat them in a “child-seat”.
  • Drinking and driving is strictly prohibited and penalties against it are very severe. Drunk drivers may have their licenses suspended or revoked.
  • Using mobile phones while driving is prohibited.

※A pamphlet on Japan’s traffic regulations translated into foreign languages (English, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese) can be purchased at Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) locations. Please inquire in advance for old editions, since stocks are limited. New editions of the pamphlet are available in English, Chinese, and Portuguese. An e-book version is available in English, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

6 Bicycles

Many train stations provide fee-charging bicycle parking areas. Bicycles left in areas that have been designated no-parking areas for bicycles will be promptly removed and impounded. To retrieve an impounded bicycle, you will be charged \2,500 for a bicycle, and \4,000 for a motor scooter. Ask for details at the office below.

Inquiries
Osaka City Public Works Bureau Illegally-Parked Bicycle Department
TEL:06-6615-6684

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