Do I need a Vietnamese Motorcycle Licence to Ride in Vietnam?

When deciding whether or not to obtain a Vietnamese motorcycle license there are a few things to consider. Firstly, there is the legality of the situation. What are the laws of the country? Secondly, do most people in Vietnam have a Vietnamese motorcycle license? Thirdly, what are the possible ramifications if you don’t have a Vietnamese motorcycle license?

Legally you will need a Vietnamese motorcycle license to ride in Vietnam. It is the law here in Vietnam to be licensed if you wish to ride or drive a vehicle on the roads. Even though Vietnam is a developing country it still maintains strict policies and regulations on using motor powered vehicles on the road like most developed countries.

Some people ride without a Vietnamese motorcycle license in Vietnam. In every country you will have a number of people riding on the roads who are unlicensed. Here in Vietnam it is no different. As a developing country it is most probably easier to ride here in Vietnam without a Vietnamese motorcycle license. This is why some people are unlicensed riders.

Is it worth the risk to ride without a Vietnamese motorcycle license in Vietnam? Personally I think not. If you are caught by the police riding without a Vietnamese motorcycle license you will not be immune to the penalties for doing so. Penalties range from heavy fines, bikes been confiscated and even jail time not to mention if there was to be a serious accident your travel insurance may become null and void.

We have talked about the legality of having a Vietnamese motorcycle license, a small number of people who choose not to be licensed and the serious ramifications of not having a license if there were to be an accident. It is now up to you to make the best decision for yourself whether you choose to obtain a Vietnamese motorcycle license while enjoying the sites of Vietnam.

Leave A Reply (6 comments So Far)


  1. Ron Ritsema
    4 years ago

    I travel in Vietnam regularly and am told its ok for tourists to use a motobike without a license as long as its engine is not larger than 50cc. My 50cc bike goes about 40 mph and is totally sufficient for my needs. My friend drives one much larger but has yet to be stopped by police for anything in for over 2 years.


    • Paul Simos
      4 years ago

      That’s correct. 50cc requires no licence but not for everyone depending on how far you need to travel.


  2. vincent
    2 years ago

    I thought vn was a un 1949 signer of certain foreign countries are allowed to drive with there home country licences


    • Paul Simos
      2 years ago

      To ride on the roads of Vietnam you need to have a local licence.


  3. Akex
    1 year ago

    I have made local friends here. And they tell me they themselves have no license and have police friends that can get them out of trouble. Also been told that police just let foreigners go since they can barely speak English.. if anything a fine/bribe of 5-10 dollars to the cop will let foreigners go.

    And if you’re at fault even with a license you still have to pay for damages. Whether you are licensed or not.

    If a small fender bender police are avoided and some small cash exchanged between the two parties. It is a developing country money is king. There are no systems in place yet to funnel money into the city or county like in USA. Where it actually is legalized extortion. Love vietnam! And sea


    • Paul Simos
      1 year ago

      Yes, we can do many things in Vietnam that are illegal in other countries as well as Vietnam and this doesn’t make them right. Just because you have a green light does not mean you can proceed forward, especially on Vietnam roads, as you would know by been a regular motor cycle rider. It is illegal to ride on a public road in any country without a licence. There is also the grey area of an un licenced rider unable to claim insurance. Something to think about.