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Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

Welcome to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni’s official website. MCAS Iwakuni is the only Marine Corps installation on the mainland of Japan.
Driver's Licenses in Japan (SOFA license)

When military personnel, dependents, or DOD civilian employees drive in Japan, they must obtain a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) driver's license.

To obtain a SOFA driver's license, you have to follow the below procedures;

  1. Attend the Welcome Aboard Indoctrination.
    Date:  Every Monday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Club Iwakuni.
    If Monday is a holiday the orientation will be held on Wednesday.
    For more information call the Information, Referral and Relocation Office at 253-6161.
  2. You must have a valid driver's license in the U.S. and a valid DOD ID card. If you don't possess a valid driver's license in the U.S., you can obtain a driver's license by enrolling in the Driver's Education Course for more information please call 253-4841.
  3. Take the mandatory SOFA course
    Date: Every Friday, from 8:30 -12:30 a.m.
    Location: Building 411, Room 123
    If you do not possess a valid CAC you must take a paper test after the course. For all personnel who possess a valid CAC you have the option of taking the computer test. The course flyer  
  4. The SOFA license computer test is conducted Monday through Friday from 8: a.m. to 4: p.m.
    Last admission 3:30 p.m.
    Location Building 497, room 11C (Located across the street from the Post Office)
    For more information please call the Learning Resource Center at 253-6933.

For more information about the SOFA license, please contact Provost Marshal's Office at;
DSN: 253-3161
Commercial number from Japan: 0827-79-3161
Commercial number from U.S.: 011-81-827-79-3161

Driver's Insurance in Japan (JCI information)

If you want to own a personal vehicle in Japan, you have to purchase/complete:

Insurance
Liability Insurance:
The minimum amount required by U.S. Military Law is 30,000,000-yen for bodily injury and 3,000,000-yen for property damage. Insurance may be purchased from an authorized Japanese agency.

Japanese Compulsory Insurance (JCI):
It must be purchased by a company licensed in Japan. Japanese law requires vehicle owners to carry in their cars at all times a form certifying that the second type of policy has been purchased. A firm selling the policy issues the form. The Japanese government determines level of JCI coverage. Failure to maintain current Japanese Compulsory Insurance (JCI) for your POV will result in suspension or revocation of driving privileges for up to one year.

Inspection
Owners will be required to get their vehicles a biennial safety inspection. The inspection is based upon Japanese safety standards. This is a requirement under Japanese law and is required for all A/E/Y plated vehicles. This requirement is for vehicle inspections to be accomplished every two years within 30 days of the JCI expiration date.