New Korean driver's license to be recognized by 35 countries

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Seoul, July 15 (BNA): South Korea will start issuing a new type of driver's license with personal information written in English on the back in September at the earliest, officials said Monday.

The nation's current license has the driver's information printed only in Korean on the front, obliging holders wanting to drive abroad to get an international driver's license valid only for one year or have a foreign language translation of their licenses notarized, South Korean news Agency (Yonhap) reported.

According to the Korea Road Traffic Authority (KoRoad), the new license with the driver's information in Korean on the front and in English on the rear will substitute for an international driver's license in 35 countries worldwide, including Britain, Canada and Australia.