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The Driver Improvement Points System (DIPS) is a demerit point regime for valid Singapore Driving Licence holders. It is designed to identify and rehabilitate errant drivers through a system of rewards and punishments.

Depending on the severity of the traffic offence, the licence holder may accumulate anywhere from 3 to 12 demerit points, and offered a composition fine. If the traffic offence is more severe, the licence holder may accumulate more than 12 demerit points and/or be prosecuted in court and face harsher penalties such as heavier fines, imprisonment and/or disqualification of the driving licence.

Suspension of Driving Licence

New or Probationary Licence Holders

New licence holders will be under a one-year probation from the issued date of their driving licence. During this period, the driving licence will be revoked and invalid if the new licence holder accumulates 13 or more demerit points.

Non-Probationary Licence Holders

Non-probationary licence holders will become liable for suspension if they accumulate a threshold of demerit points within a certain period. If the suspension is 1 year or more, the driving licence will be revoked and invalid:

The Driver Improvement Points System (DIPS) is a demerit point regime for valid Singapore Driving Licence holders. It is designed to identify and rehabilitate errant drivers through a system of rewards and punishments.

Depending on the severity of the traffic offence, the licence holder may accumulate anywhere from 3 to 12 demerit points, and offered a composition fine. If the traffic offence is more severe, the licence holder may accumulate more than 12 demerit points and/or be prosecuted in court and face harsher penalties such as heavier fines, imprisonment and/or disqualification of the driving licence.

Suspension of Driving Licence

New or Probationary Licence Holders

New licence holders will be under a one-year probation from the issued date of their driving licence. During this period, the driving licence will be revoked and invalid if the new licence holder accumulates 13 or more demerit points.

Non-Probationary Licence Holders

Non-probationary licence holders will become liable for suspension if they accumulate a threshold of demerit points within a certain period. If the suspension is 1 year or more, the driving licence will be revoked and invalid:

Number of Suspension

Threshold

Suspension Duration

Suspension Duration after successful completion of DIPS Retraining Course

1st

≥ 24 demerit points within 24 months

12 weeks

Reduced to 4 weeks

(may be reduced to 1 week if offences are not accident-related)

2nd

≥ 12 demerit points within 12 months

24 weeks

Reduced to 12 weeks

3rd

1 year

-

4th

2 years

-

5th

3 years

-

6th

4 years

-

7th

5 years

-

To check your driving licence status and demerit points, please visit our E-Services page.

To check the types of traffic offences and its accompanying demerit points and fines, select 'Penalties for Traffic Offences' from the drop-down list above .

Notice of Demerit Points Accumulated

Licence holders will be notified and updated by letter(s) of their demerit points status after they settle every offence where demerit points are awarded. This is to pre-warn the licence holder to improve his/her driving behaviour, and encourage them to remain offence-free for the next 12 months until their demerit points are expunged.

Incentives for Good Driving Behaviour

Licence holders will have their previous demerit points removed from their record if they do not commit any traffic offences within a 12-month period from the date of their last traffic offence committed.

Licence holders will have all their previous driving suspension(s) removed from their record if they do not commit any traffic offences within a 24-month period from the date of their last suspension.

If you are a vehicle owner holding a valid Singapore Driving Licence with a clean driving record for a continuous period of 3 years, you will enjoy a discount over and above the No-Claim Bonus when you renew their insurance policy with participating insurance companies. You must also not have made any claims on your vehicles’ insurance for the past 3 years.

Number of Suspension

Threshold

Suspension Duration

Suspension Duration after successful completion of DIPS Retraining Course

1st

≥ 24 demerit points within 24 months

12 weeks

Reduced to 4 weeks

(may be reduced to 1 week if offences are not accident-related)

2nd

≥ 12 demerit points within 12 months

24 weeks

Reduced to 12 weeks

3rd

1 year

-

4th

2 years

-

5th

3 years

-

6th

4 years

-

7th

5 years

-

To check your driving licence status and demerit points, please visit our E-Services page.

To check the types of traffic offences and its accompanying demerit points and fines, select 'Penalties for Traffic Offences' from the drop-down list above .

Notice of Demerit Points Accumulated

Licence holders will be notified and updated by letter(s) of their demerit points status after they settle every offence where demerit points are awarded. This is to pre-warn the licence holder to improve his/her driving behaviour, and encourage them to remain offence-free for the next 12 months until their demerit points are expunged.

Incentives for Good Driving Behaviour

Licence holders will have their previous demerit points removed from their record if they do not commit any traffic offences within a 12-month period from the date of their last traffic offence committed.

Licence holders will have all their previous driving suspension(s) removed from their record if they do not commit any traffic offences within a 24-month period from the date of their last suspension.

If you are a vehicle owner holding a valid Singapore Driving Licence with a clean driving record for a continuous period of 3 years, you will enjoy a discount over and above the No-Claim Bonus when you renew their insurance policy with participating insurance companies. You must also not have made any claims on your vehicles’ insurance for the past 3 years.


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