Traffic Matters


Getting a Driving Licence

Information - Driving Licence

  • Legal Requirement
  • Renewal of Driving Licence
  • Conversion of Driving Licence
  • Replacement of Driving Licence

 

LEGAL REQUIREMENT

 

Driving Licence

 

To drive a vehicle in Singapore, you must possess a valid Singapore driving licence for the class of vehicle that you want to drive. This requirement applies to all citizens and permanent residents of Singapore and also foreigners who are residing in Singapore for more than twelve (12) months. Foreigners who reside here for less than twelve (12) months must possess a valid foreign licence and International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by an authorised body in their country of origin e.g. the Automobile Association (AA). If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of your foreign driving licence in English is required. If you are from a ASEAN member country, you only need to possess a valid driving licence issued by your country’s relevant driving licence issuing authority in order to drive in Singapore.


Classes of Driving Licence

 

The Singapore driving licence is categorised based on the following classification of Motor Vehicles:

Class 1

Invalid Carriages

Class 2B

Motor cycles not exceeding 200 cc.

Class 2A

Motor cycles 201 cc - 400 cc.

Class 2

Motor cycles exceeding 400 cc.

Class 3A

(a) Motor Cars without clutch pedals of unladen weight not exceeding 3000 kg with not more than 7 passengers exclusive of the driver; and

(b) Motor tractors and other motor vehicles without clutch pedals of unladen weight not exceeding 2,500 kg.

Class 3

(a) Motor cars of unladen weight not exceeding 3,000 kg with not more than 7 passengers, exclusive of the driver; and

(b)Motor tractors and other motor vehicles of unladen weight not exceeding 2,500 kg.

 

Class 4A

Omnibus

Class 4

Heavy motor vehicles of unladen weight exceeding 2,500 kg which are constructed to carry load or passengers.

Class 5

Heavy motor vehicles not constructed to carry any load and the unladen weight exceeds 7,250 kg.

 

Traffic Permits

There are various types of traffic permits that you need to apply before you can use your vehicle on the road. For example, vehicle with load exceeding certain height, vehicle overhang exceeds certain length or transportation of excluded vehicle along expressways. This is to ensure the safety of other road users. It is an offence to use the road without a permit.

 

RENEWAL OF PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCE

 

Foreigners holding a Singapore driving licence may renew their driving licence in person at the Traffic Police one month from the date of the expiry of the driving licence. No reminder letters will be sent out by the Traffic Police. 


Renewal must be done in person at:


Traffic Police
10 Ubi Avenue 3
Singapore 408865

 

Operating hours:

 

Front Lobby Counter Services
8:30am to 5:30pm (Weekdays)
8:30am to 1pm (Saturdays)
Close on Sundays and Public Holidays

 

Q-Tickets Issuing Hours for Front Lobby Counter Services
8:30am to 5:00pm (Weekdays)
8:30am to 12:30pm (Saturdays)
Close on Sundays and Public Holidays

 

The following documents and payment are required when renewing your driving licence

  • Your Singapore QDL
  • Valid work permit/employment pass/ student pass/dependant pass, and/or other documents showing your extended stay in Singapore.
  • A matt/semi-matt finish passport-size colour photograph with white background
  • The fee payable for renewal of driving licence is of $50 (Cashcard, Credit Card or NETS Only)

 

Please note that Traffic Police will reject the application for renewal of driving licence for foreigners if the expiry date of the work permit/employment pass/ student pass/dependant pass, and/or other documents showing your extended stay in Singapore, is less than one month from the date of application for the renewal of driving licence.

Category 1: Motorist below 65 years old (for all classes of driving licence)

  • Renewable at Traffic Police.

 

Category 2: Motorist above 65 years old (for class 2B, 2A, 2, 3A & 3 driving licence)

  • Renewable at Traffic Police.
  • Medical examination* to be conducted by a Singapore registered medical practitioner at any private clinic or Government Polyclinics in Singapore is required for motorist age 65 years old (date of birth) and every 3 years thereafter (i.e. 68, 71, 74, 77 etc).
  • The successful medical examination form (signed and stamped by the Singapore registered medical practitioner) has to be submitted to Traffic Police within 2 months before the date of birth of the licence holder.

 

Category 3: Motorist aged 65 years old and above (for classes 4A, 4 & 5 licence holders)

 

The following examination and test must be fulfilled:

  • Annual medical examination* to be conducted by a Singapore registered medical practitioner in Singapore.
  • Once certified fit to drive the particular class of vehicle by a Singapore registered medical practitioner in Singapore, you will need to undergo a proficiency driving test at Woodlands Test Centre.  You have to bring along the medical examination form to register for the proficiency test at Woodlands Test Centre, 2 Woodlands Industrial Park E4.
  • The driving licence will be validated upon passing of the proficiency driving test.
  • Traffic Police will not accept the medical examination certification if the date of endorsement by the Medical Officer is more than 2 months before your date of birth.

*The Medical Examination form will be sent to the motorist within 8 to 10 weeks before attaining the specified ages which required for medical examination. Elderly motorist may call the Traffic Police at Tel No: 6547 0000 or approach the counter of Traffic Police at Driving Centres to request for the medical examination form.

 

Notwithstanding the above, if it appears to Traffic Police (by means of self-report or information submitted by member of public) that there is reason to believe that a driver is suffering from a disease or physical disability that is likely to cause him to be a source of danger to the public when he is driving, Traffic Police will subject the driver to a medical examination on his fitness to drive at a government hospital or specialist institution. Unless he passes the medical examination, his licence will be revoked.

 

There is a 'Medical Guidelines on Fitness to Drive' published by the Singapore Medical Association to help the doctor to conduct such medical examination. You may wish to visit the website of Singapore Medical Association for more information on this medical guidelines. http://www.sma.org.sg


 

CONVERSION OF FOREIGN DRIVING LICENCE

 

General Guidelines

 

Any person holding a licence to drive a particular class of motor vehicle by the competent authority of a country other than Singapore, may apply for conversion to a Singapore driving licence to drive the equivalent class of motor vehicle. Licence that is granted automatically without the need of test but on the merit of attaining of another licence will not be converted, example a motorcycle licence granted with class 3 licence without going through a test.

 

Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

 

Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may only drive in Singapore with a Singapore licence. They have to seek conversion of their foreign driving licence upon returning to Singapore and upon obtaining PR status respectively.

 

Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may convert a foreign driving licence if they can show proof that they have reason to be staying in a foreign country for a period of 1 year or more due to study or work, and have a total stay of 6 months within the one year period.

 

New PRs who already have a 5-year Singapore driving licence will have to replace it with a lifetime driving licence that reflects their new NRIC number. Replacement of licence can be done at a fee of $25 at the Traffic Police at 10 Ubi Ave 3 S'pore 408865.

 

Foreigners

      I.     Social Visit Pass

 

Foreign visitors who have entered Singapore with a standard social visit pass may be allowed to use his/her valid foreign driving licence to drive in Singapore for a period of 12 months from the date of his/her entry into Singapore.

       

    II.     Dependent’s Pass (DP), Employment Pass (EP), Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP), Student Pass (STP)

 

In the event the foreign visitor obtains a Pass that allows him/her to stay or work in Singapore on a more permanent basis – such as the DP, EP, LTVP, and STP – he/she may drive in Singapore using his/her valid foreign driving license for a period of not more than 12 months from the date of his/her last entry into Singapore prior to the date of issuance of his/her Pass. At the end of this 12-month period, he/she will need to hold a Singapore driving licence in order to continue driving in Singapore. 

 

Please refer to Example A for reference.

 

Example A

 

Foreign Visitor A was issued an Employment Pass on 5 January 2018. His last entry into Singapore prior to his pass issuance was dated 1 January 2018. He can continue to drive in Singapore using his valid foreign driving licence until 31 December 2018. If he does not obtain his Singapore Driving Licence by 1 January 2019 he will not be allowed to drive in Singapore using his valid foreign driving licence. If he is caught driving in Singapore without a valid Singapore driving licence anytime from 1 January 2019, he would have committed an offence.

 

 

      III.     Work Pass Drivers

 

In the event any foreign visitor is subsequently employed as a driver – such as Work Permit and S-Pass holders – he/she may drive in Singapore using his/her valid foreign driving licence for a period of not more than 6 months from the date of issuance of his/her work pass. At the end of this 6-month period, he/she will need to hold a Singapore driving licence in order to continue driving here for work.

 

Please refer to Example B for reference.

 

Example B

 

Foreign Visitor B was issued a Work Permit on 5 January 2018. His last entry into Singapore prior to his pass issuance was dated 1 January 2018. He can continue to drive in Singapore using his valid foreign driving licence until 4 July 2018. If he does not obtain his Singapore Driving Licence by 4 July 2018, he will not be allowed to drive in Singapore using his valid foreign driving licence. It he is caught driving in Singapore without a valid Singapore driving licence anytime from 5 July 2018, he would have committed an offence.

 

 

For more information on Work Pass restrictions, please visit:- http://www.mom.gov.sg/Documents/services-forms/passes/WPSPassConditions.pdf or you can call MOM at 6438 5122.

 

Work Permit and S-Pass holders who hold Class 3 foreign driving licences and seek to convert to a Singapore driving licence will be granted a Class 3C licence which will allow them to drive all Class 3 vehicles except light goods vehicles, mini vans and small buses upon passing the Basic Theory Test (BTT).

 

In order to drive light goods vehicles, mini vans and small buses in the course of their work, all Work Permit and S-Pass holders will be required to pass the Class 3 Practical Driving Test (PDT), in addition to passing the BTT, to obtain a Class 3 licence to do so.

 

For more information on Class 3C Licence, please view the Class 3C page here.

 

Classes of driving licence that may be converted

 

Foreign licence conversion is only granted for class 2B and class 3 qualified driving licences. Learner driving licence may not be converted.

 

Those who wish to obtain a class 4 and/or class 5 licence need to go through training and a prescribed practical test before they can obtain the Singapore class 4 or 5 licence. No direct conversion is granted for these heavy vehicle licences.

 

Conversion for a higher capacity or open category motorcycle licence shall not be granted unless these documents are submitted with the application:

 

  1. documentary proof of proper trainings from the foreign Licensing Authority;
  2. documentary proof from the foreign Licensing Authority indicating on the capacity of the motorcycle the applicant was tested on in which it has to be signed and endorsed on;
  3. documentary proof ownership of bigger motorcycle and insurance policy indicating and the applicant must have had at least one year riding experience on the road.

 

We regret to say that any information or documentary proofs which are downloaded from the foreign Licensing Authority’s website will be assessed on a case by case basis.

 

Conversion Procedure

 

In order to convert your foreign licence to a Singapore driving licence, you are required to pass the Basic Theory Test (BTT), overseas theory test results are not admissible for consideration.

 

You may book for a BTT in person at any of the 3 driving schools. On passing the BTT you may then proceed to apply for conversion at the Traffic Police Driving Test Centre counters in person, with the relevant documents. The 3 Traffic Police Driving Test Centres are co-located with the 3 driving schools. Their addresses are:

 

  • Woodlands Driving Test Centre, level 1, co-located with the Singapore Safety Driving Centre ( http://www.ssdcl.com.sg/ ) at 2, Woodlands Industrial Park E4 Singapore 757387.
  • Bukit Batok Driving Test Centre, level 2, co-located with the Bukit Batok Driving Centre (http://www.bbdc.sg ) at 815 Bukit Batok West Ave 5 Singapore 659085.
  • Kampong Ubi Test Centre, level 2, co-located with ComfortDelgro Driving Centre (http://www.cdc.com.sg) at 205, Ubi Ave 4 Singapore 408805.

 

Please bring along the following documents where applicable, when applying for conversion of licence:

 

  • Original and a photocopy of your passport and NRIC/Entry Permit & Re-entry permit/Employment Pass/Dependant Pass/Work Permit/Student Pass/Long Term Pass
  • Original and a photocopy of your valid Qualified Foreign Driving Licence
  • Fee is of $50 (Cashcard or NETS payment Only)
  • One matt finish passport-size colour photograph with white background, eyes looking straight and both ears and eyebrow visible in the photograph. There should be no headgear worn unless normally worn for religious purpose, and glasses worn should not be tinted.
  • For Malaysian licence holders, an extract from JPJ Malaysia showing information of your driving record and licence information (obtained not more than 6 months before date of conversion)
  • For Singaporeans and PR studying overseas for one year or more, please produce proof of stay in the country, e.g. educational transcripts or Letter of Acceptance by the educational institution and the relevant student visa in the passport.
  • For Singaporeans and PR employed overseas for one year or more, please produce Income Tax Returns or supporting documents from employers and the relevant employment visa in the passport.

 

Applicant is required to watch the Road Safety video after getting the in-principle approval from Traffic Police test counters before the application can be processed.

 

Driving Licence Not in English Language

 

For a foreign driving licence that is not in English language, you are required to have an International Driving Permit in addition to the foreign driving licence. If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of your driving licence in English is required. You may obtain translation from the relevant Embassy, High Commission, the Singapore Subordinate Court or the Singapore High Court. Translation is not required for licence issued by Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.

 

Foreign Driving licence that expires with the expiry of a foreign visa

 

If you are a Singaporean or PR who holds a foreign driving licence that expires with the expiry of a foreign visa, you are required to obtain a written extract from the licence issuing authority of the country that your licence was issued. The extract should show the passing date, date of issue of your licence, the class of licence attained and your driving record.

 

You have to register for the Basic Theory Test within 3 months from the date you return to Singapore so that your conversion may be granted subsequently.

 

Drivers of age 65 and above

 

If you are 65 years old and above, you need to be certified fit to drive by a Singapore registered medical practitioner. The prescribed form for the medical certification can be obtained at all Traffic Police Driving Test Centre counters. Application for conversion has to be accompanied by a favourable medical report that is complete.

 

Drivers with special medical condition or physical disability

 

If you have an existing medical condition or physical disability that may render you unfit to drive in Singapore under our law, you will be asked to obtain a confirmation of your fitness to drive at any Singapore registered medical practitioner.

 

You may be required to undergo further assessment by our driving testers to confirm that you are fit to drive in Singapore.

 

Displaying distinguishing mark on vehicle during probation period

 

You are required to display the distinguishing mark on your vehicle if the issue date of your foreign driving licence is less than 1 year before the date of your application for conversion. You may stop displaying it after your 1-year probation period from the date of issue of your Singapore driving licence.

 

Drivers Improvement Points System (DIPS)

 

In the form that you submitted during the application for conversion of your foreign licence, you have affirmed that you have been informed that your licence will be revoked if you accumulate more than 12 demerit points within a 12-month period from the date of issue of your Singapore driving licence.

You will have to sit for all the prescribed driving theory and practical tests one year after the revocation in order to be issued with a new driving licence. 

 

Additional Documents

 

Where the authenticity of a driving licence is in question, you may be asked to produce other documents for further verification. Such documents may include but not limited to International Driving Permit and driving licence extract from the licence issuing authority that issued your licence and endorsed by a notary public.

 

 

REPLACEMENT OF DRIVING LICENCE

You are required to replace your driving licence if

  • You have misplaced or lost your driving licence
  • Your licence has been defaced or damaged
  • You have changed from a Foreign ID (FIN ID) to a Singapore ID
    • New Permanent Residents who already hold a photocard driving licence that requires renewal, will have to replace it with a lifetime QDL
  • You have changed your name or other personal information written on the photocard driving licence

 

Please note that any update of residential address can be done through Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) or at any of the Neighbourhood Police Posts/Centres.

From 1 October 2018, Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents will need to apply online to replace their driving licence via the E-Service ‘Qualified Driving Licence’. Foreigners will need to apply for the replacement of their driving licence in person at the Traffic Police, No.10 Ubi Ave 3 Singapore 408865.

 

For Singaporeans / Permanent Residents:

 

From 1 October 2018, application for replacement of driving licence has to be done online via the E-Service ‘Qualified Driving Licence’. When applying for replacement, you will need to have the following:

1.    Your SingPass account;
2.    eNETS / Visa / MasterCard/Debit card; and
3.    Processing fee of S$25 is required.

For Foreigners:

 

Application for replacement of driving licence will need to be made in person at Traffic Police, No.10 Ubi Ave 3 Singapore 408865. When applying for replacement, please bring along the following:

  1. Valid Work Pass*; 
  2. Identification Card or Passport;
  3. NETS / Credit Card / Cashcard (cash is not accepted); and
  4. Processing fee of S$25 is required.

*Applicant must be able to show documentary proof from MOM if the Work Pass is going to expire.


 

Note: A Police Report is required for 3rd and subsequent replacement

Last Updated on 01 October 2018