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Getting a Licence

Information - Driving Licence

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

 

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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 licence in English is required. Driver from ASEAN member countries only need to possess a valid driving licence issued by the relevant driving licence Authority in order to drive in Singapore without IDP.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Renewal of Photocard Driving Licence

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

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 licence

  • Passport
  • 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 or NETS Only)

 

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

  • Renewable at Traffic Police.

 

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

  • Renewable at Traffic Police.
  • Medical examination* to be done 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 has to be submitted to Traffic Police 2 months before the respective date of birth of the licence holder.

 

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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 done by a Singapore registered medical practitioner in Singapore.
  • Once certified fit to drive the particular class of vehicle, you will need to undergo a proficiency driving test.  You have to bring along the medical 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.
  • We will not accept medical examination certification produced more than 2 months before your date of birth from the date of endorsement by the Medical Officer.

 

* 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 go online for more information on this medical guidelines at URL: http://www.sma.org.sg/publications/index.aspx?lD=19

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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.

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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.

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Foreigners

A foreigner above 18 years of age and holding valid foreign licence may drive in Singapore for a period of not more than 12 months. A Singapore driving licence is required after 12 months. Those on short term social visit may drive with their foreign licence. For licence not written in English language, an International Driving Permit or an official translation in English language is required.

Please note that Work Permit holder is not allowed to drive in the course of work on public roads unless the occupation stated in the Work Permit shows he is employed as a driver.

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 64385122.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 regain a new driving licence.

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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.

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Replacement of Driving Licence

You are required to replace your driving licence if you

  • misplaced or lost your driving licence
  • Your licence has been defaced or damaged to the extend the information or photo cannot be read
  • You have change from a Foreign ID (FIN ID) to a Singapore ID
  • 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 any of the Neighbourhood Police Posts/Centres.

Replacement of driving licence has to be done personally at the Traffic Police, No.10 Ubi Ave 3 Singapore 408865.

For Singaporeans / Permanent Residents:

When applying for replacement, please bring along the following:

  1. NRIC / Passport;

  2. A matt / semi-matt finish passport-size colour photograph with white background; and

  3. Processing fee of S$25 (Cashcard and NETS Only) is required.

 

For Foreigners:

When applying for replacement, please bring along the following:

  1. Valid Work Pass*;

  2. A matt / semi-matt finish passport-size colour photograph with white background; and

  3. Processing fee of S$25 (Cashcard and NETS Only) 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

Replacement of Singapore Driving Licence Application Through Proxy in Singapore

Overseas Singaporeans may apply for a replacement Singapore driving licence through proxy by giving a written authorisation (by fax or email) for their next of kin in Singapore to submit the application on their behalf at Traffic Police, No. 10 Ubi Ave 3, Singapore 408865.

 

Documents required are:

  1. Photocopy of NRIC (back and front)
  2. Documentary evidence that he/she is not in Singapore (Example, copy of visa or copy of his passport showing the immigration stamp)
  3. Proxy’s NRIC
  4. Written authorisation for application of replacement on behalf of the applicant
  5. One recent passport size photograph, his/her name and NRIC no. to be written behind the photograph. The photograph must be:
    • In colour;
    • Passport-size (35mm wide by 45mm high without borders);
    • The facial image must be between 25mm and 35mm from chin to crown;
    • Taken against a plain white background with a matt or semi-matt finish; and
    • Taken full face without headgear, unless the applicant habitually wears a headgear in accordance with religious or racial custom. The headgear must not hide the applicants’ facial features.

The replacement fee is S$25.00. Proxy has to inform Traffic Police that he/she may want to collect it personally at the Traffic Police Department instead of having the licence being sent by mail to the local address in Singapore. Proxy will then be able to mail it personally to the applicant’s address in overseas.

 

Replacement of Singapore Driving Licence Application Through Singapore Embassy

If you wish to apply through the Singapore Embassy, please submit the following: 

  1. Cover letter stating reason for applying for replacement licence
  2. Photocopy of passport
  3. Replacement fee of S$25.00 should be made by cheque issued by a Singapore bank OR a Bank Draft issued by a foreign bank (in Singapore dollars), made payable to Commander Traffic Police
  4. One recent passport size photograph, his/her name and NRIC no. to be written behind the photograph. The photograph must be:
    • In colour;
    • Passport-size (35mm wide by 45mm high without borders);
    • The facial image must be between 25mm and 35mm from chin to crown;
    • Taken against a plain white background with a matt or semi-matt finish; and
    • Taken full face without headgear, unless the applicant habitually wears a headgear in accordance with religious or racial custom. The headgear must not hide the applicants’ facial features.

 

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Last Updated on 14 September 2017