If you are looking to convert your foreign driving license in Singapore, there are a few things to note. From the types of Singapore driving licenses available, foreign driving license laws to the procedure of converting your foreign driving license, there are strict protocols to keep our roads safe.
In Singapore, there are 11 classes of driving licenses, each tailored to the necessary skills to operate the vehicles.
Class 1 Licenses
Invalid carriages and only can be obtained by those with physical disabilities
Class 2, 2A & 2B Licenses
For motorcycles only
Class 3, 3A, 3CA & 3C Licenses
For cars only
Class 4A Licenses
Right to drive a bus
Class 4 & 5 Licenses
Right to drive heavy motor vehicles such as trucks or large vans
Aside from these license classes, there are 3 types of driving licenses based on the driver’s level of driving experience.
Provisional Driving License – for those who are learning to drive in a driving school and have passed the Basic Theory Test
Qualified Driving License– for those who passed the Practical Driving Test and will be under probation for one year
Vocational Driving License– meant for commercial private hire cars, taxis, and bus drivers
FUN FACT: Singapore isoneofthe 22 countries in the world whichimposes a demerit point system, so drive safely!
Foreign Driving License Laws in Singapore
If you’re a foreigner who owns a foreign driving license, you are allowed to drive in Singapore if you fulfil these criteria, but this is only applies for a period of only 1 year. You will be required to have a Singapore license after the 1-year period to drive in Singapore.
Foreign driving license owned is in one of these classes – 3A, 3, or 2B
Only citizens and permanent residents with a valid Singapore driving license can drive. For those who have just become citizens or permanent residents need to convert their driving license into Singapore equivalents within three months of becoming a permanent resident or citizen.
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How to Convert a Foreign Driving License to a Singapore Driving License
To convert your foreign driving license to a Singapore driving license, you must first pass the Basic Theory Test. This test can be booked at an approved driving centre or online.
The next step to obtain your license is to:
Apply for conversion at a Traffic Police Test Centre counter – this must be made in person
Prepare and bring all the following documents when applying:
Original version and photocopy of your NRIC, entry permit, Employment Pass, Depedent’s Pass, social visit pass, or work permit
Orginal version and photocopy of your foreign driving license
Passport-size coloured photographic of yourself with a white background and looking straight
S$50 for processing fee
NOTE: When submittingyourpicture, make surethatyou are notwearingtintedglassesor non-religiousheadgearandthatyourearsandeyebrows are visible
If your foreign driving license is not in English, you will also require either an international driving permit or an official English translation of the license unless it is from Brunei, Malaysia, or Indonesia.
The validity of the license is 5 years from the date of issuance and will be required to renew within 1 month of its expiry date.
Singaporeans/ PRs Who Own Foreign Dring Licenses
More steps are required by Singaporeans or permanent residents who have a foreign driving license. The requirements include:
Proof that they have worked or studied abroad for a min. duration of 1 year
Proof that they have lived abroad for at least 6 months of a 12-month period
If expired, a written extract from the relevant authorities is required with information such as:
Date the foreign driving test was passed
Class of license obtained
Current driving record
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