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   Conversion of foreign driving licence

 

If you hold a foreign driving licence and intend to remain in Singapore for less than twelve months, you are not required to convert your foreign driving licence to a Singapore driving licence. You may drive in Singapore with a valid foreign driving licence. However, if your licence is not in English, in addition to a valid foreign driving licence, you are required to have an International Driving Permit. If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of your driving licence in English is required.

If you are holding an Employment Pass/Dependent Pass/Student Pass/or Work Permit and are likely to reside in Singapore for more than twelve months and you wish to continue to drive in Singapore, then you are required to convert your foreign diving licence to a Singapore driving licence before the end of your twelve months stay.

To convert to a Singapore driving licence, you are required to pass the Basic Theory Test (BTT) which will familarise you with traffic rules and Singapore's Highway Code pertaining to traffic related issues peculiar to Singapore. A Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) who wishes to drive in Singapore is required to convert his foreign driving licence after becoming a PR.

Application for conversion of foreign driving licence for Singaporeans and PR are not normally granted unless:

  - they have stayed in the foreign country continuously for at least six months after the date of first issue of their foreign driving licence

  - the foreign driving licence at the time of application for conversion must have been issued for a period of six months or more

  - for PRs, the driving licence was obtained before the applicant became a PR.

Your application for conversion of driving licence must be made in person at any of the following driving test centre :

  • Singapore Driving Test Centre 3, Ang Mio Kio, St 62

  • Bukit Batok Driving Centre 815, Bukit Batok West Ave 5

  • Comfort Driving Centre 215, Ubi Ave 4

. Please bring along the following documents:

  - Result slip to prove that you have passed the Basic Theory Test

  - Passport and NRIC/Entry Permit/Employment Pass/Dependent Pass/Social Visit Pass/Work Permit, etc (whichever is applicable)

  - A passport-size colour photograph with white background

  - A matt/semi-matt finish and a fee of S$50

  - For overseas students, please produce proof of six months' stay in the country e.g. educational transcripts or Letter of Acceptance into the Educational Institution (120) and the relevant visa in the passport

  - For those employed overseas, please produce Letter of Employment or Income Tax Returns or supportive documents from employers and the relevant Employment Pass in the passport

  - A valid Qualified Foreign Driving Licence

  - An official translation of the driving licence if it is not in English

  - Extract of Driving Licence from the Licensing Authority that indicates the date of first issue of Driving Licence if this date of issue is not indicated on your driving licence

  - For Malaysian licence holders, an extract from Jabatan Pengangutan Jalan (JPJ) is compulsory.

 

FAQ:

1. Can I convert my expired foreign driving licence to a Singapore driving licence?

    No.

2. If my driving licence is disqualified/revoked/suspended in Singapore, can I obtain a foreign licence and convert to a Singapore driving licence?

    Once a licensee is disqualified/revoked/suspended in Singapore, you are not allowed to convert any foreign driving licence into a Singapore driving licence. You will need to pass the entire driving test module before you can drive in Singapore again.

3. How can I apply for an official translation of my foreign driving licence?

    You can obtain an official translation of your foreign driving from your embassy / High Commission.

4. What is the validity period of an International Driving Permit?

The validity period of an International Driving Permit is one (1) year.

5. Where can I apply for an International Driving Permit?

    You can apply for an International Driving Permit with Automobile Association of Singapore provided you have a Singapore driving licence.

 

Last Updated 0n 28 Apr 2005

Source: Singapore Police Force