Do You Really Need To Convert Your Foreign Driving Licence?
For Foreigners above 18 years of age and holding a Work Pass/Dependent Pass/Student Pass who intend to remain in Singapore for less than twelve months are not required to convert their foreign driving license to a Singapore driving license. They may drive in Singapore with a valid foreign driving license.
If the license is not in English, in addition to a valid foreign driving license, they are required to have an International Driving Permit. If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of the driving license in English is required.
However, if you are a foreigner who wishes to continue driving in Singapore after your 12 months of stay (from the date of your last entry into Singapore), you MUST obtain a valid Singapore driving licence.
Conversion of Foreign Driving Licence
To convert to a Singapore driving licence, you are required to pass the Basic Theory Test (BTT) for familiarisation with traffic rules and Singapore’s Highway Code pertaining to traffic-related issues peculiar to Singapore. Overseas theory test results are not admissible for consideration.
A Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) who wishes to drive in Singapore is required to convert his foreign driving licence after becoming a PR.
To book a BTT test, create an account with any of the three driving schools below and book in person or online:
Bukit Batok Driving Centre Ltd
815 Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 Singapore 659085
Telephone No.: 65611233
ComfortDelGro Driving Centre Pte Ltd
205 Ubi Avenue 4 Singapore 408805
Telephone No.: 65611233
Singapore Safety Driving Centre
2 Woodlands Industrial Park E4 Singapore 757387
Telephone No.: 64826060
Once you passed the BTT you may then proceed to apply for conversion at the Traffic Police Test Centre counters in person.
Please do bring along the following relevant documents:
- Original and a photocopy of your passport and NRIC/entry permit/employment pass/dependent pass/social visit pass/work permit.
- Result slip to prove that you have passed the Basic Theory Test.
- Original and a photocopy of a valid foreign driving licence.
- Processing fee of $50 (Cashcard and NETS payment Only).
- One matt finish passport-size colour photograph with white background, eyes looking straight and both ears and eyebrows visible in the photograph. There should be no headgear worn unless normally worn for religious purposes, and glasses worn should not be tinted.
- For those who are employed overseas, please produce a Letter of Employment or Income Tax Returns or supportive documents from employers and the relevant Employment Pass in the passport.
- Extract of Driving Licence from the Licensing Authority that indicates the date of the 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
- If your foreign driving licence is not in English, you must have one of these:
- International driving permit; or
- An official translation of your driving licence in English obtained from the relevant Embassy, High Commission, or Singapore court. The translation is not required for licences issued by Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Classes of Driving Licence in Singapore
- 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.