Moving To Singapore? You Can Apply Online To Convert Your Driving Licence

Singapore has made it easier to change your driver’s licence online.
(credit: Malay Mail)

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If you are moving to Singapore and plan to stay there for more than a year, you can apply to convert your Malaysian driving licence to a Singaporean one.

In an article by Lowyat.net, the Singapore Traffic Police revealed just a few days ago that they had begun a trial in which Malaysian drivers could apply online to have their overseas driver’s licences converted to Singapore licences. The trial’s goal is to speed up processes and decrease wait times at the Traffic Police’s headquarters.

The online process will ensure that applicants truly meet the eligibility requirements before showing up. Candidates who are eligible will still need to travel to the traffic police HQ to produce physical copies of documents and the required payment.

After providing the required information, you will receive instructions on how to provide the supporting papers. After that, you will hear back within 10 working days on whether you need to submit the paperwork again and whether you are indeed qualified for the conversion.

You will be given a date and time for an appointment to visit the HQ and deliver the original documents for verification if your application has been approved. Successful applicants should get a hardcopy licence within 10 days of the application’s processing. However, if you have a SingPass account, which can be used to drive right away, you can access the Digital Driving Licence by the next working day.

Before applying, you must pass the Basic Theory Test (BTT) at one of the driving schools in Singapore. The conversion will have a processing cost of SGD50.00 (RM160+/-). A JPJ letter that lists the classes and the date the licence was issued is also needed.

Remember that you only need to change your driving licence to a Singaporean one if you intend to stay in the nation for an extended period of time (more than a year). For this, licence holders will additionally need a letter of employment.

If you want to know more about the conversion process, you can head over to the Singapore Police website.

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