Convert to Singapore Driving Licence

What are the steps to convert my Malaysia Licence to International Licence in Singapore?
Summarised answer: You need a valid driving licence and pass the BTT in Singapore. Cost ~SGD80 (include BTT, Books, JPJ Letter, Photocopies & Driving Licence)

You can simply follow the official website guide here (e.g eligibility and conversion for foreigner – non PR) and more step by step details will be shared below.

  1. Create an account
  2. Book/Enrol to a Basic Theory Test (BTT)
  3. Preparation of documents (Checklist)
  4. Pass the BTT
  5. Once passed, perform the conversion
  6. License will be mailed to you
  7. Q&A

1. Create an account

If you may ask “Where to get the PIN” or “Where can I get the Login & PIN?”.
Answer: You need to walk in to any of the 3 Traffic Police Test Centres:

Every centre has it’s own date available for the test.

  1. Bukit Batok Driving Centre (BBDC)
    815 Bukit Batok West Ave 5, Singapore 659085
    T: 1800 666 8888
    Earliest Test Date
  2. ComfortDelGro Driving Centre (CDC)
    205 Ubi Ave 4, Singapore 408805
    T: 6841 8900, 6848 0617
    Earliest Test Date
    Remark: The earliest date is very far from “Today”, likely because it is the closer to North, Central & East.
  3. Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC)
    2 Woodlands Industrial Park E4, Singapore 757387
    T: 6482 6060
    Earliest Test Date
    Remark: There is a branch in Ang Mo Kio, but no account creation/enrolment service, you have to go to the HQ in Woodlands (Nearest MRT: Admiralty)

The centre do not have any photocopy service, see Q&A-Q6 for nearby service

The below map give you an eagle view on the location.
Driving Center

2. Book/Enrol to a Basic Theory Test (BTT)

  • You just need an NRIC to book a test.
    I have picked SSDC because CDC don’t have the date that I want. But the SSDC location is really not so accessible, find your best travel route before go there.
    I used obike (no longer operating since June’18, you can find the alternative like OFO or Mobike) to travel around CDC and SSDC
  • Once you reached there, they will give you a form to fill up
  • You just tell them that you want to book a date for BTT/ convert the licence.
  • Cost SGD11.85

3. Preparation of Documents (Checklist)

While waiting for the test date, prepare the following documents.
You can get everything listed below done before the test.

  1. passport size photo
    • Coloured with White background
    • taken less than 3 months
  2. PR
    • Original
    • Photocopy (Front & Back)
  3. Current valid Driving Licence
    • Original
    • Photocopy (Front & Back)
  4. Passport
    • Original
    • Photocopy 1st page –  Details
    • Photocopy last page – stamp from ICA
      I got rejected due to missing this photocopy, don’t play play 🙂
  5. Entry Permit
    • Photocopy (See Q&A-Q5 below for misplaced / lost entry permit)
  6. Re-entry Permit
    • Photocopy (See Q&A-Q4 below for “Is Entry Permit & Re-entry Permit the same?”)
  7. Driving extracts & receipt from JPJ
    • 3 pieces of paper
      • Confirmation of Malaysian Driving Licence Particulars (see sample)
      • Type of classes
      • Receipt
    • Cost RM10 (as of June 2017), whatever amount more than that is a scam. And we only pay at counter, and not anybody standing outside the counter. If you are going to JPJ JB (Kompleks JPJ, Taman Daya 80990), then you shall be expecting the below building layout. Get the form at the table (see below picture in Red) and fill it up yourself. It helps you to avoid some troubles.
    • Do not go to the JPJ @ UTC, they cannot help! even if they do, the format is wrong.
      I did it in UTC Perak, they gave an extract “Maklumat pemandu dan lesen-lesen dimiliki”, it contains all the information, but is not acceptable by Singapore Traffic Police Department.
      I did it again in UTC Johor, they direct me to go JPJ Johor (at Taman Daya) and I got the letter there.A lot of scam there, avoid anybody that try to approach you. They are the so called “jpj runner”, but you don’t need their help.
      Don’t trust them even they said they will be able to help on retain your Malaysia Licence forever. Otherwise, say bye bye to your own money 🙂
    • Original copy will be submitted to the Singapore Traffic Police Department

Actual listing from traffic police department on what and how the conversion can be done.FullSizeRender 2

4. Pass the BTT

1 hour, 50 Multiple choice questions (MCQ) , 45 or more correct answer to pass.
The following is an extract of (New Highway Code – Book 1 pg. 6)

Get the books needed for BTT from Popular or Carousell (keyword:BTT Book)
I have used the following books.

  • New Highway Code (SGD4.90)
  • 480 Questions & Answer (SGD8.00)


Tips: I feel the above books are sufficient to pass the test.

Tips from my friend: If not sure the answer, go for the “safety first” related statement.
I met my friend, and he told me after the BTT, where I think his tips make sense.
Hope this helps.

5. Once passed, perform the conversion
BTT Assignment

Upon attending the test, a paper is given to attend the test (with Station No. & Password)
Tips: Do not throw this away, later you will obtain the stamp from Traffic Police Department (claimed passed)

Bring the documents stated in Point 3 for same day conversion.
Tips: Bring everything on that day & get your finger cross that you pass the test, then you can convert the licence immediately, but do spare another 2-3 hours queuing for the conversion in Traffic Police Department Service Counter.

Do I have to fill up anything while waiting for the queue?
Yes, request for the “Application For A Driving Licence To Drive” form in Pink.
Request for the pink form before your turn.

  1. Fill up the pink form “Application For A Driving Licence To Drive”
  2. SGD 50 by
    • Nets Or
    • Cash card Only
  3. Once completed the above, you have to attend a compulsory 10 Minutes safety video class. This is the schedule of the safety video in CDCcdc-safety-video-schedule.jpg

6. Licence will be mailed to you

Pass the document back to officer once you finish the safety video and
lastly, you will get this in return.
Confirmation Licence Conversion

7. Q&A

Q1: Can I convert my licence on the same day I passed the test?
A1: Yes, you have to make sure that you bring all the required documents.

Q2: Can I convert my licence in another location? (e.g. I take the test in SSDC and convert my licence in CDC?)
A2: Yes as the conversion is processed by Traffic Police Department and not  the Driving Centre.

Q3: Can I get the Driving extracts from JPJ at UTC?
A3: No, it requires an officer signature, they don’t have the authorised personnel there.

Q4: Is PR Entry Permit same as PR Re-entry Permit?
A4: No, Entry Permit is obtained upon getting your PR, your photo is printed on it.
Whereas Re-entry Permit can be re-printed via eREP @ ICA online

Q5: I misplaced / lost my PR Entry Permit, can I re-print it?
A5: No, you need to lodge a police report (saying that “lost entry permit”), and get a verification letter (which is equivalent to your entry permit) from ICA

Q6: Is there a photocopy service near driving centre?
A6: Yes but is either far / expensive, kindly take it seriously to complete the checklist before going there. A few recommendations if you are looking for one.
Near CDC photocopy: (190m) Xerox Press
Near SSDC photocopy: (800m) Jie Jie Trading
Never been to the following, search through web, give me an update if photocopy service is available there, those are nearer options.
Near SSDC photocopy:(300m) Techie Print Pte. Ltd. 
Near SSDC photocopy:(650m) 6999
Near BBDC photocopy: (400M) Printmania Pte. Ltd.


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  1. Hi

    Thank you for the useful information.

    I am planning to convert my license, I have some questions and appreciate so much if you can advise.

    1. Last year I asked JPJ Ipoh, the lady explained that I need to request for Surat Convert, is that the same as Confirmation of Malaysian Driving Licence Particulars?

    2. The lady also explained that upon getting the letter, my Malaysia license will be blacklisted in database, and the Malaysia license is not valid anymore. Is that true?

    3. I forgotten to ask the lady but I am wondering… do I need to surrender my original Malaysia license to JPJ (since it is blacklisted)? Because I see your guidance, I need to show the original Malaysia license to Singapore Traffic Police Dept.

    Thank you and Happy New Year!



    1. 1. It may has different naming for the letter. So better show them the sample of “Confirmation of Malaysian Driving Licence Particulars” and get exactly the same which this is the only acceptable template for Singapore Traffic Police Department.
      Of course, the stamp and writing on the letter is important as well (etc: office chop, signature and date on passing tests)

      2. Partially true. Once you obtain the letter, you can’t renew your Malaysia Licence anymore (which similar to blacklist). In other words, if you have just renewed the licence with 5 years validity before obtaining the letter, you can still hold your local licence for the next 5 years.

      3. Do not need to surrender your licence upon obtaining the letter.
      Once your Malaysia Licence is expired, you have to remember this: Malaysia Boleh.
      I don’t know how yet, but will find out and share it one day.

      Good luck and happy new year.


  2. Hihi,

    Just want to check with you.
    What documents you need to prepare before go down to JPJ Taman Daya?

    A photocopy of PR, msia IC & licence?

    Look forward for your reply.

    Best Regards,


    1. Hi Junetsy, as far as I remember, yes, the original and photocopy of msia IC and Licence, thats all you need to bring. I don’t remember showing my PR to them. But there is a A5 size form to fill up on the spot, I am not sure what form is that, all I remember is filling up some personal info same as your IC, so bring a pen will be good. Remember, ignore whoever that try to approach you.


  3. Hi can I check with you , once convert to sg driving license, can I still able to drive in Msia ? Or should I need to apply international driving license or no need just use the sg driving license will do ?


    1. Hi Jovee, here is a few scenarios that may help you to clear your doubts. (disclaimer:This is based on what I heard and I feel it is valid)
      You can use your sg licence to drive anywhere so long traffic officer able to acknowlege the card is a licence(except Japan, u need another paper proving that it is an international licence, i will be going through that and write a post). But as a Malaysian, I believe your concern is on “what is the different driving in Malaysia using between singapore and malaysia licence.
      1:If there is a roadblock, they treat you like a foreigner than local if you know what i meant.
      2: If caught in an accident, there is no local insurance coverage because you are using foreign country licence to drive (not renting a car but own car)
      Other tips: if your existing Malaysia licence has not expired: as you don’t need to cut the card or do anything to the Malaysia licence, so you can still using it to drive in Malaysia until it expired, then u will have issue renewing.
      3. Your licence is about to expire: if times allow, renew your Malaysia licence first before getting the Singapore licence, then atleast you will not need to deal with your concern so early.
      4. Is there ways to own 2 licence? From what I understand, yes and no.
      No: Officially, you can only own 1 driving licence as a Malaysian.
      Yes: There is always a way, but not sure how yet, will blog it 5years lter when my licence expired, then will go through the actual process.

      Hope this helps


    1. What kind of translation form as reference that you are looking for? Are you from other country than Malaysia?
      Assume that you are from Malaysia, they shall provide you an English version of the letter.


  4. Hi, Just want to clarify the documents with you before i go to the JPJ Taman Daya.
    1) Passport size White background picture
    2) Photocopy of Passport 1st page & photocopy of the page which chop the date the day i came in sg
    3) Work Permit Photocopy (Front & Behind)
    4) IC photocopy (Front & Behind)
    5) License photocopy (Front & Behind)
    6) ****The paper that given to attend the test (with Station No. & Password) –
    I passed the test, but they dint help me to chop & stamp for me on that paper. Is it i need to go back and obtain the stamp before i go to JPJ Taman Daya, or i just bring the paper without the stamp will do ?


    1. My short answer is yes, you need to get the stamp first.

      I remembered handing the paper to someone to stamp and verified “Passed” for me right after the test.

      Perhaps think of it this way, Malaysia JPJ has no access to the BTT system, and irregardless passing the test or not, you will get the paper anyway, so the officer is clueless on your test result without the stamp. But as you know, anything can happen in Malaysia. (Perhaps you can try and let me know, maybe my info and assumption is incorrect, then you can share your experience in here too)

      Anyway, the safest way is still to obtain the stamp before going JPJ.

      Hope everything goes smooth for you.



  5. Hi,

    1. How long does it take to get the Confirmation of Malaysian Driving Licence Particulars in Taman Data JPJ?
    2. What is Driving extracts & receipt from JPJ3 pieces of paper? How do I get this?


    1. Hi,

      From the SG Police List,

      1. For MY driving license, do we need Official Translation of Foreign driving licence from Embassy as per point 5d?
      2. Is the extract of driving record as per point 5e indicated in the Confirmation of Malaysian Driving Licence Particulars? which is the date of first issuance of driving licence?

      Thank you so much for your time and effort to write the blog. You are an Angel!


      1. Hi Serena,

        Sorry for missing out your reply. Please see the following:

        1. for Malaysia, 5d is not required as Malaysia driving licence comes with both Malay & English (e.g. Warganegara/Nationality) indicated on the licence.

        2. Please refers to the picture from my reply to How Leong’s comment, and that is the only acceptable template for Singapore Traffic Police Department.



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