Driving in Singapore for temporary visitors
Tourists or temporary visitors to Singapore can drive using a valid foreign licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP), issued by the authorities in your home country. In general, international permits are issued by the authorities issuing driving permits, although other bodies such as the Automobile Association (AA) might also be able to deliver international permits. Official English translations are required in the absence of international permits. If you come from one of the ASEAN states (Association of South-East Asian Nations), you can drive in Singapore without an international permit. For further details on how to obtain translations or international licences, you need to contact the authorities which have issued your current licence, as these tend to vary and change over time.
Driving in Singapore for long term residents
After 12 months in Singapore, it is compulsory to obtain a local license. Permanent Residents, students and long-term residents need to apply for a local driving license. When applying, you will be required to prove the legitimacy of your stay; this can be done by providing details of an employment contract or details of your course of study. New citizens and permanent residency holders need to convert their foreign licenses within three months of obtaining their new status.
To apply for a local license, you will need to pass the Basic Theory Test (BTT) in one of the three approved schools in Singapore. If successful, the next step is to exchange your national driving license for a local license in a Traffic Police Driving Test Centre. Documents required include:
- Original and photocopy of your passport and residency documentation
- Original and photocopy of your valid foreign driving license
- A recent passport-sized matte, color photograph of yourself with a white background (further details are available online)
- A processing fee of SGD 50 (payment is only possible through a cash card or NETS card)
- A translation of your driving license (if not in English)
- Details of the first date of issue of your license
Note that there are further documentation requirements for Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents. This includes documentation that you have worked or studied in a foreign country for a year or more. If your driving permit has expired, you need to seek documentation showing details of when you passed your test, the date of issue of your license as well as your driving record details.
Driving licenses issued to foreigners will be valid for a period of 5 years from the date on which the license is issued. Renewals should then be carried out within a month of the date of expiry of the license. Licenses issued to Singaporean citizens and Permanent Residents have unlimited validity and do not need to be renewed.
Please see more details on the website of Expat.com.
Note: Information may not be up-to-date. Please check official government information for latest laws and regulations.