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  • Writer's pictureRichard Selwyn

Driving License Singapore: Getting or Converting your Driving License

Driving in Singapore can be a convenient and efficient way to get around, but first, you'll need to obtain a valid driving license. Whether you're a new driver or looking to convert your license from another jurisdiction, the process can seem a bit daunting. But don't worry, we've got you covered with this step-by-step guide to getting a driving license in Singapore.

Step 1: Meet the Eligibility Criteria Before you can begin the process of obtaining a driving license in Singapore, you'll need to make sure you meet certain eligibility criteria. These include:

  • Being at least 18 years old on the date of application

  • Holding a valid work permit or student pass if you are a foreign national

Step 2: Complete a Basic Theory Test (BTT) The next step is to complete a Basic Theory Test (BTT), which is a multiple-choice test that covers the basic knowledge and understanding of road safety and traffic rules. You can register for the test online at the Traffic Police website (https://www.tp.sg/). Once you have passed the BTT, you will receive a certificate of completion, which is valid for two years.

Step 3: Complete a Final Theory Test (FTT) After passing the BTT, you will need to take a Final Theory Test (FTT), which is similar to the BTT but covers more advanced knowledge and understanding of road safety and traffic rules. You can register for the test online at the Traffic Police website (https://www.tp.sg/). Once you have passed the FTT, you will receive a certificate of completion, which is valid for two years.

Step 4: Complete a Driving Course Before you can take your practical driving test, you will need to complete a driving course. The course can be taken at any one of the approved driving centers in Singapore. You can find a list of approved driving centers at the Traffic Police website (https://www.tp.sg/).

Step 5: Take a Practical Driving Test Once you have completed the driving course, you can take the practical driving test. The test consists of a vehicle control test and a road test. You can register for the test online at the Traffic Police website (https://www.tp.sg/). Once you have passed the practical driving test, you will receive a certificate of completion, which is valid for two years.

Step 6: Apply for a Driving License Once you have passed the BTT, FTT, and practical driving test, you can apply for a driving license. You will need to submit your certificates of completion and other required documents, such as your passport and work permit, to the Traffic Police. You can apply for a driving license online at the Traffic Police website (https://www.tp.sg/).

For foreign nationals, if you hold a valid driving license from your home country, you may be able to convert it to a Singapore driving license, provided that your home country and Singapore have a reciprocal agreement. You can check if your home country is on the list of countries with a reciprocal agreement at the Traffic Police website (https://www.tp.sg/). If you are eligible to convert your license, you will need to pass a driving test and submit your original valid foreign driving license, valid work permit or student pass, and other required documents.

Getting a driving license in Singapore can be a bit of a process, but with a bit of patience and preparation, you'll be on the road in no time. Follow these steps and you'll be well on your way to obtaining a valid driving license in Singapore.

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