For short term pass or social visit pass holders residing in Singapore not more than 12 months, you are allowed to drive in Singapore only if you have a valid driving license in English. Otherwise, you’ll need to obtain a supplementary International Driving Permit from your home country or obtain an official translation of your driving license in English.
For long-term pass holders who are holding a Student Pass (STP), Employment Pass (EP) or Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP), you are allowed to drive with your valid foreign driving license for up to 12 months. After which, you’ll be required to convert to a Singapore driving license.
For Work Permit (WP) and S-Pass holders, you are allowed to drive with your valid foreign driving license for up to 6 months after which you’ll be required to convert to a Singapore driving license.
For non-Singapore citizen long-term pass holders, here’s what you’ll need to prepare to convert your license:
- A valid driving license that indicates the issuing date and has not expired from your home country. (If the issuing date is not available, you will have to provide supporting documents which can be obtained from your local transport authority.)
- A valid work permit/pass that is not close to expiry.
Important note: Your driving license from your home country is not valid if it has been issued to you after you have received your Work Pass or Work Permit in Singapore.
For new Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents (PR), or returning Singaporeans, you must register and pass the Basic Theory Test (BTT) and convert your foreign driving license within 3 months after obtaining your citizenship/PR status or returning to Singapore.
Otherwise, you will be regarded as a new applicant and will be required to begin the driving license acquisition process from the beginning by registering and completing both theory and practical tests.
Important note: Additional documentation as proof of your residence in the country of which you obtained your driving license is required. You must also have resided in the respective country for more than 1 year and obtain an official copy of your driving records from the issuing authorities of the respective country where your license is issued.
If your license has expired along with your foreign visa, you are still able to convert your license by obtaining a written document from the issuing authority of your respective country containing the following details:
- Passing date of your driving test
- Date of issue of your foreign driving license
- Class of vehicles you are permitted to drive
- Copy of your driving records