Getting Your Singapore Driving License

Getting Your Singapore Driving License

Legal requirements for getting your Singapore driving license:

In order to drive a motor vehicle in Singapore, you must have a valid Singapore driving license and be at least 18 years of age and satisfy at least one of the below:

1. Singapore citizen

2. Singapore Permanent Resident

3. Foreigners who have resided in Singapore for over twelve (12) months.

4. Foreigners who have resided in Singapore for less than twelve (12) months without a valid Singapore driving license must possess a valid foreign license and International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by the relevant authority in their country of origin. If you do not have the International Driving Permit, you will require an official translation of your foreign driving license in English.

Note: For drivers from ASEAN countries, you can drive in Singapore without IDP as long as you have a valid driving license in your country of origin.

Reference: Singapore Traffic Police

Before you get started, you must first understand which driving license are you intending to get.

The Singapore driving licence is categorized based on the following classification of Motor Vehicles:

Class 1

Invalid Carriages.

Class 2B

Motor cycles not exceeding 200 cc.

Class 2A

Motor cycles 201 cc – 400 cc.

Class 2

Motor cycles exceeding 400 cc.

Class 3A

(a) Motor Cars without clutch pedals of unladen weight not exceeding 3000 kg with not more than 7 passengers exclusive of the driver; and

(b) Motor tractors and other motor vehicles without clutch pedals of unladen weight not exceeding 2,500 kg.

Class 3

(a) Motor cars of unladen weight not exceeding 3,000 kg with not more than 7 passengers, exclusive of the driver; and

(b)Motor tractors and other motor vehicles of unladen weight not exceeding 2,500 kg.

Class 4A

Omnibus

Class 4

Heavy motor vehicles of unladen weight exceeding 2,500 kg which are constructed to carry load or passengers.

Class 5

Heavy motor vehicles not constructed to carry any load and the unladen weight exceeds 7,250 kg.

Over here at KukuDrivers.com, we specifically deal with drivers who are looking to get their Class 3 or Class 3A motor driving license in Singapore.

As required by law,

“To drive a vehicle in Singapore, you must possess a valid Singapore driving licence for the class of vehicle that you want to drive. This requirement applies to all citizens and permanent residents of Singapore and also foreigners who are residing in Singapore for more than twelve (12) months. Foreigners who reside here for less than twelve (12) months must possess a valid foreign licence and International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by an authorised body in their country of origin e.g. the Automobile Association (AA). If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of your foreign licence in English is required. Driver from ASEAN member countries only need to possess a valid driving licence issued by the relevant driving licence Authority in order to drive in Singapore without IDP.”

Source: Traffic Police Singapore.

In order to get your Class 3 (commonly known as Manual driving license in Singapore) or Class 3A (Auto driving license in Singapore), the first step is to decide which type of driving license you want to take.

In Singapore, most passenger vehicles are Auto cars (without the clutch). A Class 3 (Manual Driving License) allows you to drive both Manual cars and Auto cars (in layman speak).

A Class 3A driving license allows you to drive ONLY auto cars.

Whether you decide to take a manual or auto driving license, you will be required to first pass the Basic Theory Test where after passing it, you will have a lifetime validity (for Basic Theory Test only).

After you have passed your Basic Theory Test, you can proceed to apply for the Provisional Driving License (PDL). Please note that you must have a valid Provisional Driving License (PDL) before you can start your practical driving lessons.

Check out details on booking of Basic Theory Test (BTT) here.

Once you are done with passing your Basic Theory Test (BTT) and you can then proceed to book a date for your final theory test.

After passing your Final Theory Test (FTT), depending on your progress with your driving instructor(s) (whether school or private driving instructors), you can then proceed to book your Traffic Police (TP) test date.