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driving license conversion, is the original retained?

Post by Lucap » Thu, 03 Nov 2005 5:28 pm

Hello

currently my european driving license allows me to ride motorcycles of unlimited capacity.

After conversion, I wonder if the original diving license is retained by myself.

This is to avoid losing the "unlimited" classification upon re-entry in my country of origin.

anyone with knowledge/experience?

Thanks!

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Post by Carpe Diem » Thu, 03 Nov 2005 6:02 pm

Of course you keep your original license.
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Post by Lucap » Thu, 03 Nov 2005 7:25 pm

That's good news!

it is the opposite of what happens by relocating from one european country to the other. In that case the licence is exchanged for a new one, the old one being retained by the office.

Thanks again

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Post by Carpe Diem » Thu, 03 Nov 2005 10:55 pm

You're welcome... and that was new to me!
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Post by Vaucluse » Fri, 04 Nov 2005 12:09 pm

CD - where does one get the examination books, online? Been searching but no luck.
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Post by micknlea » Fri, 04 Nov 2005 12:47 pm

Hi Vaucluse,

Not sure if this is what you are asking about but you can get the basic theory test and final theory test books at any book store (like Times etc) around town.

You only need the BTT book for conversion of overseas licences. Its called ACE The Basic Theory Test: 250 Basic Theory Questions & Answers. It costs about $6.50.

I thought I read on another thread you already had your licence??? :?
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Post by Carpe Diem » Fri, 04 Nov 2005 12:58 pm

Vaucluse wrote:CD - where does one get the examination books, online? Been searching but no luck.
Are you looking for the questions?

You can try
http://www.ssdcl.com.sg/interactives/te ... stType=BTT
http://ecar.vlifestyle.com/Theory_Test/index.cfm

These give only a few questions.
But I believe there is a CD that you can buy, with all questions... Sorry I am not up to date on that subject, it's been quite a long time since I converted my license.
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Post by Matney » Fri, 04 Nov 2005 8:45 pm

Vaucluse, I need to get my conversion as well. So does hubby. We don't have a car, but thought it would be good to get the license in case we decide to get the car later. Have you located the book previously mentioned? Where? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Post by micknlea » Sat, 05 Nov 2005 11:18 am

Hi Matney,
I found mine in the Times bookshop in Jelita, they also had it in Centrepoint. You can find it with all the books on Singapore.

I have also seen them in the Caltex Service stations as well, beside the magazines and papers. It is a small paperback, with a green cover.

We converted our licences a couple of weeks ago, it was easy and took no time at all, the longest part was having to book in etc, which can be up to 6 weeks in advance.

Hope this helps :)

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Post by Vaucluse » Sat, 05 Nov 2005 2:34 pm

Thank you, CD - I missed two . . .

Matney - Nope, but it seems we must buy the manuals . . . Uuuu, I'm so scared about these tests..... Ok, before freaking out I should read the stuff.

Thanks, micknlea - nope, been driving without a local one, but it's about time now.
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Post by Matney » Sat, 05 Nov 2005 7:08 pm

I can't bite my nails because I haven't any left from work related stress. So what do you suggest I do, Vaucluse? Reading ususaly does help. I suggest not waiting until the night before exam.

Micknlea, 6 weeks to book ahead for the test; that seems a bit drastic. I guess all the information as to where to call for exam is also given in the books you have suggested?

Thanks for your help!! 8)

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Post by Vaucluse » Sun, 06 Nov 2005 11:25 am

Prearatory reading, most definitely . . .


6 weeks?????
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Post by Carpe Diem » Sun, 06 Nov 2005 12:14 pm

Yes 6 weeks. This is about the time you will wait after you registered.

My advice is study the book... there are some tricky questions!
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Post by micknlea » Sun, 06 Nov 2005 1:50 pm

Hi Matney and Vaucluse,

Best thing to do first is check out the websites of the three driving schools.

http://www.ssdcl.com.sg/courses/basic_theory.asp

http://www2.comfortdrivingcentre.com.sg ... /index.asp

http://www.bbdc.sg/dc/main.asp

or

http://www.spf.gov.sg/about_spf/tp/faq_bookbtt.htm

They will tell you all the info you need.

From there you have to go to one of the schools and register, not for lessons, just because can't do it any other way. You just rock up there with your passport, EP etc (the websites tell you what you need). This can take a while depending on what time you go as it is a ticket number type thing. We went fairly early on a Saturday morning and only waited five minutes!
They do eye test and fill out the forms there and then, and book you for the actual test. It is indeed about 4-6 weeks ahead that you have to book in (the websites should tell you the current date for tests).

On the day of the test you are expected to be there 15 mins before exam time, they don't let you in if you are late, then sit at the computer do your stuff and you know immediately if you pass or fail. You get 50 minutes to answer 50 questions. If you pass you go out the door, take a ticket and wait for your number to be called, do the paperwork, pay the money and in a couple of weeks your little plastic licence arrives by registered mail! If you fail I imagine you have to go through the whole rigmarole again.

Like CD said, some of the questions are tricky (do you know the exact times that bus lanes are bus lanes???) but most are so downright obvious my four year old could answer them. :D

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Post by Vaucluse » Sun, 06 Nov 2005 2:09 pm

Thank you, micknlea
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