You can drive for one year using your foreign DL and within this period you have to pass the basic theory test to get it converted. As far as I remember if you fail to convert within one year you should enrol in one of the driving centres and complete the full driving course and pass all the relevant tests. But from my and some other people experience this is not necessarily true.aargon wrote:Anyone know if i have to convert to a singaporean license or have an international drivers license to be able to drive in Singapore? basically i want to rent a car during our first week in Singapore but dont know whether or not I will be able to (I have a Japanese drivers license).
Any help and reference appreciated.
You retain your foreign license.John McM wrote:When you convert your foreign licence, does this mean that you actually lose your foreignm licence? Or does it mean that you have licences in 2 countries?
Strong Eagle wrote:You retain your foreign license.John McM wrote:When you convert your foreign licence, does this mean that you actually lose your foreignm licence? Or does it mean that you have licences in 2 countries?
I agree with the above, but... A colleague who has lived in Singapore for more than 2 years has just passed her basic theory test and received her SG license. She is also currently renting a car on her US license so no problems there.econoMIC wrote:You have to convert your license within one year, otherwise you can do the Singapore license from scratch afterwards. No way around it, so don't even try to argue So during the first year you can still drive around using your Japanese License.
When renting/driving a car you want to use a foreign license as they cannot put points on it and it won't affect your insurance premiums if you decide to buy a car in that country at a later date.john McM wrote:When you convert your foreign licence, does this mean that you actually lose your foreignm licence? Or does it mean that you have licences in 2 countries?
I had an amazing argument with the people at the AA in SG when I wanted an international driving licence. They wouldn't give me one as I only had 2 months left on my work permit. They were correct is saying that your Sing driving licence is only valid as long as your residence in SG is valid. But you still have the card and as long as it hasn't reached the exipry date, no-one else is any the wiser.econoMIC wrote:Funny thing that might come in handy some day for someone here. My wife converted her Singapore license to the UK one and they sent it back to Singapore. We then stumbled across the traffic police website over a year later where you can check the status of your license and the result is that her Singapore license is still valid. So all she had to do was go to the traffic police at Ubi and get a new one issued. Problem solved.
You are not correct. Read the rules yourself. You must convert your license withing one year of arriving... generally the date that you came in to get your EP. You get some leeway if you sign up and cannot get a test until after the year has expired.revhappy wrote:@Economic & @X9200, Even if you have crossed the 1 yr mark you can still convert your foreign license, by passing the BTT as long as the foreign DL is valid.
Read the rules again. All it says is that you will need to convert your foreign license to SG license if you are staying here for more than 1 year. No mention that you HAVE to do it before 1 yr.
Are you missing?A foreigner above 18 years of age and holding a Work Pass/Dependent Pass/Student Pass may drive in Singapore with a valid class 3, 3A or 2B foreign licence, for a period of not more than 12 months. A Singapore driving licence is required after 12 months.
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