I am frequently asked by readers of this blog if Malaysian issued licenses an be used in a foreign country like South Africa, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany and so forth.
Once and for all, I wish to reiterate again, the answer to the above question is YES.
Malaysian licenses can very well be used over there.
However, readers are advised to ensure a few things are in proper order.
Amongst the few things that you have to make sure are:
i) That your driving license is valid and not expired.
ii) That the license that you possess is a real license and not a fraudulently obtained one.
I’m sure you must be aware what is meant as a license that has obtained via fraudulent means.
iii) As you will be visiting a foreign country, make sure that your license is translated into the language of that country.
Translate Your License Into English
In most countries, I’m sure English would be understood by the authorities there.
Policemen, transport authorities personnel and so forth will obviously understand the English language.
Therefore, you are advised to have your license translated into English before your going there.
How Long Can You Use Malaysian License Overseas?
Another frequently asked question that readers ask of me must surely be, “For how long can my Malaysian license be used when I’m in that particular country?”
For this, it is of my opinion that you are allowed to driver in a foreign country for a reasonable period of time.
Taking England as an example, Malaysians going to the United Kingdom, the rules and regulations there say that you can be allowed to drive in that country for as long as 120 days.
After that, a foreign driver has to take steps to secure a domestic license by first of all securing a provisional or “L” (learner’s license) and eventually going for his real practical test.
We can safely then assume that Malaysian, be it in South Africa, Australia or Germany can therefore drive there for a reasonable period of time.
It might differ slightly from country to country.
I’m certain that when the time comes for that particular country’s officials to take action against you for driving in that country, the time will then be up for you to leave that country after all.
Converting Malaysian License To International Driving Permit
Having answered the question of can Malaysian driving licenses be used to drive in a foreign country, we arrive next to the question of, do we have to convert our domestic license or Competent Driver’s License (C.D.L.) at all.
Some drivers would like to convert their domestic licenses into International Driver Permit (I.D.P) prior to their going over to a foreign country,
To secure an I.D.P, which is obtained from any state J.P.J. office of J.P.J.
Headquarters at Putrajaya, one has to pay a sum of RM150.
The above license can even be obtained at Automobile Association Malaysia ( A.A.M.) offices throughout the country also.
In actual fact, a Malaysian who wishes to drive in another country need not have to go through all the hassle of securing an I.D.P. at all. Just our ordinary Malaysian license will suffice.
Limitation Of Malaysian Driving License
There are a small group of drivers from our country, who after going over to say, United Kingdom, and after staying over there for a short period of time, then decides to convert our domestic driving license into U.K. driving licenses.
Many drivers have in fact written in to ask about this. Can Malaysian convert their driving licenses into U.K. driving licenses?
The answer to the above question is unfortunately No.
The United Kingdom permits only certain countries like Singapore, Australia, Germany etc to convert their driving license into British licenses.
But unfortunately, sad to say, the British authorities have a rather low opinion of our local licenses.
Malaysia, which possesses one of the world’s highest accident rate is not a license that is acceptable by the U.K. authorities.
To end this article on the question of using Malaysian driving license overseas, a word of advice before I penned off.
If you are planning to rent a car or a caravan to go sightseeing the country you are visiting, you are advised to secure the necessary insurance coverage required to protect yourself and your family.
Car rental enterprises should be aware of all these requirements. Leave it to them to take care of whatever you might need. Happy sightseeing and enjoy yourselves.