Can Malaysian Driving License Be Used In Other Countries?

Posted on July 29th, 2010

The blog is frequently asked by readers 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.

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.

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.

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 License (I.D.L) prior to their going over to a foreign country,

To secure an I.D.L, 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.L. at all. Just our ordinary Malaysian license will suffice.

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.


16 Comments • Posted in Driving License

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  1. Harald

    hi cikgu yap, i m harald and i m studying in perth, i just got my western aussie driver’s license yesterday, by right i m supposed to get my full aussie license, but i could not proof that i hold a P license for 2 years before and i renewed my malaysian driver’s license to the full license on 10-12-2008, they though i got my license in 2008 and have to issue a provisional license for me until 2010 december, is there any way i can proof that i m holding a malaysian driver’s license for almost 4 years already so that i can have my full aussie driver’s license and don’t need to display the green P plate which is annoying? thank you

    Regards
    Harald

    • Cikgu Yap

      You could approach the nearest JPJ office to get your old records for the Australian authorities.

  2. Sean

    I am a malaysian student studying in Austrialia now. I am only holding on to my domestic License. Can I still drive in Australia or do I need an international License to be able to drive here? Is so can I use my domestic License to rent a car??

    • Cikgu Yap

      Some countries insist on an IDL. Ideally, convert your license into IDL before crossing over to Australia. Likewise, you might probably find rental car companies that you possess an IDL.

  3. Liza Low

    I’m a Malaysian and I have a Malaysian Driving License. I’m planning to stay in Australia for good. Do I need to obtain an International Driving License to drive there? Or can I just use my local driving license?

    Thank You.

    • Cikgu Yap

      Ideally, get an IDL if staying permanently in Australia. You might even have to test for an Australian license as yours proceed. IDL normally lasts 1 year only. See the Australian authorities regarding your problem.

  4. Hamed

    Thank you for the useful answer.
    I’m Syrian coming to Malaysia after a month, staying years for study, rarely I drive time to time without license. I have the opportunity to take the license here, or take it at KL. It cost here about 500 RM. of course there is the cost of gitting the My lisense which I don’t know? my concern is time and cost because I need a car very soon at MY: what do you recommend? can I take the tests without lessons at Malaysia?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Ideally, engage a driving school institute to assist you. Many things require an instructor or driving institute’s help.

  5. David

    What if I have a P license and i would like to rent a car in the UK?? Is that possible?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Frankly, I think it’s possible. No harm trying. Best of luck anyway.

  6. Anita

    What kind of translation do I have to do to my Malaysian driving license before able to driving abroad? Is it just simply a translation into English wordings by ourself ? Does it have to go through an authority for a verification?

    • Cikgu Yap

      All words which appear on your driving license in B.Malaysia, translate them. Ideally, type it out clearly. The authorities don’t need to verify them.

      • Ang

        I can just use my normal driving licence which is written in Malay and get a piece of paper translate it? Or need any type of certified?

        • Cikgu Yap

          Try JPJ for a copy of the translation in English. You might have to pay some money for it.

  7. lee

    Hi cikgu yap, I am a malaysian going to perth for a holiday soon. I’m still a “P” driver. I was wondering if I could drive in perth with that license. Do I need to get an IDP or translation?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Dear Lee, You can drive in Perth. Not necessary to get IDL or translation.

      Yap

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