Not only Malaysians, especially those who have reached the age of 17, are allowed to secure a driving license for cars (class D) and if they are 16, a B2 motorcycle license, even foreigners, such as Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Indonesians and even foreign students from Nigeria, Sudan etc can infact secure a Malaysian driving license.
Besides students, I have frequently been asked by Malaysians, who have married ladies from mainland China, whether or not their “spouse” can indeed be allowed to secure a Malaysian driving license.
Just a few days ago, while busy painting the grille of my fence, a young Vietnamese girl aged about 25 years or so, inquired of me if I was indeed a driving” instructor.
Upon my letting the Vietnamese lady know the fact that I was indeed a driving instructor, she went to relate to me that she wants to secure a Malaysian driving license.
Is it possible, she wanted to know.
Further investigations into her background revealed a few astonishing things, albeit sad.
The Vietnamese girl informed me that:
1. She was married to a Vietnamese man who is working here.
2. She has the proper documents such as a marriage certificate and the necessary visa documents too.
3. The Vietnamese lady is infact working as a waitress at one large restaurant in Jalan Meru, Klang.
The Vietnamese girl, who talked to me about her intention and desire to get a Malaysian driving license, in reality, had all the qualifications necessary to secure a Malaysian driving license indeed.
But what the above foreign lady related to me further shocked and saddened me.
She told me that she had been cheated by no less than 3 unscrupulous driving school instructors, Malays, Chinese and Indians as well.
The Vietnamese girl had lost quite a large sum of money to them.
I then went on to advise her that today’s world is full of cheats, unscrupulous, and bad people, who will not fail to make a fast buck, especially upon foreigners like her.
How did the foreign Vietnamese girl come into such a dire predicament?
Driving school operators had infact promised to help her pass the Highway Code.
You see, foreigners working in this country usually come from poor financial standings back home in their native country.
In our country, Malaysia, they may very well be married to a fellow countryman.
They usually rent rooms here and as far as I know, live a very frugal and difficult life.
Their salaries, as a matter of fact, are not high.
But I believe, many of them work hard and long hours trying to etch out a decent livelihood here in Malaysia.
But these foreigners can easily be cheated by Malaysian businessmen.
If foreigners are lucky, they will end up making a small fortune from their hard toil they undergo here in Malaysia.
Eventually, some of them might be able to take home a small fortune after spending a few hard years of work in this “land of promise”, Malaysia.
Vietnamese, like all normal human beings, would also like to enjoy a little bit while they are here in our country.
They, I believe, would like to visit supermarkets, to go shopping, visit malls, our beaches like Morib Gold Coast, visit Genting Highlands, the island of the Pearl of Orient(Pulau Pinang) and even Cemeron Highlands to enjoy its cool and beautiful atmosphere, if they can!
But in order to do the above things that I have suggested, foreigners must first of all have access to cars.
They cannot possibly depend on our notorious public transport which is most unsatisfactory.
And to own cars, foreigners, especially a Vietnamese for example, must possess Malaysian driving licenses, first of all.
To buy a new or second hand car here in Malaysia, it is my belief is not beyond the reach of most foreign workers here in Malaysia.
A good and reliable second hand car, for example a 5 year old Kancil cost only around RM12,000 – RM15,000.
A 5 year old reliable second hand Proton car can be available at around RM15,000 – RM20,000.
Now let us come back to the questions of “can a foreigner working here in our country attempt to secure a Malaysian driving license?”
As I reiterated earlier on, the answer is indeed yes! But do tarry a while longer.
Allow me to finish my explanation first.
A foreigner, especially a Vietnamese for example, must be able to pass the Highway Code or “undang-undang” test in English or in Bahasa Malaysia.
The Highway Code is actually part I of our driving test conducted by the Road Transport Department.
Part II is incidentally, “going up the slope”, “side parking” and “3 point turn” maneuvers.
Part III is the “road test”.
The Vietnamese lady, who asked of me if she could learn to drive and secure a Malaysian driving license, a few days ago, while I was busy painting my garden fence, had wanted to know, if there were ways and means of helping her pass the Highway Code test.
I shall not proceed on to explain what the above statement means.
In driving school circles, this is indeed a “sensitive issue”.
It shall therefore not be broached here.
Not wanting to disappoint the Vietnamese lady about her request, I decided to give her my handphone number.
I infact asked her to call me a day later for my answer.
Without fail, the lady did call me one day later to get my reply.
I understood her anxiety and I would like to assist her if I could.
But in reality, my hands are tied.
Asking for advice from friends involved in this industry, I finally gathered information that a foreigner who wishes to secure a Malaysian driving license should ideally brush up his or her prowess in English and Bahasa Malaysia so as to enable them to pass the “Highway Code” test.
The answer which I eventually gave to the young Vietnamese girl who had the intent to secure a Malaysian driving license was, “do not use hanky-panky means”, as it would not be worth the while.
If checks should eventually be made into the manner in which a license holder has fraudulently obtained his driving license, stern actions will be taken against the wrongdoers by the authorities concerned.
I am uncertain as to whether the advice given to the Vietnamese foreigner will be heeded or otherwise.
In my heart of hearts, I hope it is taken heed of to avoid any unforeseen developments later on!
As such, I hope all foreign workers currently working in Malaysia, will take special heed of this article’s warning and refrain from attempting to secure a Malaysian driving license via “fraudulent” means!
Currently, I am tutoring an Indonesian Chinese lady how to drive. The above lady already possesses an Indonesian driving license. But due to reasons known only to the authorities alone, she cannot convert her license into Malaysian license.
And so, she has to attend the 5 hours Kursus Pendidikan Pemandu (K.P.P.), the 6 hours theory class, then do her Highway Code and take up practical driving classes all over again in order to get her Malaysian driving license.
there was a buzz that people can use automatic transmission (AT) car for the practical driving tests. Any updates on this? Main reason is my American spouse (who never had a driving license in the US) just need to learn to drive my AT vehicle. Do you give driving lessons using AT cars?
Your spouse has to obtain her “P” license via manual car. Auto won’t be implemented as yet.
my wife is a singaporean but with spouse visa to stay in Malaysia, can she learn her driving here? May i know where you located as im trying to find instructor to teach her. And also a question which need your expertise, can she drive a Malaysia registered car? As i read through the website, many said that Singaporean are not allow to drive Malaysia registered car.
Your spouse’s background is rather vague. With a visa and also married, I believe she qualifies to get a Malaysian license. Yes, she can drive a Malaysian registered car if she has a license. Singaporean can drive Malaysian registered vehicle.
i am a foreign student from china and i want to get the Malaysian license as
well. As you mentioned in the article, a foreign student like me can also get the
license here right? And should I take the the “Highway Code” test in English or
Bahasa Malaysian also? Last, may i know where are you located as i am trying
to find instructor. Thank you.
Foreign students can get a Malaysia license. You can take the Highway Code test in English.
I am actually try converting my South African car license to malaysia as i need to work in Malaysia for 2 years however it has been rejected by JPJ.
As per your experience, is this the rules and regulation i must convert to international before i enter Msia?
Since i’m here, is that possible for me to apply a local license instead??
Please advise, need to know urgently..
You should have got an IDL from your country before coming here. Malaysian authorities decided if your S. African license can be converted or otherwise. You could attempt getting a Malaysia license. However, it’s long process. It will need anything from 45 to 60 days.
Re: How can a Malaysian with a British driving license obtain a MYS driving license?
I have read some of your blogs and your replies and think that with your professionalism you may be the best person that can give me suggestions. I have tried to search for some answers on your blogs but perhaps my case is a bit “complicated”.
I am a Malaysian residing in the UK and is expecting to be living in the UK for at least a few more years. I may be moving to other countries but not sure about the chance of moving back to Malaysia for good.
I possess a valid Malaysian driving license (for around 10 years now) and I am thinking of converting my driving license to a UK one. To do so, I have to give up my MYS DL. The reasons that I want to convert it is to avoid the hassle and the cost of getting a new license here and also because that a MYS IDL can be used here for up to 1 year only.
My questions are, how can I obtain a MYS DL in case if I need it again someday? Do I have to go through all the theory and driving tests again provided that I have a British DL? How much does it currently cost to obtain a DL?
Your reply will be very much appreciated!
In my opinion, Malaysian licenses cannot be converted into British domestic license. Britain does not accept our licences for conversion, unfortunately. If looks as if therefore, that you’ll have to test for a British license if you want one.
Im Indonesian married to Malaysian. Im holding long term visit pass.
Can i learn how to drive and get Malaysian driving license?Im nt holding any Indonesian driving license.
Can i get from Johor Bahru as im staying here. Or i’ll have to get it from my husband hometown and also the place where i got my LTVP??
Can advice roughly how much is the fee to learn and to get driving licence and estimated how long is the total process?
Sorry to disappoint you but you have to have a marriage certificate if you intend to get a Malaysian driving license. A visa is not enough.
Thanks for the reply.
Of course I have a marriage certificate. If not how can i get a LTVP??!!! =)
So is that mean I can learn and get Malaysian driving License without a need to have Indonesian driving license?
Where can i apply for that?can driving school help me to apply for it?can i get in my residing town or i have to get it from my husband town(as per his IC)?
With your marriage certificate, you can take up driving lessons. No Indonesian license is needed. Any driving school / institute can help you.
I am indian having a business in malaysia and i am 50% share holder in malaysian registered company.in JB. I have India International driving licence. can i get my Indian international licence converted in to malaysian driving licence?
It’s possible Indian IDL can be converted to Malaysian license. Anyway, please confirm with our road transport department.
I’m a Singaporean but i would to take driving license there but i’m not working or staying there.But i have a a few relatives staying there.Is it possible or not possible?
It’s possible to do your lessons here.
my wife is a filipino and we are legally registered in malaysia, she has no prior experience in driving, but i would like for her to obtain her malaysia driving license. Can you recommend me an honest instructor or driving academy that i can go to? My location is damansara pj.. you can also email me edwardlcdy[at]gmail.com ………appreciate your help tq
I’ll contact you through your email.
I’m from spain with dual nationality (filipino-spanish) and i’ll be moving to malaysia to work, can you please recommend me a trustworthy and honest instructor and driving school , can you pls also let me know how long it will take and estimated cost to have a malaysian driving license? can i drive in malaysia using a philippine’s drivers license
Thanks a million!
i hope with the blessings of God u & ur family will b fine.
brother i need some informations from u.
I m from Pakistan and living in Bandar Baru Bangi.i came here just for living i m not doing any job here.just for living i take one construction visa.i m living here since 2 years.i have motorbike and i m driving daily by the Blessings of God police did not stop me since 2 years.now i m thiking to buy car thats y now i think i need to get driving licence first because we dont know when the bad day wil come.plz tell me from where and how i can get license.
Regards & Best wishes for u & ur family
My husband is from Nepal and he is working in M’sia and he don’t have any driving license. He is thinking to apply car driving licence in Malaysia. Is it possible to do so and what are document that he need to prepare.
Everything has been explained in the article above.
Hi Cikgu Yap
Thank you for your informative blog. I have a question about converting a driving license.
I have a British Driving License but it expired in March 2013!! do you think it is still possible for me to do a conversion to a Malaysian Driving license ? or do I have to do my license all over again ?
Renew your British driving license first. Then you should have no problem converting it into Malaysian driving license.
Dear Cikgu Yap,
Lucky that I found your blog here. Thank you so much for the info.
I am a Singaporean and I am moving over to Malaysia soon.
I won’t be working there because I am currently working in Singapore.
Just a quick question.
How can I take a driving license in Malaysia ?
for your info, I don’t have Singapore driving license.
This is my first license.
Foreigners including Singaporeans eligible to secure Malaysia licenses. Amongst other things, you should be at least 17 years old, know English or BM besides having your Singapore documents such as identity card or passport.
We are on MM2H visa with my family. My wife would need to obtain a Malaysian driving license. She does not hold one from other country. She is Egyptian.
Can you pls. Recommend an honest and experienced instructor (to use our or his car)?we live near Jalan Ampang and Desa Pandal. Any advice pls?
Hi Tarek, thanks for writing in. Our resident driving instructor will be able to assist with your wife’s driving lesson. I will contact you via your email to get your contact number.
I am Singaporean holding valid driving license. However, I was not allow to apply for motorcycle license in JB although I have been staying in JB for 2 yrs plus. Is there any possibility or way that I can apply my motorcycle license in JB? Thanks.
I suggest you visit nearest JPJ office regarding your situation. I see no reason why you can’t get B license.
Thanks for the info. As a foreigner I’ve got a class D driving license (actually converted my national license to a Malaysian one), what’s the procedure for obtaining a motorcycle driving license, if I have never had such a license? Thanks again
New regulations probably require you taking your rules test again all over.
Hi Cikgu Yap,
My partner is a Singaporean but living in Malaysia now. He do not have working nor student visa here. Based from what I’ve read, he can still get a driving license, correct?
He would like to get a driving license here, can you recommend us a driving school that will be able to help us through?
He do not have any driving license now although he used to have driving license in US.
We are located in Cheras/Seri Kembangan area.
Thank you so much in advance!
Will contact your email.
my wife is indonesian with spouse visa living in malaysia, thinking getting driving license here. been driving with indonesian’s license for about 2 years + and about to expire. but since renewing her indonesia’s license is quite hassle requires go back and forth. I need to know if its worth to apply here or go back indonesia better. how much does it cost for a foreigner to apply one here?
I think it’s cheaper if she keeps renewing her Indonesian license.
Hi Cikgu Yap,
I am a Singaporean married to a Malaysian currently staying with my wife in KL Setapak. Is it possible to take a car licence here? I went to an agent for driving school but they insisted that I need to have a visa. I am not working here but staying on monthly basis where I need to detour monthly to get my passport stamped again.
I did call up JPJ Putrajaya but they said I had no problem taking a licence and the marriage certificate is only needed if I wish to convert my licence. Now I am confused and wondering which agent will take me in. My wife is currently 2 months pregnant and I wish to get my licence as soon as possible before she is not able to drive. Please advise and help me recommend a driving school.
Thanks in advance.
For KL area, please contact Metro Driving Academy.
First of all, great blog :)
My partner and I seem to be in the same situation as Eunice (above). Can you help us out with this as we would like to get them tires Spinning ASAP :D
Thanks very much
Dear Dexter, We’ll contact you soon.
Thanks for having a great blog .
would like to enquire on this matter , my wife is a foreigner with spouse visa, recently we contacted a driving school to ask about the fees and we were quoted RM 2500 for everything.
may i know how much exactly is the extra fees being charged for foreigners since locals are only charged about RM 1200 for a ‘D’ driving license.
Thanks in advance!
There are always unscrupulous people around to take advantage of the situation. Nevertheless, look around. I’m sure there exists honest instructors who will give you a fair deal.
Hi I’m a Singaporean 24 year old. I was think to buy a car in malayisa. I will like to check can I get a malayisa liecnce in johar? If can. How to do it? Thank you
You can buy a car in Malaysia. Find a reliable driving school in Johor to help you get a local driving license.
i m from nepal I have a old driving licence of india. issue on 2005 and expired on 2008. can now I m in malaysia as foreign employee. I want driving licence just for motorcycle. can I exchange? or what is procedure n who much it will cost?
Get confirmation from Transport Department.
Correct me if im wrong but im understanding from your explaination that a foreign student like myself can obtain a Malaysian license from scratch without having a previous driving license?
Dear Ivan, Yes, your contentions are correct.
Thanks a lot sir,
if it is not too much to ask, what are the procedures, and what will the costs for each stage be?
Best consult a driving institute for answers you need.
Thanks for the information, it is indeed very useful. I’m having trouble as all driving schools are asking for astronomical amounts of money. I have a driver’s license from my country and I know how to drive (for more than 12 years) and I don’t see why I need to go to driving school. I don’t mind taking the test, it’s perfectly fine with me, I have been driving in Malaysia for 3 year already and I work here too. Is there any way I can take a self-sufficiency test? As in, learn the material myself to take the written test and then just go do the practical test and have my license? The schools are asking for a lot of money and to go to school and to drive with an instructor. I can’t do that, I’m at work and I don’t have time to be leaving to get a Malaysian License. Please, any help or options are greatly, greatly appreciated.
Many foreigners are not aware that most countries’ license can be converted into Malaysian license. So my advice is, don’t be hoodwinked. Go directly to JPJ office to seek advice if your license can be converted or not.
Hi, I was just reading this article and it was really helpful. However i do have a few questions of my own for instance, I am a 19 year old, International study here in Malaysia and i have about 4 years of studies to go and travelling back and forth to Uni isnt easy, and since you say that it is possible to get a license in Malaysia, are there any specific required documents that i should bring up when wanting to apply for a licence? And if I was to attend the lecture will it be in English? And how long does it usually take to get a licence so that I can start driving normally?
Get an institute or instructor to help you. Some institute do English courses. A few months needed!
I’m a Pakistani living on a dependent visa since my dad has a business here. I’m already 19 and want to apply for a driving license. Is it possible to do it without being a student and just being a dependent?
Yes. It’s possible. If you want, I can get one of our resident driving instructor to contact you. Where are you located?
I am a student now in Malaysia, I’m Iranian.
I would like to get a driving license here, can you recommend me a driving school?
I do not have any driving license now.
I am located in Cyberjaya area.
Thank you so much in advance!
Foreigners can apply for a Malaysian driving license. Will be contacting your email.
I am a Bangladeshi national and recently moving from Finland to Malaysia for a University Job in Johor Bahru. I am looking for possible ways to get a car Driver’s licence within a possible minimum time. Currently I do not have driving licence and indeed i never drive a 4 wheeler, however, I drive motor bike few years back. Could you please provide me supports for obtaining a car driving licence within a earliest possible time, I would be very grateful.
Thanks for writing in. Will be contacting you via your email for further discussion.
I’m a Bangladeshi student. I’m here with my husband. we both are doing diploma here. Can we get driving license here ?? Well, we have all proper documents but we dont have driving license from our own country ? Can we learn driving here ?
Both of you can possibly get your licences here.
I am a Filipino planning to get married to a Malaysian local in Kuching. Can I apply for a driving license with just a social visit pass? We are currently processing all the requirements for the wedding before the year ends.
Social visit pass not allowed to get a licence. Get married first.
An interesting post. Thanks. Indeed there are always cowboys out there in every country.
I’m Irish/Ireland married to Malaysian.
So it may be possible to convert my IE Driving License to a Malaysian one? “JPJ” can advise. But where is the right JPJ address? (I live in Puchong, Selangor).
Your comments appreciated. Irish licence can be converted here. JPJ offices available in Petaling Jaya, Padang Jawa and Wangsa Maju.
Thank you for writing this blog was alot of help so my question is I’m originally from japan and I do not poses a licence because public transport here is really convenient and ill be moving to malaysia to study but not so sure where yet ill be given a 90day visa as a tourist which ill use to browse around n find a school and was wondering during that time if ill be able to acquire a malaysian licence since ill be there for a long time like maybe 3 years and if its possible how much will it cost and where about can I go to obtain the highway code ?? Thanks so much again
This is Ashok here from India. I married to a Malaysian girl and having a proper Indian Driving License but I want to convert that license in Malaysian Iicense. I stay here in Kedah (kulim Square), Please could you let me know what documents i have to submit in JPJ so that i can get my license?
Thanks in Advance
Im a singaporean that live in malaysia for like my whole life but i got no student visa or anything relevent in thos country . From the comment And the reply i know that i can take licence in malaysia but how is the process ? Must i bring anything along .
Use your Singapore identity card to get a Malaysian driving license.
So i just bring my ic to any driving school itzit ? Thank you very much .
I cant register to taking driving license in this country the bunga raya driving school reject me cos im a singaporean. What should i say to them ??
If that is the case, take your driving license in Singapore.
Your perseverance in anwsering everyone’s questions is admirable.
I’m British and I have a UK car driving license. I’m on a tourist visa going out of and back into Malaysia every three months. I also rent a property here and have a small business. The authorities obviously have no problem with this and I can drive a car on my tourist visa. However, I need a B2 motorbike license (I don’t have a UK one) for business and I can’t get one unless I have a six month visa which I can’t get until business has been running for awhile. Do you know any legal way around this? It’s absurd that I can start a company here, rent a property, come in and out of Malaysia yet I can’t get a motorbike license.
Thank you for your help.
We inherit our rules and regulations from the British. It’s an irony that you could do almost anything in Malaysia except get a B license with a tourist visa.
I am Indian national. I married Malaysian citizen in Malaysia. I don’t have any driving license . I need Malaysian driving license.i am living in masjid tanah near melaka. I read many website about getting driving license in Malaysia but I found only this site gives lot of good information.so I am asking your help can u pls guide me how to get my new license.which driving school is better and cost is less and I only know English.so pls help me .
Look for an institute nearer to you.
I am sankar and 38 Years old. I am indian and physically challenged person. How can i get the driving license in malaysia. Is it required disabled certificate from university hospital. How to get the certificate.Please advice.
I am married to an Indian national and we have registered our marriage here as well as obtained a long term social visit pass for my wife. My wife would like to drive here, so my question is 2 fold:-
a) she has an Indian driving license already, can this be converted to Malaysian ? Is the process straightforward?
b) My wife is not so comfortable driving here yet, she would like to take up lessons with an English speaking instructor. Do you have any to recommend in Cheras area?
Thanks for writing in Raj. Here are your answers.
a) To convert a foreign driving license to a Malaysian driving license, JPJ has certain condition which has to be fulfilled. It is best you go to a JPJ office to get their feedback.
b) For refresher lesson, will be contacting you soon through your email.
My husband is Irish and we both live in Singapore. I’m Malaysian. His Irish license already expired. As we hardly go back to Ireland. Is it possible for him to get a Malaysia driving license like any of us? He will be on social visit visa but we have Malaysia marriage cert. thank you.
It’s my opinion your hubby can get a Malaysian license, doing it in JB.
I’m from SG studying in MY and already have a Class 3 license for driving cars from SG.
However I would like to get a motorcycle license but driving schools here state that I cannot do so since I already have a car license from SG.
It would be convenient if I could travel by bike as I have no transport here in MY.
Could you please advise?
You can attend KPP course for motor and then sit for Highway Code.
Cikgu, I need some advise.
I have a foreign co-worker and not many times ago they bought a malaysian driving license from somewhere and they swear it’s genuine.
It’s the new type with hard plastic, complete with their address (but I think it doesn’t exist).
It’s very similar to the one issued by jpj and they claimed jpj has record of it in their database.
Problem is recently our HR confiscated all of these and they want to make new by going jpj and claim it was ‘missing’. Can really do this or not?
Good Day to both,
First and foremost, I really like the personal touch of this driving blog and the loads of tips and information you’ve shared. Very enlightening indeed. :)
I am a Singaporean living in KL. I hold a Singapore driving license but have not been driving for the past 6 years, not in Singapore nor in Malaysia. I’ve only tried driving about 10 times ever since I acquired the license. I am not a confident driver and have fears of it. However, I find myself handicapped in Malaysia if I do not drive.
I really wish to overcome my fears and equip myself with good driving skills.
Can you please help me? Can you recommend if I should take a refresher course or go through the entire course for a Malaysian License? I work at Kota Damansara, can you recommend a patient instructor for me?
Thank you very much.
Hope to hear from you soon
Will contact you via your email.
Thanks a lot for your great info. I am indian and married a Malaysian girl on may. As per new regulation in emigration office I have to wait 6 months from the date of marriage to get the spouse visa. So that now I have only the long term social visit pass (6 month). Now as I understand from your previous reply since I have the marriage certificate I can get the Malaysia DL rite?. If I am correct please let me the best driving school who can teach me in English or Tamil in Bayan baru -penang. And if possible please let me know how long it will take to get that DL and fees terms.
thanks in advance
Please contact Metro Driving Academy.
i am a foreigner without any driving license in my country. i am a syrian by the way. how do i apply for one? i do not want to sit for any examination. am willing to pay for the driving license. if you can get me one, do drop me a line.
I am a new student at …University in KL. Iam attending Intensive English course before taking department of Law. I know I should take the Highway Code test first in order to take Malaysia license later.
So may I ask which standard English they’ll require and what documents I need to show. Besides that, I have Vietnamese motorbike licence, I am wonder if I can use it for riding and owning a bike here?
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Vietnamese motor license usable here. Also to own a bike too.
Now, I would like to learn from beginning to get driving license. So where I can take course and is there any class on Saturday and Sunday?
Please advice in details.
i am a singaporean i am currently working in sg but i am staying in jb. i read back quite a few comment that stated that singaporean citizen can apply for malaysia driving licience. but i need t get licience fast as i need it to travel in jb. if i went back sg to take the licience it will take me months to get my licience. Mr yap can you please advise me what should i do. thanks alot.
For sg you can get license in malaysia but cannot convert to sg afterwards unless you have reason for long stay in malaysia(like how i’m studying long term: more than 6 months/1 year in malaysia). I’m a sgrean and got my license here too, but i have valid reason for conversion to sg license after I go back.
I am an Indonesian married to a Malaysian, currently living in Singapore as Permanent Resident. We have a marriage certificate done in Malaysia, but I occasionally come back to KL on a social visit pass only. Can I learn driving and obtain a Malaysian driving license?
I had an international driving license until i lost it a few days ago unfortunately. I have filed a F.I.R. I would like to seek advise on whether or not with that paper i could secure a local motorbike driving license??
I have three (3) office colleagues, foreigners who would like to learn driving and take-up a Malaysian DL so that they can drive whilst they are working here.
The concern is that their BM language proficiency is limited.
Please advise on the following,
1. KPP course
2. driving school in KL able to teach in English.
Thank you so much.
Hello! I am from Philippines and for now I am holding social visit pass, because my employer is processing my professional visa at the moment, so my question is am I qualified to get a malaysian driving license here in Malaysia even I am still holding a social visit pass?
i have a question, my husband is a Burmese, Myanmar Citizen and i’m a Malaysian citizen, can he get a Malaysian car licence? Not all the Driving licence company will teach the foreigner right? Coz i had ask a company of a instructor do they teach the foreigner, but he say nope. He’s holding a visa with multi entry. i know the charges quite expensive for foreigner who want get a car licence right?
I have a question. My husband passed driving exam 3 months ago, but every time when he is going to driving school to check if license is ready, they say next week and next week, and they don’t speak English, so we cant get detailed explanation. From your experience how long does it take from exam to receiving license. How can we check if some documents are missing or where to call. My husband is Polish, with working visa here.
I am a Malaysian on a ‘Dependent Pass’ staying in S’pore and holds a S’pore driving licence. When applying for the S’pore driving licence, I had to get a clearance letter from JPJ. My Malaysian licence will be expiring next month (5 years) and I found out that I am unable to renew my Malaysian driving licence ‘online’. It indicated ‘blacklisted’. I do not believe I have committed any traffic offence. Could it be that you are not allowed to hold both a Malaysian and a S’pore driving licence at the same time?
Thanks and kind regards
Hi cikgu yap
i have a question, my wife is a Burmese, Myanmar Citizen and i’m a Malaysian citizen, can her get a Malaysian car licence? But the question is she dunno know read malay and English, Chinese language, i worried the theory test. please advice. thank you
I have question i am singaporean but we stay in JB for my mum medcial purpose so we rented a house for agreement of 1 year and we would extend further as we wanted to stay in JB for long term. so i am planning to get an malaysia licenese am i elgible for it?
Yes, you can get a Malaysian driving license.
I am a Non-Malaysian, residing now in the UK. I worked in the Malaysia from 2001-2004 and my driving license expired in 2005. Can I renew my driving license now? please let me know.
If you license has expired, more than 3 years, you can’t renew it anymore. Please read the following article for more info ==> Malaysian CDL License Expired For More Than 3 Years
I went to test.. I stopped going driving classes due to my studies and at that time only qti left so I asked my instructor when can I go.. He said your kpp2 already expired do you have to pay the course RM360. My license expired because it’s been a year but after I renew he said my kpp2 is expired.. Is it true.. Well not 2 years yet!
I’m from Vietnam, and I’m studying in Malaysia. I have Vietnam license motorcycle, it has also Vietnamese and English. Now I want to buy a motobike in here. Today I went to JPJ and asked them, but they said only people who study PhD can conversion license (With Vietnamese). So what can I do? Can you give me some advise? Thanks!
Good evening, Cikgu.
Can my Boss who is working here (on work permit), holding a British Driver’s License (Normal – not International) apply for a Malaysian Driver’s License?
Hi can use his Brithis license to drive in Malaysia.
My husband from Netherlands wants to get a Malaysian Driving license, he do not hold a foreign driving license. We are married in Malaysia. He is currently waiting for the Long term visit visa, can he go for a driving license in malaysia? I am currently helping him to look for a driving academy. Hope you can help.
As a PR, he can apply for a Malaysian driving license.
i am a singaporean who has bought a house in malaysia [but not under mm2] and is a majority shareholder in a Sdn Berhad . i do not have a driving license in singapore but would like to learn driving in malaysia.
am i allowed to take the driving exams in malaysia n if i pass the high way code n driving test, will i be able to get the driving license in malaysia?
i have asked about this matter with a few driving schools n they are not sure. looking forward to your reply.
thank you very much
Answer to all of your queries is Yes!
I am a UK passport holder, 46 years old. Currently live in Thailand and I hold a Thai car and motorbike license and also a UK driving license. I am moving to KL in May/June and would like to secure a Malay driving license. I have been driving for almost 30 years. How do I obtain the licenses?
Go to your state JPJ office and request to convert your UK driving license to a Malaysian driving license.
My boyfriend is Thai and he is working in KL. He has a driving license obtained from Thailand.If he wish to ride motorcycles here. Does he need to take the test or just simply convert the license to Malaysia’s license?
Not sure if JPJ allows Thailand license to be converted to Malaysian license. Go to JPJ office and make enquiry. If he cannot convert his license, he has no other choice and has to go through the process to acquire a local driving license.
My husband is from Portugal and we have been living in KL for more than 3 years. He has a spouse visa and a driving liecense from Portugal but unfortunately non-convertible. He would like to get a local driving liecense. Please advice.
Application process for a Malaysian driving license by foreigners is the same as local. Just go to the nearest driving institute and do his application.
Thanks a lot for the information you continue to provide your readers with. Love the idea of this blog as well as your storytelling writing style.
I’ve been traveling since the age of 16 so I haven’t had much time to get a driver’s license – I’m 27 and married now! If I have the time, I would like to get my license later on this year. Having read your ‘about’ section, as well as your posts, I’m convinced that I should seek your expertise.
Could you please email me your rates and the estimated time/schedule, if any? Keep in mind that I’m a foreigner on a spouse visa, married to a Malaysian.
Thanks in advance!
Our driving institute is based in Klang. If you are staying in Klang town area, we can help.
A blessed day Sir/Madam
Im a filipina and i have a working permit here as a maid..my employers are expat and alwys ask me to use their motorbike as my service to come and go back home but im scare to drive wothout licence coz i dont want to do any violation.. is there any chance that i could have a motorbike licence…
thank u so much…. Sheryll from Masai
Foreigners can apply to get a Malaysian driving license. Just go to the nearest driving school or driving institute to apply and test for the license.
May I know what are the documents required to register for a foreigner who wish to get a Malaysian license?
A work permit or a visa are important documents.
Hi if i have a USA valid driving license can i convert to malaysian driving license
You can convert your USA driving license to Malaysian driving license, but there are certain procedure you have to go through which are set by JPJ.
Hi. Can my Filipino maid to take the Malaysian driving test to obtain a Malaysia driver’s license?
If so will she be able to convert it into the Philippines driver’s license when she goes back?
I’m a Singaporean but intend to learn driving in Penang as I travelled to Penang often and will settle down in Penang in the future. I am quite in a dilemma as I do not know where should I learn driving. I would much prefer to learn in Penang as it is much cheaper, faster and can understand Malaysia’s traffic rules and roads. I also have a car in Penang and not intend to drive in Singapore. I am going to take Automatic classes but can I apply for international license in case I want to drive overseas? I heard that Auto license are not eligible to convert. I also worry that I cannot get an English instructor for my lessons and exams. I am hoping to get registered in June, attend classes in Sept and hopefully can settled all by Dec as those are the months that I will be in Penang for a longer period. Just want to hear your suggestions on this. Thanks.
Hi, I’m an Indonesian woman from Bandung, married to a Malaysian. I have been holding Malaysian Driving license for almost 15 years now. I’ve been living in KL for about 17 years. I actually already got an Indonesian driving license when first time I came to KL but i didn’t drive so much especially when i was in my pregnancy so by the time i was going to drive few years later, my driving license went expired.
I was suggested to take a driving class all over again here in KL since there was no way my expired Indonesian license to be converted.
There were no problems at all for foreigners to get a malaysian driving license. Just follow the procedure given by JPJ.
I registered at a driving school near my house that there was only manual car license and soon i was placed in a class. They charged me RM800 (back in 2004)
I passed the highway code test straight away, passed in parkings but i fail in road test once due to miscommunication i guess.
So to take another road test it was necessary for me to pay another extra rm50.
During my class/test i noticed there were foreigners too. Some are workers, some are spouses of expats living in KL (my expats wife friends also took driving class in KL).
To me it was no problems to follow the class and exams for Indonesians since the explanations and exams are delivered in Bahasa Malaysia which is undrstood by Indonesians in general. But for people from other countries with different language it’s very crucial for them to learn Bahasa Malaysia first so then they can follow class and understand the traffic rules and proceed with exams.
That’s all from me and thanks.
Hello. I am a University Student in Miri.
I want to ease the burden on my dad and earn for myself a little. I thought of driving GRAB and earn a bit. I do have a license from Pakistan. It’s of the main capital. For some reason the Islamabad (capital) license is given a lot of importance in Pakistan (my background).
I wonder if it can be used here in Malaysia?
Or I can aquire a new license based off my current one?
Foreigners are not allowed to drive transport vehicles here.
I am living in Malaysia on the 90-day tourist visa, but I want to get a motorbike license. I do not possess one in my home country(USA) although I have an international drivers(car) license. Is there any way to get a motorbike license or drive a motorbike legally in my situation? Thank you!
Tourist not allowed to get motorcycle licence.
Hi Cikgu Yap. I need your service for my rental tenant from China which she is studying here. She just reach 17 years old and will be continuing her study here. She ask me to help find driving instructor. Can you be her instructor?
She is qualified to apply for driving licence. Sorry, this instructor is unavailable.
What if not fully 17 years old? Can he/she go through theory first then when age 17 only go for the practical.
The answer to your question is NO, reach seventeen first.
Hi Cikgu, I have a Maid Visa but i dont have a Philippine driving license.Can i get a Driving license here in Malaysia?Can u recommend which driving here in Serdang ?
A work visa enable you to get a driving licence. Go to any good institute. They will be able to help.