Driving License In Malaysia For Car & Motorcycle

Posted on April 11th, 2009

Tips on How to Obtain a Malaysian Driving License

Malaysian who have attained the age of 16 can obtain a B2 (motorcycle) or 17 for D (car) license. Those wanting to get an E license (lorry) must be 21 years or above.

Those who want to get the above three classes of license must first of all pass the Highway Code test. The Highway Code exam is conducted in either English or Bahasa Malaysia.

JPJ also conducts test in oral for those not too proficient in the above two languages. For those in the above category, do seek the assistance of a good driving instructor or a reputable institute nearby.

Having passed the Highway Code test leads one to the next step, which is to attend a 6 Hours “Theory” course.

In this section, 3 hours is devoted to talking on how to maintain a good car condition. Aspects on how the JPJ conducts its test is also touch upon in this section. See the JPJ Undang-undang Passing Tips blog post.

The next 3 hours of the Theory class in reality is a Practical lesson conducted by your Instructor on a one to one basis.

Here, the course depend on how industrious your instructor is.

Normally, you will instruct on car maintenance, namely how to maintain well, things like the radiator, battery, brake fluid, engine oil, fan and air-con belts including also air pressure of the tyres.

At the end of the 3 hours session, I’m quite certain your knowledge about cars would have increased four fold.

Your instruction may even throw in instructing you how to change tyres in cases where you need to change punctured tyres they correct way.

Obtaining on L (Learner Probationary Drivers license) which last 3 months enables you to begin taking driving lessons.

One should take note not everyone can instruct you on the road lessons. Gone are the days where your father, uncle or husband who has the experience can teach you the mechanics of driving.

Today, the issuance of driving know-how is bestowed only to Driving School Instructors or those engaged by the Driving Institutes.

Even vehicles (mainly Kancils – due to its small size and low petrol consumption) which are normally used to teach you how to drive, how to undergo stringent Puspakom test periodically before being allowed on the road.

Depending on your standard of driving, one needs to take a course on driving of between 6 to 10 hours. A course by a good and reputable instructor helps in making you a safe and careful driver.

The instructor will instruct you on slope climbing, side parking techniques and 3-Point turn maneuvers.

Eventually, after the above three have been taught to you, the instructor will finally go on to show you the one or maybe two (even three) test routes to be taken during the test by the Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) instructors.

I must remind you also that before you appear before the JPL testers, you have first to undergo a Q.T.I or pre-test conducted a few days (even weeks) earlier.

These test are conducted internally by the Institute’s experienced personnel. Those test are intended to ascertain that students have indeed achieve a certain standard of proficiencies with the relevant sections (Bahagian I – Slope / Parking / 3 Point Turn) and Bahagian II (Route Test).

Completion of the Q.T.I exam means that you are now prepared to appear for your JPJ test which you have so long prepared for.

Remember, your test unlike previously, will be conducted at your institute where you learnt or had your training. The only difference is – the test will be conducted all by the testers and officials of the JPJ department.

Results will be issued to you instantly.

If you fail either part of the test, you now have the opportunity to re-take your exam the following next week.

Of course, you will have to undergo an extra 1 or 2 lessons to better yourself. Good luck and welcome to a world of driving experience.

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255 Comments • Posted in Driving License


  1. Cheow

    That mean i need to retake highway code test again, Before i can learn Driving a car below 3000KG?

  2. Sim

    Hi , is there any possibility to extent the `L` license 3 months duration to longer ?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Change it for 6 months.

  3. fahad

    I have one question. I hold a saudi driving licience. Does this licience is convertable in malaysia or i have to go through all the procedure.
    Your help would be appreciated. Thanx

    • Cikgu Yap

      I see no reason why your Saudi driving license cannot be converted into a Malaysian one.

  4. kim

    Hello I just took my first class and haven’t taken my computer exam yet. I was wondering..how long before it expires? I sat for my first class end of February. Please to let me know thank you.

    • Cikgu Yap

      Your 5 hour course lasts 1 years. Pass your Highway Code by then.

  5. Yong

    My taxi driving license has already ceased 6 yrs ago. I understand I need to file an application to jpj for their consideration on the renewal of license. If the application is being approved, I will need to sit for Part II test. How much will it cost me for Part II test?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Sorry, our institute does not cater for taxi licenses. I suggest you try Safety Driving Institute or Metro Academy.

  6. sam

    I took my licence for car around 3 years back and i am considering taking a motorcycle licence. do i have to retake the undang exam?

    • Cikgu Yap

      No Highway Code needed. Attend only 6 hour theory course for B2 / B Full motor.

  7. anonymous

    hi cikgu yap..i need to take driving license in car…do u have any driving class/centre here in batu caves…since i never drive cars before i need someone who really skilled and knows how to teach me how on how to drive car confidently..thanks..

    • Cikgu Yap

      Will send the details via your email address.

  8. Brian

    I am a Singaporean living in Malaysia now. I do not hold any pass in Malaysia , can I still take driving license in Malaysia ?

    • Cikgu Yap

      If you have your Singapore documents, you could certainly take u a Malaysia license here.

  9. Nora

    I am a australian citizen holding a learners permit from australia.
    I am visiting my parents for 3 months in malaysia. Is there any way i can learn driving here. I dont need any malaysian lisense , just an instructor to teach me driving. ( p.s: i have a lot of spare time on hand and really wanted to learn driving)

    I will be extremely grateful if you can reply me here or on my email address provided



    • Cikgu Yap

      Hi Nora, thanks for writing in. I’ll contact you via your email to get your contact number.

  10. Azfer

    i am a international student above 18. what license should i apply for ? how much time and money will it take ? i have been driving for 4 years in my home country but no license. will i still have to take training?

    • Cikgu Yap

      You have to take up driving course here. Prices differ from place to place.

  11. lyonard

    hi i want to ask if allowed to take driving licence even i’m tourist visa to go there in malaysia? thanks i’m philippines nationality

    • Cikgu Yap

      Sorry, tourist visa cannot take up a driving license in Malaysia.

  12. Cherry

    Hello Dear Cikgu Yap,

    I’m foreigner and working in Malaysia since year 2010.
    I planned to ride motorcycle and then plan to drive car but still not confident myself since I never know how to drive any vehicle.
    Kindly advise me driving classes with fees nearby Relau, Penang and how long to learn?

    Thank you and appreciate your kind advise :)

    • Cikgu Yap

      Hi Cherry, thanks for writing in. We are based in Selangor. Won’t be able to assist you in Penang.

  13. Bhuvana

    I am a Malaysian with Full Driving License. My driving license validity is until 2014 August. I need to take International Driving License. How much it will cost for an International Driving License? Do I need to hold my normal driving license together with International driving License?

  14. Rosmahadir Bin Kamaruddin

    Dear Mr. Yap,

    Recently my wife tried to register my daughter for Driving Licence Course and the driving school insisted my daughter must passed her B2 Course.

    The problem was my daughter was not interested to pursue B2 since receiving injuries in small incident at the training circuit.

    I am really curious when my wife told me the school reps told her it was JPJ new regulations as I believe no one can stopping you from learning to drive and quitting to learn riding a bike.

    I am now working in Qatar, so it’s not possible now for me to get the explanation by myself.

    Hope you can confirm this Mr. Yap.

    Really appreciates your explanation.

    Thank you.

    • Cikgu Yap

      Your driving institute / school has given you wrong information. Your daughter need not do a B2 course if she does not want to.

  15. Ita

    Hi cikugu yap

    Im interested to take my driving license from ur driving school,
    i took my license twice but i fail
    i really need a gd driving instructor to build up my confidence in driving
    do contact me asap
    thanx cikgu

    • Cikgu Yap

      Will contact you via email.

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