Tips on How to Obtain a Malaysian Driving License

This article was written back in 11th April 2009 when I first started writing tips on how to obtaining a Malaysian driving license. The idea is to help driving students to secure their driving license in the shortest time possible.

With the passage of time, many changes have occurred in the Malaysian driving school industry. As such in 2017, a revision to this entire article is required.

To secure a driving license in Malaysia, these are the criteria you need to know.



Malaysian who have attained the age of 16 can obtain a B2 (motorcycle).

To obtain a D (car) license, you would have to be 17 years old and above.

Those wanting to get an E (lorry) and H (tractor) licenses 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.

To learn the 10 tips to pass the Highway Code test, CLICK HERE.

The Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) also conducts test in oral for those are 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 driving institute near you.

Having passed the Highway Code exam, a driving student are required to:

For Class B2 & B Full License Students

Having passed the Highway Code, those who are interested to get a motorcycle licence, an “L” or the Probationary Driver’s License (PDL) can be taken out at any branch of the JPJ.

The PDL will allow you to begin learning how to ride a motorcycle at any driving institute you’ve registered with.

Under the new JPJ regulations of learning motorcycle, only “driving institutes” have the required personnel (SPIM) holders to train you on how to ride a bike.

The institute will provide amenities such as new motorbikes, luminous motorcycle vests, helmets and most important of all the motorcycle circuits or litar required to conduct training for the learning of motorcycle handling.

For your information, the institute to which I am presently attached to has a Superbike (501 cc and above) and also a 3 wheeled motorcycle to train handicapped or OKU riders too.

Learning of all classes of motorcycles requires the “thumb-printing” process of all the potential learners, that is the students as well as the instructors.

With the thumb-printing process, driving institutes can now log the exact hours of learning your have done in the training circuit with your PDL.

Suffice to say, all driving institutes in Malaysia are fully computerised as far as motorcycle learning is concerned.

When you have fulfill the training requirement, a student has to undergo a QTI or pra-ujian conducted by the institute’s internal testers before the real motorcycle test by JPJ officials.

For Class D (Car) License Students

For Class D license students who have passed their Highway Code test, you can get a PDL license enabling you to start taking up driving lessons with a driving instructor.

Unlike many years ago, where driving instructors conduct training of students in housing estates, town centres or the vicinity of kampungs, nowadays, the driving lessons take place in the locality of the driving institutes premises itself.

This is not only safer and more convenient, modern driving institutes today have better amenities such as toilet, canteens, surau or prayer rooms and parking facilities for motorcycles, cars, tractors and lorries.

Institutes of today also possess ascending or “going up the slope” facilities, roundabouts and special areas to conduct the Rutin Pemeriksaan Kenderaan (RPK).

RPK is the new learning requirement which has been implemented by JPJ.

Class D License Training Syllabus

Driving Institute

If you are planning to get a class D driving license, the following are the syllabus which you have to go through:

a) 01 or KPP 7 Hours theory course.

b) 02 or 5 1/2 hours course where candidates are taught the Rutin Pemeriksaan Kenderaan (RPK) and Rutin Sebelum Memandu (RSM).

c) 03 course where a total of 15 to 16 hours practical lessons is conducted for learning of going uphill, side parking, 3 point turn maneuver, S turn and Z turn are all executed.

The entire process of learning how to drive has to be conducted in the vicinity of the driving institute.

Similar to motorcycle students, cars students has to go through the Qualifying Test (QTI) or pra ujian test with the institute’s internal testers before the real driving test by JPJ officials.

These days, one should take note that not everyone can instruct you on the road for driving 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 instructors engaged by driving schools or driving institutes.

Nowadays, the Perodua Kancils are slowly being edged out and the bigger and more versatile Perodua Axia car is being used for driving lessons instead.

Depending of your standard of driving, a student needs to take up classes of up to 16 hours of driving.

A course by a good and reputable instructor will help you to become a safe and careful driver on the road.

For Class E (Lorry) and H (Tractor) Students

For class E (lorry) and H (tractor) students, those who have pass the Highway Code can take out their PDL also.

You should enroll with a driving institutes that has a tractor, lorry or trailer together with a competent instructor to teach you.

In this article, I have covered the process to get a Malaysian driving license for motorcycle (B2 / B Full), D (Car) and E (Lorry) and H (Tractor).

I hope what I have shared is helpful to you.

Good luck and welcome to a world of driving experience.



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