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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306 Comments • Posted in Driving License

Comments

  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

    Hi
    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

    Thanks

    Nora

    • 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.

  16. Vidya

    Hi sir, I’d like to ask; my husband is a foreigner. He already has a B2 & D driving license. Now he wants and E license. How does he get one? and how much will it cost him? Thank you.

  17. brian

    hie, im an african who is a student in selangor, i need a drivers license as i did not have one in my country, i have been here for 4 months. back in my country i drove for four years without a license please advise on my course of action.

    • Cikgu Yap

      As you are eligible to get a license here locally, to secure one promptly.

  18. lawrence

    I’m already a class D driver. I want to own a truck/lorry. I’ll need a class E license, correct? As per my understanding I don’t need to resit the highway code test. But what do I need to do to get the license?
    thank you.

    • Cikgu Yap

      A 3 tan lorry needs only a D license. If securing an E license, you’ll be exempted from Highway Code.

  19. Pritha

    Hi Mr Yap,
    My daughter turn 17 in 2 months time. Can she do the Highway code tests and the 6 hours theory test first and immediately start on the driving on the road lesson the day after she turns 17.

    • Cikgu Yap

      As the driving industry is currently undergoing some changes with regards to its rules and regulations, I will therefore refrain from giving any advice for the time being.

  20. hi cikgu yap

    hi cikgu yap, currently im working in australia and my driving license was expired. how i can renew my license in order for me to drive in australia? can you send me through the mail? thanks a lot.

  21. annonymous

    Hi, i am currently studying in Australia now but will be coming back to Malaysia for only 3 weeks, is it possible to get my driving license in 3 weeks?

    • Cikgu Yap

      3 weeks is too short.

  22. hwang

    HI! MR. yap

    I am curious that foreginer can get the lincese?

    I have a malaysia residence pass

    and what should i do first to get the license?

  23. Daniel Johnson Nair

    Hi I’m a malaysian turning 17 at 3 of september I would like to get a driving license
    Do you to think I can get my driving license as soon as possible?

    • Cikgu Yap

      You’ll need at least 45 – 60 days.

  24. Philippe

    Could you point me to any reputable motorcycle driving schools or instructors in Johor Bahru? Much appreciated!

    • Cikgu Yap

      Sorry, we are based in Klang, Selangor.

  25. mahmood

    hello i want to ask about the license .
    im a refugee here if i go to driving school and study
    will gave me license and let me drive ?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Dear Mahmood, I have no knowledge if a refugee can indeed try getting a licence here. I suggest you contact the JPJ for information.

      Yap

  26. lely

    Hi Cikgu Yap, thank you for putting all this information. I am not Malaysian and I have a license for motorcycle from my home country. Is there any sort of international license for motorcycle that I can apply to legally ride motorcycle here?

    Thank you.

  27. Sayeeram

    Hi Yap,

    1. Can we still convert our Indian Driving License to Malaysian Driving License?

    2. How much will it cost for us to go through the entire driving course to get the Malaysian Driving License if we are not able to convert the license?

  28. john

    Hi

    I live in segamat and I have 2 expired driving licences one thai and one uk. I need to take my driving test asap to drive the company car. I have been driving for over 28 years and just need to pass my test in malaysia.
    Can you help me find the fastest way to get my license as time is limited for me to do this.
    I look forward to your reply and help.

    John.

  29. maha

    Dear Cikgu, i hold an B,D & E expired licence in Malaysia. -Expired January 2011
    i have a One(1) JPJ summon, due to it i m unable to renew. Can you help me on this?
    thank you.

    maaha

    • Cikgu Yap

      Dear Maha, Your licence has unfortunately lapsed. It has expired for more than 3 years. You will have to do a re-test. Contact Putrajaya for advice.

      Yap

  30. Yew

    Hi cikgu Yap, i just got my L licence. The problem is i will be going overseas soon for 1 year. My question is can i renew my L licence when i come back to malaysia next year, or will somebody else in malaysia have to renew my L licence every 3/6 months while i am not there?

  31. Sekar Malai

    I am 64 years old and do not have a driving license. Am I eligible to enroll in a driving school to take my driving license.

    • Cikgu Yap

      Never too old to learn.

  32. Iman Safeen

    hello, I can speak both Malay n English but I’m much much better in speaking English. My Malay is not that good at all n I’m scared if I take driving courses in Malay… It will effect my learning n I do not want to fail my driving licence as I don’t understand n speak bahasa fluently. Therefore, Do u know a driving academy which offers an eng course? I called perfect driving academy n they offer totally Malay. I called Jaya driving course n they do offer English but they don’t offer it now.. They said the new English syllabus course has change n I have to wait.. They don’t know when its gonna be done. I heard Metro driving academy has eng course but their not answering their calls.. Pretty frustrated. Help pls??? :( :/

    • Cikgu Yap

      Most institutes do not offer English courses. As a matter of fact, most institutes are BM based.

  33. Shu lin

    Hi Cikgu Yap, came across your blogpost on a refresher course on driving. I possess a car license since 2009, however i seldom drive till now. I plan on driving in the near future however I have less confidence. Would you be able to help? I do not possess my own vehicle though so I might need the 1st case. Could you let me know on the costs? Do contact me via email thanks

    • Cikgu Yap

      Will contact you via your email.

      • Joanne

        Please contact me on the refresher course too. Thanks.

        • Cikgu Yap

          Will be contacting you.

  34. selena

    mr yap i would like to have your contact number
    i want to learn my driving by this year do help me pls

    • Cikgu Yap

      Will be contacting you via your email address.

  35. Ms Long

    Dear Cikgu Yap, Can foreign worker go for lorry driving classes without wanting to obtain driving license? We just want them to drive lorry in factory premises. If yes, do you provide such training?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Driving lessons can’t be done without proper licenses.

  36. Mdm. Chia

    Mr. Yap,

    My son sit for his theory exam last year, Dec 2013 and obtained a L for motor. Since he is 17th soon and intend to take car license, is he require to sit for another exam or he just need to sit for the course on driving only.

    Thank you.

    • Cikgu Yap

      Dear Madam Chia, Your son must do undang test for cars again.

  37. Khaled

    Dear Cikgu Yap, I have my D class license, can I ride motorcycle with this license?

    • Cikgu Yap

      No. Test for motor (B2) license.

  38. Woon

    I’m 16 this year. Can i take my license this year? Or maybe next year January but i’ll be turning 17 on June. So can i take early license?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Dear Woon, Concentrate on studies for time being.

  39. Alicia

    Dear Cikgu Yap,
    My daughter turn 17 on 28 October 2014. Can she be allowed to sit for early L license test for car on 26 September 2014 ?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Wait til your daughter is 17. The proceed to the license procuring procedures. Meanwhile, be patient.

  40. Tan

    Hi cikgu Yap! I attend Safety Driving Center (SDC) and i’ve been told that if I do not finish all 3 parts of my test (theory and practical) within the 6 months from my registration date, I would be charged an activation fee of RM150 (not inclusive of renewal of L license). Is this common practice?

    • Cikgu Yap

      By all means, find an alternative.

  41. Lhornz

    I’m a filipino, works here in Miri. I got an approval from my employer that I can go on driving course… I did call one of the driving school on how & what is the requirements they said I need to go first to jpj office to ask them if I’m allow to…im really interested with your book jom belajar memamdu but I found out it’s in bahasa do you have english edition? I’m not good in bahasa how I’m goin to understand it hehe what advise you can give me in order to have the book…please help me! I want to go through with the books before I push the lesson & while waiting to accomplish the requirements. Please sir reply to my email. Asap. Thank you so much. Lhornz

    • Cikgu Yap

      Get my English version Driving Made Easy to help you.

  42. K. Hoe

    What do you think?
    Hi Cikgu Yap,
    I have been living/working in London for 42years. I’ll be returning back to M’sia to retire very2 soon. On returning to M’sia @ end of 2014, I will like to learn driving in M’sia.
    Being in London for so long – I’ve forgotten all of my Bahasa Malaysia. Can I possibly learn driving and do all the tests in English?
    Also I will like very much to buy your books for learning to drive–do you have them in the English language version? Pls.. help…

    • Cikgu Yap

      Will be contacting you via your email.

  43. Rikke

    Dear Cikgu Yap,
    I am a foreigner taking my driving license here in Malaysia. I have two questions: In my last lesson I was told that in addition to slope, parking and 3-point turn, I also have to pass zigzag and S-course. I can’t see any information on this anywhere – is this a new requirement.
    Also, I have my test coming up 7th November. If I don’t pass I will have to wait till mid-february to retake due to scheduling issues as the test is only every two weeks and I have an important business commitment on the date two weeks after and I will be travelling for tw months then. Is it possible to schedule the re-test at another location that might have better timing for me? Thanks for you help and very informative site!

  44. Srinivasan

    I have L license from one institue and they dont have automatic car to teach the driving. they are telling it will take again 2 months to get a auto car.
    can we change to another institute to learn driving? if so pls guide me

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