Converting Foreign Driving Licenses To Malaysian Driving Licenses

Posted on June 5th, 2009

Can Foreign Driving Licenses Be Converted Into Malaysian Driving Licenses?

A person goes to another country namely for 2 reasons. One is to work there. The other is to visit that foreign country as a tourist. Whichever maybe the reason of visit, the problem of transport will always be a major one.

Unlike in certain countries, like Singapore, Hong Kong and countries which are renown for their good transportation facilities, the rest of the countries will always pose as a problem to many. This problem could be overcomed if only domestic foreign licenses could be converted to Malaysian domestic license.

First and foremost, do understand that domestic foreign licenses can be used in Malaysia. Those holding Singapore licenses or Thai licenses can very well drive here when they visit Malaysia.

But the question many foreigners frequently inquire or ask is: Can foreign licenses be converted into Malaysian licenses?

Before it is forgotten, foreign domestic license can be used in Malaysia provided it has not expired. The driver should also ensure he or she has an English or Bahasa Malaysia translation of the license used. The assumption for this requirement being it would assist the authorities in their work.

To what I know, there is no test required. To my personal knowledge, I have came across the case of a Bangladeshi whose license was converted to Malaysian “P” License (Probationary Drivers’ License) status.

For your information, the above conversion was accompanied by all the requirements as had to be followed by Malaysian “P” holders.

As the above case took place some many years ago. I am unable to quote exactly the section under which the conversion was done. But vaguely, I think it was Section 5. Further reference will be conducted to rectify the mistake if need be.

What documents are necessary for conversion purposes? As usual, they are:

i) Use JPJ Form B-2.

ii) Foreign country domestic license which has been certified.

iii) Translation of the license in either Bahasa Malaysia or English.

iv) Embassy or authority which issued the license.

Some driving schools even Institutes when asked by foreigners if their domestic license can be converted into Malaysian license are unable to give a correct answer.

Misleading or vague answers are sometimes given. To prevent time wasting, most foreigners, who already have domestic licenses, prefer to take the entire test all over again, doing:

a) The Highway Code in English.

b) Practical Test Part II (Slope, Side Parking, 3 Point Turn).

c) Part III (Road Test).

The distance of the transport Headquarters in Putrajaya, the necessity of having to meet the correct officials to seek permission to convert their license to Malaysian one, are some of the reasons which lead foreigners opting to do their test all over.

This is most unfortunate – as by the (1949) and 1968, signing nations have agreed “domestic” license can be used in each other country.

Related web sites:

1) International Driving Permit

2) How to get an International Driving License in Kuwait?

3) Guides to Obtain an International Driving License for Malaysian

4) The “IDP” Question – Driving in Italy…

5) How to Apply for your Australian Driving License

114 Comments • Posted in International License


  1. cherrie

    Hi there, thank you for the information. I would like to ask you more information. Do you know where I can certify my Hong Kong driving license in Malaysia? As I want to convert my Hong Kong license to Malaysia Driving license. my Hong Kong license is already written in English, do I still need a translation?

    Look forward to your reply.

    • admin

      Dear Cherrie,

      To convert Hong Kong driving license, go to J.P.J. Headquarters at Putrajaya. As your license is in English, obviously no translation is needed.

      Get the issuing authority in Hong Kong to endorse your license. You can try asking if the endorsement of Hong Kong Embassy is accepted or otherwise.

      ‘Cikgu Yap

  2. Yap

    Hi, how long does it take to convert US driving license to Malaysia driving license?

    • admin

      Dear Yap,

      Get the issuing authority to certify your US license. Go to any J.P.J. office.

      If all is in order, you’ll be able to get your US license converted the same day itself.

      ‘Cikgu Yap

      • Pierre

        I just tried to convert my California Driver License to Malaysian one. It was rejected because I do not hold a “critical profession” they told me I had to go to driving school and take all the tests….
        According to them a “critical profession” is doctor or the like…
        Way to go!!!!!

        • Cikgu Yap

          Of late, Malaysian authorities will only convert license based on critical cases. As you said, you have to be a doctor for your license to be converted.

          • US license

            I got my P license before before I left for the US and currently Im holding a MA drivers license. Do I have to take the entire driving test when I go back to Malaysia?

            • Cikgu Yap

              If your P has been converted to CDL, then you need not test again.

        • Dennis

          I’ve been living in Malaysia for a while now and had been using my American (NJ) license without any problems, but about three years ago when my license was about to expire, I decided to convert to a Malaysian one.

          It took me two tries, however. I applied to Putrajaya, but after my first try, I received a letter in the mail stating that I couldn’t have my license converted because ‘I was not enrolled in a doctoral program’. This reply was completely against all procedural advice given to me, so I just waited a couple of months, applied again and succeeded!!

          Malaysia Boleh!!!!! (Malaysia Idiocracy)

  3. Khaled Ismail

    Actually I have a scooter and I have a license from my country it’s not international, sometimes the polis stoped me asking about the license and ask me to cliam malaysian license.

    In fact I need the license only to my scooter moreover I’m not planing to drive anything else. That’s why I need any license just to show it for the polis in case they stop me.

    Thank you very much

    • admin

      Dear Khaled Ismail,

      Get the issuing authority of your license to certify your motor license.

      Next, go to any J.P.J. office to have it converted.

      ‘Cikgu Yap

  4. Lee

    Is it true that our foreign licence will be invalidated if we convert it to a Malaysian license.

    Can somebody confirm this info.


    • admin

      Dear Lee,

      Foreign license, when converted to Malaysia will be null and void.

      ‘Cikgu Yap

      • Lee

        Thank you for the reply.

        If null and void, they have to show the Malaysian license in their own country, say S’pore or Thailand? Any reason to null and void the foreign license? Thanks!

        • admin

          Dear Lee,

          In most countries, a person cannot hold 2 licenses.

          ‘Cikgu Yap

  5. Ahmad

    Do i need a license for scooter, which is less than 60 km/h?

    • admin

      Dear Ahmad,

      Any motorised vehicle requires a license.

      ‘Cikgu Yap

  6. Subuk

    I am a international student studying Degree course in Malaysia and I have Pakistani driving license, I want to confirm is it that only PhD students can convert their local driving license to Malaysian driving license?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Dear Subuk,

      Any Pakistani can convert his driving license to Malaysian driving license.

  7. Reddy

    I need to convert my expired florida state, USA licence to Malaysian licence.

    Mine expired on 30th August 2008, and I want to convert it to Malaysian one

    I am an Indian citizen

    • Cikgu Yap

      Dear Reddy,

      Your Florida (USA) driving license has expired. Get it renewed and certified by the issuing authority. After which, you can convert it into Malaysian driving license at any J.P.J. offices

  8. MM2H Holder

    Dear Season Drivers,
    I’m a China PRC citizen living in Singapore participating in the MM2H (Malaysia my second home) program wishing to convert my valid China Driving licence to either Malaysian licence if possible or International licence to be used in Malaysia. I searched for information online but not sure where to go to apply any one can help? Providing the address and phone number would perfect.

    • Cikgu Yap

      China license can be converted to Malaysian license. Usually, international driving licenses are issued only by domestic country.

  9. Raju

    I have Indian Driving license. I want to know that is it necessary to convert it to Malaysian Driving license to drive in Malaysia ?

    If no then can I buy a car in Malaysia and get car insurance on my name based on my Indian Driving license ?

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Cikgu Yap

      If planning to stay long in Malaysia, best to convert your Indian license into Malaysia license. As far as I’m aware, there’s nothing to stop you buying a car and getting insurance for it.

  10. Raju

    Yes I am planning to stay long but can’t I drive based on my Indian Driving License ?

    Why it is good to have local Malaysian Driving License ? Is it something that I can’t drive based on Indian DL after some specified time of period ? or just good to have Malaysian DL so doesn’t happen any issue if COP catches ?

    Actually I applied for DL conversion at JPJ Putrajaya but they rejected the application saying rule has been changed and now they don’t convert for IT Professionals (Engineers) from India and if want local DL then go through normal procedure which is through DL schools. They said now onward they only allow Doctors and Lecturers from India.


    • Cikgu Yap

      If planning to stay long in Malaysia, get an International Driving License preferably. Due to ficticious license in the market, Malaysian authorities have recently stop conversion of licenses.

      Therefore, if you want to get a Malaysian license, you have to test for it. As you yourself said, only doctors and lecturers are accepted.

  11. Fahad

    Dear Sir
    I am Pakistani Citizen and would be coming to Malaysia on work permit from August 2010 to work as Manager in an IT Company.
    Currently, I possess a Pakistan Driving License. Can you kindly guide me whether I should apply for an International Driving License here in Pakistan. Will it be valid in Malaysia and for how long?
    Alternatively, should I not apply for international driving license in Pakistan and get my regular driving license converted to Malaysia Driving License.
    Your help would be much appreciated.

    • Cikgu Yap

      Yes, you can do 2 things:
      1) Get an international driving license issued by your country.
      2) IDL are normally allowed to drive for a reasonable period.

      As of late, I can’t verify if foreign license can still be converted into Malaysian licenses. I suggest you visit any state JPJ office to inquire. Visit JPJ headquarters in Putrajaya would be the best.

      • Fahad

        Thanks Cikgu
        Will get the IDL before coming to Malaysia as suggested.

  12. maha

    i am not having any license, can i apply direct to international license in Malaysia? My visa is tourist visa. every month i need to exit from Malaysia and comeback. i am in some official trip in malaysia. I will be here for a year.

    • Cikgu Yap

      International driving licenses are issued only to Malaysian who have the Competent Driver’s License (C.D.L.)

  13. Alex

    hi, I am an international student, I’m from Philippines. I have a professional driver’s licence in Phils but I forgot to apply for International license. I googled on the internet, only PHD student can convert their license. Do you think I can convert my license to malaysian license? I plan to buy a motorbike for easy travelling from home to college and around KL. thanks for the help

    • Cikgu Yap

      As per internet, only Phd students can convert their licenses. Car license cannot be used to ride motorcycles.

  14. jalal

    hello, I’m Iraqi PhD. student in malaysia , I have domastic expire driving license from my country.I want to get Malaysian driving license .what i must to do to get it without enter driving school.

    • Cikgu Yap

      Expired Indon license cannot be used. To get Malaysian license, you have to go through a driving school.

  15. ashwin

    Hi cikgu yap,

    Im an Indonesian that work in malaysia
    i heard that i can use indonesian driving licence in malaysia as long as accompanied by a certified translation from my embassy is this true?


    • Cikgu Yap

      Yes, you should have no problem using Indonesia driving license in Malaysia. Better to have translation into English.

  16. Ming

    HI Mr Yap,

    I’m a Malaysian citizen and currently in Brunei for a short term period. What if i take the license in Brunei and return back? Do i need to retake the whole test back? Can the license be converted to Malaysia driving license?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Brunei is not part of Malaysia. You may encounter problems when wishing to convert it to Malaysian license. I’ll advise you to get a Malaysian license in Sabah or Sarawak instead.

  17. vince

    dear cikgu yap,,

    im from philippines holding a drivers license professioanl one and an international drivers license and currently working for petronas in another 2 years so total its gonna be 4 years. my question is can i drive a scooter using this licenses in malaysia or need to have it converted to malysian one.DL.thanks..

    • Cikgu Yap

      If you driving license is for cars, you cannot drive a motorcycle.

  18. Alia

    Will an international driver’s license issued in Philippines be recognized in Malaysia? Or do i need to convert it to a Malaysian driver’s license for me to be able to drive around Malaysia? My international license is for cars. By the way, i will be driving car too in Malaysia.

    • Cikgu Yap

      Yes, IDL from Philippines can be used in Malaysia.

  19. Anne

    Hi, I wish to apply for an internation license in Malaysia. I am a Malaysian and hold a valid driver’s license.
    I am currently in NZ. Can I do it online or get one of my family members to do it for me? Am i required to a practical test?
    When i check in NZ, I am required to sit for teory and practical test here.
    Hope you can help me.

    • Cikgu Yap

      IDL can only be issued to CDL holders here in Malaysia. To get IDL, no practical test needed. Whether family members are allowed to apply on your behalf is not certain. You could however make an attempt.

  20. awanken


    I am Indonesian have Temporary Work Permit in Malaysia. My background is IT expert. But JPJ refuse to convert my driving license due my permit is only Temp.

    I already got my driving certified by embassy. And I have 3 times experience stopped (road block) by police. First two experience, Police release me after see my license. But the third time, Police denied my license. And I got saman RM600. Is it true? Can I get discount for this summon?

    Because I cant convert my DL. So what is your advice? How much to get Malaysian DL for foreigner if I go to Driving School/test? For how long periode? Any recommendation school, my position is in shah alam?

    Thank you very much cikgu

    • Cikgu Yap

      Work permit sementara tidak bolah di guna bagi convert lesen. Lesen negara lain kini payah di tukar ke lesen Malaysia. RM600 yang anda di denda, mungkin RM300 untuk tiada lesen sah, RM300 lagi untuk tiada insurans. Anda nampaknya harus mengambil lesen Malaysia semula. Untuk mengambil lesen, harus fasih daman Bahasa Inggeris atau Bahasa Malaysia.

  21. Krupa

    My husband and I are American citizens and will be living in Malaysia for 4 years. We have valid US driving licenses. Can we drive with that for more than 3 months? Do we have to get Malaysian driving license? What is the process for doing so.


    • Cikgu Yap

      There should be no problem using your US license here for a reasonable period.

  22. Jane

    Hi, I am Malaysia and my malaysia Driver license already expired 7 years ago. I am currently live in California USA and holding the valid USA driver license. This year I am planning to go back to Malaysia.
    How can I convert the USA driver license to Malaysia driver license?
    I heard that I need to have the current USA driver license certified by the issuing authority and can you explain this?.
    Thanks, Jane

    • Cikgu Yap

      First, get the issuing authority in America to certify the authenticity of your license. To convert, go to any JPJ office.

  23. Eunice

    Hi Cikgu,

    I’m a Bruneian and holding Brunei driving license.
    Every two-three months I will come visit my friends in West Malaysia about 3days to a week.
    I’m not sure if I can apply for permit or need to convert my driving license, or apply an international license.
    If converted to Malaysia license, will my Brunei license become invalid??
    And, when should i do for the application? Malaysia or Brunei.
    Thank you~

    • Cikgu Yap

      As you seem to be coming overt to Malaysia rather frequently, ideally you should get an International Driving License. If however you wish to convert your Brunei license into Malaysian driving license, yes, your Brunei license will become null and void temporarily.

  24. Joyce

    Hi Cikgu,

    My USA driver license has expired and I cannot return to the US to renew it. Can I still convert the expired license to Malaysia one? Thank you~

    • Cikgu Yap

      It’ll take some time. You will have to get the US issuing authority to confirm your US license. Then go to any JPJ to do convert. Hopefully you’ll not meet any problems.

  25. Nuala

    Hi Cikgu,

    First of all, thank you for providing this excellent website.

    I would like to ask your help with a problem which seems to be the reverse of most comments here. I’m a French citizen who lived in Malaysia up until last year. I sat my driving test there and I hold a valid P license. I have to convert it to a CDL by this June or I will lose it. I’m currently living in China but sometime in the future I will return to France where I can convert my Malaysian license to a French one.

    My question is: what address do I provide to convert my license? Can I give a foreign address? As a foreigner, do I have to show a valid residence permit? I still have friends in Malaysia who would allow me to use their address but I won’t be able to produce an electric or phone bill with my name on it. Is this a problem?

    Thank you for your help,

    • Cikgu Yap

      If I’m not mistaken, the P license must be converted to CDL here in Malaysia. Then only can it be converted into French license by the French authorities. Regarding address, I suggest you use a good friend’s address. It shouldn’t be a problem.

  26. Lin Ali

    Hi cikgu. I am a Malaysian student in Bangalore doing my MBBS course and will be back for good by the end of this year. I got my driver’s licence recently. Let say if I manage to convert my driving licence to Malaysian licence this Dec, will I be granted the CDL or P-licence (since it’ll be less than a year from the date I received the licence)? There is no probationary (P-licence) in Indian system so I already got a competent licence.

    • Cikgu Yap

      If certified by the Indian authorities, you should be able to convert your license into Malaysian driving license.

  27. Kehn

    I am a filipino citizen and I am currently employed here in malaysia as lecturer in a university. I own a professional license from my origin and i am wondering if i can convert my license without paying anything to JPJ.


    • Cikgu Yap

      Have your license certified. You should have no problem converting Filipino license to Malaysian.

  28. jay

    Hi!very informative site you have here.I would like to know if I convert my License to a Malaysian license since i have always been stopped by the cops and they insist on seeing my Malaysian License.
    I am currently holding a professional License from South Africa,and I am a BSc student. Please advise.

    • Cikgu Yap

      Under international rules and regulations, you should be able to use S. African license here. To convert, please confirm with JPJ at Putrajaya. The rules and regulations differ from time to time.

  29. sunit

    Hi Cikgu,

    I am an IT professional and working in Kuala Lumpur. i have employment pass valid till july 2012 and indian driving license.

    am i able to convert my driving license here in malaysia. somebody told me now they reject the application. but as per JPJ website its possbile to convert your foreign driving license to malaysian license.

    Please give me some idea if you have latest update on this.


    • Cikgu Yap

      JPJ has its own rules and regulations to accept conversion of licenses from other countries. Please check with JPJ in Putrajaya.

  30. Faye

    Hi, thanks for your website, it’s very informative.

    I have been in US for the past 5 years and hold a valid US drivers license. I recently returned and found out my Malaysian license has been ‘batal-ed’ because it has been expired for over 3 years.

    They gave me two options at the local JPJ office. Retest or Convert. I intend to go to Putrajaya to attempt to convert it, however I’m wondering what do you mean by ”getting the US license certified?” Will the US embassy offer such services? Also, do you think that because my Malaysian drivers license has been ‘batal-ed’, converting won’t be an option?

    Thanks for your help !

    • Cikgu Yap

      Forget about your Malaysian license which has been cancelled. You can attempt getting your Embassy’s letter of certification and present it to our JPJ authorities. Hopefully they will see it fit to replace it and allow conversion of your US license.

  31. maxandco

    Saya Indonesian, teringin untuk beli kereta di Malaysia. Selepas saya tanya ke kedai. Untuk apply loan, maka saya perlukan local license. Kedai itu bagi cadangan untuk saya buat IDL, lalu pergi ke JPJ putrajaya untuk dapatkan surat kebenaran untuk terus practical ke driving school. Kemudian baru test kelulusan license.

    Maknanya, saya lompat kelas teori, undang-undang, dan jumlah jam praktikal yang lebih sedikit.

    betulkah ada cara seperti ini?

    Agaknya berapa bayaran untuk ikut kelas normal, dan cara yang seperti kedai itu cadangkan?

    Terima kasih

    • Cikgu Yap

      IDL from Malaysia is for Malaysian only. To secure a Malaysian driving license, take up driving course and practical test here.

      • maxandco

        IDL dari negara asal maksudnyer cikgu dan terus lompat ke practical, kelas teori takyah buat. Tapi takpelah… mungkin saya ambik kelas secara normal sahaja.

  32. Chiz

    Hi Cikgu,

    I’m working here in Malaysia, can I used my domestic non-professional driving license to drive a car or do I need to go to JPJ to convert? I also got my certification from my embassy just in case need to convert. I just worried after conversion I cannot drive my car when I come home to Philippines for vacation this December.

    At the moment. my friends drive me home to my apartment but most of the time I used taxi. Not really convenient.


    • Cikgu Yap

      Ideally, try to get an IDL from Philippines if you wish to drive in Malaysia.It is more convenient.

  33. niruboisch


    Thanks for this informative post.

    I am from India and I have Indian Domestic Driving licence.
    If I obtain International driving licence from my issuing authority in India.

    Am I eligible to drive in Malaysia or I need to take stamping from JPJ

    • Cikgu Yap

      IDL from India can be used in Malaysia.

  34. tanawan

    I’m going to get marry with my bf in kuala lumper.He’s malasian and I’m thai citizen. I’ve got a car in thailand. I would like to ask whether I can bring my car for using in malaysia. if can, what should I do and what things do I need to pay? thank you in advance.

    • Cikgu Yap

      Yes, you can bring your vehicle into Malaysia. Ensure your license is valid. Your car insurance should be in order too.

  35. Amber

    Hi Cikgu Yap,

    I’m a Malaysian, and I recently returned from completing my studies in the United States. I hold a valid US driver’s license. I’m aiming to work soon, and so I want to avoid redoing the entire testing process, if possible.

    1. I’ve read previous comments, and is it still true that the Director General of JPJ will only approve my application if I’m a Doctor or a Lecturer? I will try and apply anyway, but in the mean time, I am allowed to drive with my US DL, is that correct?

    2. I was able to find instructions for converting foreign DLs online ( The guide does not mention having the issuing authority certify my DL. I hope that is true, because I’m already back here in Malaysia.

    3. You mentioned that converting to a Malaysian license will render my US license null and void. Does that mean they will cut/take away my US license?

    Thank you so much in advance for answering my questions. It has been a big headache to me.

    • Cikgu Yap

      As a Malaysian, your US license should be easily converted into Malaysian license. Those holding Indian licenses, our authorities insist they should either be doctors or lecturers. Your US license will be returned back to you after you’ve converted your license into Malaysia’s.

  36. Joulyn Yeap

    I wish to enquire if the above stated requirements are meant for foreign to apply for Malaysian license? Requirements are not clear and no procedure stated!!
    Can a company he works for apply for him? Or
    He has to apply it himself at JPJ?
    Please help.
    Thnak you

    • Cikgu Yap

      The answers have already been highlighted in the article above.

  37. JOEABY

    i am a mm2h holder holding a dubai driving license still employed in the middle east. can i convert my l DUBAI icense to malaysian or can i use my dubai license when on holidays back in malaysia to drive private cars?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Not necessary to convert your Dubai license while in Malaysia. Your domestic license from Dubai can be used to drive in Malaysia for a reasonable period of time.

  38. temuched

    Dear Cikgu,

    Firstly first, thank you so much for making this website as it is very helpful and informative for dimwits like me. I didn’t even realise that my international drivers license was no longer valid here!

    Anyway, I was wondering if you have a list of countries which allow Malaysian licenses to be converted into the respected local drivers licenses? I know that it would be very helpful for a lot of us here reading this. Thanks so much!


    • Cikgu Yap

      Unable to meet your request because the list is too long.

  39. lina marlina siregar

    Hai, I’m indonesian, I married with malaysian people and I stay here for 7 years. I already have Indonesia international license . So, can I use my license in malaysia

    • Cikgu Yap

      Indonesian international driving license can be used to drive here. Follow rules and regulations here though.

  40. Nick

    Dear Yap,

    Is there a letter of translation I need to convert my license prior to arrival from the US to Malaysia to translate the purpose of my license? Thank you very much for you time.

    • Cikgu Yap

      As English is quite widely used in Malaysia, I believe you’ll have few problems using your license here.

  41. Nick

    What you advise me to do since I might encounter problems?

    • Cikgu Yap

      For conversion purposes, it all depends what language you are referring to. For example, French or Spanish? Get your license translated into English or B. Malaysia for our officers’ usage. Your Embassy or Consulate people should be able to assist you.

  42. Nick

    Dear Yap,

    License is in English. So no need to translate correct?

  43. Jess

    Dear Cikgu Yap,

    thanks for the website, you’re probably more informative than the jpj website itself. I wanted to know because I have a non-professional driving license from the Philippines but I am currently not in the Philippines and I will be moving to Malaysia on a Professional Visit Pass. Unfortunately, I may have the need to drive to my workplace and considering that I will not be in the Philippines anytime soon, is there anyway I could drive with my domestic Philippine license in Malaysia? Will it even be possible to convert it considering my type of visa?

    I read that you can temporarily drive in the country with your domestic license is that correct? I also read on the website for the ASEAN Economic Community that in 1985 ASEAN nations signed the “AGREEMENT ON THE RECOGNITION OF DOMESTIC DRIVING LICENCES ISSUED BY ASEAN COUNTRIES” which states in Article 2 that holders of the licences issued in any one of the ASEAN countries and intending to take only a temporary stay in the territory of any of the other ASEAN countries may drive therein the classes or types of vehicles the licences permit them to drive.

    Given these considerations I would like your professional advice and experience on the matter. I highly appreciate it!

    • Cikgu Yap

      JPJ is the official web site of the Road Transport Department. It’s the authority for all motorists to abide and follow. A valid domestic license can be used in Malaysia. if you can obtain an IDL, it would be best.

  44. Yong

    I’m Malaysian but I holding Singapore driving license, so when I back to my hometown can I drive Malaysia car??

    • Cikgu Yap

      Singapore driving license can be used while you’re back in Malaysia.

      • vynny

        hi, may i know hw to convert licence from Singapore to Malaysia?
        i am person who bankrupt cant out overseas, so can i authorize anybody to help me proceed it? thanks so much

        • Cikgu Yap

          Try getting a friend to convert on your behalf.

  45. Jehan

    HI Cikgu Yap,

    I’m sorry but the JPJ site is really not that friendly though that is the very legal way.. Anyways I possess a valid Dubai driving license, Can I drive now by that or need to convert to local DL or apply it for IDL before able to drive?


    • Cikgu Yap

      Dubai license should be acceptable for use in Malaysia. See to it that it’s valid. Get a translation in English or Bahasa .Malaysia. You can drive here for approximately 120 days.

  46. Karib

    Sorry If I am in the wrong section.
    I am a french man, coming in malaysia for 6 months for an internship.
    I was wondering if some drinving schools offer english tests and english courses?

    Thank a lot !

    • Cikgu Yap

      Yes they do.

  47. Praveen

    i have valid Indian driving license, can use it same in Malaysia,
    if i want convert into Malaysia license what is the process

    • Cikgu Yap

      You can use your Indian license in Malaysia for a reasonable period of time. To convert your license to Malaysian driving license, please visit the nearest JPJ office. They have certain criteria you have to fulfill.

  48. J.Thiru

    Hi, I have valid Indian driving license. I have visited JPJ to confirm can i drive a car with Indian license. They recommended that I should not drive car with Indian license and i need to apply Malaysian license.
    Please confirm.

    Thank you

    • Cikgu Yap

      Dear J Thiru, It’s always better to apply for a local licence. However, international rules and regulations allows foreigners to drive here temporarily! This is my personal opinion.


  49. Welson Kang

    Dear Cikgu, i dunno if this is the correct place to ask questions. I am a singaporean staying in jb but working in singapore.First question, Can i buy a car in jb and drive in jb? Do i still need to do a license conversion since it’s a international driving license? Second question, my license is only for driving cars and lorries. Can i take a motor license in jb or do i have to take in sg then convert it. Please advice. Thanks

    • Cikgu Yap

      With your IDL, you can buy a Malaysian car and drive it here. B2 license can either be obtained here or Singapore.

  50. Izzat

    Hi Cikgu Yap. I have a friend who possesses a Dubai driving license. He is a student and will be studying in Malaysia for the next 3 years. Can he convert his license to a Malaysian license? I was looking through the JPJ website and Dubai is neither in Appendix A or B.

  51. Arun

    Hi, I am a PhD student at the uni. of nottingham. I have a valid Sri lankan license. I wish to convert it to a malaysian licence. After the process of conversion will they keep back my sri lankan license and issue a new driving document(license)? Or will i be returned the original license along with a new malaysian license
    I am concerned about this, because I regularly go back to vacation in my country and the regulations there prefer sri lankan license since I am a Sri Lankan.

  52. Abubaker sithik

    My kind wish you and asking you that, I have a india international driving license also Bahrain driving license( it is exp by 2014). In this way can i get the driving license at sabah in malaysia?

    • Cikgu Yap

      Try converting both your licences at JPJ offices.

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