International Driving Permit for Malaysian
An international drivers license or driving permit is recommended if you are planning to drive in another country for an extended period of time.
Malaysian who travel abroad to other countries as tourists can use their domestic license to drive rented car or caravan especially in countries like Australia or New Zealand.
The same applies to those who work overseas for a short period.
Those going to neighboring countries like Thailand and Singapore should have no fear of driving there.
As long as the licenses are valid, meaning it has been renewed (not expired) and the vehicle driven be it cars or motorcycles have the required insurance coverage, there should exist no problem at all.
Readers should bear in mind that the above amenities are made possible where most countries of the present world have agreed to extend this important service to its citizens, thus making it much easier for them to travel around.
Nevertheless, it should be remembered that there are a few countries which still do not have bi-lateral relations, thus not enabling their citizens this privilege.
Where to apply?
The international driving permit can be applied at the following location:
1) Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) or Road Transport Department State offices.
2) Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) office.
3) Urban Transformation Centre (UTC)
The license application requirements are pretty strait forward.
The rules and regulations are as follows:
a) Domestic driving license which is still valid for at least a year.
b) Identity card (original)
c) 2 copies coloured photo, passport size
d) JPJ L1 form
The price for the international driving permit is RM150.
The driving permit validity is 1 year.
When expired, the permit has to be renewed in Malaysia.
Can you have 2 driving licenses?
To my knowledge, you have to surrender your Domestic Malaysian License in place of your international driving permit as no one is permitted to posses 2 driving licenses in Malaysia.
If in the later stages, you no longer require usage of this said license (which is rather costly anyway), you could then surrender it for your Competent Driver’s License (CDL) later.
Foreigner’s driving in Malaysia
If you are coming to Malaysia for a holiday, you might be thinking, can you use your local driving license to drive in Malaysia?
The answer is Yes, you can.
But make sure your license is valid and not expired.
You can use the driving license issued by your country to rent a car or a motorcycle.
Be sure to observe the traffic rules on the road.
Remember, Malaysia follows the British traffic system, meaning all the cars on the road are Right-hand drive and we drive on the left side of the road.