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A Guide to Obtaining Your Driver's Licence in Singapore

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Like many in Singapore, obtaining a driver’s licence at 18 is probably a rite of passage you don’t want to miss out on, whether you are planning to buy yourself a car or opt for a daily car rental. However, navigating the process of getting your driver’s licence can be overwhelming and daunting, especially when you’re not sure where to start. But fear not! To help you unlock a new achievement, here’s a quick guide on everything you need to know about obtaining your driver’s licence in Singapore. From theory tests to practical exams, let’s walk you through each step, providing valuable insights and tips to ensure a smooth and successful experience. Let’s dive in!


1. Theory Test

Before you can even hit the road, it’s mandatory to master the theoretical aspects of driving. In Singapore, this journey entails two key tests: the Basic Theory Test (BTT) and the Final Theory Test (FTT). The BTT covers basic road rules and regulations, while the FTT delves deeper into advanced driving concepts.

  • Basic Theory Test (BTT)

The first step is to acquire a BTT book and a Highway Code book. Take the time to study and familiarise yourself with the rules of the road before registering for the test. Once you’re ready, proceed to register for the BTT. The test fee is $6.50, and you have the option to choose from three test centres across Singapore:

    • Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC)
    • Bukit Batok Driving Centre (BBDC)
    • ComfortDelGro Driving Centre (CDC)
  • Final Theory Test (FTT)

Once the BTT has been done and dusted, you’ll need to clear the final theory hurdle, which is the FTT. The steps and costs to take the FTT are the same as the BTT. Book your test date at one of the three driving centres mentioned above. After successfully passing the FTT, you’ll have two years to complete your Practical Driving Test (PDT).

2. Provisional Driving Lesson

Congratulations on passing the theory tests! The next step is to apply for a Provisional Driving Licence (PDL), which permits you to drive on roads with a certified instructor beside you. Your PDL can be applied online on the Traffic Police website or the Police@SG mobile app. 

3. Practical Driving Lessons

When it comes to practical driving lessons, you’ll need to decide between learning at a driving school or with a private instructor. Each option offers its own set of advantages and considerations.

If you opt to learn at a driving school, you’ll follow a fixed syllabus and must complete a minimum number of lessons before you can take the two final tests. Driving schools typically charge anywhere from $68 to $82 for every 100-minute lesson. While the syllabus is structured, you’ll benefit from standardised training and access to well-maintained training vehicles.

On the other hand, learning with a private instructor offers more flexibility in terms of syllabus, training period, and lesson timings. It’s essential to thoroughly research and inquire about different instructors before making your choice. Private instructors generally charge between $40 to $50 per hour, excluding the $58 booking fee for using the driving circuit.

Ultimately, whether you choose a driving school or a private instructor depends on your individual preferences, schedule, and learning style. Consider factors such as cost, flexibility, and instructor reputation to determine the best fit for your needs. 

4. Simulator Lesson

Before the practical driving test, it’s mandatory for all driving students to complete three sessions on the driving simulator. If you’re learning with a private instructor, you’ll need to book these sessions through the centre you’ve registered with.

The driving simulator offers a unique learning experience by placing you in simulated real-life driving scenarios. It exposes you to common causes of traffic accidents, allowing you to pick up valuable tips on defensive driving in a safe environment. This hands-on practice helps you develop crucial skills and reflexes necessary for navigating the roads confidently and safely.

5. Practical Driving Test (PDT)

Your PDT comprises two parts and will be conducted by an examiner appointed by the Traffic Police. The first part takes place in the driving circuit, where you’ll be tested on the essential driving manoeuvres and control techniques. The second part takes place on public roads, testing your ability to apply road ethics and adhere to traffic rules in real-world scenarios.

During the test, it’s crucial to stay alert and mindful as severe mistakes can result in an immediate fail, while minor errors may incur penalty points. Even if you don’t pass on your first attempt, don’t be discouraged. You have the opportunity to book two compulsory revision lessons and apply for a re-test. Take advantage of these additional lessons to address any areas of weakness and improve your driving skills further.

Once you successfully pass the PDT, the final step is to apply for your driving licence. You can do this through the Traffic Police e-services or the Police@SG mobile app. The application fee is $50, which can be paid via eNETS or a credit card.

Requirements for Foreigners to Drive in Singapore

If you are a foreigner looking to drive in Singapore, there are specific requirements and guidelines to follow. You need to be above 18 years of age and hold a Work Pass, Dependent Pass, or Student Pass with a valid foreign licence (class 3, 3A, or 2B) for a maximum duration of 12 months. However, it’s crucial to note that a Singapore driving licence is mandatory after these 12 months.

If you hold a driving licence issued outside of Singapore, remember to check whether you need to convert your foreign licence to a Singapore driving licence before hitting the road. 

Obtaining your driver’s licence in Singapore is not only a significant milestone but also a necessary step towards independence and mobility on the roads of Singapore. If you’re considering a weekend car rental or a short-term car rental with myCarriage, it’s important to note that a valid Singapore Class 3 or 3A driving licence is required to drive or operate our vehicles. 

For foreigners residing in Singapore for less than 12 months, specific guidelines apply. You must either possess a foreign licence along with an International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by an authorised body from your country of origin or have an official translation of your foreign driving licence in English. However, if you’re a foreigner from an ASEAN member state, you’re exempt from the requirement of an IDP or an official translation of your licence.

Take note that younger drivers, especially those with limited driving experience, may encounter slightly higher damage excess or loading excess fees. But don’t let that stop you from booking a car from our extensive range of vehicles, all maintained to the highest standards for your comfort and safety. Contact us today to learn more about our short-term car rental plans! Our easy booking process makes the entire car rental experience hassle free!

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