All you need to know about getting a driving licence in Singapore

Have you been thinking about whether to get a driving licence in Singapore?

You are in the right place.

Getting a Singapore driving licence gives you the legal right to drive a vehicle in Singapore. This requirement applies to all citizens, permanent residents of Singapore, and also foreigners who are residing in Singapore for more than twelve months. For foreigners who are staying in Singapore for less than twelve months, they must possess a valid foreign driving licence if they are from ASEAN member countries. If they are not from ASEAN member countries, they will also need to provide an International Driving Permit issued by an authorized body in their home country.

There are 9 classes of driving licence in Singapore – class 1, class 2, class 2a, class 2b, class 3, class 3a, class 4, class 4a, and class 5. You can find more information about them here. The most popular class of driving licence Singaporeans go for is class 3 and class 3a. These will allow you to drive the usual passenger car you see on the road.

If you are above 18 years old, you are legally allowed to go for tests to get your driving licence in Singapore. You can expect about 3 months to half a year of intensive training before getting the driving licence. You can choose between learning from a driving school or from private driving instructors in Singapore. The main huge differences among them are cost and time. If you learn from private driving instructors, you can expect to incur a lower cost and shorter time to get the driving licence, assuming that you pass all the tests in one go.

A Singapore driving licence does not expire. Unless you flout a lot of traffic regulations and chalked up 24 demerit points within a year, you will be able to keep your driving licence indefinitely and drive around in Singapore. Otherwise, you will need to re-take all the tests to get your licence again.