Ultimate Guide to Driving License Classes & Types in Singapore
Driving in Singapore requires a valid driving licence that corresponds to the appropriate licence class for the type of vehicle you wish to drive. The licensing system in Singapore is regulated by the Traffic Police and the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Let's explore the different driving licence classes and types in Singapore, as well as other important information related to driving licences.
At what age can you drive in Singapore?
The minimum age requirement to drive and obtain a driving licence in Singapore varies depending on the licence class. Here are the legal driving age requirements for each class:
Class 2B: 18 years old
Class 2A: 19 years old
Class 2: 20 years old
Class 3, Class 3A, Class 4, and Class 5: 18 years old
It's important to note that these age requirements are the minimum age to apply for the respective classes of licence, and additional requirements, such as passing the required tests, must also be met.
How can I apply for a Qualified Driving License (QDL) online?
In Singapore, the Qualified Driving License (QDL) is the standard driving licence that allows you to drive most types of vehicles. You can apply for a QDL online through the Singapore Police Force (SPF) e-services portal. The application process typically involves completing an online application form, providing the necessary documents, and scheduling and passing the required tests, including a theory test and a practical driving test.
Do I have to apply for a new QDL if I want to upgrade my licence class?
Yes, if you wish to upgrade your licence class to drive a different type of vehicle, you will need to apply for a new QDL corresponding to the higher licence class. For example, if you hold a Class 3 licence and wish to drive a Class 4 vehicle, you will need to apply for a new QDL for Class 4 and meet the requirements for that licence class.
Can I drive immediately after receiving my QDL?
Once you have obtained your QDL, you are legally allowed to drive the vehicles that are covered by your driving licence class. However, it's important to familiarise yourself with the local traffic rules and regulations in Singapore before hitting the road.
What if I have lost my SG driving licence? Can I get a replacement?
If you have lost your Singapore driving licence, you can apply for a replacement at a Traffic Police e-service kiosk or online through the SPF e-services portal. You will need to provide the necessary documents and pay a replacement fee. It's important to report the loss of your licence to the police as soon as possible to prevent any potential misuse.
What if I find my lost licence after filing for the replacement?
If you find your lost Singapore driving licence after applying for a replacement, you should surrender the recovered licence to the Traffic Police or the SPF immediately. The replacement licence that you obtained earlier will be considered the valid licence, and the recovered licence will no longer be valid.
What are the various driving licence classes?
In Singapore, driving licences are categorised into different classes based on the type of vehicle you are allowed to drive. Here are the main driving licence classes:
Class 1 vehicles consist of motor vehicles that do not exceed 250 kilograms in weight and which are specially designed and constructed, and not merely adapted, for the use of persons suffering from some physical defect or disability and are used solely by those persons.
Class 2 vehicles consist of motorcycles with a cylinder capacity that exceeds 400 cubic centimetres.
Class 2A vehicles consist of motorcycles with a cylinder capacity that exceeds 200 but does not exceed 400 cubic centimetres.
Class 2B consist of motorcycles with a cylinder capacity that does not exceed 200 cubic centimetres, or motorcycles which are propelled by electric motors and registered as motor cycles under the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Registration and Licensing) Rules (R5).
Class 3 vehicles consist of:
(i) motor cars constructed to carry not more than 7 passengers (exclusive of the driver) and the weight of which does not exceed 3,000 kilograms; and
(ii) motor tractors and other motor vehicles that do not exceed 2,500 kilograms in weight.
Class 3A vehicles consist of any class 3 vehicle which can be driven without the use of a clutch pedal.
Class 4 vehicles consist of heavy motor cars and motor tractors, the weight of which exceeds 2,500 kilograms.
Class 4A vehicles consist of heavy motor cars which are omnibuses, that is to say, public service vehicles which are used on scheduled services and in which passengers are charged separate and distinct fares.
Class 5 vehicles consist of:
(i) light locomotives or motor vehicles which are not constructed to carry and load passengers (rather used to carry water, fuel, accumulators and other equipment and materials used for the purpose of propulsion, loose tools and loose equipment) and the weight of which does not exceed 11,500 kilograms.
I hold a foreign driving licence. Can I drive in Singapore?
Yes, if you hold a valid foreign driving licence, you can drive in Singapore for a certain period of time. However, the duration of validity depends on your residency status in Singapore:
Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs): If you are a Singapore Citizen or PR, you can drive with your foreign driving licence for up to 12 months from the date of your last entry into Singapore.
Foreigners on Long-term Visit Pass (LTVP) or Student Pass: If you are a foreigner on LTVP or Student Pass, you can drive with your foreign driving licence for up to 12 months from the date of your first entry into Singapore. After the validity period of your foreign driving licence has expired, you will need to convert it to a Singapore driving licence to continue driving legally in Singapore.
How can I convert my foreign driving licence to Singapore's driving licence?
To convert your foreign driving licence to a Singapore driving licence, you will need to undergo a conversion process with the Traffic Police. Here are the general steps:
Obtain a Conversion Test Booklet: You can obtain a Conversion Test Booklet from any driving school in Singapore.
Pass the Basic Theory Test (BTT): You will need to pass the BTT, which covers the traffic rules and regulations in Singapore.
Pass the Practical Driving Test (PDT): After passing the BTT, you will need to schedule and pass the PDT, which assesses your practical driving skills.
Complete the Conversion Process: Once you have passed the BTT and PDT, you can proceed to complete the conversion process, in person, at the Traffic Police Driving Test Centre counter located in the driving centres. You will need to provide the necessary documents, such as your valid foreign driving licence, identification documents, and proof of residency status, and pay the conversion fee.
It's important to note that the conversion process may vary depending on your nationality and the country where your foreign driving licence was issued. You may need to undergo additional tests or provide additional documents, so it's best to check the specific requirements with the Traffic Police.
I am a foreigner and I have lost my licence. What should I do?
If you are a foreigner and you have lost your driving licence in Singapore, you should report the loss to the police immediately. You will need to obtain a police report as proof of the loss. After that, you can proceed to apply for a replacement licence at a Traffic Police e-service kiosk or online through the SPF e-services portal. You will need to provide the necessary documents, such as the police report, identification documents, and pay a replacement fee.
How can I renew my motorcycle or car licence in Singapore?
In Singapore, driving licences for motorcycles and cars need to be renewed periodically. The renewal process - for citizens and foreigners - typically involves the following steps:
Receive a Renewal Notice: The Traffic Police will send you a renewal notice by mail or email before your licence expires, indicating the renewal period and the documents required.
Complete Medical Examination: If you hold a Class 2, Class 3, or Class 4 licence, you will need to undergo a medical examination by a Singapore-registered medical practitioner and obtain a Medical Examination Report.
Submit Documents and Pay Renewal Fee: You will need to submit the necessary documents, such as your renewal notice, Medical Examination Report (if applicable), identification documents, and pay the renewal fee at a Traffic Police e-service kiosk or online through the SPF e-services portal.
Collect Renewed Licence: Once your renewal application is approved, you can collect your renewed licence at the Traffic.
That’s it – Now You’re a Fully Licensed Driver!
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