Many long-term expats and foreign workers in Singapore encounter a similar issue: they can’t drive in Singapore as their foreign driving licenses are not recognized in Singapore.
A foreign driving license, accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by an authorised body overseas is only recognized in Singapore if the foreigners are staying in Singapore for a short period. In another words, foreigners coming to Singapore for a short visit will be allowed to drive in Singapore if they possess a foreign driving license and an IDP.
For long-term expats and foreign workers staying in Singapore for a period more than 12 months, they must obtain a valid Singapore driving license in order to drive a Class 3 / Class 3A motorcar in Singapore. In order to convert their foreign driving license, foreigners will need to pass the Basic Theory Test organized by the Singapore Traffic Police.
Next, simply head over to the Traffic Police Test Center located in the driving centers with the following documents/items in person:
1. Original and a photocopy of your passport and Identity Card
2. Original and a photocopy of a valid foreign driving license
3. One recent matte passport-sized colour photograph with a white background
4. International driving permit
5. Processing fee of $50
They should expect their driving license to be issued to them within 2 weeks from the date of application. The driving licenses will be mailed to their homes.
If foreigners want to drive heavy vehicles in Singapore, they will need to enrol in the driving centers and pass both Theory Tests (Basic Theory Test and Final Theory Test), and the practical driving test. Foreign driving license to drive heavy vehicles cannot be converted in Singapore.