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 Expat Malaysia Motoring Guide -
How to get a Driving Licence in Malaysia

How to get a driving license in Malaysia


    ďThis monthís expat survival looks at how to get your driving license here in Malaysia.  While many dread the thought of driving in the Malaysia especially because of the KL traffic.  There are few better ways to see the city and indeed the country.Ē

Important:  You can only use your overseas or international drivers license for 3 months then you will need to get a Malaysian driverís license.


If you already have a driverís license then it is important to check with your embassy or a driving school for the procedure on changing your license.  You wonít have to surrender your other license but there will be some procedures to follow.  When visiting the relevant authorities remember to bring along your passport, work permit (or related info) and two passport sized color photographs. 

For those first timers the following awaits you.

Five-hour road safety course.

This is conducted in Malay so take a good book and something to munch on.  The driving school will provide a booklet to study for the written test.

Take written test.

The test is not hard it consists of 45 multiple choice questions of which you can only get 4 wrong.  This test must be passed, if not you can not start the practical lessons.  More to the point you have to sit the test again-a real waste of time. 

Minimum of 16 hours of driving lessens.

This is where the fun begins.  Hope you like manual Kancils.  Itís not so bad-it teaches humility more than anything else.  Here you not only learn to drive but to park as well.  The instructors tend to be very helpful and will work on any problem areas.  All you need do is ask.


Take the driving tests.  One on the open road, the other in a car park.

Nervous? Donít be.  Itís simple.  Just do as you did in practice, donít be in a rush and everything will be fine.  The car park test consists of performing a three point turn, a hill start (which can be a little tricky) and reverse parking.  The open road is much more fun, just go for a drive for about 5 minutes, turn around and come back, again donít be in a rush.

Related link:
- Road Transport Department

Other Expat Survival Articles:

- TMpoint - TM's one stop centre for fixed line phone, mobile & broadband
- Learn simple Bahasa Malaysia (common phrases)

How to prevent your vehicle from being stolen
- What to do when you meet with a traffic accident
- Online Internet Banking in Malaysia
- Apply for a credit card in Malaysia

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