Reminder: IDP Required for Expats

Annoucements January 29, 2019

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Reminder: IDP Required for Expats

TL;DR
Foreign driving licence holders must use International Driving Permit together with their respective domestic driving licences to drive in Malaysia.

To ensure all foreign SOCAR members in Malaysia are aware of the current road transport developments in 2019, here is some clarification about the suspension of converting your foreign driving license to a Malaysian driving license.

The following is the released statement from Road Transport Department of Malaysia’s official website:

The Road Transport Department of Malaysia suspends the conversion of foreign driving licence to Malaysia driving licence effective 24 September 2018.

However, diplomatic pass holders and Singapore driving licence holders (Malaysians who convert their driving licences to obtain Singapore driving licences) are exempted from the ruling.

Foreign driving licence holders must use International Driving Permit together with their respective domestic driving licences to drive in Malaysia.

Alternatively, they are advised to apply for a Malaysian driving licence via authorized driving schools based on existing procedures. “

Additionally, we would also like to remind our foreign members to read up on how to get started with SOCAR.

FAQ

Q: Can I still book & drive a SOCAR in Malaysia?

A: Yes. As long as you have obtained your International Driving Permit and you have a valid driving license from your country, you may still drive with SOCAR.

Q: Where can I obtain a International Driving Permit (IDP)?

A: Application for IDP- International Driving Permit can be made at any JPJ State or Branch Offices or the Malaysia Automobile Association (MAA) office.

Q: What are the required documents, fees or details needed?

A: There are a few documents that you must present when visiting the JPJ Office

  1. Valid driving license (from your country) with more than 1 year validity.
  2. Photocopy of the driving license (Both sides).
  3. Original and photocopy of Identity Card (Both sides).
  4. 1 passport size photographs.
  5. Complete Form JPJ L1 (Obtain & fill at JPJ office)
  6. Payment of RM150 per year.

Q: How long would the process take?

A: After presenting all the necessary documents. You are able to receive your IDP immediately at the JPJ branch you visited

Q: Is it compulsory for a foreigner to apply for Malaysian Driver’s license?

A: No. It is not compulsory but strongly advised if you travel to Malaysia often or planning to stay here longer than 90 days.

Q: Where can I apply for a Malaysian Driver’s License?

A: There are many Driving Schools to attend in Malaysia. For a short list of schools, you can click here

Read the full article at: http://www.mm2h.gov.my

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