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How to get a driving license in Malaysia

“This month’s 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.”

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

If you already have a driver’s license then it is important to check with your embassy or a driving school for the procedure on changing your license. You won’t 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. It’s 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? Don’t be. It’s simple. Just do as you did in practice, don’t 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 don’t be in a rush.


May 13, 2008 - Posted by | Driving License Services | , , ,


  1. G’day hows it going? i am just wondering how to obtain a Malaysian drivers license? I am going to be there on holiday/working for 8months. i do have a international drivers lience, but i have to change it after 3 months of being in malaysia. can u send me any information that might ne able to help me.

    Comment by PATRICK LEE | May 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi Patrick,

    Thanks for your comment. Actually, What you’re saying is True. You can only use the international license for a curtain time in Malaysia, than you have to obtain Malaysian driving license. Maybe, you can visit one of my other blog where you can find more information about Malaysian Driving License.

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    Comment by nsinniah | May 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hey! That’s a really useful blog you got there! Clear info!
    Could you tell me more about the payment? I can’t seem to get the complete schedule from the JPJ website! Thx!

    Comment by Virgorized | December 28, 2008 | Reply

    • You won’t get the pricing from JPJ. Instead you should visit the nearest driving school for pricing. Different driving schools have different pricing. A class D license is around RM1k.

      Comment by Sarah Lam | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the valuable information on procedures for attaining the driving license. Earn your Commercial Driver’s License to drive semi tractor trailers at National Truck Drivers School. Call toll-free 800-488-7364.

    Comment by phoenixcapitalgroup | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. if someone want to find driving school at kepong, better dont take chee seng driving school! bcoz it’s e worst school you ever had!

    Comment by yap | July 19, 2010 | Reply

    • I wonder what is wrong with the school?

      Comment by Sarah Lam | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  6. Thanks for providing the valuable information over here.

    Comment by Provisional Driving Licence | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  7. Thanks a lot for the nice article. keep up the good effort.

    Comment by ProvisionalDrivingLicence | October 4, 2010 | Reply

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