If you are a resident of Singapore or a foreigner living in Singapore for more than 12 months, you must have a valid and legal driving licence for the class of vehicle you want to drive. Foreigners living in Singapore for less than a year should have a valid foreign licence and International Driving Permit certified by the authorised body in their respective country of origin.
Renewal of driving licence in Singapore
Foreigners residing in Singapore have a driving licence with a validity of five years. All citizens of Singapore and Permanent Residents have licences, valid till the holder turns 65 years, after which the licence needs to be renewed every three years. Foreigners with a Singapore driving licence need to renew it in person at the Traffic Police Department one month prior to the expiry date. An official notice before the expiry date will not be sent out. If you are above the age of 65, then you need to renew your licence at least two months prior to your 65th birthday. To request for a renewal, you will have to submit a medical form filled by a certified practitioner at any clinic, whether private or government owned, in Singapore. Thereafter, you need to renew your licence every three years.
How to apply through proxy?
In case you are living in a different country or are a permanent resident, you can apply for a Singapore issued driving licence by way of proxy via a letter of authorisation stating that the application will be submitted by your closest relative in Singapore on your behalf at the Traffic Police Department. The processing of the request takes five working days after the receipt of your application.
- A photocopy (front and back) of your National Registration Identity Card (NRIC).
- A proof of document confirming that you are not in Singapore.
- NRIC of the proxy.
- One recent colour passport-sized photograph with a white background. Your name as well as NRIC number should be mentioned on the back of the photograph.
Replacement fee: The replacement fee for a Singapore driving licence is S$25.
Documents required to apply through Singapore High Commission
- A written letter stating the reasons for the application of a driving licence.
- A copy of your passport.
- One recent colour passport-sized photograph on a white background. Your name as well as NRIC number should be mentioned on the back of the photograph.
- If you are a Permanent Resident of Singapore, then you need to submit a copy of the valid Re-entry Permit.
- To receive your licence by post at your residential address, you have to provide a self-addressed prepaid envelope to the Singapore High Commission.
Replacement fee: You will be charged a replacement fee of S$25. This fee should be paid by cheque issued by any bank in Singapore or a bank draft if issued by an overseas bank, payable only to Commander Traffic Police.
Replacement of driving licence in Singapore
A Singapore driving licence can be replaced if you have lost or misplaced, changed to a Singapore ID from a foreign ID or if you want to make changes in your personal details. You can physically go to the Traffic Police Headquarters to replace your licence. But, these changes can also be done at a neighbourhood police post or Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
- Either your NRIC, passport, residence pass or work pass.
- A semi-matt or matt finish colour passport-sized photograph with a white background.
- A police report needs to be submitted if you are applying for a replacement for the third time or any subsequent time.
Replacement fee: A replacement fee of S$25 will be applicable, which is to be paid through Cashcard or NETS only.
Address change on a driving licence
Within 28 days of you moving into your new house, you must request for a change in address in your Singapore driving licence. This update can be made at a Neighbourhood Police Post or via the ICA by submitting a proof of new residential address like a utility bill.