SINGAPORE: The Traffic Police on Thursday (Jul 14) started a trial to allow holders of Malaysian driving licences to submit their applications online to convert their foreign licences to a Singapore licence.
The trial is aimed at reducing the waiting and transaction times at the Traffic Police headquarters, the Singapore Police Force said in a news release.
Foreigners residing in Singapore for more than 12 months are required to convert their foreign driving licence to a Singapore driving licence in order to drive in Singapore.
Under the trail, applicants are to submit their applications online. Once all documents are in order and the conversion eligibility criteria are met, applicants will be provided with a date and time to visit the Traffic Police headquarters to complete the conversion process.
The Traffic Police said that after applicants submit their applications online, they will receive an email asking for supporting documents.
Applicants will then receive a reply on the outcome of their applications within 10 working days, said the Traffic Police.
If everything is in order, applicants will be given an appointment date and time to bring their original documents to the Traffic Police headquarters for verification.
The Traffic Police will then process the conversion application, and the applicant will receive a hardcopy Singapore driving licence within 10 working days.
Information on the eligibility criteria and required documents are available here.
Applicants with a SingPass account will be able to access the Digital Driving Licence by the next working day, and can drive immediately without waiting for the hardcopy driving licence.
"The TP would like to seek the public’s understanding as it processes a higher than usual volume of applications, and that during the processing, time is required to authenticate the documents and ensure that the conversion eligibility criteria are met."