So you are an expatriate and are looking to drive in Singapore, or perhaps you just turned 18 and can’t wait to learn driving.
Here are the steps you need to take to get your driving license in Singapore.
1) Apply for a Basic Theory Test at any of the Traffic Police departments at any of the three schools in Singapore. Ubi, Bukit Batok and Woodlands.
2) Pass the Basic Theory Test and bring the receipt to apply for your Provisional Driving License
3) Take driving lessons
4) Apply for your Final Theory Test
5) Pass your Final Theory Test
6) Apply for your practical test
7) Now you have the choice to either learn from schools such as CDC, BBDC and SSDC or from a private driving instructor.
8) Pass your practical test
It is pretty straightforward – the only main issue with taking your driving test in Singapore and getting that coveted international license which can be converted and used in virtually every other country in the world is that the time in between each test (2 theory and one practical) usually takes pretty long and there is nothing you can do about it. You are forced to wait a few months (sometimes) for your examinations and in between those times, especially for your theory driving tests, you can only study and do nothing else.
When waiting for your practical exam, you can practise and take more driving lessons with your private driving instructor and they’ll be more than glad to teach you. However, just take note that generally most auto students take around 15 to 20 lessons while manual students take 22 to 25 driving lessons before going for their first driving test in Singapore (each lesson is 1.5 hours). So judge accordingly and do not get conned into taking ‘too many unnecessary lessons’ by potentially unethical instructors.
Most private driving instructors in Singapore are alright though, as their skills are all certified and qualified by the Traffic police itself.