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Saturday, December 18, 2010

IDP Conversion to Singapore Driver's License

I'm so happy to tell you guys that I passed the Singapore Driver's Basic Theory Test.  This is my key to get the Singapore Driving license.  Just to share you my story  on how to convert your Foreign Driving License and an (IDP) International Driving Permit to a Singapore Driving License.

Reason Why to Convert Foreign Driving License and IDP to Singapore Driving License?
I'm recently using my International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in Singapore temporarily, but I decided to convert it to a Singapore Driving license.

This is not an option for me, but a must!  The Government LTA(Land Transportation Authority), LTO Philippines counterpart, requires the IDP holders to convert their driving permit to a Singapore driving license before the 12 month IDP validity period or the expiration of my Philippine Driving License, whichever comes first.

What do I need to pass to convert my Foreign Driving License and IDP to Singapore Driving License?
You need to pass the BTT (Basic Theory Test).  This is the test required as the first step.

Where to convert your Foreign Driving License and IDP to Singapore Driving License?
My Philippine driving license will expire on or before my birthday, so I decided to go for conversion.  There are three locations where you can apply for a driving license conversion:

(Ground level Traffic Police COunter)
2 Woodlands Industrial Park E4
Singapore 757387
Tel: 64826060

(2nd level Traffic Police Counter)
815 Bukit Batok West Ave 5
Singapore 659085
Tel: 65611233

(2nd level Traffic Police Counter)
205 Ubi Ave 4
Singapore 408805
Tel: 67478272

I went to the nearest driving center, which is the Bukit Batok Driving Centre.

What is the Process?
It was on a Saturday morning, I went directly to the information center.  Asked the beautiful lady about the process on how to apply for the conversion.

A form was given to me and got a queuing number. I sat down at a red seat and filled all the information.  The place is air-conditioned and clean as usual. It's like getting inside a bank branch in the Philippine, but wider.
My number was displayed on the LED display and indicating the counter number.  The officer was very hospitable. "How's Noynoy Aquino and the Philippines?" he asked.  I was surprised with what he asked because he's a Singaporean.  "I said, he's alright and we're hoping for the progress." I replied with a smile.

He then asked few details of my information, and stapled some other forms and asked me to proceed to the payment kiosk.  You will use your NETS card for this. Costs me about SGD11.00.

After the payment. You will proceed to one of the computers, it's lined up about 10 units and you can choose any.  You then choose your BTT (Basic Theory Test) schedule. When the time I scheduled mine on October, the earliest schedule was December. So better apply early...

After you have chosen your schedule, proceed to the printer to print your copy.  Just scan your IC( Identification Card), ID, as what we know in the Philippines.  Keep the copy.

If you have some questions, please leave it as a comment below and I'll research it for you...


  1. I also need to convert my Phil drivers license to Singapore license, I was scheduled to take the Basic Theory test on March 1, 2012 so I authorized somebody to renew my license in the Philippines last January 19 for me, the LTO just issued a official receipt for renewal and returned the expired card to me.

    Is it valid to use the Expired Card and just a official receipt renewal for the conversion of my license? Please help


    1. Here is the complete process for the Basic Theory Test...

      I handed them my Philippine Driver's license card. I'm not sure if they'll accept the receipt. You may try to show the expired card since you are now converting it to Singapore Driving License.

  2. Hi Ben, have you successfully converted to a Singapore license? What documents do we need to show the LTA official during application for conversion? Thanks.

  3. I'm holding a Singapore Driving License now.

    You can read the post about the steps and the required documents. Check out this link...

  4. Hi Ben, have they ask regarding the left hand drive in Philippines? Is it a big issue for converting our Philippine Drivers license to Singapore Drivers License? thanks for the information.

    1. Hi Brendo, they don't bother to ask at all. They knew that we are at left hand drive. You can still convert to Singapore Driver License here.

      Check my YouTube channel to view the road trips...

      Driving in Singapore

  5. hello sir,

    ask ko lang, kukunin ba ng LTA yung LTO ID card pag nag-convert ako ng SG license?



    1. Hi Jerome, they will not get it from you. You can still use the Philippine driving license at home.

      I can drive in SG and Philippines.

  6. Hi Ben. Are you a Singapore Permanent Resident? What are the conditions if I am only an S-Pass holder wanting to convert my RP Driver's license to SG license? Thanks.

    1. Nope, I'm an S-Pass holder. Here are the requirements.

      " To drive a vehicle in Singapore, you must possess a valid Singapore driving licence for the class of vehicle that you want to drive. This requirement applies to all citizens and permanent residents of Singapore and also foreigners who are residing in Singapore for more than twelve (12) months. Foreigners who reside here for less than twelve (12) months must possess a valid foreign licence and International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by an authorised body in their country of origin e.g. the Automobile Association (AA). If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of your foreign licence in English is required. Driver from ASEAN member countries only need to possess a valid driving licence issued by the relevant driving licence Authority in order to drive in Singapore without IDP. " -

  7. Hi Ben,

    Thanks its a big help for us really,So getting Singapore still you can have an option whether you have to IDP only?

  8. Hi Sir Ben,

    Thanks for the step by step guide on how and what to do. I want to ask you if we need to get a Certificate from the LTO Philippines or is it a requirement of the LTA to show such Certificate and what could be the correct name of the Certificate? I remember when I ask 1 of my friend here before that he verbally inform me that such Cert is needed on the process before we go for BTT. Thanks I hope you give a reply.


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