Thanks to the city’s well-developed network of public buses and railways, navigating Singapore is a breeze for both locals and tourists. Nonetheless, nothing cannot compare to the freedom that comes with having your own car. This page contains information for Singaporeans who are thinking about getting a driver’s licence and who want to know more about the application procedure. However, if you plan on driving while overseas, you’ll benefit from holding an international driver’s licence in the following circumstances:

  • Rent a Car
  • Breaking traffic regulations
  • Automobile insurance claims
  • Involvement of a photo ID for authentication purposes

An International Driving Permit (IDP) application can be submitted in Singapore in person or online. If you’re applying in person, plan on spending about an hour there. A skilled attorney who specialises in driver’s licence reinstatement may be able to help you get your international driver’s license back even if it has been confiscated. Submitting the application online takes less than ten minutes, however waiting for the permission in the mail could take a few days.

Having an International Driver’s Permit is helpful if you need to rent a car, file a claim on your auto insurance, submit to a police check, or handle traffic violations or accidents while travelling outside of your home country. Having an International Driving Permit (IDP) with driving terminology in various languages is a huge help if you want to drive in a country where English is not the official language.

Whom we’re talking about here is the Automobile Association of Singapore.

Only the Automobile Association of Singapore (AAS) is authorised to issue International Driver’s Licenses (IDLs) in Singapore (AA).

You can either fill out an application online or physically visit one of their offices. If you want to apply for an IDP online, please be advised that it may take up to seven business days for your application to be processed and delivered, while in-person applications typically only take around an hour.

Issues of Validity and Expense

Your International Driver’s Permit will expire after one year unless you renew it annually at a cost of $20.


No of your nationality or residency status, you must obtain a valid Singaporean driver’s licence in order to operate a motor vehicle on Singaporean soil.

Applicants from Singapore must provide both a valid Singaporean driver’s licence and an NRIC card at the time of application.

Driver’s licence and Employment Pass/FIN card valid for at least six months required for all non-Singaporeans.

People who already have a valid driver’s licence from another nation cannot apply for an IDP. The country where they obtained their driver’s licence is where they must file their IDP application.

Note that there are further documents needs for Singaporean nationals and permanent residents. You must produce evidence that you have spent at least a year outside of your home country as a resident, worker, or student. If your learner’s permit has been revoked, you must provide proof of when you passed your test, when you were awarded your licence, and other relevant driving history details.

Licenses issued to individuals who are not U.S. citizens are valid for five years, starting on the date of issuance. Thereafter, renewals must be completed no later than 30 days prior to the expiration date of the licence. Licenses granted to Singaporeans and PRs are valid indefinitely and do not expire.

Clare Louise