The Motorist Guide to obtaining an International Driving Permit in Singapore

Published by on . Updated on 6 Feb 2024

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Are you a Singaporean itching to hit the road on your next overseas trip? Don't forget, you'll need an international driver's licence to drive in foreign lands. But there's no need to stress! We've got a straightforward guide to help you get your international driving permit quickly and without any hassle. So, get ready to explore the world's highways with confidence and ease!

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An international driving permit (IDP) is like a global pass for your Singaporean driver's licence. It doesn't work alone, but it's your local licence's best friend when you're abroad. Think of it as your licence's travel buddy. While it won't replace your regular licence, it's a handy helper, making sure that authorities around the world can verify your driving credentials without any fuss. It's your ticket to stress-free driving in new places.

Application process
  1. Eligibility
    • Before you begin the application process, it's important to have a valid Singaporean driver's licence ready. And, of course, you need to be at least 18 years old.
  2. Authorised Agencies
    • If you're looking to get your IDP sorted, the Automobile Association of Singapore (AAS) is your best bet. Just visit their website or stop by their office, and they'll help you breeze through the process in no time. It's as simple as that!
  3. Required Documents
    • Prepare the following documents:
      • Completed application form (available on the AAS website or at their office)
      • A photocopy of your valid Singaporean driver's licence
      • Passport-sized photographs
      • Proof of identification (e.g. NRIC or passport)
  4. Application Fee
    • Your international driving permit requires a small fee of $20. Just pop over to the AAS website and have your payment method ready – it's quick and straightforward!
  5. Processing Time
    • It's a good idea to apply for your international driver's licence early. The process is usually quick, but it's always better to be safe than sorry and avoid any last-minute rush.
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  1. Global Recognition
    • An international driving permit is widely accepted in numerous countries. It's your golden ticket to cruising freely and legally on those scenic roads far from home. It's basically your pass to stress-free exploration in many countries, so make sure it's on your checklist!
  2. Language Translation
    • This handy document translates your driver's information into several languages, making it a breeze to communicate during traffic stops or chats with local cops. No more language barriers!
  3. Insurance Requirements
    • In some countries, you'll need to show an international driving permit to drive/rent a car. Having this document can be really helpful, especially if you run into trouble on the road. It's a good way to avoid legal or financial problems if you happen to have any minor accidents or issues while driving.


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