The Motorist Guide to replacing a lost or damaged driving licence in Singapore

Published by on . Updated on 6 Feb 2024

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Lost your driver's licence or accidentally destroyed it? No worries, it happens to the best of us, especially in a busy place like Singapore where life moves fast. Whether your licence has mysteriously disappeared or as misplaced, the thought of replacing it might seem overwhelming. But fear not! We're here to guide you through a simple, step-by-step process to get you back in the driver's seat as soon as possible. Let's tackle this together and get you rolling again!

Section 1: Immediate Steps to Take
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  1. File a Police Report
    • Head straight to your nearest police station or jump online to the SPF website. It's super important to let the authorities know about your missing licence to avoid any sneaky identity theft. Better safe than sorry!
  2. Notify the Land Transport Authority (LTA)
    • Get in touch with the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. Whether you prefer clicking through their official website or chatting on their hotline, let them know your driving licence has gone missing. They'll guide you through the next steps to get things sorted.
Section 2: Applying for a Replacement Licence
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Think you've got everything ready? Here's a step-by-step guide to breeze through the process:

  1. Visit the LTA Website
  2. Log In to Your Account
    • Already have an LTA account? Great, log in and get going! If not, no worries – creating an account is as easy as 1-2-3. Just remember to keep your SingPass details handy for a smoother transaction.
  3. Fill Out the Application Form
    • Find the application form for a replacement driving licence and fill it out. Make sure every detail is accurate!
  4. Upload Necessary Documents
    • Get your NRIC, passport and a new passport-sized photo ready, scan them and upload to your application.
  5. Pay the Replacement Fee
    • Time to take some cash out of your pocket for that new driving licence. The good news? You can usually pay online with a few simple clicks. Choose your payment method and you're almost at the finish line.
  6. Be ready to make the necessary payment for the replacement driving licence. Payment can usually be done online through various methods.
    • Keep your eyes on the prize! Use the LTA website to check how your application is doing. They often have a tracking feature so you can see just how close you are to your new licence!
Section 3: Collecting Your Replacement Licence

Once your application is approved, it's time to collect your new driving licence. Follow these steps for a smooth retrieval process:

  1. Choose a Collection Point
    • Choose where you'll collect your shiny new licence. Maybe it's a nearby SingPost office or the LTA HQ - pick the spot that's most convenient for you during your application.
  2. Bring Necessary Identification
    • Before you zoom off to collect your license, remember to grab your essential travel buddies - your NRIC or passport. Just like how you wouldn't forget your road trip snacks, these IDs are a must for verification.
  3. Receive Your Replacement Licence
    • Once they've checked your ID and given you the all-clear, you'll get your brand-new driving licence. Take a moment to check all the details and you are good to go!

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