Wednesday 8 May 2019

How to get an international driving permit in Singapore

How to get an international driving permit in Singapore

Here are some details to receive an International Driving Permit (IDP) from Singapore. This is only for folks that have a Singaporean residency. This includes foreign resident, Singaporean Permanent Residents and Singaporean Citizens. 

To sum, the main requirement here is to have a Singaporean drivers license (details here on how you can convert your foreign drivers licence). 

Methods to get an IDP International Driver's Licence in Singapore

1. In person at:

AA @ GB Point

535 Kallang Bahru
#01-08, GB Point
Singapore 339351

Mon to Sat: 8.30am to 11pm 
Sun: 10am to 11pm  

Last transaction: 10.30pm

AA @ 51 AMK

51 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
Singapore 569922

Mon to Sun: 10am to 11pm 

Last transaction: 10.30pm

IDP International Drivers Licence fee for Singapore residents only: $20 + 
Optional courier fees $5.50.

Required documentation

In-person/ walk ins

The following documents are required for in-person applications:
  • Applicant must bring along Singapore Driving Licence and NRIC / FIN card.
  • Applicant's picture will be taken on-site at no charge.
  • If you are applying on behalf of the applicant, a hardcopy of the applicant's passport-sized photo, a copy of the applicant’s Singapore Driving Licence and NRIC/FIN card are required.
  • IDP can be collected on-the-spot within 1 hour.


Note: The IDP processing and delivery via local courier^^ will take 7 working days.

If you need to get your IDP in less than 7 working days, please walk-in to our outlet and apply over the counter. You can get IDP on the spot. Kindly note that there will be no refund for the duplicate application.

We seek your understanding that our counter staff will not be able to process IDP applications received via the online portal.

Our online payment is accepted via PayPal. Do not have PayPal account? No worries! Simply check out as Guest to make payment using your credit card.

Before applying online, please ensure the following documents are ready
  • A copy of your Singapore driving licence (front and back).
  • A copy of your NRIC (front and back) for Singaporeans / Permanent Residents.
  • A copy of employment pass/FIN Card (front and back) for foreigners.
  • A clear coloured passport size photograph of the IDP applicant in plain light background
  • Taken within last 2 years
  • Image resolution is sharp and clear
  • Taken full face 
  • Photographs with watermark will be rejected and the application will be delayed (Do not submit photo image on your passport, NRIC or driving license card as there is watermark on it) 
^^ IDP is not mailed overseas

For courier service, an additional $5.50 will be added to your cart prior to checkout. You will receive a sms notification to inform you on the delivery status. Should an attempted delivery fails to reach you, a sms notification will be sent to you to arrange for an alternative delivery date and time. If you are not available to receive the delivery at the provided address, please indicate the recipient's name and mobile number who will be collecting the mail on your behalf. Please note that an additional fee will be incurred to redirect your mail following a failed delivery attempt.

For enquiry on delivery status, please contact AA Customer Service at 6333 8811 ext *148.

I applied using the online process for International Driving Permit in Singapore, here are my confirmation screen screenshots. 

Step 1 - Visit  AA Singapore and apply for an International Driving Permit in Singapore

Step 2 - This is the screen you'll see after filling in your personal details. 

Step 3  - This is what you will see after you pay via Paypal. "Payment Success" screen.

Step 4 - Confirmation email received

IDP Conditions of Issue

  • Singaporean applicants must present BOTH valid Singapore Driving Licence and NRIC.
  • Foreigners must present BOTH valid Singapore Driving Licence and Employment Pass / FIN card with at least 6 months’ validity.
  • The IDP cannot be issued to holders of foreign driving licences; it must be applied in the country where their driving licence was issued.
  • The IDP must contain a photograph of the applicant; online applicant can submit a passport-sized photo in JPG format; walk-in applicants’ photo will be taken on-site at no charge. If you are applying on behalf of an applicant, a hardcopy photograph of the applicant is required.
  • Should your Singapore Driving Licence be defaced, or if the residency status in your Singapore Driving Licence is different from your NRIC, please contact Singapore Traffic Police for a replacement before applying for an IDP. You can still apply for an IDP with the acknowledgement slip from Traffic Police. If you are required to go overseas before receiving your Singapore Driving Licence, please obtain an extract from Traffic Police. An extract fee is applicable.


From the AA Singapore motoring association:

Your Passport to Overseas Driving

If you're going overseas and plan to drive, having an International Driving Permit (IDP) can minimise inconvenience for drivers in countries where English is not commonly spoken.

Containing driving terms in various languages, the IDP eases communication with car rental companies and other authorities. IDP is the only official legal document sanctioned by the UN Convention on Road Traffic.

Foreigners who wish to convert their licence to a Singapore driving licence, please click here or call the Singapore Traffic Police at 6547 0000 for more information.

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