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INTERNATIONAL DRIVING LICENSE

 

Conversion of Foreign Driving License to Malaysian Competent Driving License (CDL)

 

a)       Foreign driving license holders from certain countries can apply to convert theirs to a Malaysia Competent Driving License automatically. These foreign drivers can drive in Malaysia as long as their domestic drivers license is still valid and they need to carry an English or Malay translation of their license. The list of countries that is accepted for conversion changes frequently and is subject to amendments based on confirmation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The currents list as follows:

 

Australia

Brunei

Belgium

China

Denmark

Egypt

Fiji

Finland

France

Germany

Hong Kong 

Iran

Italy

Iraq

Japan

Korea 

Libya

Laos

Mauritius 

Myanmar

New Zealand

Netherlands

Nigeria

Papua New Guinea

Philippines

Poland

Russia 

Switzerland

Spain

Singapore

Thailand

Turkey

 

b) Foreign driving license holders from countries that are members of the Geneva Convention Agreement 1949 and 1968 can drive in Malaysia as long their domestic drivers license is still valid and carry an English or Malay translation of their license . The member countries are follows

 

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Argentina

Austria

Brazil

Bahamas

Bahrain

Barbados

Benin

Belarus

Bangladesh

Bolivia

Bosnia Herzegovina

Botswana

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Canada

Central Africa

Chad

Chile

Congo

Cote D'Ivore

Costa Rica

Colombia

Croatia

Czechoslovakia

Dahomey

Dominican Republic

D. Kampuchea

Ecuador

Estonia

Ethiopia

El Salvador

French Polynesia

Georgia

Ghana

Greece

Guatemala

Guinea

Guyana

Haki

Honduras

Holy See

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Ireland

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Jordan

Kenya

Kuwait

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Madagascar

Malawi

Maldives Island

Mauritanie

Mexico

Monaco

Mongolia

Morocco

Namibia

Nepal

Nicaragua

Norway

Niger

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Pakistan

Republic of Moldova

Republic of Macedonia

Romania

Rwanda

San Marino

Saudi Arabia

Sénégal

Seychelles

Sierre Leone

Slovenia

Slovenia

Somalia

Southern Yemen

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Soudan

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Togo

Trinidad & Tobago

Tunisia

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukrainian Soviet

United Arab Republic

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Western Samoa

Yemen

Yugoslavia

Zambia

 

 

Zimbabwe 

 

 

Foreigners possessing domestic driver license as the above (b) can apply for a Malaysian Driver License to the DG of the RTD. The DG can use his discretion on a case-to-case basis to allow for the conversion without any examination or exercise certain restriction.

 

Documents that are required are as follows:

  1. A copy of certified domestic driving license;

  2. Letter of translation (English or Malay) by the foreign embassy/consulate that issued the license

  3. Application form (Attachment B-2)

 
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT (IDP)

 

Malaysian driver who wants to drive in foreign countries are advised to obtain an International Driving Permit.

Applications can also be made in The Malaysian Automobile Association.

Applicants need to furnish the following documents:

 

  1. Original Domestic Driving License and a photocopy of license which is still valid for one year

  2. Original Identity Card and a photocopy;

  3. 2 passport sized photographs

  4. JPJ L1 Form

  5. Payment of RM150.00 for a year