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Moving around states in Malaysia is convenient with a vehicle, with its close proximity from states to states. If you are a foreigner in Malaysia who plans to drive in the country, it is good to understand the types of driving licenses available and the laws before converting your foreign driving license.

Types of Driving Licenses in Malaysia

There are 15 different types of classes for driving licenses and each has its specific purpose when it comes to operating the various vehicles.

A Vehicles for the disabled person not more than 450kg
B Motorcycles (all displacement) – more than 500cc
B1 Motorcycles not exceeding 500 cc
B2 Motorcycles not exceeding 250 cc
C Motorized tricycles
D Manual transmission cars with unloaded weight not exceeding 3500 kg
DA Automatic transmission cars with unloaded weight not exceeding 3500 kg
E Trucks (all classes)
E1 Trucks with unloaded weight not exceeding 7500kg
E2 Trucks with unloaded weight not exceeding 5000 kg
F Tractors / Light motorized machines (wheeled) with unloaded weight not exceeding 5000 kg
G Tractors / Light motorized machines (chained) with unloaded weight not exceeding 5000 kg
H Tractors / Heavy motorized machines (wheeled) with unloaded weight exceeding 5000 kg
I Tractors / Heavy motorized machines (chained) with unloaded weight exceeding 5000 kg
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Aside from the above driving license classes, there are 5 types of driving licenses based on the driver’s level of driving experience:

  • Learning Driving License (LDL):

    The LDL allows individual to learn to drive according to the prescribed classes such as B, B2, D and E under supervision. This license has to be renewed every 3 to 6 months and is valid for 2 years.

  • Probationary Driving License (PDL):

    This license is given to new drivers who have passed the test and is issued by the Driving Institute. The probation period is 2 years.

  • Competent Driving License (CDL)

    CDL is a valid driver’s license issued by Jabatan Pengankutan Jalan (JPJ, Ministry of Transport of Malaysia) to an individual after expiration of the two-years probationary period.

  • Vocational Driving License (VDL)

    This is a special driving license for commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses issued by JPJ and LPKP.

  • International Driving Permit (IDP)

    This license allows Malaysians to drive in different countries.


Foreign Driving Licenses Laws in Malaysia

Upon arrival to Malaysia, you are allowed to drive around with an international driver’s license for a total period of 90 days. After the 90 days, you will be required to convert your foreign driving license into a Malaysia Driving License.

Foreigners holding driving licenses from countries with signatories to any treaty or agreement with Malaysia may apply for conversion of driving license. The license must be a full license and does not include learning license, temporary license, or probationary license.

To get a valid license, you will need to apply for an international driving license or enroll at a driving school. With effect from 31st December 2020, all foreigners can convert their driving license through the correct procedure on the JPJ website Malaysia.

Converting Your Foreign Driving License in Malaysia

There are certain requirements when it comes to foreign driving license conversion in Malaysia:

  • For non-Malaysian citizens, you must have a Long/Short Term Social Visit Pass, are on the MM2H programme, or are married to a Malaysian citizen. People on work permits and dependent passes are viewed as temporary residents and cannot convert their driving license.

  • Have a valid driver’s license from your home country that is equivalent to a Malaysian CDL or PDL. If your current valid driver’s license is not printed in English, you will need to present a verified translation of your driving license from the embassy of the issuing country or from the issuing authority in charge of the relevant license information.

  • Conversion is only for class B2 (motorcycle) and class D (car).

  • If your driver’s license abroad is valid for less than 2 years, you will only qualify for a PDL license; a person who has a valid license for more than 2 years will qualify for a CDL license.

  • License holders must present themselves at the JPJ offices to convert their licenses.

If you have fulfilled those requirements, you may proceed with the conversion following these steps:

  • Make your way to the main JPJ office (not a branch)
  • Bring along all supporting documents and upon checking the documents, the consultant will give you an appointment date and time to revisit again
  • Return back during appointment date and proceed submitting and checking all relevant documents before sending it for further processing in Putrajaya main office

  • Relevant authorities will contact you on the date to collect your driving license valid for 1 year

  • Renewal of driving license can be done easily at nearby branch for a small fee

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How long is the license period if I do not renew?2021-09-13T00:33:19+08:00

For P License, it is a year and for a CDL it is three years.

My Learner Driving License (LDL) have expired for more than two years. Will I still be able to renew them to allow me to sit on the practical test?2021-09-13T00:32:57+08:00

Learn Driving License (LDL) may be renewed for a period of 3 or 6 months but not beyond the aggregate of 2 years from the date of issuance. If the gap is beyond this period, the candidate must repeat all elements of training and testing for the Learner Driving License (LDL).

What is the age eligibility for Goods Vehicle Driving License (GDL)?2021-09-13T00:32:33+08:00

According to the Road Transport Act (APJ) 1987, the set age requirements for the application of Goods Vehicle Driving License (GDL) is 21 years old and above.

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  1. azie June 17, 2022 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Hi all,
    I need to check, if my friend have EP holder and he has International Driving license, and he wanted to convert his driving license to malaysian driving license, what type are supporting document he should carry for the process?

    • Paul Hype Page June 21, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      Hello Azie,
      The supporting documents needed when converting your International Driving License to Malaysia Driving License consists of the following

      • Completed Driving License Application Form (JPJ L1)
      • Completed Application Form Exemption Application Method 5
      • Original and copy of your passport
      • Original and copy of your EP issued by the immigration
      • Original and copy of foreign driving license
      • A translation of your foreign driving license from the embassy of the issuing country or from the issuing authority in charge of the relevant license information in English if your current valid driver’s license is not printed in English
      • Offer letter or confirmation letter from your Employer
      • Proof that you were you living in the country you at the time your foreign driving license was issued if your foreign driving license is issued by a country which is not your nationality

      Hope this helps!

  2. Oscar June 12, 2022 at 7:20 am - Reply

    I’m a Malaysia citizen who currently holds a Brunei’s Driving license, is it possible to convert my Brunei’s driving license to Malaysia’s driving license? or I have to take IDP in Brunei in order to convert to a Malaysia’s driving license? Please advice.

    • Paul Hype Page June 21, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      Hello Oscar,

      Yes, it is possible for you to convert your Brunei driving license to Malaysia driving license if Brunei has signatories to any treaty or agreement with Malaysia. However, we would suggest that you contact JPJ directly for what needs to be done if you wish to convert your license.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Hassaan June 4, 2022 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    If my parent has an employer visa and I’m their dependant can I also convert my license if I’m just a dependant?

    • Paul Hype Page June 7, 2022 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Hassaan,

      Dependent pass holders cannot convert their driving licenses. Hope this helps!

  4. Alex February 2, 2022 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Great article thanks !
    Do you know if it is possible to convert an Australian drivers license using a talent pass visa (is this an acceptable visa type?)

    • Paul Hype Page February 4, 2022 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Alex,

      Believe you are referring to the Residence Pass – Talent visa. You should be able to convert your driver’s license with this visa as this is a long-term visa (10-year).

      Best Regards,

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