Any person holding a license to drive a particular class of motor vehicle by the competent authority of a country other than Singapore , may apply for conversion to a Singapore driving license to drive the equivalent class of motor vehicle. This is provided that the particular class of license is not granted automatically without the need of test and on the merit of attaining of another licence, example a motorcycle licence granted with class 3 licence without going through a test that is practised in some countries.
Singaporeans and Permanent Residents
Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may only drive in Singapore with a Singapore license. They have to seek conversion of their foreign driving license upon returning to Singapore and upon obtaining PR status respectively.
Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may convert a foreign driving license if they can show proof that they have reason to be staying in a foreign country for a period of 1 year or more due to study or work, and have a total stay of 6 months within the one year period.
New PRs who already have a 5-year Singapore driving license will have to replace it with a lifetime driving license that reflects their new NRIC number.
A foreigner above 18 years of age and holding a Work Pass/Dependent Pass/Student Pass may drive in Singapore with a valid class 3, 3A or 2B foreign licence, for a period of not more than 12 months. A Singapore driving licence is required after 12 months. Those on short term social visit may drive with their foreign licence for up to 12 months each time they enter into Singapore . For licence not written in English language, an International Driving Permit or translation is required as explained below. For more information on Work Pass restrictions, please visit: http://www.mom.gov.sg/publish/momportal/en/communities/work_pass.html