Applying for the International Driving Permit (IDP) in Singapore is simple and can be done online or through walk-in application. The application takes about an hour when done at the counter. Online, it takes less than 10 minutes to apply, but the mailing of the permit would take a few days.
An IDP will come in handy overseas when trying to rent a car, making motoring insurance claims, undergoing a police check and during traffic violations or accidents. A great plus point of having an IDP is that the permit contains driving terms in various languages, which will help you in countries where English is not commonly used.
4 things you will need before applying for your IDP online:
#1 NRIC: Photo or scan (Front & Back)
#2 Singapore Driver’s License: Photo or scan (Front & Back)
#3 Passport sized photo of yourself: To be printed on the permit
#4 Credit/Debit Card: An application fee of $20 will be charged to your account.
Note: The IDP is valid for one year from date of issue and is not renewable. Our advice would be to not apply too early if you have plans to travel overseas within the next year to maximize the validity of your IDP. Applying 2- 3 weeks before your departure would be a good gauge.
With all the documents listed above, you are all set to apply for your IDP and you can do so here.
Alternatively, head to one of the 2 branches listed below to do your IDP.
AA @GB Point
Address: 535 Kallang Bahru, #01-08 S(339351)
Directions: Next to Blk 69 Food Centre
AA @51 AMK
Address: 51 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #02-02 51@AMK S(569922)
Directions: Next to AMK Hub, above McDonalds and S11 Coffeeshop
- Do take note that IDP rules vary between countries and individuals should check. e.g. in Washington State, it is not required (http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/docs/driverguide-en.pdf ).
- Even when you have an IDP , you will still be required to show your original driving license.