How to Get a Class 3 Driving License in Singapore

in 7 simple steps

1. Register a private account at any of the 3 driving schools and apply for the Basic Theory Test (BTT).

  1. BBDC (at Bukit Batok West Avenue 5)
  2. CDC (at Ubi Ave 4)
  3. SSDC (at 2 Woodlands Industrial Park E4)
  4. Note: you have to be at least 18 years old
  5. BTT cost $6

 

2. If you pass your BTT (at least 45/50), apply for the Final Theory Test (FTT) and a provisional driving license (PDL).

  1. Cost of PDL: $25
  2. PDL is only valid for 6 months, to renew, another $25 is needed
  3. PDL holders are not allowed on the expressway
  4. You will need the PDL for driving lessons
  5. FTT cost $6

 

3. As you wait for your FTT, you can

  1. Start your driving lessons by contacting any private driving instructor (check out the reviews)
  2. Or enroll with school (you can even enroll before you take the BTT).
  3. Check out the comparison between learning from school vs learning from private driving instructors

 

4. Once you pass your FTT (at least 45/50), you can book your Traffic Police (TP) driving test.

  1. To learn how to pass the driving test with one try, click here
  2. Only book when you are really sure or have planned out your schedule properly. If not, it will be a waste of money
  3. A test can cost from $150-$200+ (warm up session, car rental, test fees)
  4. You have to pass your driving within 2 years of passing your FTT

 

5. Once you pass your driving test, you can apply for your class 3 driving license and shred/burn your PDL!

  1. To pass, you are allowed to accumulate 18 demerit points or below + you do not commit any mistakes that constitute immediate failure
  2. For the next one year, you are on probation and have to display P-plates
  3. During this period, you are not allowed to accumulate 13 or more demerit points, or your license will be revoked

 

6. If you fail your driving test, book another slot at the test centre and go for more lessons.

  1. Don’t beat yourself up, rather analyse where you have went wrong and devise a strategy to overcome them
  2. For a start, do you make these common mistakes?
  3. You probably have to wait another 1-2 months
  4. In the meantime, go for 1-4 more lessons depending on your skill level

7. When you finally get your class 3 driving license, show it off to your friends or rent a car and go for a joyride!

  1. Your driving journey has just begun and it is very different driving on the roads.
  2. Get someone experienced to accompany you when out driving on the expressways the first few times.
  3. Most importantly, drive safe!