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Online applications for qualified driving licences from 1 Oct

Members of the public who have successfully passed the Traffic Police (TP) driving test will be able to apply for new and replacement Qualified Driving Licences (QDLs) online starting from 1 October.

In a press release on Wednesday (26 September), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) shared that this system will be available to Singapore citizens, permanent residents and foreigners applying for any class of driving licence.

However, those applying for Class 2B QDL have to complete the Expressway Familiarisation Ride training programme first.

The police stated that with the new system, Singaporean citizens and permanent residents can log in with their SingPass account at Singapore Police Force website or the [email protected] mobile application. While, foreigners can use their Foreign Identification Number for application.

The police then said that successful applicants will receive their new or replacement driving licences through registered mail within seven working days.

It also noted that replacements for lost, damaged or defaced driving licences can also be done online, however, the arrangement applies only for Singapore citizens and permanent residents.

According to the police, foreigners will still have to apply for their driving licence replacement at the TP headquarters. Conversion of foreign driving licences to a Singapore driving licence will also continue to be done in person at any driving centre.

The olice then stressed that with the introduction of online applications, TP will be ceasing over-the-counter applications, saying, "TP will no longer accept over-the-counter applications for new or replacement QDLs, except for the conversion of foreign driving licences and replacement of QDL for foreigners."

For those without internet access or the know-how to apply online, the police noted that self-service terminals will be available at all driving centres and TP headquarters and personnel will be on hand to provide assistance.