June 30, 2018
Updated 30 June 2018.
So you’re ready to hit the Malaysian roads. Here are some easy steps to take when obtaining a drivers licence in Malaysia. Just like any other services, the cost to obtain a drivers licence has increased as compared to 10 or 20 years ago.
For instance back in the early 2000s, the average cost to get a Class D driving licence would range somewhere between RM1000 to RM1500. And that’s really depending on the driving school and of course the distance between your pick up point and the test area.
Costs increased these days are also attributed to the newly-revamped learning curriculum which required longer teaching hours and new teaching methods. The new curriculum was in-depth with a one-on-one teaching approach, unlike the old system where some sections of teaching were conducted in groups.
There are various steps involved before you can be a proud holder of a Malaysian driving licence. The first step is to register with an approved driving institute. You can get a list of approved driving institutes in Malaysia at the Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) website here.
The cost depends on the type of driving license whether manual or automatic, services the driving school provides, as well as the quality of its facilities. Cheaper driving schools may use older car models while driving schools that use newer car models charge higher prices. Additionally, for the higher price tag, you will also enjoy extra services like transportation services and the convenience of a centrally located driving school.
Here’s what you will be paying for:
Here are two examples we found, to give you a rough gauge of how much it would cost:
See also: How To Get A Driving License In Malaysia
Cost and Fees of Renewing Your Driving License
Once you have obtained your CDL, you need to renew it when it expires. The date of expiry for your driving license will be the same as your date of birth. However, you can choose the validity duration of your driving license. It will cost RM30 for 1-year renewal. Take note that the minimum renewal duration is 1 year with a maximum of 5 years. You can renew your driving licenses via the options below:
Simple! Just visit your nearest POS Malaysia OR JPJ branch and don’t forget to bring along your IC and existing driver’s license.
It will cost you RM30 for each year. For example, should you decide on a three-year renewal, the amount will come up to RM30 X 3 = RM90.
However if your driver’s license has expired you will be smacked with a fine! Here are the fine rates for both motorcyclists and drivers with expired licenses
So basically this is the amount you’ll be fined based on how long your driver’s license has expired: 1 – 15 days: RM150 fine 16 – 30 days: RM200 fine 31 – 60 days: RM300 fine
If you somehow forgot to renew your expired driver’s license for three years or more, your license would become completely null and void. Meaning, it’s no longer renewable! Instead, you will be issued an eRayuan letter to obtain the “L” license from any JPJ office (which would cost you RM30), and you would have to re-sit the practical driving test 2 and 3 all over again.
But that’s not it, once you have passed the test, you still won’t get your CDL, but you will be given the two-year probationary (P) license.
Do check your license regularly and make sure it hasn’t expired to avoid the hassle.