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Finally reached legal age and want to get a Driver’s Licence but don’t know how to start? In this article, I will attempt to help you understand the flow of getting your driver’s licence to make an informed decision in choosing to take lessons as a Private or School candidate. I will be sharing some tips from my personal experience that may help too. 

Disclaimer: I am no expert, and this is just a sharing of my knowledge. This driving license guide may not be 100% accurate, but it is just how the process was for me. 

Warm yourself up; this is a very long and detailed driving license article! Be sure to bookmark it too! Like us on Facebook! Important 2nd Part: Dedicated driving license guide on how to ace the driving test segment here

I was a manual transmission (Class 3) private student at BBDC, passed my driving test on the first try and spent around $1.2-1.3k in total, clocking 22.5 hrs of lessons in slightly less than two months since BTT & PDL. If you have no idea about what you have just read, it’s okay. Read on, and I believe you will be enlightened.

Step 1. Registration in School

1) The first thing to do is enrolling at a school, regardless of whether you choose to be a private or school candidate.

2) Head down to any school convenient for you to register yourself. 

3) Bring along your NRIC or passport. 

4) Registering is compulsory so you can book tests that are required – BTT, FTT, Driving test. 

5) After registration, I highly recommend you to top up your account with at least $46 ($33 for driving test and $6.50 x2 theory tests, NOT including additional registration fees) immediately. You will eventually need it as all bookings from then on will be online.

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Driving License Important Information: 

Register as a private or school candidate. You may have heard about the passing rates and costs of school / private, so continue reading on in part 4 and you will find out more. You will also have to choose either Automatic or Manual transmission (Class 3A or 3). I will not bore you with the details but all you need to know is Manual (Class 3) is the one where you have to change gears yourself with the gear stick and clutch, while Auto (Class 3A) is the one where you only need to brake and accelerate. The Class 3 Licence allows you to drive both automatic and manual transmission vehicles. But usually, Class 3A takes a shorter amount of time to complete than Class 3 (for private at least), as automatic cars are easier to handle than manual.*WARNING – Bookings online or registration/applications in schools for PDL/Driving License or (QDL – qualified driving license) may require a long waiting time. 


Step 2. Driving License Theory Tests

Before you are allowed to learn driving, you are required to pass the Basic Theory Test (BTT). Book a test date online, study and ace it. You may purchase the practice book at Popular or download an S$0.99 app on your phone, which is sufficient. The passing mark is 45/50 and the validity for BTT is forever. 

Final Theory Test (FTT) is not required as of yet but is a must before you can book your driving test in future. Since it is valid for two years from the date you pass, I suggest booking it as soon as possible to get it over and done with as waiting for available slots may be quite a hassle. The passing mark is also 45/50.

*Both theory tests are compulsory for both school and private candidates. However, school candidates are required to attend a few theory lessons (should be 3) before being able to book the theory test while for private candidates, you will have to self-study. The theory tests are not that difficult so don’t be intimated by the passing requirement.

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Test fees aren’t that expensive either – $6.50 each, but it is recommended to pass it the first time because the trouble is real if you have to wait and book another one.

Continue reading for step 3 and more! 

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