When you should start taking Singapore driving lessons

Learner drivers can start taking driving lessons after they pass their Basic Theory Test (BTT). Should they start their driving lessons in Singapore then or should they wait till they pass their Final Theory Test (FTT)?


Learner drivers can only apply for the practical test after they pass their FTT. If they start taking driving lessons immediately after they pass their BTT, they will have a longer period to learn driving before they can take their practical test. In fact, the waiting time for FTT and practical test is approximately 2 months each from their respective dates of booking. Hence, assuming that the learner drivers start taking driving lessons after passing their BTT, they will have to wait 4 months till their practical test dates. That’s 4 months of driving lessons for the learning drivers.

On the other hand, if the learner drivers start taking their driving lessons only after they pass their FTT, they will have 2 months’ time to prepare for the practical test.

Hence, the real consideration behind this is your preference for the duration of driving lessons – 2 months versus 4 months. Do you need 2 months of driving lessons to prepare you for the practical test? Or do you need 4 months?

For majority of the learner drivers who have average and above speed of learning, I would say 2 months is enough time for you to prepare for the driving practical test. If you take 3 lessons a week, in 2 months, you would take about 24 lessons. The number of lessons learner drivers in Singapore take on average before they attempt their first driving practical test is 20 lessons.

If you are a slow learner, then you should consider to start taking your driving lessons after your pass BTT. In the 4 months, you could take between 30 to 50 lessons before you attempt your first driving lesson. It would be better to be adequately prepared and pass your driving test on the first attempt as compared to attempting and failing the driving test multiple times, wasting unnecessary money on driving test booking. Take note that each driving test booking cost about $250.

Steps to getting your driving license in Singapore

A Singapore driving license is one of the many things that Singaporeans want to possess. I’m sure it excites many Singaporeans that they could finally work for it when they turn 18 years old (legal age to drive a car is 18 years old in Singapore).

For all those eager to get your Singapore driving license, here are what you need to know about them:

1. There are 2 types of driving licenses for motorcars in Singapore – Class 3 and Class 3A driving licenses. Class 3 driving license enables the holder to drive both manual and automatic transmission vehicles in Singapore while Class 3A driving license enables the holder to drive only automatic transmission vehicles in Singapore.

2. The vehicles that Class 3 and 3A driving licenses allow the holder to drive include motorcars, light goods vehicles, small buses and minivans.

The steps to getting the driving licenses are as follow:

1. Register for your Basic Theory Test at one of the three driving schools in Singapore (i.e. Bukit Batok Driving Centre, ComfortDelGro Driving Centre, and Singapore Safety Driving Centre). The usual waiting time to your Basic Theory Test is approximately 2 months.

2. After you pass your Basic Theory Test, you are open up to two options – obtain your Provisional Driving License to start taking driving lessons, and to register for your Final Theory Test. You can obtain your Provisional Driving License at the Traffic Police department inside the driving centres immediately on the spot. As for the Final Theory Test, the waiting time to the test date is approximately 2 months, similar to the Basic Theory Test. Take note that you will need to pass your Final Theory Test in order to register for your Practical Driving Test.

3. For your driving lessons, you can choose to engage either school driving instructors or private driving instructors. Getting lessons with school driving instructors is easy – simply enroll for the practical driving lessons in one of the three driving centres. However, getting a private driving instructor is more difficult as many of them do not advertise their services actively to the market. You can engage some agencies to match you up with these private driving instructors in Singapore.

4. After you pass your Practical Driving Test, you can apply for your Singapore Driving License immediately after! The driving license will be mailed to you by registered post. You are allowed to drive in Singapore while waiting for your driving license to be delivered.

Now, get started on getting your Singapore driving license!