The road transport department (JPJ) has announced that Malaysians holding a foreign driving licence and participants of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme can now convert their licence to a Malaysian driving licence, starting from today, November 1.

The conversion will be granted to individuals who possess a valid driving licence from their country of origin, but it must be a full licence and not a learning licence, temporary licence or probationary licence, Bernama reports. According to JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid, the application process can only be done at JPJ headquarters and state-level JPJ offices.

He said that the original driving licence will initially be converted to a Malaysian probationary licence (P licence), and holders of these licences must comply with the same rules and regulations observed by Malaysians with P-licences. “This is to ensure that these individuals have the competence to drive and to educate them to comply with all traffic rules in the country,“ he explained.

Those with driving licences from non-ASEAN countries as well as countries that are not signatories to any treaty or agreement with Malaysia will have to attend classes and sit for a traffic law theory test. “This is to ensure that they understand the laws and road regulations in Malaysia, which may differ from other countries,” he said.