Teenage Drivers

Information on the regulations affecting teenagers behind the wheel in Malaysia...

It is possible to apply for a motorcycle learner's licence at 16 years old and a car D licence at 17 years old. Lorry licences are only issued to applicants who are over 21 years old.

There are a number of phases to getting a probationary driving licence:

  • 1st Phase: Applicants must pass the Highway Code test which can be conducted in English or Bahasa Malaysian
  • 2nd phase: Applicants must attend a six-hour theory course which includes information about how to maintain a car in good condition and practical information given on a one-to-one basis
  • 3rd phase: Once the 1st and 2nd stages are complete, it is possible to obtain the Learner Probationary Driver's Licence, which allows the learner to start taking driving lessons. Only driving school instructors or instructors associated with the Driving Institutes may teach learners how to drive. The learner must take a learner driving course of between six hours (minimum) and ten hours, depending on the learner's standard
  • 4th Phase: : Applicants must complete the QTI (qualifying test) or pre-test. These are conducted internally by the Driving Institute and are necessary to check that learners have reached the required level to undertake the driving examination. For more information about the QTI: Click here
  • 5th phase: upon completion of the Q.T.I exam, it is possible to take the official JPJ driving test. Results are issued instantly. It is possible to re-take an exam the following week

Driving schools and instructors

All driving instructors are qualified and have passed a driving instructor course organised by the Road Transport Department. Most driving instructors operate through driving institutes or academies, which can be found locally or online. Many driving institutes and academies offer instruction in English.