Every driver’s license in Malaysia comes with an expiry date and it is your responsibility to renew it on time to avoid any complications down the road. In this article, we will be discussing everything related to renewing your driving license, including the importance of renewing it, pricing, and methods of renewing your license as well as renewing it online. Let’s get started.
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Renewing Your Driving License
Once you have obtained your driver’s license, you will notice a date on the card that states the expiration date. To avoid any complications, it’s always best to renew it before it expires. Previously, the expiration date used to be a random date that is set according to the validity period that you’ve picked, but from mid-November 2011 onwards, the expiration date of your driving license was changed to the same date as your date of birth to make it easier for you to remember.
You can choose the validity period for your driving license but do note that the minimum renewal duration is 1 year, and the maximum duration is 5 years.
The Cost of Renewing your Driving License
|1 Year||RM 30|
|3 Years||RM 90|
|5 Years||RM 150|
What Happens if you forget to Renew Your License?
But what happens when you forget to renew your driving license? If you get caught driving with an expired driving license, a fine will be imposed. The amount that you will have to pay up is based on how long your driver’s license has expired.
|1 – 15 days||RM 150|
|16 – 30 days||RM 200|
|31 – 60 days||RM 300|
No More Renewal, Time to Re-Sit
Here comes the complicated part. If your license has been expired for 3 years or more, it becomes totally invalid. You can no longer renew it and you will have to go through the whole hassle of getting a driver’s license from the very beginning again. You will be issued an eRayuan letter to obtain the “L” driving license from your nearest JPJ office (where you will have to pay RM 30 for) and you will have to re-sit the practical driving test. Once you pass these examinations, you still won’t be able to get your full license and will be given a two-year probationary license (P License). So to avoid all this, do check your license regularly to make sure it hasn’t expired.
Where to Renew Your Driving License in Malaysia
If you are afraid of missing the expiry date, you can always visit JPJ’s website for all the information related to your driving license. You can check the expiry date as well as the last time you renewed your license. All you need to do is:
- Click on the ID category and choose based on your ID. For Malaysians, click on MyKad.
- Insert your MyKad number and the security code given. Make sure you follow the format and key in the correct information.
- All your information related to your driving license will be shown so that you can always keep track of your license’s expiry date.
Moving on to where you can renew your license, here are some offline options you can go to.
- Post Office (Pos Malaysia)
All you need to bring along to renew your driver’s license is your MyKad and the existing driver’s license. To avoid the long queue at the post office, be there early.
- Road Transport Department Malaysia (JPJ)
You can head down to your nearest JPJ office to renew your driver’s license. All you need is your MyKad and your existing driving license (optional – an additional photo). It would usually take less than an hour for the whole process of renewing your license here.
- Urban Transformation Centre (UTC)
Most UTCs have their own JPJ branches where you can proceed with renewing your driving license. These UTCs are –
- UTC KL, Kuala Lumpur
- Mini UTC Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
- Mini UTC Keramat, Kuala Lumpur
- UTC Kedah, Kedah
- Mini UTC Sungai Petani, Kedah
- UTC Perak, Perak
- UTC Melaka, Melaka
- UTC Johor, Johor
- UTC Pahang, Pahang
- UTC Terengganu, Terengganu
- UTC Kuching, Sarawak
- UTC Sibu, Sarawak
- UTC Miri, Sarawak
- UTC Sabah, Sabah
- UTC Tawau, Sabah
How to Renew Your Driving License Online
If you prefer to renew your license online, here is one way to do it.
Starting from the 9th of October 2020, JPJ announced that a driver’s license can be renewed online via MyEG’s website. This initiative is to help individuals avoid large, crowded areas and to practice social distancing. Here is how you can renew your license via MyEG.
How to Do it?
- Visit the official MyEG website. If you do not already have an account with MyEG, you will need to create an account first. Click on the “Register Now” button and fill in the required details.
- Click the “Login” button, then select your nearest JPJ branch.
- Click on the “Renewing Driving License” button.
- Then, fill in the required information and select your payment method. Before confirming your payment, make sure all the information provided is correct.
- Once completed, save the receipt as proof if necessary.
- MyEG will send your latest driving license to the address provided.
- A charge of RM5 is charged for delivery around the Klang Valley, RM6 for peninsular Malaysia and RM10 for Sabah and Sarawak.
There are various services that mainly involve government agencies in Malaysia that are slowly shifting from the traditional face-to-face practices to online portals and systems in line with the new norm. Though renewing your driver’s license can be done physically over the counter, the same thing can also be done hassle-free online, at the very end of your fingertips. You don’t have to worry about leaving your house (now even so with the Covid-19 pandemic) thanks to these online services.
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