How to Get a Driving License in Indonesia

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How to Get a Driving License in Indonesia

JCSS can help foreigners to get a driving license (SIM) in Indonesia, whether SIM A or SIM C. Check out the requirements and the procedure here.
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Foreigners residing in Indonesia with temporary stay permits (KITAS) or permanent stay permits (KITAP) are entitled to a Driving License or Driver’s License, also known as Surat Izin Mengemudi (SIM). Other basic requirements for this license application in Indonesia include passing both practical and theoretical tests and being 17 years of age or older.

Classes of Driver’s License in Indonesia

There are four common classes of driver’s license in Indonesia, as follows:

  • SIM A: private passenger cars or vehicles weighing under 3,500kg.
  • SIM B1: vehicles weighing over 3,500kg.
  • SIM B2: heavy vehicles with their own trailers.
  • SIM C: motorcycles.

For foreigners, only SIM A and SIM C can be applied.

Required Documents to Apply for a Driving License in Indonesia

The following documents must be prepared by expatriates who want to obtain a driving license:

  • Original passport and its copy.
  • Original, valid KITAS / KITAP and its copy.
  • A copy of driving license from the country of origin or a copy of international driving license (if applicable).
  • A copy of the latest entry stamp to Indonesia in your passport.
  • A doctor’s note of good health (can also be issued by the police).

Procedure for The Application of a Driving License in Indonesia

Foreigners must go through the following procedure to obtain a driving permit:

  • Go to the police station in the city or region of residence. For example, expatriates in Jakarta must go to Satuan Pelaksana Administrasi SIM (SATPAS) Polda Metro Jaya and expatriates in Bali must go to Polresta Denpasar.
  • Find your way to “Bagian Pembuatan SIM”. First of all, you will be required to provide a health certificate. If you do not have one, you can have your eye and blood pressure checked on site.
  • Then, you will have to take the theoretical test and practical test. The theoretical test is written in Indonesian language and requires you to choose between True and False. The practical test includes driving zig-zag, driving straight forward and backward and parallel parking, among others.
  • After the tests, you will be asked for your fingerprints and have your signature taken.
  • Finally, you go to the bank to pay for your application. After receiving a bank slip, you proceed with filling out an application form and submit all the required documents along with the bank slip at a designated window.

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Driving License Application in Indonesia with JCSS

driving-license-indonesia-iconEven though the procedure for the driving license application has been elaborated clearly, many foreigners still find it challenging when they apply for a driving license on their own, particularly because the procedure may be quite different from the procedure in their home country.

Normally, it takes at least 1 (one) day for the whole procedure to be completed, provided that the foreigners submit all required documents. There is, however, no guarantee that the application will be approved and a driving license will be issued.

Having a team of experts with years of experience in the field, JCSS Indonesia can assist you in applying for your driving license. Rest assured, the process will be hassle-free as your presence is not required (except for fingerprint and photo-taking) and faster as an experienced professional will apply on your behalf, with a guarantee of the license being issued.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a driving license in Indonesia?

To apply for a driving license in Indonesia, you need to visit the nearest Department of Motor Vehicles (DPM) office. You'll need to fill out an application form, provide necessary documents, and pass both written and practical tests.

What documents are required to apply for a driving license?

You typically need to provide a valid ID card (KTP), proof of address, a health certificate, and a photocopy of your family card (Kartu Keluarga). Foreigners might need to provide additional documents like a residence permit (KITAS) and a passport.

What are the written and practical tests like?

The written test assesses your knowledge of traffic regulations, signs, and basic driving rules. The practical test involves demonstrating your driving skills, including parking, turning, and obeying traffic signals.

Can I use my foreign driving license in Indonesia?

Foreigners can use their foreign driving licenses in Indonesia for a limited period. After this period, they need to obtain an Indonesian driving license by going through the necessary procedures.

How long does it take to get a driving license in Indonesia?

The duration varies depending on factors such as the efficiency of the DPM office and whether you pass the tests on the first attempt. Generally, it takes a few weeks to a couple of months.

Is there an age requirement for obtaining a driving license in Indonesia?

Yes, you must be at least 17 years old to apply for a driving license for a motorcycle, and at least 18 years old for a car.

What if I fail the written or practical test?

If you fail either the written or practical test, you can retake it after a specified waiting period. Make sure to study and practice adequately before attempting again.

Do I need to undergo any training before applying for a driving license?

It's highly recommended to take driving lessons from a certified driving school to improve your driving skills and increase your chances of passing the tests.

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