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Vocational Licence

A vocational licence allows you to drive a taxi, private hire car or bus, or work as a bus attendant on a school bus in Singapore.

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Understanding Vocational Licence

There are different types of vocational licences, each with its own requirements and application process.

 

Each vocational licence is valid for 3 years and is subject to age restrictions.

Applying for Vocational Licence

Check the requirements and application process for the following licences:

  1. Taxi Driver's Vocational Licence (TDVL)
  2. Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence (PDVL)
  3. Bus Driver's Vocational Licence (BDVL)
  4. Omnibus Driver's Vocational Licence (ODVL)
  5. Bus Attendant's Vocational Licence (BAVL)

One month before your licence expires, you will receive a notice with instructions on how to renew your Vocational Licence. 

 

You must pay additional administrative fees if you renew your licence 6 months after the expiry date

 

If your vocational licence has expired for more than 3 years, you must submit a new application.

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Understanding vocational licence


To drive a taxi, private hire car or bus, or to work as a school bus attendant, you must have a vocational licence. Different vocational licences have different requirements

The application process may take up to 3 to 5 weeks. 

Learn how to apply for a vocational licence


Validity period for a vocational licence


Once your vocational licence is issued, it is valid for 3 years, depending on your age. If you are 68 years and above, the validity period of your vocational licence may be shorter. The statutory age limit for a vocational licence is 75 years old.

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Your vocational licence will be revoked if you are convicted in court, or if your driving licence has been disqualified or suspended for one year or more. 

 

Applying for a new vocational licence

 

The requirements and application process for each type of vocational licence are different. 

Applying for Taxi Driver's Vocational Licence (TDVL)

Applying for Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence (PDVL)

Applying for Bus Driver's Vocational Licence (BDVL)

Applying for Omnibus Driver Vocational Licence (ODVL)

Applying for Bus Attendant's Vocational Licence (BAVL)

 

Renewing your vocational licence


A month before the licence expires, you will receive a renewal notice from LTA to renew your vocational licence. To renew your licence, you must meet the requirements stated in your renewal notice. If you have misplaced your renewal notice or did not receive it, contact us.

You can check the status and expiry of your Vocational Licence online via digital services.
 

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Late renewal of vocational licence


You must pay an administrative fee of $25 if you renew more than 6 months after the expiry date.

If your vocational licence has expired for more than 3 years, you must submit a fresh new application.

To renew your expired vocational licence, follow these steps:


Step 1: Submit your application for late renewal

Submit the following documents in person to the LTA Customer Service Centre or by mail to:

Land Transport Authority
Vocational Licence Services
10 Sin Ming Drive
Singapore 575701

Opening hours:

8.00 am to 4.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays
8.00 am to 12.00 pm, Saturdays

Required documents:

  • Completed application form
  • A recent passport-sized colour photo with white background (1 photo per application)
  • Original NRIC
    • If you are sending your application through mail, submit a front and back digital image of your NRIC
  • Original Singapore Class 3/3A/3C/3CA driving licence, where applicable
    • If you are sending your application through mail, submit a front and back digital image of your driving licence
  • $25 late renewal fee paid by cheque payable to “Land Transport Authority”


Step 2: Receive the outcome

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by mail.

You may be required to meet additional requirements, such as going for a medical examination or refresher course, before your renewal application can be completed.


Step 3: Make payment

When your application to renew is approved, you will need to pay a non-refundable licence fee of $40 via cash, NETS or cheque to “Land Transport Authority” to renew your vocational licence for 3 years.