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Conversion of Pakistani Driving License to Malaysian Driving License

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I am writing this blog for the information and guidance of those Pakistani who are here in Malaysia. I have checked the website of the Pakistani High Commission in Kuala Lumpur but they don’t provide any kind of information/instructions to Pakistanis regarding the non-automatic conversion of their Pakistani Driving License to Malaysia Driving License and I think this is the main reason why many Pakistanis who come here are not aware of this facility in the beginning, unless they are told by someone else.

So basically I am going to explain the procedure here for the non-automatic conversion of Pakistani Driving License to Malaysian Driving License. As there are two main categories for the conversion of Driving License – Automatic and Non Automatic so there are two separate lists (Category A and B) for this purpose and the name of Pakistan is in the list of non-automatic conversion (Category B). I don’t understand the reason for putting the name of Pakistan in category B. If you look at the requirements for the both categories, you will find that there is only one document – Letter from Pakistan High Commission, which is an extra requirement for category B, otherwise the rest of the requirements are almost the same.

So if you have valid and computerized driving license from Pakistan you can apply for the conversion of your Driving License to Malaysian Driving License. However, this facility is only provided to those Pakistanis who are Malaysia Citizen / Permanent Resident, Employment Pass Holders (Professional Only), Student Pass Holders(PhD only) and Participants of Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H). They will give you a full Malaysian Driving License, if your previous (Pakistani) Driving License has been issued more than two years earlier, otherwise you will get a Probationary License. The following documents are required at the time of application

  1. MyKad or Passport
  2. Visa document – Validity should not less than 1 year
  3. Valid Domestic Foreign (Pakistani) Driving License
  4. Translation of Foreign Domestic driving License from embassy/ High Commission in Malaysia (if not in English)
  5. Completed Lampiran B2 form

You will find detailed instructions here in this document.

Pakistan has very good bilateral relations with Malaysian. Pakistan also has strong brotherly relations with Malaysia. Both are members of Organization of Islamic Conference (O.I.C) and the Commonwealth of Nations. I think the Pakistani High Commission in Kuala Lumpur should play its role and negotiate with the Malaysian authorizes to put the name of Pakistan in category A and allow the automatic driving license conversion to all the people from Pakistan or at least to those who are Malaysia Citizen / Permanent Resident, Employment Pass Holders (Professional Only), Student Pass Holders(PhD only) and Participants of Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H).

As I discussed earlier that the only difference of requirements, for conversion of driving license in category A and B (for Pakistanis), is getting a Driving License Attestation Letter from Pakistani High Commission (although this requirement is not listed on the website of the Road Transport Department). So if the High Commission of Pakistan in Kuala Lumpur negotiates with the concerned Road Transport Department in Malaysia and cooperates with them to validate the Pakistani Driving Licenses of those who apply for this purpose, then it should be no problem for them (Malaysian) to allow the automatic conversion of the driving license to Pakistanis. This will help the people from Pakistan, who are here in different parts of Malaysia, to save their time, money and energy. Because now they have to travel to Kuala Lumpur to get this Driving License Letter first from Pakistan High Commission, before applying for the non-automatic conversion of their driving license.

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Written by Kamran Brohi

February 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Posted in Malaysia, Notes, Travel