Convert your Bangladeshi driving license to a Malaysia driving license

I have recently converted my Bangladeshi driving license to a Malaysian driving license. A lot of people want to know how I did this. I am writing this blog for the benefit of all. Here I am writing in the light of my personal experience, your experience may be different, I am not responsible for that.

If you wish to apply for Driving License Conversion in Malaysia, you may contact the nearest JPJ Branch today. I went to the main office of JPJ in Kuala Lumpur to start my process and alhamdulillah I got my license. 

Who can apply for Driving License Conversion in Malaysia

  • Residence Pass- Talent
  • Employment Pass Category 1 or 2
  • Malaysia My Second Home
  • Expatriate Spouse

What documents are required? (Expatriate (residence pass, talent pass, employment pass I and II ) and MM2H holders.)

Checklist Documents of conversion of foreign driving license to Malaysia driving license

  • Driving license application form (JPJL1)
  • Application form Exemption Application Method 5 ( Appendix B-2 – or Lampiran B-2)
  • Passport (original & copy of the biometric page)
  • Visa/Pass issued by immigration (original & copy)
  • Valid Bangladeshi driving license in English (original & copy) I believe if your driving license is already in English 
  • A certified copy of your  Bangladeshi driving license (English) and a letter from Bangladesh High Commission Malaysia.
  • MM2H only: Confirmation / Offer letter from Immigration (original & copy)
  • EPI and EPII only: Offer letter or confirmation letter from Employer
  • Resident / Talent pass only: Residence pass or Talent pass Letter

For Spouse of the above categories, the documents are below. The process is the same: 

  • Driving license application form (JPJL1)
  • Application form Exemption Application Method 5 ( Appendix B-2 – or Lampiran B-2)
  • Passport (original & copy of the biometric page)
  • Visa/Pass issued by immigration (original & copy)
  • Valid Bangladeshi driving license in English (original & copy) I believe if your driving license is already in English 
  • A certified copy of your  Bangladeshi driving license and a letter from Bangladesh High Commission Malaysia. 
  • Wedding certificate (original & copy)
  • Passport of Spouse ( copy )

The process to convert your foreign driving license:

  1. You must go to a JPJ office. Try to go early to avoid the long queues. I went at 8 am and got a long queue already: For opening hours & address check the JPJ website.
  2. Visit in person the JPJ office with all the documents. They will check your documents and give you an appointment date and time. The waiting time for me was about 20 days for an appointment.
  3. Come back at the appointment date for submitting all the documents. Once the JPJ officer accepts your application and gives you one acknowledge slip then you have to wait for 2/3 months to final approval.
  4. On JPJ website go to Inquiry of Foreign Country Driving License Exchange, you must visit this section to follow up on your foreign driving license application status and know when it’s approved. You will not receive any notifications. Check it regularly. It will take 2/3  months to get approval. 
  5. After approval you need to go to the same JPJ office you have applied for and Don’t forget to bring 1 photo on white background (25mm x 32mm). Try to go early to avoid the long queues. I went at 8 am and there was a long queue already. You have to download the JP JeQ Mobile app to scan the QR from the JPJ officer. Using this app you can know how much time you have to wait for the next counter to pay RM 140, you can pay by cash or card. After making the payment you need to go to another counter and within 5 min you will get your Malaysian Driving license.

Attestation of Driving License and Issuing a Translation of the Driving License

Requirement:

  • The photocopy of the genuine Driving Licence to be notarized;
  • Photocopy of the DL to be attested from the concerned Bangladesh Road Transport Authorities (BRTA) in Bangladesh and
  • Attested from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka
  • Attested from Ministry of Law, Dhaka
  • BRTA original money receipt and MOFA delivery slip to be submitted along with the attested DL;
  • Photocopy/scanned copy of the DL/certificate will not be accepted;

Consular Fees:

  • For attestation of Driving Licence RM20 to be deposited (yellow colour cash deposit slip only provided by Maybank will be accepted by the Mission) to any Branch of Maybank, Malaysia addressed to the Bangladesh High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Account No. 564427102268.
  • Cash/ATM booth deposit/Online cash/fund transfer will not be accepted.
  • For issuing a translation supporting letter in favour of the attested Driving Licence RM20 to be deposited (yellow colour cash deposit slip only provided by Maybank will be accepted by the Mission) to any Branch of Maybank, Malaysia addressed to the Bangladesh High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Account No. 564427102268.
  • Cash/ATM booth deposit/Online cash/fund transfer will not be accepted.

I hope this will help some of you who are facing the same issues to continue driving legally in Malaysia.