Something so weird happened today. I was chatting with my sis Chris, and she told me she just found out that her driving license is expired since May. She really only checked as she was checking for her colleague who wanted to renew her license too. I nearly scolded her and said something along the lines of How Can This Be, you should know when your own license expire etc. Then I wondered when is my license expiring. It didn’t feel like so long ago when I last renewed it. For the heck of it, just check la. I nearly swore when I took out my license because it had expired since last year Nov! Seriously, I totally forgot about it, meaning I had been driving illegally throughout this year! Never mind, this is the time I had to find out how to renew my already expired license.
I went to JPJ’s website and found out that from now on, all licenses have to be renewed at local JPJ branches, we can no longer do it at the post office until further notice. The reason is that the Government is now changing all the old laminated Driving License to proper card ones like our My Kad. Incidentally, it will be called Driving License with High Security Features, something that cannot be easily duplicated by anyone. The fee for the card/license remains the same, RM30 per year and we can renew it for 1,2,3,4, or 5 years though it is advisable to renew at least for 2 years.
To apply for the new card, you have have to visit your local JPJ. You don’t even need to bring your own photo, but you can. A photobooth will be prepared there and your photo can be snapped on the spot, so make sure to come all groomed. If you bring your own photo, you have to digitise it there with the scanner provided. More work, I think. In future, you will only have one same photo for My Kad and Driving license and they will have your database to retrieve your photo. That’s in the works but not sure when it will take effect. Phototaking there in JPJ is free of charge.
Update August 2014
Good news! Now you can just drop by any local post office to get your NEW Driving License, the pink colour one. I so happened to be sending something at the post office the other day when I saw the above poster, and I was like, I don’t think my license can be renewed since it’s expired for 2 years already. For the heck of it, I just asked the lady at the counter, and she said, can be done! I was so excited. It’s the same price of RM30 a year. I just quickly renewed 5 years and the machine is in the post office itself and the license is printed on the spot. Kudos to JPJ for making life easier for us instead of having to go the JPJ and line up behind 300 people daily. No photo is needed as your photo from your MyKad will be used automatically. So if you want a nice pic, get your MyKad renewed first! I haven’t so..my pic is like from those days…
UPDATE 14 Jan 2016
Once again I was late to renew my driving license this year! I forgot again that the renewal date will coincide with birthdate, just like I forgot when to contest a speeding ticket in Fort Lauderdale, but that was long ago. Hiring a lawyer for speeding tickets was a solution to my problem. So I went to Tesco Kajang post office to renew for 1 year but I was told since I was late, I must renew for 2 years. That cost RM62.10. Is that GST? I don’t know. The process of printing the license only takes a while, and they use the machine above pictured. Cool machine eh.