Step-By-Step Guide to a 10 Year Driving License
We all know that information regarding these sorts of things isn’t widely available to expats in Cambodia, so we work hard to try and source as much as possible to share within the expat community and CNM Motors’ network.
For those expats who do not wish to renew their driving license each and every year, or to those of you who have expired international licenses or even do not obtain a driving license at all -this service offers a simple solution to becoming a legal driver in Cambodia. These licenses are valid for 10 years.
You can book a medical, theory and practical exam at the Ministry of Transportation online through https://driverlicense.mpwt.gov.kh/login
To do this, you will need to upload scans of your passport, valid visa, and proof of residency/residence certificate from your local Sangkat (លិខិតនៃការស្នាក់នៅ/“lichet snadt noe")
You will also be required to pay the 90,000r fee through a Wing or Ly Hour account. When you show up for your test, they will want a copy of your Wing receipt (though the online system issues you a QR code .pdf indicating you’ve paid, they also require to see the Wing receipt. If you pay by the phone app instead screenshots of the transaction receipt are accepted).
Alternatively, if you wish to pay a little more, any driving school in town can do all the running around for you.
It seems that driving school applicants get prioritised on the day of testing.
Some revision is required, as we know Cambodia has a unique driving system.
For revision, you can use the Driving Rules phone app. Links below.
- App Store (iOS): http://dr.mpwt.gov.kh/ios
- Play Store (Android): http://dr.mpwt.gov.kh/android
(FYI first few pages are in Khmer, but English is available shortly after)
In addition to the app, you can obtain a book and sample written exam at any driving school for 5000r only. An English version of the book is apparently available at the driving school on Sotheros & Sihanouk Blvd; price unknown.
Once you have completed the online booking slot, and revised through the phone app/book, you may follow these steps;
1) When you go to the Department of Transport (located here; https://goo.gl/maps/KvAtRcsFQcx) head to the information window at the licensing office to get your paperwork. You will need originals of your documents for them to check against the scans. They will require 4 passport photos with white background.
2) Next go to take the medical test (pay 10,000r in cash at the medical check office, for which you will be given a receipt). The medical check office is at the rear of the compound, near the driving test area, past the vehicle inspection building.
3) After completing the medical test, you must now attempt the theory exam (located upstairs in the same building as the medical check). If you cannot understand some of the questions because the English is incomprehensible, then you can ask the examiner to explain it to you and they will help. If you fail the test, the cost for retesting is 20,000r, although this apparently cannot be completed on the same day.
The theory exam is a computerized test containing 40 questions in 30 minutes; available in English.
4) If you successfully pass the written test, you can now take the driving test.
If you show up around 1:00pm, you can pay $10 to use a practice car for 30 minutes on the course or 10,000r to use your own car. If you fail the driving test, then things become a little more complicated, as you cannot re-test on the same day. Ask a member of staff when the next available testing slot. It appears that now foreigners have to wait until the afternoons for all practical tests, while locals have priority in the mornings.
Retest fee is 30,000r.
The department also now allow an agent to come in the morning on your behalf (with your passport and money) to book the slot. So far there is not a way to sign up for a re-test slot online.
A translator is available for the actual driving test if required.
The driving tests must be completed in a ministry provided vehicle fit with dash-cams.
Corruption has been eliminated from all departments.
Tests are carried out on an artificial road within the Department of Transportation’s grounds.
During the test you will be required to complete two parking manoeuvres. Each available bay is very narrow, and tricky to complete. If you touch the boundaries on any one manoeuvre, it will be an immediate fail.
There can be up to 30+ people waiting to take the test on any one day, so please be prepared to wait your turn.
The practical driving test takes about 20 minutes, however licenses are now issued and printed the next day for successful participants.
Good luck to all
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