DRIVING IN INDONESIA
Foreigners holding an ITAS (temporary stay) or an ITAP (permanent stay) are allowed to obtain an Indonesian driver’s license – SIM (Surat Izin Mengemudi) anywhere in the country. Tourists, Visit visa holders and Business visa holder can be issued a SIM valid for 1 or 3 months anywhere where the Direktorat Lantas is equipped with correct software – Bali, Jogja, Jakarta, Manado, and Makassar.
The general requirements for a license in Indonesia is that you must be at least 17 years old, pass the theory test, and pass the practical test.
Since February 2014 any renewal of a license requires the applicant to be completely re-registered with the licensing office and has to undertake medical and eye examinations and re-testing for both practical and theory purposes.
Using an agent
Employers may use the services of an agent or ‘Biro Jasa’ but an additional fee will be necessary. This agent will know the application procedures and can help the assignee to complete the paperwork. The applicant is only required to meet the agent at the Department of Motor Vehicles for their photograph, fingerprints, and signature to be taken. Agent fees range in cost from Rp. 500,000 to 700,000 (equivalent to US$35 – US$50).
Applying in person
The procedure to apply for a Driver’s License can be quite complicated, however the required documentation are listed below:
• Original passport
• Original valid ITAS (Temporary Stay Permit) card
• Valid Indonesian driver’s license, foreign driver’s license, or international driver’s license (as applicable)
• Photocopies of the identity, entry stamp, and valid visa pages in your passport
• Photocopy of your ITAS card
• Photocopy of your current driver’s license (from your home country)
• Doctor’s note of good health
Foreigners are only permitted to obtain a license (SIM) in the following classes, valid for one year:
• SIM A (Private Car):
new issuance IDR 120.000
renewal: IDR 80.000
• SIM C (Motorcycle):
new issuance IDR 100.000
renewal: IDR 75.000
new issuance: IDR 250.000
renewal: IDR 225.000
Theory and Practical Tests
A multiple-choice theory exam is required and this is available in English. Following this a practical test that involves driving around road cones, parking, hill starting, and emergency breaking is conducted.
A Note for Motorcyclists
There is a regulation in Indonesia that requires all people riding motorcycles to wear an Indonesian National Standard (SNI) helmet. If you are caught without one, fine mandated is Rp 250,000.