An Easy Guide to SOCAR – Foreigners Edition

Getting around in Malaysia is super easy, even for foreigners. But we understand sometimes you just want to get away from the jam-packed public transport & costly e-hailing services.

That’s when SOCAR comes into play!

Malaysia’s No. 1 Car Rental Made Easy For All

SOCAR allows you to book budget-friendly cars from as low as RM8/hour in more than 8 cities all over Malaysia. And yes, our services are available for non-Malaysian citizens too!

If you’re a foreigner living or traveling in Malaysia, here’s all you need to know before you book a SOCAR.


Pursuant to Section 28 of APJ 1987, as mentioned on JPJ’s website, only the holder of a foreign country’s driving license from ASEAN countries can drive in Malaysia as long as the foreign domestic driving license is still valid, and is accompanied by a translation in English or Malay (where the license is in a language other than English or Malay), which is confirmed by the embassy of the country of origin in Malaysia, or by the authority issuing the driving license. Foreigners who are not from ASEAN countries will require a valid International Driving License (IDP) to drive in this country.


  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Possess a valid driving license that is accepted in Malaysia
  • Possess a letter from the embassy to validate your driver’s license and an International Driving Permit (if needed)

Important Documents

A) Passport

Upload a selfie with your passport next to your face. Ensure your face & passport are shown clearly (do not cover your face with your passport).

B) Driving license

Upload your valid International Driving License/Driving Permit or Domestic Driving License.

  • All valid ASEAN driving licenses are accepted, and must be accompanied by an English or Malay translation, if the license is not in English.
  • If your Driving License is not from ASEAN countries, you’ll require an International Driving Permit.

Driving in Malaysia

Now that we’re done with the essentials, let’s get you into the basics! Here are some guidelines to follow when you’re on the Malaysian road:

  • You need to drive on the left side of the road.
  • Wear your seatbelt at all times. Children (age 8 years old and below) must be strapped in a child safety seat.
  • Always have your license, registration and insurance papers with you while driving.
  • The highway speed limit is generally 110km/h, while in most towns and cities the speed limit is 50-60km/h.
  • Do not use mobile phones while driving. If required, use hands free alternatives.
  • Turn on your headlights between 19:00 and 07:00 while on the road.
  • For general traffic rules in Malaysia, click here.

All Set & Ready to Go?

We’re happy to have you onboard! Before you begin your new journey, learn more about the SOCAR app and its services here:


2 thoughts on “An Easy Guide to SOCAR – Foreigners Edition

  • Hyee i tried uploading my driving license but its rejected keep getting sms saying to redo

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