How to Get a Driving License in Indonesia

Foreigners are allowed to get local Indonesian driving licenses (called SIM) so long as they have a KITAS (a temporary stay permit) or a KITAP (a permanent stay permit.)

Foreigners in Indonesia who have a temporary stay permit (KITAS) or a permanent stay permit (KITAP) can get a local Indonesian driving license. The driving licence in Indonesia is also known as a Surat Izin Mengemudi (SIM.) To get your SIM you’ll need to pass a theoretical test and a practical test. The minimum age for getting an Indonesian driving license is 17-years old.

Driving License Classification in Indonesia

There are two driving licenses most foreigners use:

  • SIM A: for private passenger cars or vehicles weighing under 3,500kg.
  • SIM C: for any size of motorcycle.


If you drive heavier vehicles, trucks and anything with a trailer, you’ll need different licenses. These are only available to Indonesian citizens:

  • SIM B1: for vehicles weighing over 3,500kg.
  • SIM B2: for heavy vehicles with their own trailers.

Documents You'll Need to Get Your Indonesian Driving License

As a foreigner in Indonesia, you’ll need the following documents to apply for your Indonesian driving license:

  • Your original passport and a copy.
  • Your original, and still valid KITAS or KITAP and a copy.
  • A copy of your driving license from your country of origin or a copy of an international driving license (if applicable).
  • A copy of the latest entry stamp to Indonesia in your passport.
  • A doctor’s note of good health, which can be issued at the police station.

How to Get Your Driving License in Indonesia

Foreigners must go through the following procedure to obtain a driving license in Indonesia:

  • Go to the police station in the city or region of residence. For example, if you’re in Jakarta must go to Satuan Pelaksana Administrasi SIM (SATPAS) Polda Metro Jaya and if you’re in Bali must go to Polresta Denpasar.
  • Find your way to “Bagian Pembuatan SIM.”
  • You need to pay for your application. After receiving a bank slip, you proceed with filling out an application form and submit all the required documents, including health certificate along with the bank slip at a designated window.
  • Then, you’ll have to take the theoretical test and practical test. The theoretical test is written in Indonesian and a multiple choice where you choose True or False answers. The practical test includes proving you can safely drive in zig-zags, straight forward and backward and parallel park. 
  • After the tests, your fingerprints and photo are taken and you’ll be asked for your signature, which appears on your driving license when it’s issued. 

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FAQ's

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Ridwan Jasin Zachrie

CFO of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Ridwan is one of Indonesia’s top executives with a long and illustrious career in the financial world. He holds several professional certifications including being a Certified Business Valuer (CBV) issued by the Australian Academy of Finance and Management; Broker-Dealer Representative (WPPE); and The Directorship Certification for Directors and Commissioners, issued by the Indonesian Institute of Commissioners and Directors.

His experience includes being the Managing Director at one of the top investment banking groups in the region, the Recapital Group, the CFO at State-owned enterprises in fishery industry and the CEO at Tanri Abeng & Son Holding. He’s also been an Independent Commissioner in several Financial Service companies and on the Audit and Risk Committee at Bank BTPN Tbk, Berau Coal Energy Tbk, Aetra Air Jakarta as well as working for Citibank, Bank Mandiri and HSBC. His last position was as CFO at PT Citra Putra Mandiri – OSO Group.

Ridwan has won a number of prestigious awards including the Best CFO Awards 2019 (Institute of Certified Management Accountant Australia-Indonesia); Asia Pacific Young Business Leader awarded by Asia 21 Network New York USA (Tokyo 2008); UK Alumni Business Awards 2008 awarded by the British Council; and The Most Inspiring Human Resources Practitioners’ version of Human Capital Magazine 2010.

He’s a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law, Trisakti University, Co-Founder of the Paramadina Public Policy Institute and actively writes books, publications and articles in the mass media. He co-authored “Korupsi Mengorupsi Indonesia” in 2009, which helps those with an interest in understanding governance in Indonesia and the critical issue of corruption. Ridwan speaks Indonesian and English.

Per Fredrik Ecker

Managing Director of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Per is the Managing Director of the Seven Stones Indonesia (SSI) Jakarta office and has more than 25-years’ experience in Indonesia, China, and Western Europe. He previously worked in senior management positions with Q-Free ASA, Siemens AG, and other companies in the telecom sector. Over the last six years, he has been the Chairman of the Indonesia-Norway Business Council (INBC) and recently become elected to be on the board of EuroCham Indonesia.

His most recent experience is within Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS), Telecom, and other sectors within the Indonesian market. He is today through his position in SSI and by representing Norway Connect, promoting Nordic and European companies that would like to explore business opportunities in the Indonesian market. He’s also playing an active role to help create the Nordic House concept in Jakarta that will provide an excellent platform for Nordic companies entering Indonesia, where they’ll find a community that can offer support with trusted information and affordable services to enter this market.

Andrzej Barski

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Andrzej is Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia. He was born in the UK to Polish parents and has been living in Indonesia for more than 33-years. He is a skilled writer, trainer and marketer with a deep understanding of Indonesia and its many cultures after spending many years travelling across the archipelago from North Sumatra to Irian Jaya.

His experience covers Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Publishing, Real Estate and Training for 5-Star Hotels and Resorts in Bali and Jakarta, which has given him a passion for the customer experience. He’s a published author and a regular contributor to local and regional publications. His interests include conservation, eco-conscious initiatives, spirituality and motorcycles. Andrzej speaks English and Indonesian.

Terje H. Nilsen

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Terje is from Norway and has been living in Indonesia for over 20-years. He first came to Indonesia as a child and after earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Agder in Norway, he moved to Indonesia in 1993, where he has worked in leading positions in education and the fitness/ wellness industries all over Indonesia including Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Medan and Bali.

He was Co-owner and CEO of the Paradise Property Group for 10-years and led the company to great success. He is now Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia offering market entry services for foreign investors, legal advice, sourcing of investments and in particular real estate investments. He has a soft spot for eco-friendly and socially sustainable projects and investments, while his personal business strengths are in property law, tourism trends, macroeconomics, Indonesian government and regulations. His personal interests are in sport, adventure, history and spiritual experiences.

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