Foreign Driving Licence Conversion to Malawian
If you are in possession of a foreign Driving Licence , you want to convert it to a Malawian Driving Licence, you may do so by applying for the conversion at any DRTSS Office. It is important to note that the application must be accompanied by both a valid foreign Driving Licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP) of any convention (either 1949 or 1968), where after both these documents will be destroyed upon you being issued your Malawian licence.

If you have recently moved to Malawi, you are required by law to convert your foreign licence to a Malawian equivalent after 6 (SIX) months of taking up permanent residence in Malawi.

If you are not taking up residence in Malawi, but will be visiting Malawi for an extended period, you may convert your foreign licence to a Malawian equivalent at any time.

You will be required to pass a theoretical aptitude test for the driving licence conversion.

Reminder Icon Remember that you have to be enroled on MalTIS before applying to schedule a Foreign Driving Licence conversion. For instructions on how to enrol please click here: Natural Persons
Checklist IconCHECKLIST FOR FOREIGN DRIVING LICENCE CONVERSION. DO YOU HAVE?
  • Traffic Register Card - received when you enrol on MalTIS.
  • A valid foreign Driving Licence AND International Driving Permit.
  • Completed Driving Licence Application form.
  • An eye-test might be conducted at the DRTSS office, should you have difficulty seeing and require glasses or contact lenses please remember to bring them with. Should you wish to visit your Optometrist instead, please let him/her complete an Vision Certificate to be verified by the DRTSS Staff administering the eye test.
  • If you are disabled or over the age of 65, please bring along a Medical Certificate completed by a Medical Practitioner, clearing you to drive.
Process IconAPPLICATION PROCESS
  1. To avoid filling in forms in the queue, download and print the Driving Licence Application form now and complete it before you arrive at the DRTSS office.
  2. Visit your nearest DRTSS office.
  3. Go to the Eye Test Station to undergo an Eye Test.
    • If you have already completed and passed an Eye Test at the DRTSS office within the past 6 (SIX) months, you will not be required to complete another Eye Test.
    • If you have undergone an eye examination at an Optometrist you are not required to complete an Eye Test at the DRTSS. Note that an Vision Certificate must be submitted as proof of the examination.
  4. Submit your application form and documents at the Person Applications counter.
  5. A deposit slip will be printed which will indicate the amount to be paid at the bank. No monies are to be paid at the DRTSS office.
    • Please verify that the deposit slip is correct and reflects your details as well as an accurate description of the transaction you wish to complete before making the required payment.
  6. Once payment is made, you may return to the DRTSS office with the stamped deposit slip, and collect you Malawi Driving Licence card.
  7. Go the Aptitude Examination Room where an examiner will schedule your Aptitude Test.
Aptitude Test Day
Checklist IconCHECKLIST FOR TEST DAY. DO YOU HAVE?
  • Traffic Register Card - received when you enrol on MalTIS.
Process IconTEST PROCESS
  1. Go to the Aptitude Examination Room at the DRTSS office where you have scheduled your learner licence test at. You should arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled test time.
  2. If all is in order, complete your aptitude test.
  3. If you pass the test a deposit slip will be printed which indicates the amount to be paid at the bank. No money is to be paid at the DRTSS office.
    • Please verify that the deposit slip is correct and reflects your details as well as an accurate description of the transaction you wish to complete before making the required payment.
  4. Once payment is made, you may return to the DRTSS office with the stamped deposit slip to collect your Driving Licence.
  5. Go to the Document Issuing office to collect your Malawian Driving Licence.
Note IconNOTE – The Driving Licence will be valid for 5 (FIVE) years.
Note IconNOTE – Should you fail the aptitude test, you will be able to reschedule it following the same process. You will however have to wait 2 days before you can reschedule your test.