The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced that it is mandatory for all private hire car drivers to be properly licensed with a Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL).
As a valued Grab driver-partner, you can enjoy a smooth application process. From absorbing costs and handling application logistics, we’re here to help every step of the way!
THE FASTEST AND EASIEST WAY TO A PDVL
Head down to our Midview City or Singapore Taxi Academy (STA) branches to let us help you:
Steps to Become PDVL certified!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do I need the PDVL?
A: LTA has announced a new regulation that will require all private hire car drivers to be properly licensed in order to continue driving. As a valued Grab Partner, we want to ensure that you have a quick, easy and smooth application process, so that you can continue driving with Grab without worry.
Q: Who is eligible to apply for the PDVL?
- Singaporeans holding a Class 3/3A driving licence for at least 2 years prior to application are eligible.
- PR and Work Pass holders may also apply for the PDVL if they are employed by a chauffeured services company.
- All applicants must speak and read simple English.
- If you are self-employed, please ensure that you have up-to-date Medisave contributions.
Q: I have a Taxi Driver’s Vocational Licence (TDVL). Do I need a PDVL?
A: TDVL holders need not apply for the PDVL, so you can continue driving with Grab as long as your TDVL is valid. Please send us a copy of your NRIC so that we can verify the status of your TDVL. You may send it in via Whatsapp 87838733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Proof to Drive”.
Q: I am currently a GrabCar driver but am interested in applying for a TDVL. Can I do it through Grab?
A: Yes, you can. Grab is happy to support all our driver partners, whether they are taxi or private hire car drivers. This is why we will also support partners interested in obtaining their TDVL. To do so, simply check the box for TDVL in the application form. Grab will cover all related fees, similar to the PDVL.
Q: What is the difference between the TDVL and PDVL?
A: The TDVL allows you to drive both taxis and private hire cars. You are also allowed to take street hail jobs when driving a taxi. However, there are different eligibility criteria for TDVL and PDVL (see table below). To obtain your TDVL, you will also have to undergo a more rigorous training course that takes 25 hours.
Eligibility criteria for TDVL and PDVL:
Q: Can I apply for the TDVL or PDVL directly at LTA?
A: Yes, you can certainly do so. Just head into LTA at 10 Sin Ming Drive to submit your application form. However, we recommend that you submit your application through us for a waiver of related fees and a more convenient application process.
If you have applied for your PDVL through LTA and have received your approval letter from LTA, please send us a copy and state your NRIC number to avoid being deactivated on 30 June 2017. You may send it in via Whatsapp 87838733 or email email@example.com with subject “Proof to Drive”.
Q: I am a PR and not employed by a chauffeured services company. How can I continue driving with Grab?
A: If you are interested in driving with our fleet partners that hire full-time drivers, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, you can only continue driving as a GrabCar driver until 30 June 2017. After that, you can continue offering rides on GrabHitch.
Q: When do I need to obtain my PDVL to continue driving with Grab?
A: If you submit your PDVL application and obtain Approval to Drive from LTA as well as complete your medical exam before 30 June 2017, you will have until 30 June 2018 to complete your training and test. You can continue driving with Grab in the meantime. Otherwise, from 1 July 2017 onwards, all private hire car drivers will need to have obtained their PDVL before they can drive with Grab. However, they can still apply via Grab for a hassle-free experience.
Q: I’ve already submitted an application through another platform provider. Do I need to submit it again through Grab?
A: No, LTA only allows one application per driver. Multiple applications may result in delays in processing your PDVL. If you have applied for your PDVL through other channels and have received your approval letter from LTA, please send us a copy and state your NRIC number to avoid being deactivated on 30 June 2017. You may send it in via Whatsapp 87838733 or email email@example.com with subject “Proof to Drive”.
Q: Why do I need to attend a medical examination?
A: Besides being an LTA requirement, we want to ensure that all partners are healthy while on the road.
Q: Can I do the medical examination with my doctor?
A: Yes, you may choose to head to your preferred licensed physician and send us a copy of your medical report by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “PDVL Medical” so that we can guide you through the next steps. However, why would you want to do so when you can head to Grab’s appointed healthcare providers to enjoy a hassle-free screening sponsored by Grab!
Q: Who are Grab’s appointed healthcare providers? Where are they located?
A: Grab has appointed SATA CommHealth to provide you with a medical examination, that will be sponsored by Grab.
Q: How will I know about my application status?
A: Grab will notify you at each step of the process, and guide you through the follow-up actions.
Q: What is SkillsFuture?
A: SkillsFuture is a national movement to provide Singaporeans with the opportunities to develop their fullest potential throughout life. Every Singaporean above 25 has an initial $500 credits. Your PDVL training course fee is claimable from SkillsFuture. Check your credit amount via SkillsFuture Portal here.
Q: I am a PR and/or not eligible for SkillsFuture credits. Will Grab help finance my training costs?
A: If you are not eligible for SkillsFuture credits, Grab will cover your costs for training.
Q: When can I register for training and how do I register for training?
A: Once we receive your Approval to Drive (ATD) from LTA and your medical report from our healthcare providers, we will inform you to register for training.
You will need to submit this application form to the Singapore Taxi Academy at 46 Kim Yam Road, #04-15, The Herencia, Singapore 239351 along with full payment by NETS or cheque and all the required documents:
- NRIC (copy)
- Driving Licence (copy)
- Approval Letter from LTA (copy)
- Medical & X-Ray Report (original)
- Documentary Proof of ability to speak and read simple English: GCE ‘O’ or ‘N’ level pass in English (grade D7 and above), or Workplace Literacy (WPL) programme pass in English (level 3 or higher)
Q: What expenses are claimable from Grab and how do I submit a claim?
A: The following are allowed expenses claimable from Grab. Upon approval, the amounts will be added to your credit wallet.
All claims are to be submitted via grb.to/pdvlclaims.
Q: How long is the training?
A: The training will take 10 hours at the Singapore Taxi Academy.
Q: What if I fail the PDVL tests?
A: Don’t panic. You may register to retake it multiple times at an affordable fee of $5/test + $10 admin fee. However, this will be at your own expense.
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