Sunday, May 29, 2011

Getting a replacement P license

A little while back, I was on Google, frantically trying to find out how to go about obtaining a new P license. My wallet had been lost/stolen, as some of you might already know -- everything in it (ie. driving license, ATM card, membership card, coins, guitar picks, money I was going to buy my dad's birthday present with) was gone. The ATM card, I had frozen, so the most pressing issue had been taken care of. Now I just needed my stupid license.


(Originally from this blog.)


It came as a surprise to me to find absolutely nothing on what to do if your P license gets stolen/goes missing; all the results Google provided me with were about changing your P license to a CDC (Competent Driver's License). Surely I'm not the only idiot who lost their P license before it expired! The closest thing I got was this, which wasn't really much help at all. (It seems like a good blog, though. Anyone with questions on driving tests and the like in Malaysia should go have a look.)


Before all this, though, I'd called my driving school. The lady told me to go to the JPJ branch in Taman Jaya, bringing just my IC, a passport-sized photo, and money. However, when I went to the police to report my missing/stolen wallet, they told me I'd need a copy of the report in order to get a new P license, and printed one out for me. It was this conflict of info that got me worried and Googling it.


Anyway, I ended up going to JPJ with my IC, money, passport-sized photo, and the police report.


You know how everyone always points to the large building called Bangunan Persekutuan on Jalan Sultan, and is all like, "Oh, that's where JPJ is"? That place you go to when you're twelve, brimming with self-importance and the anticipation of making your first IC? Next to that Bangunan Jabatan Kimia Malaysia?


(From this blog.)


Well, here's the thing: IT'S NOT.


To get there, you actually drive further down the road, pass the bus stop, and take the first left. You drive all the way up, and you'll get to a car park on your left. Park your car there and ignore the snazzy-looking orange-and-white building -- it's the ramshackle, blue, surely-this-thing-is-a-warehouse-of-some-sort-and-not-the-JPJ-branch building you want, right next to the Taman Jaya LRT station.


Alright, so here's what you really have to do to get a replacement P license:


1. Make your way to the JPJ branch nearest to you. Bring along your IC and RM20. If you have a passport-sized photo, bring that too. (But it can't be on cheap thin photo paper, because the good people at JPJ are photo snobs.)


2. If you brought a passport-sized photo, skip to step 3. If you haven't, and are at the Taman Jaya branch, enter the door on your left (assuming you entered the compound from the car park like I did) to get your photo taken.


3. If you're at the Taman Jaya branch, enter the door on your right (assuming you entered the compound from the car park like I did). Take a number and wait for it to be called.


4. Explain to the man/lady that your 'lesen P hilang'. Hand over your IC, photo, and RM20. Wait five minutes while they prepare your duplicate license right in front of you.


5. Receive your license and receipt, thank them, and leave, relieved at how utterly quick and painless it was.


6. Don't lose your license again. RM20 is still RM20.


(Originally from this blog.)


Hopefully this helps other careless, Google-reliant souls such as myself in the future. God knows I could've used something like this a few days back. And anyway, this kind of stuff is good to know (if you're Malaysian), so I've just educated all of you. Kind of.


You're welcome!


Edit: For some reason, I previously couldn't log in to Blogger with Google Chrome. I couldn't bring myself to use the atrocity that is Internet Explorer, so here's my little update a few days later than planned.

26 comments:

  1. You've gotta add "CONTOH" to your Malaysian Ringgits.

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  2. The picture isn't mine! Will edit it, tho. Thanks!

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  3. I have worked on airplanes for nearly 12 years. Most people go into aviation and don’t have a clue about the career. They think they will make a lot of money and this and that. I wasted a lot of my life not making the money I could have.

    A guy named Kevin Carter wrote a book about this stuff and I think everyone who wants to work on airplanes should read it. It will really open your eyes.


    Source: http://www.aircraftmechanicsalary.net

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  4. Thank you for this useful piece of information!!

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  5. No problem! I hope it helps! (:

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  6. Good information! I really dont know wat I want to do went my license gone.

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  7. what about if my p license has been lost for over a year? do i have to take the exam again?

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  8. Probably not. They don't even ask for a police report or anything when you go to get a new one. It should be fine as long as it hasn't expired.

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  9. Thank it really help!!!

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  10. Hi,I lost my p license too.and I called the driving school.the uncle said I have to pay rm 80 to get a replacement p license.omg but why u just have to pay rm 20.pls reply soon thank.

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  11. RM80?! No way! Unless things have changed, it's only RM20. I suggest you go to a JPJ branch yourself and get it sorted out rather than go through the driving school.

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  12. hi, i need to go to jpj soon...just want to ask whether this branch is still operating or they relocated to another building or something...thanks in advance

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  13. Does the reporting process take time?

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  14. Anonymous (Aug 26th)
    It should be! I was there earlier this year to get my CDL. (:

    Anonymous (Aug 30th)
    You mean reporting a stolen wallet to the police? You can do it on the spot if the police station isn't busy. Getting a new P license takes only a short time.

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  15. I lost only my p license(not expired) a couple of months ago and didn't bother. Should I make a polive report or is it kinda redundant now? Haha useful post, thanks so much!

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    1. You probably don't need to bother w/ a report, but make sure you get a replacement P license. You'll need it still to upgrade to your CDL when the time comes. Sorry for the late reply!

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  16. Are you really sure we dont need any report to renew the lost P license?

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    1. Sorry for the late reply! I actually made a police report when my wallet went missing and brought a copy of the report along, but they never asked for it.

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    1. They didn't require me to present it when I went to apply for my replacement license.

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  18. Thank you for this blog post! Will be getting it on a Monday, just realised today that I'm missing my P License.

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  19. i lost my p license today , just realised it was missing T__T

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  20. Hi..so..all we need is the IC,Rm 20 and the passport size photo right? I'm so worried..I lost my wallet and my p license was in there ):

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    1. This was three years ago, I can't say w/ confidence that it's the same now. Hope you manage to get everything sorted out!

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