Driving in Macau

NON-RESIDENTS & TOURISTS

… must obtain a “paper license” in order to drive in Macau. It is valid for 6 months and it is free of charge.

WHERE

Police station on Avenida Sidonio Pais in Macau (near the Guia Tunnel and opposite the Sun Yat Sen memorial house) – called the Policia de Seguranca Publica Departamento de Trans.

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BRING

Your foreign license and passport.

 

TEMPORARY & PERMANENT RESIDENTS

… must have a Macau driving license. You might be able to obtain a “paper license” a couple times, but according to Macau law, as soon as you become a resident, you must apply for a local driving license.

Macau ID and valid foreign driving license holders:

  • Temporary residents are required to take written and driving tests. The DSAT bureau will provide you with the steps you need to take.
  • Permanent residents are not required to take tests.
  • The people at DSAT will help you to complete the forms (Chinese/Portuguese, no English) and will tell you how to obtain your medical certificate.
  • DSAT must obtain verification of your license from your foreign country which takes 1 to 6 months (depending on where your license was issued).
  • When everything is confirmed, you will be contacted and instructed to return to the department for a photo and fingerprint.

WHERE

DSAT (Direcção dos Serviços para os Assuntos de Tráfego) in Centro (central Macau), Avenida da Praia Grande 762-804, Edifício China Plaza, 2nd floor. Go up the escalator to the 2nd floor Information Desk. They will direct you to a counter.

BRING

  • Macau ID (original and copy)
  • Your foreign license
  • 2 photos, 1.5 inches, color with white background (ask for a driving license photo at the photo shop)

INFO

The cost is approx MOP1,200. Subsequent license renewals will be less expensive.

Driving license validity periods are related to age. Be sure to ask about this when you first apply, so you do not go through the process, only to find out your license must be renewed in 6 months.

DRIVING OUTSIDE MACAU

Macau Driving Licenses are accepted in most countries, but if you are planning a trip, you should check to be sure. For example, you can drive in the USA and Hong Kong but you cannot drive in China.“A license issued by a country that participated in the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic or the 1943 Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Automobile Traffic.” Both Hong Kong and Macau are signatories to the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic.

INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS LICENSE

… if you need one, here’s the link on the Macau Gment Portal (English): http://portal.gov.mo/web/guest/info_detail?infoid=414323

NOTE – You need to go in person.

 

ON THE ROAD BASICS

The main road traffic rules are:

  • Traffic moves on the left side of the road.
  • The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.05%.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • It is mandatory for the front seat passengers to wear safety belts.
  • Children under the age of 12 years are prohibited from riding in the front seat of vehicles.
  • The number of passengers cannot exceed the vehicles seating capacity.
  • Motorcycle drivers and riders must wear helmets. Children under 6 are not allowed on motorcycles.
  • Parking in intersection and less than 5m from the intersection to the roadway is not permitted.
  • Parking is prohibited at bridges, flyovers and tunnels (Ed – but on roundabouts is okay you’ll soon find out!!)
  • At night you must use your headlights.
  • When driving the use of mobile phones is prohibited without the use of a hand-free device (Ed – not that many locals pay attention to this one!!!)
  • Drivers with driving qualifications less than one year are prohibited to carry passengers.
  • When approaching a hospital, school and pedestrian crossing, drivers are required to reduce their speed.
  • Drivers must now give way to pedestrians on crossings.
  • Civil liability insurance for motor vehicles, motorcycles and any trailers is required.
  • The speed limit in built up areas ranges from 20-60km/hr and on more open roads up to 80km/hr.
  • In case of a breakdown or accident, ensure you switch your hazards on, and the driver should as much as possible move their vehicle to the left side of the roadway then call the police.

To understand more about road traffic signs in Macau and what they mean visit: www.adcidl.com/pdf/Macau-Road-Traffic-Signs.pdf