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How to get a driving licence in Dubai

For new residents of UAE, the rules, regulations and fees to get a driving licence can get confusing, especially as all Emirates have their own processes for this.

Here are the various scenarios that expats usually face and what the procedures are for each.

No Valid Licence

If you are a beginner, you will need to register with a driving institute or school in Dubai and attend a minimum of 40 classes. You can then attempt the school’s driving tests and the RTA final tests. The total cost to obtain a licence, given the applicant passes all tests in the first attempt, is approximately Dh5,500 (including all classes and tests; taken as an average from different schools and their fees).

Required Documents

– Emirates ID (Original and copy)
– Passport (Photocopy of personal details and relevant visa page)
– Passport size photographs (8 or more)
– NOC (No Objection Certificate) from sponsor – Depends on individual cases, so call ahead and confirm

– Eye test results for preferred category (Can be arranged by preferred driving school)

For valid driving licence holders, the country from which your licence was issued and your citizenship determine the transfer of licence to a UAE licence.

Exempt country: Licence and Citizenship

If you are a citizen of one of the above countries, and also have a licence from one of these countries (same or different), the process is very simple. For example, if you are a Japanese citizen with a valid Japanese driving licence or a Japanese citizen with a Saudi driving licence, you can go straight to RTA and get your UAE licence in less than 20 minutes if all your required documents are in order.

– Passport copy and original

– Residence visa copy

– Original licence and copy

– Translation or consulate letter as required

– Passport photos

– Eye test certificate (from DHA approved test centres only)

– No objection letter from sponsor

(Call 8009090 to confirm if there are other documents required for your individual licence)