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Getting a Driving License in UAE

A driving licence in the UAE is more than just a good skill to have. Whether you are a job seeker, a working professional or even a stay-at-home parent, a driving licence can make or break your chances of successfully living in the UAE.

Here, we break down all that you need to know on how to get your licence for a light motor vehicle.

Eligibility to drive

Individual customers, citizens and residents, who are above the legal age and medically fit, are eligible to get a driving learning permit and apply for new driving licence. The minimum age requirement to obtain a driving licence depends on the vehicle, for which you are obtaining the licence. The minimum age requirement is as follows:

  • 17 years for motorcycles and for vehicles for people with special needs
  • 18 years for cars and light vehicles
  • 20 years for heavy vehicles and tractors
  • 21 years for buses.

Required documents and procedures

Documents required to open a traffic file include:

  1. Copy of passport and residence visa page
  2. Copy and original emirates ID card
  3. 2 photographs
  4. Eye test report
  5. No objection letter from the sponsor (if required by the related traffic department).


Procedures followed to learn car driving includes:

  1. Opening a traffic file in one of the registered driving centres in the related emirate
  2. Conducting an eye test at any centre approved by the traffic department
  3. Completing all required driving classes
  4. Passing all tests set by the related traffic department
  5. Obtaining the driving licence from the traffic authority.





Renewal of driving license

Driving licences are renewable for 10 years for UAE and GCCC citizens and 5 years for residents. Renewal of driving licences is available online in most of the emirates. To renew your driving licence, you must settle all your traffic fines. A fine of 10 AED per month will be levied on customers who delay renewal of the driving licence for more than one month.


Related links

  1. Traffic services – Abu Dhabi Police
  2. Renew a driving licence – RTA Dubai
  3. Renewal of a Light vehicle driving license – Ministry  of Interior

I already have a driving licence, though. Can I drive in the UAE?

Only nationals from around 30 countries are eligible to convert their home driving licence into a UAE one. The detailed process of how that can be done can be found here.

Which centres can I apply to?

Abu Dhabi





Ras Al Khaimah

  • Ras Al Khaimah Driving Academy



How many classes should I register for?

This can vary significantly based on your driving experience, from 10 training hours to 40.

Most centres offer applicants the chance to take a road test after 10 training hours if they have a valid driving licence from another country.

Applicants also need to take eight mandatory theory classes and take a theory test before moving to training on UAE roads.

Speak to your centre to find out the number of training hours (driving classes) you would need to register for. Passing the driving test on your first try, though, is easier said than done.

Bonus money–saving tip - If your budget allows for a one-time payment, many centres offer a discounted cost for a pre-determined number of training classes.

Automatic or manual – which licence should I get?

Whether you choose one or the other, here are some basic differences you need to keep in mind:

  • With a manual licence, you will be able to drive any light motor vehicle, whether it has a manual or automatic gear.
  • With an automatic licence, you will only be able to drive a car with an automatic gear.

How much will it cost me?

Once you register with a driving school, they will charge you a one-time fee which includes the registration fee, the road test fee and the licence issuance fee. If you want to take a few classes of training, that fee will also be added to the one-time payment.

Total costs can vary from one institute to the other, so speak to the institute in your emirate for details.

What are the tests that I need to take?

The tests an applicant needs to take are:

  • Theory test
  • Parking test
  • Road test

Theory tests can be harder than you think, with applicants being tested on the meaning of road signs, rules while driving on highways or busy junctions and how to act when there are road hazards. Many driving institutes, however, offer free online mock tests to help prepare you for success. A quick online search can help give you several tests available online to practice before you head over for the real one.

The parking test, also known as yard test, includes checking the applicant’s abilities to successfully maneouver the car in the following situations:

  • Parallel parking
  • Side parking (60 degrees angle)
  • Garage parking
  • Hill
  • Sudden braking.

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