A driving license is a must-have document to ride your vehicles on the roads of the UAE regardless of whether you are a native or an expatriate. It serves as a supplementary identification document, makes transportation easy, and protects you against accidental vehicle damage.
If you are looking to know more about driving license procedures, we have all the information you need right here!
Complete UAE Guide on Applying For a Drivers License
The Road and Transport Authority in UAE provides all types of registrations and licensing services for businesses operating under its jurisdiction. You can also transfer your unexpired driving license from another country to UAE with the help of a simple legal procedure.
Note: Click here to know the list of transferable driving licenses.
Here are the steps to apply for your driver's license in the UAE.
Learn To Drive
Apply at a registered driving institute that provides extensive training and driving courses. These institutes have competent trainers who cover all the driving lessons based on license categories. The training varies according to the type of vehicle you want to learn.
Search all registered institutes in UAE here: https://edi-uae.com/en/
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Check Your Eligibility
Any medically fit person aged 18 or above can apply for a driving license in the UAE. The age criterion varies depending on the type of vehicle you want to drive. The minimum age requirement is -
● 17 years for motorcycles and vehicles for applicants with special needs
● 18 years for cars and light vehicles
● 20 years for tractors and heavy vehicles
● 21 years for buses
If you are a first-time applicant, you need to identify the category which you belong to; First Time Emirati Applicants or First Time Expat Applicants, as the procedure is different for each category.
Collect Required Documents
Emiratis are required to submit their valid Emirates ID to apply for a driving course. If you are an expatriate, you have to submit a few additional documents including -
● Two passport-size photos
● Original passport and photocopy
● Original foreign driving license and photocopy (for expatriate applicants)
● A valid UAE residency visa photocopy
● A no objection letter from your visa sponsor or employer
● Eye test report
● Arabic translated foreign driving license
Note: Make sure your residency visa has a validity of at least six months before
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If you have the above documents, start with the procedure to open your traffic file -
● Get your eye test done
● Join an RTA approved driving institute and submit required documents
● Obtain learner’s permit or temporary license in UAE
● Pass theory classes, followed by practical training and internal assessment
● Learn about highways, city roads, traffic signs, and rules
● Pass the parking test and apply for the final RTA test, and pass
Note: If you fail in the RTA test on the first attempt, you have to attend additional seven classes of training before appearing for the next RTA test.
Your driving school will register you for this test which is divided into three segments. The first two segments have 35 questions about signs/signals, roads/driving, safe driving guidelines. The last segment includes a risk recognition test. You have to qualify for the theory test to apply for the RTA test.
Parking And Road Test
The parking test is fully automated and includes five important steps -
● Slope parking
● Emergency brakes
● Angle parking
● Garage parking
● Parallel parking
A road test involves driving on the road to prove that you are capable to get a driving license. Make sure you drive confidently and patiently to pass the exam.
Common Rules And Regulations For Drivers
The violation of traffic rules can get your license canceled. Make sure you follow these regulations -
● All people in the car should wear seat belts
● Get a Salik tag for the toll gates
● Drink and drive is restricted in UAE
● Drivers must carry a driving license that is valid for up to 2 years
● Drivers should get third party insurance while driving in UAE
● The law completely prevents the use of mobile while driving
You can face heavy penalties for driving with an expired license, which is why you should renew your license. You can do it through the online portal of the Ministry of Interior. Obtaining a driving license is a challenging process, but following the above steps can help you get your driving license in the first go.
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