Obtaining a Dubai Driver's License
Obtaining a Dubai Driver's LicenseUpdated on Tuesday 19th April 2016
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Federal Law No. 21 Concerning Traffic issued in 1995 established the conditions one must fulfill in order to obtain a driver’s license in Dubai. UAE citizens are allowed to apply for a probationary driver’s license provided they have turned 18. Foreign citizens moving to Dubai are allowed to apply for a driver’s license once they have obtained their residence visa. Citizens of several countries among which France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States can transfer their licenses through simplified procedures.
Our lawyers in Dubai can provide you with a complete list of countries whose citizens must not apply for a new driving license and with information about the proceedings required to transfer existing licenses.
Steps to obtain a driver’s license in Dubai
There are a few mandatory steps to follow when applying for a driver’s permit in Dubai. Both citizens and residents of the UAE must first enroll with an authorized driving school and to undergo an eye exam. There are 5 authorized driving schools in Dubai. Based on the exam and other documents, the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) which is in charge with issuing driving permits will first release a temporary license available for the training period. Once the training is completed, the applicant must pass a theory and a practical driving test. Once the test passed, the RTA will issue an approval letter which can be used until the driver’s license is ready.
Foreign citizens may also apply for an international driver’s license, as it is not the same as the UAE driver’s license.
Documents required to apply for a Dubai driver’s permit
The following documents must be submitted prior to the training courses by foreign citizens living in Dubai:
- - a valid passport with the valid residence visa in original and copy;
- - a no objection letter from the employer, if applicable;
- - the eye test certificate;
- - 8 passport-size photos;
- - a receipt of the driver’s license issuance fee.
The documents must be filed with the Dubai Traffic Department Driving License Section within the RTA. Dubai driver’s licenses have a 10-year validity period.
For assistance in obtaining an UAE driver’s license, do not hesitate to contact our law firm in Dubai.