Getting Dubai Driving License, The Conversion Process

Anyone living in Dubai or UAE , the most essential thing which will make his life really easy is a driving license.  If you are a visitor or tourist in Dubai and have your home country license which is older than one year , you can drive on Dubai roads. The plus point is that this permission is regardless of your home country. You cannot buy your own car in such period as for buying your own car you need UAE Residence Visa and a valid driving license. In  Visit period you can use Car Rental services to drive. Now I will come to the actual point , once you got residence visa of Dubai , then you cannot drive no matter from which country you are. You must apply and take UAE driving license. Now this thing is dependent on your native country , there are almost 30 lucky countries , if you are citizen of these lucky country then you can exchange your driving license and obtain UAE  license in a matter of hours. You just have to visit Road Transport Authority RTA ,  along with your documents and your country’s valid license. After inspection of your documents and license they will issue you UAE driving license at the same time and that’s it , now you can enjoy your drive on the roads or United Arab Emirates.

You will find that lucky countries list at the end of this post. I also want to bring it in your notice that for the exchange phenomenon , you must be the citizen of that country and have their license. If you are from some other country but have  United States or France ( These countries are in that list) with 10 or even more year experience of driving , you are not eligible for the conversion.  This is a bad news but this is, and rule is always a rule.

The documents , you will need for obtaining driving license are , your original passport with residence visa, Emirates ID , your home country driving license ( In English or Arabic language) and a No Objection Certificate from  your sponsor. If your license is not in English or Arabic  , then you have to translate it from your country and have to attest it from UAE embassy from your country.

Following is the list of countries who are eligible for license conversion policy.

United States, Canada ,  Australia, New Zealand, South Africa,  United Kingdom,  Turkey, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Portugal, Poland, Norway, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Greece, Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium and Austria.

This post is written for the purpose to provide you to the point information and assist you in taking your driving license. Your comments and feedback will be highly appreciated.

47 thoughts on “Getting Dubai Driving License, The Conversion Process

  1. vishnu s kumar

    Hi

    I am an Indian citizen having Oman driving license valid from 2012 . Can i covert the license to UAE(Dubai) as per latest Unified GCC license law .

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    1. admin Post author

      Bro, unfortunately you cannot, As you have Oman’s license but not citizen of Oman or any of the 30 plus countries which are eligible for license conversion without test. The only advantage you can take is to get discount in number of training classes. You can get 20 road classes. But for UAE license you will appear in Final road test of RTA.

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      1. dhiren

        I beleive it’s not 20 classes. In emirates driving school website they mention theory test and then straight road test.. If fails then 8 classes .. correct if am wrong.

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  2. VENKAT

    Initially I had UAE DL period (2002-2012).then due to my job switch over to oman and transferred to OMAN DL.

    In this case ,driving classess are mandatory to me?

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    1. admin Post author

      I don’t think so , but better go and check with any driving school or RTA Office. you will get exact information from there.

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    1. admin Post author

      You need NOC from your employer in other emirates but in Dubai you can go and check it with your driving school. There are certain designation which are exempted from NOC.

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  3. yasar

    iam currently doing job in oman and have valid DL.
    if iam canceling oman and going uae for job is my DL transfer to uae?

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    1. admin Post author

      You must be oman’s national to convert your driving license to UAE License. If you are from any other country which is not eligible for the conversion process so you can’t convert. No matter if you have a valid license of Oman.

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  4. Miroslav Bolf

    Hi,
    Pls could check if I can converse Czech driving license,
    because above is mentioned, but on RTA page I didnt find it.
    My Embassy told me that they are working for it.

    Thank you

    Miroslav Bolf

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  5. Ata Rahman

    Hi

    I have a valid UAE driving license but now I am not a UAE residense.

    Can i drive my brother car when I am visiting UAE?

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  6. ranjit thakur

    Dear admin I’m attempt 3 times RTA road test always fail me why I don’t no.last time examinar said right there was give way sign just wait for other vehical and I get 1 second gayp ready for go but again com other vehical agin stop the car but examination said go go go go then I go .but examinar give me 3 immediate fail and 7minur mistake .really depend on mud. I have loss 12000 dirams.instructor tiche different but RTA need different what I do…..?

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  7. Rehmat Khan

    Dear sir
    I have visit visa for 3 months . I am leaving in Alain now I want taomprery driving licence is it possible .I am from pakistan

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  8. Leonard

    Dear Admin,

    I will be relocating to UAE from Oman next month. My nationality is not included on the list of countries that can immediately convert their license. However, I do have a the new Unified GCC Driver’s License that Oman has started to issue this year.

    Based on the article on this link, it seems there is no need to do the test.
    Driving licences issued to expats now valid across all GCC states – Muscat Daily

    Based on this article, I am thinking of 2 possible scenarios,
    – Once I have the UAE Residence Visa, I can still use the Unified GCC license and there’s no need to convert, or
    – I immediately convert without having to undergo test.

    Appreciate if you can check and provide some clarification on this. Thanks.

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  9. ummar farooq

    Dear admin iam from india and i have a valid qatar license i want to take license in UAE so how many classes i have to attend and is it easy to get license as i have GCC license already

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    1. admin Post author

      you have to show your Qatar license and cat get up to 20 classes, and yes it is easy for you if you follow all the rules

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  10. Faheem

    hi actually i have a licence of dubai .but am thinking to migrate in uk .for employment is uae license is vilad in uk or not .

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  11. Anonymous

    No matter how good you drive, they will fail you. All they know is to make money, Yes if you are white skinned then you will get easy license, but they trouble the poor asians and make money out of them in the name of road safety and security..V Sad…

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    1. admin Post author

      If you follow all the rules and did not make any mistake then you can pass it easily, Their purpose is not to fail but to check if one can drive or not.

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  12. ahmad hassan

    dear sir I have abu dabhi drveing licence and now I want chang it to dubai.plz tell me how is it posibal to chang it.what I do.

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    1. admin Post author

      Why you need to change it ? if your current visa is from Abu Dhabi then go to RTA office in Abu Dhabi and renew your license. The License is issued by RTA of UAE so you can renew it in any Emirates Depending on your current Residence Visa.

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  13. Shivaji Dutta

    Dear Admin,

    I have a Saudi licence and it is valid upto 2021.
    How can I chonvert it to uae licence. and how much fee I have to pay.

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  14. S

    Can Oman license be issued on the basis of Dubai license? I hold both light vehicle and motorcycle license.I am from India

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    1. admin Post author

      For this issue you have to contact Oman authorities, In UAE , if you are from India and have Oman license then you cannot get the UAE’s License as in this case only citizens of Oman can convert their license directly but your case is opposite of this.

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  15. imtiaz ahmad

    sir I am from Pakistan I have a LTV driving licence which I got from national highway and motorway police sir can I convert it to UAE DL ?

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  16. Anup

    Hi sir,how many months it will take to get Dubai license and also tell me is there any fast process to get the license. And also guide me which is the best driving centres.

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    1. admin Post author

      In Dubai , the process takes almost 2 months, for fast process if you talk at your driving school they will assign you contentious classes. you may complete the process in a month. All centers are good. I personally prefer Galadari but this is my preference it does’t mean that the remaining centers are not good.

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  17. Ghulam murtaza

    I’m holding Pakistai passport, i hve permanent resident and non citizen identify card and driving licence from south Africa , how it possible to change my driving license to uae driving licence, reply me thanks

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    1. admin Post author

      You have to go through all process of driving license from opening file to road test. you cannot do direct conversion.

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  18. Syed

    As salaam alaikum wrbm

    I’m here on a employment visa from sharjah free zone & I have australian drivers license .
    How do I get the license done ?
    Is conversion possible ? If no then what’s the process to get it done ASAP …. pls mention the price if possible !

    JAZAAKALLAH
    Syed !

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      If you are having Australian nationality and have driving license from there then conversion process is possible, otherwise you have to open a driving license file and complete all the process of classes up to test. You may get discount in number of classes. The driving school may give you 20 classes instead of 40. The minimum expense in your case will be upto 3000 AED ( depends on your test attempts)

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  19. Ludivico Ballon

    Hi good day! i have a saudi licensce this is active until now the expiration is year 2020 can i convert it to uae license? What is the requirements?

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