Posted on Oct 16, 2018

Getting a Driving License

First you have to be a UAE resident with a valid visa to be able to apply, you can then approach a registered driving institute in the related emirate to attend driving classes and pass all tests, the requirements differ depending if you are in Dubai or Abudhabi.

Typical required documents:

  • Passport
  • Visa page
  • Emirates ID
  • Passport size photo
  • No objection certificate from sponsor
  • Eye test results

However, if you have a driving license issued by your country the process can be easier, it is applicable for some countries to transfer the driving license with a UAE driving license, in accordance with UAE approved terms & conditions of the driving license transfer.

The age requirement to get a driving licence depends on the vehicle you are planning to drive. 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.

Some of the authorised driving Schools

  • Dubai Driving Center
  • Al Ahli Driving School
  • Galadari Driving School
  • Belhasa Driving School
  • Emirates Driving Institute

How long is the driving licence valid for?

For UAE and GCCC citizens the driving license is valid for 10 years and 5 years for expats aged 21 years and above.

What if i am visiting the UAE?

As long as you are holding a valid international driving license and you are a tourist on a visit visa, you can rent a car.

How do i Renew my driving licence?

Renewing your driving licence is quite simple and straight forward, processing can be done through the mobile centres or online, you must settle all your traffic fines to be able to renew. is an online comparison portal which provides customers with a one-stop platform to compare insurance quotes offered within the UAE. Our initial offering at delivers customers with quotation from a number of Insurance Providers covering a range of insurance products from Car Insuranec to Motorbike, Yacht & Boat, Medical, Life, Business, Pet and Home Insurance. enables customers to compare various offers by simply filling out a single form. We will soon be launching many other comparison services so please keep an eye out for our new categories.

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