Driving License in UAE Procedure,documents and Fees

Driving License in UAE Procedure,documents and Fees

Driving License in UAE

Driving License in UAE Procedure,documents and Fees. All Emirates in UAE like Dubai,Abudhabi, sharjah,Ajaman,Ummul Quain,Rasal khaima,Fujeirah
Driving licences can be obtained by adult UAE citizens/residents after training from an authorized driving school . If you are 18-21 year of age, you can apply for a probationary licence.If you have never driven before or have a driving licence that is not on the approved list of 36 countries then you must undergo training.
Driving license in UAE
The emirate has certified 36 countries that have a very high international standard of driving, and are on the approved list. Nationals of such countries holding driving licenses can automatically obtain transfers and an UAE license without undergoing any training. If you have never driven before, or do not hold a driving licence that does not fall into this approved list of 36 countries, then you need to undergo training at an authorized driving school before obtaining a license.
Driving License in UAE Procedure 
Document Required
  • Original and copy of Passport with residence stamp & valid visa
  • No Objection Certificate from employer
  • 8 photographs
  • Eye Test
Steps1. Get an eye test done either at an optician or at your driving school.
2. The school will handle all paper-work with RTA who may even have a counter at the school.
3. Receive your temporary driving licence, which you must carry in your training car.
4. Once you have passed all internal tests like garage and parking, your school will apply for your theory test followed by your road test
Driving License in UAE Test

Theory Test
The theory test is carried out at the five authorized driving schools. 
Carry relevant ID, 
driving file
2 photos
RTA Fee for Theory Test is 200 AED
A total of 35 questions 
Question on road signals, hazards and guidelines on safe-driving will be asked in either English, Arabic or Urdu, with more languages to be added later. Candidates who cannot read the touch-screen or are not computer literate can take the examination orally. The first segment with 17 questions focuses on general traffic situations, and the candidate will need to answer a minimum of 11 correct to pass. The second segment has 18 questions related to the specific driving license the candidate requires and a minimum of 12 correct answers are required to be eligible for the road test.
From July 2015, a new segment was added to the Theory test. Called Risks Recognition Test, the test contains a few videos that depicts specific environmental conditions and asks the driver how he/she can cope with them. 
Road Test
On the date assigned, go with
Driving file
2 photos
RTA Fees AED 200+100 (If Pass)
On the date assigned, go with above mentioned date to the RTA Licence Section as advised by your driving school. Fill up application form & submit fees (around AED 200 for road test). When your name is called out, go along with the other three candidates and the RTA inspector to the designated car. You will be given just a few minutes to demonstrate your driving and anticipatory skills.
If you fail, you will have to register with your driving school for at least 7 more classes and get a new road-test date.
If you pass, collect the approval paper from your inspector and go to the Pass Counter. Submit along with suitable ID & AED 100. Collect your test file and submit to Control Counter. After processing, pay required fee and proceed to photo area. When your name is called out, have your photo taken. Congratulations. In a few minutes, you will receive your DL and be eligible to drive in Dubai and the UAE.
Do keep in mind that Dubai has a zero-tolerance policy on drinking and driving. Plainclothesmen travel about in unmarked vehicles and can legally stop you at any time to check. Dubai Smart Government recommends that you buckle up your seatbelt and drive safely at all times. 
Driving License in UAE Approved Training Centers
Al Ahli Driving School-04-3411500 (10 branches)
Belhasa Driving School – 04-3243535 (18 branches)
Dubai Driving Center– 04-3455855 (13 branches)
Emirates Driving Institute-04-2631100 (53 branches/mall counters)
Galadari Driving School-04-2676166 (14 branches)

 Driving License center in uae


 Driving License in UAE-Training


  • Students who do not possess any driving license are considered as a “Beginner” and thus have to register for mandatory 40 classes.
  • Students possessing their country’s license which is 2 – 5 years old are eligible to take 30 classes.
  • Students possessing their country’s license which is more than 5 years old are eligible to take 20 classes.
  • Please note there is a pre- evaluation test (AED 100) for 30 and 20 classes registered students to assess their driving experience. The result of the pre-evaluation test is given to the instructor.
  • Refresher Course – Students holding valid UAE license can apply for this course if they need extra confidence & practice. It includes 8 practical training classes.
  • Simulator Training – All students registered for LMV 40 Classes will be attending 2 classes of Simulator (One Hour duration) prior to starting their training classes.
  • Solo Training- This is mandatory for 40 classes LMV course and is optional for 30 & 20 classes course.
  • Students can opt to register for either Automatic or Manual gear transmission. However, please note that Automatic license holders are not eligible to drive a Manual Gear Vehicle.
  • People who possess a valid GCC License have to take 2 lectures at the beginning of the course then give the knowledge test and the road test directly. If they fail in the Road test, they need to then enroll for 8 classes and again for a road test.
  • Pilots and Cabin Crews of only ‘Emirates Airlines’ with their valid country license can go directly for Theory Test & Parking Test. After clearing these tests, they can go for the Road test. For those who do not have any own country license will register for 40 classes.
  • Pilots & Cabin crews of other Airlines will register as regular students for 40/30/20 classes as mentioned in top three points above.
  • People having nationality and driving license for the listed 36 countries can directly transfer their licenses by walking into any RTA Office with the necessary documentation and fee.
  • People who have a valid UAE Driving license from any emirate other than Dubai needs to get their driving file transferred from original emirate to Dubai RTA before opening a file in Dubai for any other vehicle category.
  • People who have any traffic fine on their name will not be able to open a file until they clear that fine.
  • Light Motor Vehicle criteria – LMV Weight should not be more than 2.5 ton or any salon car.
Driving license fees in dubai
                     For more information, please visit RTAwebsite or call RTA on 8009090.


December 29, 2016 / 344 Comments / by / in , , , ,
  • Nadi says:

    I was open My file For licnse,n passed my theory Clasz,After that I can’t regster my Prctcal Clasz n leave tht all.
    But After 9 to 10 Months I want to Continue My Clasz.Is that possible?

  • Taimur Naveed says:

    I have a Sharjah residence visa and a Pakistani passport. However I possess a valid U.S drivers license which is eligible until 2019. It was issued in 2012 and I had been driving in U.S until recently. To what extent relief, if any, will I get when it comes to taking the classes and tests?

    Please clarify
    Thank you

  • Puneet says:


    I’m an expat in Bahrain having valid driving license. If i get a job in UAE, can my driving license be converted into UAE or do i have to take all the written/road tests?

    • Shiva Kumar says:

      I was already opened driving licence file in Abudhabi for light motor vehicle automatic.Now I m taking practical classes.Mean time I got some job offer in other company.So if I change my company now what are the procedures to continue my driving training.

  • Muhammad Shoaib says:

    I am a security guard from Spark Security here in Abu Dhabi…
    i have a NOC issued from my company..
    How can i open my file.. we tried but they are not opening… 🙁

  • Shible Abdul khadar Cp says:

    I have an Indian driving licence and I need to take an emirates driving licence in Abu Dhabi
    Is it possible with a direct road test or after the classes
    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Dear shible

      Even if you have Indian driving license you have to attend driving test and then driving test of abu dhabi RTA.number of class is less for licens holders

  • Sahara says:

    Dear sir,
    I am holding qatar driving licence 10months before expired and having Indian driving licence. Shall I get direct road test after filing with sharjjah rta.
    My visa is from shrjah


  • Arnold says:

    my employment/residence visa is in dubai, but i am working in sharjah as my company have branches in dubai, sharjah, ras al khaimah and abu dhabi. where will i apply for a driving license?

  • Muhammad Ali says:

    sir kindly tel me that….. I have engineer visa and i am in probation period i want to take driving license from sharjah … do i have to show NOC ?

  • Khalid Salman says:

    can i apply for light driving license on guard visa in Abu Dhabi?

  • Ahmed says:

    I am working in Abu Dhabi, my family live in Ajman they all have Abu Dhabi residancy visa. now my wife & daughter want to open driving licence file in Ajamn.but Ajman Licence Dept. not open her files due to Abu Dhabi Visa. any suggation how they open her files in Ajman.

    • admin says:

      Dear Ahmed,

      you please contact RTA again with residence proof that verifying your family staying in Ajman or open file in abu dhabi RTA and transfer to Ajman RTA

  • Naeem says:

    i have employment visa and visa category is SALES can i apply for driving licence.

    • admin says:

      Dear naeem

      Of course you can apply for uae driving license

      Any type of visa holders other than visit can apply for drving license in uae

  • Salman says:

    Gud noon
    I ve pakistan national n international driving valid licence.
    I am in ajman on ajman city visa
    Tell me
    Can I get driving licence of dubai city
    My Pakistani international lc ll relief me to get dl early taking some classes. ?
    In licence fee n process fee what I relief

  • umer says:

    Kindly inform me. Can I apply for driving license? Because my visa status is well patrolium operator. Plz reply me Thanks

    • admin says:

      Dear Umer,

      anyone can apply for driving license.fee will be different for different visa holders and that depend on position

      • Saqib says:

        Please tell me about the office boy driving license fee in Ras Al Khaimah.

        • admin says:

          Dear sadiq,

          You have to pay RTA fee which is common in all Emirates.drivong class fee in RAS AL KHAIMA is less compare to driving schools in dubai and Abudhabi and average fee will be able 50AED or less per class. Dubai and abudhabi driving class fee is up to 100 AED and its depends on chosing driving school

  • Anees ul hassan says:

    what are the requirements for driving licence in abu dhabi emirates driving school, such as visa status requirement

    • admin says:

      which visa you are holding

      • Anees ul hassan says:

        working as security guard in abu dhabi more than six years is it possible i can open file for driving licence only NOC issued by company management

        • admin says:

          yes you can open open file with NOC

          More details contact Abu dhabi driving school

          Emirates Driving Company Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

          Street no. 17 Mussaffah Industrial Area
          Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
          +971 600 588880
          +971 2 5510227

          For general inquiries info@edcad.ae

  • Anees ul hassan says:

    what are the requirements for driving licence in abu dhabi emirates driving school,( visa status)

  • You can use any gcc license in uae

  • Arif Iqbal says:

    Thanks for the useful information. I have got a question here and would be more thankful if you guys give me some more information about. Suppose, A man has a valid driving license from any of the other GCC Countries, can he easily convert it into the one of UAE? If not, how many tests he has to undergo?

  • gagbush says:

    Thank you very much dear for all these complete details about Driving license in UAE and its whole procedure. But dear I have just shifted to Saudi Arabia and want to know the procedure of getting driving license in Saudi Arabia

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