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Convert a foreign driving license to drive in Dubai

Transfer of Existing Driving License
You may be eligible to transfer your existing driving license, without having to take a driving test or going to a driving school, if you have a valid driving license from some countries.
You have to be a citizen of the country given below with current resident status in UAE. This means that former residents from these countries who may be holding permanent driver licenses are not eligible and you will have to follow all the steps to get a new license as given here.

The countries from which citizens can transfer their driving licenses are given below:

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States. (Please call RTA on 8009090 for any changes to this list)

Should bring letter from Consulate or Embassy/Certified legal translation if the license information is not in English.
 
• Original Emirates ID
•  Original driving license of the exception countries +copy
• No Objection Certificate (NOC) form the sponsor except for the 66 professions (attached list)
• Eye test (certified by the Dubai Health
• Medical screening for Senior resident (age 65and above) certified by the DHA
• Authority 
 
Easy Steps

 

1. Get an eye test done. This can be done at any hospital, clinic or optician. Give them 2 passport-sized photos and mention that it is for a driving license. Most opticians will not charge for the test, while there may be a small fee for others.
2. Carry all documents mentioned above & go to Dubai Traffic Department Driving License Section in Al Ghusais from 7.30 am to 2.30 pm on a working day. Ladies can go to the Ladies Section, where the work is even quicker.
3. Fill up application form & submit all documents to the officer.
4. Take signed documents from officer & pay AED 360 to the cashier.
5. Submit all documents at Data Entry Counter.
6. Your name will be called out and your photograph taken.
7. A few minutes later, you will receive your license.

 

To keep track of updated changes to procedures, please see the Dubai Police Website.

 


Published Date : 01/01/2017
Last Modified : 19/03/2018

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