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Home > How To Guide > Obtain an international driving permit in Dubai
Obtain an international driving permit in Dubai

UAE travellers intending to drive in a foreign country are advised to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) from the Automobile and Touring Club of UAE (ATCUAE).

The IDPs were established by the United Nations in 1949 to overcome difficulties faced by motorists travelling in foreign

countries in view of widely varying drivers licence requirements. While many countries now allow visitors to use their domestic driving licences when travelling abroad, this can lead to language problems.

An IDP has a number of advantages:
It is proof that the holder has a valid driving licence in their own country. It is also printed in ten languages - the five United
Nations official languages, English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese, as well as German, Arabic, Italian,
the Scandinavian languages and Portuguese. This helps overcome language barriers between drivers and police, while the document can also be a useful form of identification in the event of a lost passport.

Any UAE resident, irrespective of their nationality, can apply for the one year international driving permit in Dubai, provided the resident currently holds a valid Dubai driving licence.

Documents required:
A copy of passport
A copy of UAE-issued driving licence
Two photos

 
Conditions:
The applicant should be a holder of a valid UAE-issued driving licence.
 
Fees:
AED140 (may have changed)
 
N.B.
The validity period of an international driving permit is one year.
 
Where to obtain the service from:
Automobile & Touring Club (ATC UAE). Their office is in Al Mamzar area, between Century Mall & Al Mulla Plaza (see map) or you can also apply through any of their partners listed here.

 


Published Date : 31/05/2011
Last Modified : 28/02/2013

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