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Driving License in UAE

Driving License in UAE
Driving License in UAE

Overview of Driving in The UAE

Overview of Driving
in The UAE

  • Residential areas: 31 mph
  • Urban areas: 50 mph
  • Highways: 75 mph

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Black Points System

Driving Style of UAE Locals

Petrol Prices

  • Super 98: AED 2.58 (USD 0.7) per liter
  • Special 95: AED 2.47 (USD 0.67) per liter
  • Diesel: AED 2.45 (USD 0.67) per liter

Driving Licenses

Driving Licenses

Renewal of Driving License

RTA Application

Driving with A Foreign Driving License

Driving with A Foreign
Driving License

Exchanging A Foreign Driving License

Exchanging A Foreign
Driving License

Required Documents

  • Original driving license of the exception countries plus a copy
  • Electronic eye test report (can be done at any optician)
  • Original valid Emirates ID plus copies
  • Legalized translation of the license if the original was not either in English or Arabic
  • 2 passport-sized photos.
  • NOC from the sponsor (if required by the related traffic department)

Service Fees

  • Opening a file – AED 200 (USD 55)
  • Issuing a license – AED 600 (USD 165)
  • Handbook manual – AED 50 (USD 14)
  • Knowledge and Innovation fees – AED 20 (USD 5.5)

Step-by-Step Process

  • The authenticity of the driving license is verified
  • A traffic file is opened in case the client is applying for the first time
  • The customer pays the above-mentioned fees at the center
  • An e-copy of the receipt is sent via email as well as a text message to the contact data provided by the customer
  • A message is sent to the registered phone number with a link to download a copy of the transaction receipt
  • Once issued and printed, the customer obtains the UAE driving license

Getting A Driving License

Getting Driving License

  • Be a resident or citizen of the UAE
  • Be medically fit (entails an eye test)
  • Be 17 years and 6 months old or above
  • Join a training and qualification programme offered by an approved driving institute
  • Pass the theoretical and practical tests

Necessary Documents and Fees

  • Copy of passport and residence visa page
  • Copy and original Emirates ID
  • 2 passport photographs
  • Eye test report
  • No-objection letter (NOC) from the sponsor (if required)

Tests During Exam

  • Theory test. This is completed on the computer before the final on-road test. It examines your understanding of traffic laws, safety procedures and driving risk perception. Usually, it consists of 35 multiple-choice questions and is carried out at your chosen driving institute.
  • Parking Test. This is carried out in the area of the driving school. You will be tested in angle parking, garage parking, parallel parking, an emergency stop and slope/hill parking.
  • Assessment test. Basically, this is a mock test of the on-road exam. Your instructor will advise you on the best date to book the assessment and it will allow them to consider when you can book your on-road test. You will have only 10 minutes to show your driving expertise at this stage.
  • On-road driving test. There are no strict limits on the duration of this test, as it can last from several minutes to half an hour. On your assigned date of the test, you have to come with your driving file, consisting of 2 passport photographs and payment for the road test fee. Keep in mind that in some cases, you may ride in the same car as other drivers also taking their test.

Summary

Summary

  • Drunk or narcotic driving in UAE can lead to jail time, a substantial fine and 24 black points
  • Despite strict traffic regulations, the locals in the UAE have erratic driving manners
  • Although the minimum age for driving is 18, one can apply for a driving license half a year before turning the required age
  • UAE residents must have a UAE driving license and are not allowed to use the document of their home country
  • It is permitted for individuals with tourist visas, to drive cars registered under their close relatives in the UAE

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