How to Apply for a Driving License in the UAE

Getting your driving license in UAE is not that difficult. To apply for a driving license in any emirates of the UAE including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah you must meet the minimum requirements set by the RTA.

Minimum Age Requirements

Individuals who are over the legal driving age and medically fit are eligible to apply for a driving learning permit and a new driver’s license in the UAE. The minimum age to obtain a driver’s license varies depending on the vehicle for which the license is being obtained. The following is the minimum age requirement:

  • 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.

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Required Documents

  • Copy of passport and residence visa page
  • Copy and original emirates ID card
  • 2 photographs
  • Eye test report
  • No objection letter from the sponsor (if required by the related traffic department).

Citizens of eligible countries can convert their driving license issued in their home country to a UAE license without having to take a driving test. This can be done by paying a total fee of AED 870.

An individual who wishes to obtain a new driving license in the United Arab Emirates should submit an application to a registered driving institute in the relevant emirate, conduct an eye test at any center approved by the traffic department, complete driving training classes, and pass all required tests.

After completing all classes and passing all tests, the applicant will be issued a new driving license that will be valid for two years.

Applicants can start the application process for a driver’s license by going to one of the following authorized driving schools:

Abu Dhabi

  • Emirates Driving Company


  • Emirates Driving Institute
  • Dubai Driving Centre
  • Galadari Motor Driving Centre
  • Belhasa Driving Centre
  • Al Ahli Driving Center


  • Sharjah Driving Institute 

Ras Al Khaimah 

  • Ras Al Khaimah Driving Academy


  • Fujairah National Driving Institute

Also Read: How to Check UAE Visa Expiry Date Online

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