Since being in the car rental industry, we at Shining Star Car Rental have had and still do have many Expat custom.
Many new Expats to UAE that are already existing drivers, are usually caught between some confusing and sometimes stressful situations in regards to sorting out their driving license documents. They often find that renting a car as a Tourist is an easier solution while waiting for their preferred outcome to take place. But what many of them don’t seem to know in advance is that they maybe able to convert their existing foreign driving license to a valid and acceptable Dubai license.
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 a 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:
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.
Driving license holders of some countries in the above list will require translations or consulate letters, these countries include:
Canada, A letter from the Canadian Consulate in Dubai is needed to verify that the license is genuine will be required before transferring your license.
Driving license holders from Greece, Canada, Cyprus, Poland, Turkey, Japan & South Korea will require a translation of their driving license from their respective consulates.
Fees & Documents Required
- Passport for residents (original & copy)
- Residence permit copy
- Current driving license (original & copy)
- Translation of driving license (for some countries)
- Consulate letter (for Canadians)
- 1 passport photo
- Eye test certificate
- AED 360 for transfer fee and opening a driving file
- Also required is a no-objection letter from your sponsor.
Here is an Easy Checklist to Follow for your convenience:
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 carried out even quicker.
3. Fill out the 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.
We hope that this checklist and advice will prove useful to you as it has been to our previous Expat clients, we acted on their request to put all down somewhere they will find easy access to, so what better place than our own blog? It will certainly save some of our time repeating the same advice over and over again, although it is always our pleasure to be able to help our valued customers in any way we can.
Please note though that it is normal as in any state for some details to change now and again so please do check that this information is still valid at the time of your application by either visiting Dubai Police website at: www.dubaipolice.gov.ae/dp/jsps/home.do? or you can visit the RTA (Roads & Transport Authority) website at: www.rta.ae/wpsv5/wps/portal/rta/home/
And please do share your comments, any further advice or experiences with us, we are always happy to hear your feedback.