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Apply for Adding a New Category Based on Exchanging Licenses

This service enables you to apply for adding a new license category based on exchanging a driving license with exceptions to certain nationalities (Check the table in Terms and Conditions).

Eligibility
Individual customers, citizens and residents, are eligible to apply for this service.
Required documents
  1. Original driving license from the exception countries + Copy
  2. Original valid Emirates ID
  3. Electronic eye test
  4. Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for diplomats.

Note: Customers with residence issued by other emirates and who have personal sponsorships cannot add a category.

Service fees
  • 200 AED license fees
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.
Process time
  • 1 visit to the service centre.
Customer Happiness Centres
  • Customer Happiness Centre - Umm Ramool (Eye test not available)
  • Customer Happiness Centre - Al Manarah (Eye test available)
  • Customer Happiness Centre - Al Towar (Eye test available)
  • Customer Happiness Centre - Deira (Eye test available)
  • Customer Happiness Centre - Al Barsha (Eye test available)
  • Customer Happiness Centre - Al Kifaf (Eye test not available)
  • Customer Happiness Centre - Al Aweer (Eye test not available)
Service Centres
Process

Through customer happiness centres or service centres

  • The customer submits the required documents at the centre
  • The customer requests to add the required category to the driving license
  • The customer is required to settle the fees of the service
  • The customer receives the license with the new categories.
Average waiting time
  • 1 visit to the Customer Happiness Centres.
Validity

Depends on the remaining validity period of the previous permit.

What you will get

New driving license with added category.

Terms and conditions
  • The customer must be present in person
  • The company must have a branch in Dubai in case the visa is issued in another emirate. The customer must work for this company.
  • The nationality of the customer must be from one of the exception countries, and the license should be issued in one of the said countries.
  • The customer must pass the eye test according to the requested category.
  • Driving license issued from the below countries cannot be replaced:
    • Puerto Rico (USA)
    • North Mariana (USA)
    • Guam island (USA)
    • Liechtenstein island (Switzerland)
    • Monaco island (France)
    • Jersey island (Britain)
  • Exception countries:

GCC Countries

License origin

Nationality

License requires translation (yes/no)

The foreign license must be withdrawn (yes/no)

Replaceable categories

Saudi Arabic

All exception countries

No

Yes, from all GCC nationalities only

All categories

Kuwait

All exception countries

No

Yes, from all GCC nationalities only

All categories

Bahrain

All exception countries

No

Yes, from all GCC nationalities only

All categories

Oman

All exception countries

No

Yes, from all GCC nationalities only

All categories

Qatar

All exception countries

No

Yes, from all GCC nationalities only

All categories

European countries

License origin

Nationality

License requires translation (yes/no)

The foreign license must be withdrawn (yes/no)

Replaceable categories

Lithuania

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Portugal

Nationals only

Yes

No

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Hungary

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Bulgaria

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Latvia

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Serbia

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Luxembourg

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Iceland

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Cyprus

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Light vehicle

Slovakia

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Light vehicle

Albania Nationals only No Yes Motorcycle and light vehicle

Romania

All exception countries

No

Yes

All categories

Germany

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Italy

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Switzerland

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Poland

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Finland

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Spain

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Holland

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Greece

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Sweden

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Belgium

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Ireland

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Turkey

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Denmark

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Austria

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

France

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Britain

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Norway

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

The Republic of Montenegro All exception countries Yes No All categories

Northern American countries

License origin

Nationality

License requires translation (yes/no)

The foreign license must be withdrawn (yes/no)

Replaceable categories

United States of America

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Canada

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

East Asian countries

License origin

Nationality

License requires translation (yes/no)

The foreign license must be withdrawn (yes/no)

Replaceable categories

Japan

All exception countries

Yes

No

All categories

South Korea

All exception countries

Yes

No

All categories

Hong kong

Nationals only

Yes

No

All categories

People's Republic of China

Nationals only

Yes

No

Light vehicle

Australia

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

New Zealand

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Singapore

Nationals only

No

No

Motorcycle and light vehicle

After passing the knowledge test (signs test)

African countries

License origin

Nationality

License requires translation (yes/no)

The foreign license must be withdrawn (yes/no)

Replaceable categories

South Africa

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

FAQs

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