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Apply for a Learning Permit

This service enables you to apply for issuing a driving learning permit for the Emirate of Dubai.

Individual customers, citizens and residents, who are above the legal age and medically fit are eligible to apply for this service. Legal age: Motorcycle: 17 years Light vehicle: 17 years and 6 months Heavy vehicle: 20 years Light or heavy bus: 21 years Mechanical vehicle: 20 years.
Required documents

For UAE nationals and GCC:

  1. Original Emirates ID
  2. Electronic Eye test.

For holders of a residence visa issued in Dubai:

  1. Original Emirates ID
  2. Eye test (electronic test)
  3. NOC letter from the sponsor except for the below listed 66 professions
    • The letter must be addressed to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) either in English or in Arabic
    • The letter must have a validity date. noting that the letter has a validity of 6 months
    • The letter must be signed and stamped if the sponsor was a company
    • The letter must be signed by the sponsor for personal sponsorship if the sponsor's profession was driver, farmer, servant, etc

Note: NOC is not required for personal sponsorship if the sponsor was a relative (mother, father, housewife, son, mahram, daughter, etc.)

  • Professions that do not require NOC:










Military personnel

Doctor/General practitioner











Marriage official




















Program planner

Owner of land or property

Sports referee


Sports player



Free business

Financial analyst/researcher

Owner or partner of a business/establishment

Economic analyst/researcher




Tour guide

Commercial agent



Computer programmer







For residents with visa issued in other emirate:

  1. Proof of residence in due through a tenancy agreement approved by ejari
  2. Letter from the company certifying that the customer works in Dubai

For diplomats

  1. Copy of the Diplomatic passport
  2. Emirates ID, if any
  3. Diplomatic card
  4. Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

For Pregnant Women:

  1. A letter of approval from the doctor

For People of Determination:

  1. A transfer certificate to the doctor issued by the Licensing Institute

Note: The customer should refer to Rashid Hospital for the medical test

For the passport holder who is without a family book (Marsoom):

  1. Electronic eye test
  2. The original valid Passport
  3. Copy of valid passport
  4. A valid "Marsoom"

For passport holder who is the son of an Emarati woman:

  1. Copy of the birth certificate
  2. Copy of valid passport
  3. Electronic Eye test
  4. A valid letter from General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs stating that the customer's mother is Emirati.

Service fees
  • 100 AED for issuing a driving learning permit for the following categories: motorcycle - light vehicle – light automatic vehicle – light equipment vehicle
  • 200 AED for issuing a driving learning permit for the following categories: light bus - heavy bus -light equipment - heavy equipment - heavy vehicle
  • 200 AED for opening a traffic file
  • 50 AED for the handbook manual
  • 200 AED for the knowledge test
  • Electronic eye test fee at the optical shops: 140 AED maximum
  • Electronic eye test fee at RTA trusted agents: 180 AED maximum
  • 20 AED for the electronic test appointment
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.
Average processing time
  • Up to 10 minutes at the driving institutes or the registration offices or RTA service centers.
Driving Institutes

For training and test in Dubai:



Contact Number

Al Ahli Driving Centre

Al Qouz Branch 4


Belhasa Driving Centre

Al Wasel Branch


Belhasa Driving Centre

Jabal Ali


Belhasa Driving Centre

Nad Al Hammar


Belhasa Driving Centre

Al Qouz 4


Dubai Driving Centre



Dubai Driving Centre

Al Qouz Industry 3


Dubai Driving Centre

Al Qusais 1


Dubai Driving Centre

Al Khail


Belhasa Driving Centre

Al Qouz


Dubai International Driving Centre (Drive Dubai)

Dubai Investment Park2


Galadari Motor Driving Centre

Al Qusais 4


Galadari Motor Driving Centre

Al Qouz 3


Emirates Driving Institute

Al Qusais 1


Emirates Driving Institute

Al Qouz 3


Emirates Driving Institute

Mina Rashid


Emirates Transport Driving Institute

Warsan 3


Optical Shops For Eye Test
Dubai Optical
Yateem optician
Malak Typing - Photocopying & Optical
Emirates Driving Institute - Eye Test
Salik Optical
Barakat Optical
Belhasa Driving Center - Eye Test
Al Jaber optical center
Executive Optical Center
International optical
Leen optics
Grand optics
Service Centres
  • The registration offices.
  • RTA service centres.
  • The customer presents the required documents at the institutes or at the registration offices
  • The customer is required to settle the fees in person to open a traffic file
  • The concerned employees print the electronic application after opening a traffic file to be checked and approved by the customer
  • The customer undergoes an eye test at the office of one of RTA trusted optical centres
  • The customer receives the learning permit to start the training.

6 months from the date of the permit issuance.

What you will get

Driving learning permit.

Terms and conditions
    • The personal presence of the customer is required.
    • The customer must be medically fit.
    • In case the visa is issued in another emirate:
      • The customer must not have a driving license file in another emirate.
      • The activity and trade name on the commercial license of the company’s Dubai branch must correspond
      • The same sponsor-related requirements must be presented in case of personal sponsorship
      • The customer is exempt from presenting a commercial license if he was the CEO of a company, an institution, a bank, a university, an organization, or of public oil equipment
    • The training file will be cancelled if the customer doesn't take the road test within 6 months from his last appointment date
    • The customer must abide by the following to apply for a driving license:
    Motorcycle license:
    • The customer must not be younger than 17 years old.
    Light vehicle license:
    • The customer must be 17 years and 6 months old to open a file; however, the license will be issued when the customer turns 18
    • If the vehicle is for transporting passengers, its weight while empty should not exceed 2.5 tonnes, and the number of passengers must not exceed 14 without the driver
    • If the vehicle is for transporting cargo, its weight while empty must not exceed 2.5 tonnes, and its cargo must not exceed 2 tonnes.
    Heavy vehicle license (all types of heavy and light vehicles):
    • The customer must be 20 years old.
    Light bus license (all types of light buses and vehicles of which the number of passengers do not exceed 26 without the driver)
    • The customer must not be younger than 21 years old to apply for this license.
    Heavy bus license (all types of light and heavy buses and light vehicles):
    • The customer must not be younger than 21 years old to apply for this license.
    Tractor or light mechanical machine license (all types of tractors or light mechanical machines of which the weight while empty does not exceed 7.5 tonnes):
    • The customer must not be younger than 20 years old to apply for this license.
    Tractor or heavy mechanical machine license (all types of light and heavy tractors and mechanical machines) :
    • The customer must not be younger than 20 years old to apply for this license.
    Eye test results:
    • The customer must take an eye test at an eyesight testing centre accredited by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
    • The customer must have the results of the eye test according to the requested category.

For drivers of light vehicles and motorcycles:

  • One eye 6/18 -- Second eye 6/18
  • One eye 6/12-- Second 6/24
  • One eye 6/9 -- Second eye 6/36 or 6/60
  • One eye 6/6 -- Blind.

For drivers of heavy vehicles:

  • One eye 6/6 -- Second eye 6/18 or 6/12 or 6/9
  • One eye 6/9 -- Second eye 6/9.

For the drivers of light and heavy buses, tractor and mechanical machines:

  • Both eyes must be 6/6 with spectacles or without spectacles.

For colour blind customers:

  • The customer can apply for the license on condition of passing the eye test.
  • Question 1: If the customer is taking driving lessons in Dubai and then changes the visa to another emirates, who will issue the license after the customer passes the road test knowing that the visa is not from Dubai anymore?

Answer 1: Knowing that the file is opened in Dubai, the license will be issued in Dubai after the customer passes the road test.

  • Question 2: What is the required number of driving lessons if the customer wants to change the driving license from automatic to manual?

Answer 2: There are no driving lessons required if the customer wants to change the driving license from automatic to manual, but he should pass the Road Test.

Drivers handbook

  • Question 3: What is in the Dubai Drivers' handbook?

Answer 3: The handbook provides road rules information, including safe driving & crash prevention tips, and information on traffic offences and black points. It also provides information about road signs and road markings that are used in Dubai and the UAE. This handbook is the only one related to road rules. It is approved by the Dubai Government.

  • Question 4: When is the handbook's information updated?

Answer 4: A review of the handbook will be conducted every 6 months, and an updated version will be issued if necessary. When significant changes occur, a leaflet with the updated information may be provided with the handbook.

  • Question 5: What does the customer do if he thinks the information in the handbook is incorrect?

Answer 5: In this case, you can contact RTA call center 8009090.

  • Question 6: Why does the handbook cost 50 AED?

Answer 6: The government of Dubai has set 50 AED as a cost for all similar documents. The cost includes the development and production of the handbook as well as the routinely replacement of the handbook with new additions. It is worth noting that the cost also includes 10 AED as knowledge fee for the Government of Dubai.

  • Question 7: Where can the customer purchase the handbook?

Answer 7: The handbook is available at all RTA outlets. The handbooks are expected to be available at other outlets. The customer can also purchase it through the SDDI system. An application to purchase 1 book only may be filled online. There is a handbook for each level of the license (5 available handbooks). They are issued in Arabic, English and Urdu.

  • Question 8: Is purchasing the handbook compulsory with overseas license transfer?

Answer 8: Yes, all clients who transfer their overseas license to a Dubai license must purchase a copy of the Light Vehicle handbook. The handbook purchase is automatically calculated by E-Traffic and added to the payment receipt.

  • Question 9: What if the customer already has a handbook?

Answer 9: The customer must purchase a copy of the handbook to make sure that everyone has his own updated copy.

  • Question 10: What if the customer does not want to purchase a handbook as part of the license transfer process?

Answer 10: In this case, the customer will not be allowed to transfer the overseas license.

  • Question 11: Can a housemaid apply for a driving license?

Answer 11: Yes, a housemaid can apply for a driving license on a condition of providing all the required documents.

  • Question 12: Is it possible for the customer to get the driving license 1 year after passing the road test?

Answer 12: If the customer did not get the driving license within a period of 1 year from passing the test, he must have another road test and the examiner must present the result once again.

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