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Apply for a New Driving Licence

This service enables you to apply for issuing a new driving licence in Dubai or adding a new category to the current driving licence after passing the required tests in the emirate of Dubai.

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Individual customers, citizens and residents in Dubai, who are above the legal age and medically fit are eligible to apply for this service.
Required documents
  1. Original Emirates ID

For residents with visa issued in the other emirates

  1. Copy of the tenancy agreement approved by ejari as a proof of residence
  2. Copy of the company's trade licence (Dubai branch and the branch that issued the residency).
  3. Letter from the company certifying that the customer works in Dubai

For diplomats

  1. Copy of the diplomatic passport
  2. Original Emirates ID, if any
  3. A copy of the diplomatic card for embassies, consulates and international organisations instead of the Emirates ID
  4. A copy of a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs valid for at least 6 months from the date of submission

For Pregnant Women

  1. Copy of a letter of approval from the doctor

For People of Determination

  1. Copy of the certificate of transfer to the doctor issued by the Licensing Agency

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

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

  1. Copy of the valid passport
  2. Copy of the valid "Marsoom"

For Emirati passport holder who is the son of an Emirati woman

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

From golden residency holders who have a driver licence from their countries

  1. A copy of the customer previous valid driving licence
  2. Knowledge test and Road test results.
Service fees
  • 100 AED for issuing a driving learning permit for the following categories: motorcycle - light vehicle - light automatic 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
  • The electronic eye test at the Eye Test Centres: 140 AED minimum and 180 AED maximum

Driving licence fees

  • 100 AED for issuing a new driving licence if the customer is younger than 21 years old
  • 300 AED for issuing a new driving licence if the customer is 21 years old and above
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees

Adding a new category to the driving licence fees

  • 200 AED new licence fees
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.
Process time
  • Website: 5 minutes.
  • Driving Institutes: 20 minutes.
Driving Institutes

Driving Institutes in Dubai



Contact Number

Al Ahli Driving Centre (Opening learning files is available for the mentioned categories only: light vehicle, light automatic vehicle, light equipment, heavy equipment)

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


Belhasa Driving Centre

Al Qouz


Dubai Driving Centre



Dubai Driving Centre

Al Qouz Industry 3


Dubai Driving Centre

Al Qusais 1


Dubai Driving Centre

Al Khail


Dubai International Driving Centre (Drive Dubai)

Dubai Investment Park 2


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 Transport Driving Institute

Warsan 3


Excellence Driving Centre

Al Qusais Industry-5


Bin Yaber Driving Centre

Al Rowayyah



To apply for a new driving licence or add a category to a licence issued in Dubai

  • The customer applies for the service through RTA Website using the valid Emirates ID.
  • The customer identity is verified by sending an OTP to the phone number registered in the system.
  • If the customer is a previous licence holder, he must submit a front and back copy of the licence.
  • The Driving Institute contacts the customer to agree on the required training package.
  • The customer settles the fees at the Institute to complete the process for obtaining the service and start the training.
  • The electronic contract is signed through RTA Website.
  • The customer takes an eye test at one of the Eye Test Centres authorised by RTA.
  • The customer receives the digital learning permit via SMS and e-mail to start the training.
  • After the completion of the training requirements for each stage, the customer books the required test date (Knowledge, Yard or Road).
  • The customer settles all the fees after passing the tests.
  • The new digital driving licence is issued after paying all the required fees.
Average waiting time
  • Website: N/A
  • Driving Institutes: 10 minutes.

Learning Permit

  • 3 months from the date of the permit issuance.

Driving licence

  • Customers under 21 years old: 1 year
  • Customers 21 years old and above: 2 years.
What you will get

A new driving licence.

Terms and conditions
  • The personal presence of the customer is required.
  • The customer must be medically fit.
  • Approval of the planned disclosure to complete the service progression procedures.
  • The training file is cancelled if the customer doesn't take the Road test within 6 months from his last appointment date.
  • Once the customer passes the Road test he receives a temporary licence valid for 7 days through email.
  • If less than two years have passed since the last appointment, the customer must reopen the learning file again to continue the application. If more than two years passed, the customer must apply again for the service.
  • The customer must abide by the following conditions to apply for a learning permit:

Motorcycle licence

  • The customer must not be younger than 17 years old.

Light vehicle licence

  • The customer must have completed the legal age of 17 years and 6 months to open a file; however, the licence is issued when the customer turns 18.

Vehicle for transporting passengers

  • Its weight while empty must not exceed 2.5 tonnes, and the number of passengers must not exceed 14 without the driver.

Vehicle for transporting cargo

  • Its weight while empty must not exceed 2.5 tonnes, and its cargo must not exceed 2 tonnes.

Heavy vehicle driving licence (all types of heavy and light vehicles)

  • The customer must be 20 years old.

Light bus driving licence (all types of light buses and vehicles, which number of passengers do not exceed 26 without the driver)

  • The customer must not be younger than 21 years old.

Heavy bus licence (all types of light and heavy buses and light vehicles)

  • The customer must not be younger than 21 years old.

Tractor or light equipment licence (all types of tractors or light equipment, which weight while empty does not exceed 7.5 tonnes)

  • The customer must not be younger than 20 years old.

Tractor or heavy equipment licence (all types of light and heavy tractors and equipment)

  • The customer must not be younger than 20 years old.

Conditions related to the Eye Test

  • The customer must take an eye test at an Eye Test Centre accredited by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
  • The customer must pass the eye test according to the requested category.

For drivers of light vehicles and motorcycles

  • Right eye 6/18 -- Left eye 6/18
  • Right eye 6/12-- Left eye 6/24
  • Right eye 6/9 -- Left eye 6/36 or 6/60
  • Right eye 6/6 -- Left eye blind.

For drivers of heavy vehicles with or without spectacles

  • Right eye 6/6 -- Left eye 6/18 or 6/12 or 6/9
  • Right eye 6/9 -- Left eye 6/9.

For the drivers of light and heavy buses, tractors and equipment with or without spectacles

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

For colour blind customers

  • The customer can apply for the permit on the condition of passing the eye test.

For holders of visas issued in other emirates

  • The customer must not have a driving licence file in another emirate.
  • The activity and name on the trade licence of the company’s Dubai branch must correspond.
  • The customer is exempt from presenting a trade licence if he was a CEO of companies, institutions, banks, public oil equipment, universities, or organisations.

Terms and Conditions related to the issuance of a driving licence

  • The customer must pass the required tests.
  • Question 1: If the customer is taking driving lessons in Dubai and then changes the visa to another emirate, who issues the licence 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 licence is 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 licence from automatic to manual?

Answer 2: There are no driving lessons required if the customer wants to change the driving licence 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 includes road rules information, including safe driving and crash prevention tips, and information on traffic offenses and black points. It also includes 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 that is approved by the Dubai Government.

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

Answer 4: A review of the handbook is conducted every 6 months, and an updated version is 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, he can contact RTA Call Centre 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 routine replacement of the handbook with new additions.

  • Question 7: Is purchasing the handbook mandatory with overseas licence exchange?

Answer 7: Yes, all customers who exchange their overseas licence to a Dubai licence 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 8: What if the customer already has a handbook?

Answer 8: The customer must purchase a copy of the handbook to make sure that everyone has his own updated copy.

  • Question 9: What if the customer does not want to purchase a handbook as part of the driving licence exchange process?

Answer 9: In this case, the customer will not be allowed to exchange the licence.

  • Question 10: Can a housemaid apply for a driving licence?

Answer 10: Yes, a housemaid can apply for a driving licence if they provide all the required documents.

  • Question 11: Is it possible for the customer to get the driving licence 1 year after passing the Road test?

Answer 11: If the customer did not get the driving licence within a period of 1 year from passing the test, he must take and pass another Road test.

  • Question 12: In case of failing the Road test, can the customer apply for another appointment?

Answer 12: Yes, after finishing the training lessons.

  • Question 13: If the customer's traffic file was issued in Dubai then there was a change in the place of issuance of the residence visa after passing the Road test, which emirate issues the licence?

Answer 13: The licence is issued in Dubai regardless of the residence visa place of issuance.

  • Question 14: What are the reasons behind not issuing the driving licence after passing the Road test?

Answer 14: The driving licence does not get issued after one year or more from passing the final test.

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