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Applying For A New UAE Driving License

This service enables you to apply for issuing a new driving license in Dubai after passing the driving test.


Reference to the UAE Cabinet Decision (30) of 2017 on traffic and traffic safety services, the fees of driving licenses and vehicles are changed. For more information please visit or contact RTA call centre on the following number: 8009090.


Individual customers, citizens and residents are eligible to apply for this service.

Required documents

  1. Emirates ID


New UAE driving license.

Service fees

  • 100 AED for issuing a new driving license if the customer is younger than 21-years-old
  • 300 AED for issuing a new driving license if the customer is older than 21-years-old
  • +20 AED knowledge and innovation fees.


Emirati and GCC nationals Other nationalities
Age above 21 years old 2 years 2 years
Age below 21 years old 1 year 1 year

Average processing time

1 visit to the driving institutes.

Ways to apply


Through driving institutes:

  • The customer submits all the documents at the driving institutes
  • In case the customer passes the tests, he receives a license from the driving institute only

Terms and conditions

  • The customer must be present in person
  • The customer must pass the driving test
  • The customer must be of at least minimum legal age to apply for a driving permit:
    • Motorcycles: 17 years old
    • Light vehicles: 18 years old. The vehicle's weight while empty should not exceed 2.5 tonnes, and the number of passengers should not exceed 14 without the driver for the passengers transportation vehicles. For the goods transport vehicles, cargo must not exceed 2.5 tonnes.
    • Heavy vehicles: 20 years old
    • Light and heavy buses: 21 years old. The passengers number of the bus must not exceed 26 without the driver
    • Tractor or light mechanical machine: 20 years old. The weight of the tractor or mechanical machine while empty must not exceed 7.5 tonnes


  • Question 1: Is there a procedure to cancel a driving license?

Answer 1: There is no procedure for driving license cancellation. The customer cannot cancel his/her driving license. However, the customer can submit his driving license to Deira main licensing office or to the RTA main customer service by presenting an official letter and a passport copy.

  • Question 2: In case of failing the driving test, can the customer apply for another appointment?

Answer 2: yes, after 3 days.

  • Question 3: Is it possible for the customer to get his driving license after one year from passing the exam?

Answer 3: No, the customer must take another assessment test (internal road test, road test and road signs test).

  • Question 4: If the customer's traffic file was issued in Dubai then he changes his visa to another emirate after passing the road test, which emirate will issue the license?

Answer 4: The license will be issued in Dubai regardless of the visa place of issuance.

  • Question 5: What are the reasons behind not issuing the driving license after finishing the training?

Answer 5: The driving license does get issued after passing the final test if the residence visa was expired.

  • Question 6: How many courses must the customer attend if he wants to change his license from automatic to manual?

Answer 6: No training courses are required to change the license from automatic to manual.

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