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Apply for Renewing a Driving Licence

This service enables you to apply for renewing a driving licence.

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

For all nationalities

For customers younger than 21 years old

  1. Original valid Emirates ID.

For customers 21 years and older

  1. Original valid Emirates ID.
  2. Eye test according to the required category.

For diplomats

  1. Original Emirates ID if any.
  2. A Diplomatic Cards for Embassies, Consulates and International Organisations instead of the Emirates ID.

For People of Determination (If the customer becomes unfit to drive)

  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 valid passport.
  2. Copy of the letter from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs stating that the customer's mother is Emirati.
Service fees

For customers younger than 21 years old

  • 100 AED for renewing a driver licence
  • + 20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.
  • 500 AED additional fees when requesting the mobile truck service for the eye test and licence renewal.

For customers 21 years and older

  • 300 AED for renewing a driver licence
  • + 20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.
  • 500 AED additional fees when requesting the mobile truck service for the eye test and licence renewal.

For evaluation test if the driving licence has not been renewed for more than 10 years

  • 200 AED for opening a training file
  • 100 AED for issuing a learning application
  • 50 AED for the handbook manual
  • 200 AED RTA test fees
  • 500 AED for the delay in renewing the driving licence
  • 300 AED driving licence renewal fee
  • + 20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.

Note: The fine for the delay in renewing the driving licence for less than 10 years is 10 AED per month, with a maximum of 500 AED. If it was expired for more than 10 years, the customer is only allowed to renew it after passing the Road test.

Process time
  • 5 minutes.
Website
RTA Smart Apps
Self Service Machines
Eye Test Centres

Dubai Optical

Yateem Optician

Malak Typing - Photocopying & Optical

Emirates Driving Institute - Eye Test

Salik Optical

Barakat Optical

Belhasa Driving Centre - Eye Test

Al Jaber Optical

Executive Optics

Apple International Optical

Leen Optics

Grand Optics

Rivoli EyeZone

Magrabi Optical

Process

Through Website

  • The customer takes an electronic eye test at one of the Eye Test Centres.
  • The customer enters his Emirates ID or driving licence details and the data is automatically retrieved.
  • The system verifies the customer’s identity by sending an OTP to his registered phone number.
  • The customer applies for Renewing a Driving Licence.
  • The customer settles all required fees and fines by credit card.
  • The customer receives a temporary driving licence by email while waiting for the original licence, which can be delivered through 2 channels:
    • Customer Happiness Centres in Deira or Al Barsha
    • Courier, with an additional charge of 25 AED.

Through Smart Apps

  • The customer takes an electronic eye test at one of the Eye Test Centres.
  • The customer selects Apply for Renewing a Driving Licence service from the Smart App.
  • The customer scans the QR code or enters the following details: driving licence number, issue date, birth year and traffic code number.
  • The customer pays the fines.
  • The customer settles the required fees by credit card.
  • The customer receives a temporary driving licence through the email to print while waiting for the original licence, which can be delivered through 2 channels:
    • Customer Happiness Centres in Deira or Al Barsha
    • By courier, with an additional charge of 25 AED.

Through Self Service Machines

  • The customer takes an electronic eye test at one of the Eye Test Centres.
  • The customer pays the fines.
  • The customer applies for Renewing a Driving Licence.
  • The customer settles the fees.
  • The customer prints the driving licence from the Self Service Machine.

Through the Eye Test Centres

  • The customer takes the eye test at the centre.
  • The customer pays all the due fines.
  • The customer receives a temporary driving licence through email while waiting for the original licence, which can be delivered through 2 channels:
    • Customer Happiness Centres in Deira or Al Barsha
    • By courier, with an additional charge of 25 AED.

Through Mobile Eye Test Trucks

  • The customer contacts Al Jaber Optical on 0556002116.
  • The customer requests the mobile truck service for the eye test and driving licence renewal, and selects the day and time that suit him.
  • The customer settles the required fees and fines.
  • The customer receives a temporary driving licence through email while waiting for the original licence, which can be delivered through 2 channels:
    • Customer Happiness Centres in Deira or Al Barsha
    • By courier, with an additional charge of 25 AED.

Note: The validity of the temporary licence varies according to the period set by the customer to receive the driving licence, and it ranges between 5 and 15 days maximum.

Average waiting time
  • Website and Smart Application: N/A
  • Self Service Machines: N/A
  • Eye Test Centres: Unidentified.
Validity
  • Below 21 years old: 1 Year
  • 21 years old and above: 10 years for UAE and GCC citizens and 5 years for residents.
What you will get

Renewed driving licence.

Terms and conditions
  • The validity of the medical test is 6 months from the date of its issuance.
  • All fines on the driving licence must be paid.
  • If the customer was 21 years old and above, the driving licence can be renewed 1 year before its expiry date.
  • If the customer was less than 21 years old, the licence can be renewed 1 month before its expiry date.
  • The driving licence to be renewed must be valid and with its owner.
  • Temporary or periodic driving licences cannot be renewed.
  • The customer’s photograph is retrieved from the Emirates ID scanner.
  • Marsoom holders with an expired passport can renew their driving licence for a maximum period of 1 year.
  • Diplomats, people without a family book (Marsoom), and sons of Emirati women. must visit the Customer Happiness Centers Umm Ramool, Al Manarah, Al Twar, Deira, Al Barsha or Al Kifaf to apply for the service in order to fulfill the requirements for their exceptions.
  • The customer can request the mobile truck service for the eye test and licence renewal.
FAQs
  • Question 1: If the customer is on a visit visa, can he renew his expired driving licence?

Answer 1: No, the customer must have a valid Emirates ID card.

  • Question 2: If the driving licence is issued in Dubai and the visa is from another emirate, can the customer renew the driving licence online?

Answer 2: Yes, the customer can renew the licence online after making sure that all the details of the traffic file are updated on the traffic system according to the new residence visa.

  • Question 3: If the customer submits the photo to the optician and does the renewal online, which photo will appear on the new driving licence?

Answer 3: As per the policy, only the Emirates ID photo is used. However, if the said photo was not extracted for a certain reason, it is substituted with a photo from the system of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, or from the camera, or the scanner.

  • Question 4: What is the procedure in case there is missing information?

Answer 4: If the customer applies for the licence online with missing information or documents, the office team sends him an SMS to provide the details.

SMS Content: Dear customer, kindly provide us with your passport copy including your valid visa to complete your transaction. Email: rtaonline@rta.ae or elham.alfarsi@rta.ae. Thank you from RTA.

  • Question 5: What is the procedure in case the Police cancels or suspends a driving licence after reaching 24 black points?

Answer 5: The customer must go to Dubai Police to request an NOC letter to apply for an Evaluation test, so that RTA can open a new training file.

  • Question 6: Is it possible to renew or add a category to a military driving licence?

Answer 6: No, the customer must visit the concerned authority to add a category or renew the military licence.

  • Question 7: What is the procedure in case the customer’s driving licence was confiscated by Dubai Police for whatever reason and the customer was asked to refer to the authority to solve the problem?

Answer 7: The customer is sent to Barsha Licensing Centre or Deira Licensing Centre.

  • Question 8: Is it possible to renew the driving licence from other emirates in Dubai?

Answer 8: No, it is not possible.


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