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Apply for a New Driving License Based on Exchanging Licenses

This service enables you to apply for issuing a new driving license in Dubai based on exchanging license, and according to the list of authorised states for the replacement of the driving license.

Eligibility
Individual customers, citizens and residents, can apply for this service.
Required documents
  1. Original driving license of the exception countries + copy
  2. No Objection Certificate (NOC) form the sponsor except for the 66 professions (mentioned in the chart below)
  3. Electronic eye test
  4. Original valid Emirates ID
  5. Legalized translation of the license if it was not in English or Arabic

For residents with visa issued in other emirate (working in Dubai)

  1. Original valid Emirates ID
  2. Electronic test
  3. Trade license copy of both branches (Dubai and other Emirates)
  4. Letter from the company certifying that the customer works in Dubai

For exchanging Singapore Driving license

  1. Knowledge Test is mandatory to convert the driving license in Deira Licensing Department for the duration of 45 minutes. This service is available from Sunday to Thursday between 8 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Customer with diplomatic passport

  1. Diplomatic passport + copy
  2. Original driving license + copy
  3. Electronic eye test
  4. Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affaires valid for at least 6 months from the date of submission
  5. Diplomatic Cards for Embassies, Consulates and International Organisations as an official document instead of the Emirates ID.

Customer having a license from exception countries but his nationality is not from the listed countries

  1. Knowledge test
  2. Driving test
  3. Yard test.

Professions that do not require NOC

Judge

Shipmaster

Prosecutor

Noukhaza

Lawyer

Pharmacist

Consultant

Nurse

Legalist

Military personnel

Doctor/General practitioner

Imam

Doctor

Orator

Surgeon

Daiah

Specialist

Speaker

Advisor

Mufti

Specialist

Marriage official

Expert

Muezzin

Professor

Reciter

Teacher

Historian

Instructor

Journalist

Trainer

Editor

Guide

Director

Lecturer

Producer

Engineer

Commentator

Contractor

Anchor

Investor

Program planner

Owner of land or property

Sports referee

Trader

Sports player

Businessman

Accountant

Free business

Financial analyst/researcher

Owner or partner of a business/establishment

Economic analyst/researcher

Auctioneer

Geologist

Broker

Tour guide

Commercial agent

Auditor

Manager

Computer programmer

Pilot

Writer

Hostess

Storekeeper

Captain

Treasurer


Service fees
  • 200 AED for opening a file
  • 600 AED for issuing a license
  • 50 AED for handbook manual
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.
Average processing time
  • 1 visit to the service centres.
Service Centres
Process

Through Centres

  • The customer presents the required documents at the service centre
  • The driving license authenticity is verified
  • A traffic file is opened if the customer is applying for the first time
  • The customer is required to settle the fees at the centre
  • Once issued and printed, the customer receives the license.
Validity
  • 1 year customers below the age of 21
  • 2 years validity for customers who are above the age of 21.
What you will get

UAE driving license based on exchange.

Terms and conditions
  • The customer or his legal representative must be personally present
  • Driving license cannot be replaced for holders of duel passports if they were residents of an unauthorized country and it shows on one of their passports
  • Driving licenses issued from GCC for GCC citizens must be valid upon their replacement. Original licenses are withdrawn from their holders
  • 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

    All categories

    Kuwait

    All exception countries

    No

    Yes, from all GCC nationalities

    All categories

    Bahrain

    All exception countries

    No

    Yes, from all GCC nationalities

    All categories

    Oman

    All exception countries

    No

    Yes, from all GCC nationalities

    All categories

    Qatar

    All exception countries

    No

    Yes, from all GCC nationalities

    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

    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

    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
  • Question 1: Can the customer exchange his driving license in Dubai if he has a visa from other emirates and a tenancy agreement in Dubai?

Answer 1: The customer can exchange his driving license even if his visa is from other emirates . He must be living and working in Dubai and the company must have a branch in Dubai.

  • Question 2: If the customer is from GCC countries and has a driving license, does he need to exchange it or can he use it to drive in Dubai?

Answer 2: A GCC national is allowed to drive with his own driving license as long as he is on a visit trip but if he is working and living in UAE, then he must exchange the driving license.

  • Question 3: If the customer is on a visit visa with a driving license from GCC countries, but his nationality is not from GCC countries nor from the exception countries, can he drive in Dubai or does he need an international license? What are the vehicles that he can drive using his GCC license?

Answer 3: The customer can drive light vehicles and motorcycles if he has a driving license from the exception or GCC countries if he is on visit visa.

  • Question 4: The customer is a USA national with an investment visa, and a US driving license, and he comes in and out of the country. Does he have to exchange his driving license in Dubai or can he use his US license in Dubai?

Answer 4: No, the customer is not allowed to drive with the US driving license.

  • Question 5: The customer has a mission visa, service visa or multiple visa, can he drive in the UAE using a driving license issued in a country which is from the exception countries list? What is the procedure?

Answer 5: No, he cannot if he doesn't have a valid residence visa.

  • Question 6: What is the procedure if the customer has dual passport and he wants to convert his driving license to Dubai driving license but the visa is stamped on the passport which is not from the exception countries?

Answer 6: The customer cannot replace it, and he should refer to the driving institutes to open a training file.

  • Question 7: The customer has a UK driving license (exception countries) and he is on a visit visa, can he drive a vehicle registered under KSA plate number in the UAE?

Answer 7: The customer cannot drive even if he is holding a UK driving license and a UK passport. He can only drive it in UAE in case he crosses the border while driving it.

  • Question 8: What is the procedure if the customer has a driving license from Dubai and he has exchanged it for a GCC license? If the customer wants to come back to Dubai on a residence visa, how can he get the Dubai license back?

Answer 8: For any nationality, if the original driving license was issued in Dubai, the customer can have it back by presenting his valid Emirates ID.

  • Question 9: Can the customer convert a license from New Mexico?

Answer 9: Yes since it's an American state.

  • Question 10: Can the customer convert a license from Puerto Rico?

Answer 10: No.

  • Question 11: Can the customer exchange G1 and G2 Canadian licenses?

Answer 11: No.

  • Question 12: Can the customer exchange the driving license issued from the exempted countries if he holds a residence from other emirates with personal sponsorship?

Answer 12: The license can be exchanged from the emirate where the residence was issued.


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