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Apply for a License to Operate a Driving Institute

This service enables you to apply for a permit to establish a driving institute in Dubai and practice the activity of driving training including technical driving, advanced driving and desert driving.

UAE citizens are only eligible to apply for this service.
Required documents
  1. Letter from the investor stating the details of the application and the suggested institute location
  2. Copy of the Emirate ID
  3. Copy of the passport
  4. Feasibility study.
Service fees
  • 500 AED for the preliminary approval
  • 5,000 AED to issue the permit for the annual commercial licensing
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.
Process time

Preliminary approval: 10 working days from the date of submitting the report from the Licensing Institution to the Board of Directors.

Service Centres
  • Drivers Training and Qualification Department at the new Licensing Agency (LA) building.
  • The customer submits to the Licensing Agency (LA) the application with the required documents
  • The application is transferred to the concerned Department to study it and prepare a report to the LA executive director including the project details, and the recommendation of the department management
  • The report is submitted and discussed at the Board of Directors' meeting and an official letter is dispatched to the customer based on the Board's recommendations
  • The customer submits the engineering plans of the facility, the training tracks and the types of vehicles to be operated
  • The Technical Committee studies the plans according to the adopted technical specifications, and transfers the customer to the Traffic Department at RTA to obtain the necessary approvals regarding the study of the impacts on traffic, and the entry ways and exits
  • Once all above-mentioned approvals received, the Traffic Department sends a letter to the Commercial Transport Activities Department requesting an NOC for the customer to issue the trade license at the Department of Economic Development
  • Once all construction work accomplished, a site for the institute is created in the Licensing and Traffic smart system linking both systems and enabling the institute to start their training activity.
Average waiting time
  • Unidentified.

1 year.

    What you will get
    • License to operate a driving institute.
    Terms and conditions
    • The customer must be 21 years old or above and have good conduct and must not have any criminal conviction or a breach of honour or of the public trust doctrine
    • The total area of the land where the facility will be built and its surrounding area must not be less than 300,000 square feet
    • The suggested location of the driving institute must not be located in Al Qusais or Al Quoz or any other area in which RTA may forbid the licensing of new driving institutes
    • The customer must obtain the accreditation of all other parties concerned in the activity, if applicable
    • The customer must obtain the approvals of the Traffic Department at RTA related to the study of the driving institute impacts on traffic, including the approvals on the institute’s entry ways and exits
    • The customer must provide at their own expense a training Smart Yard with a minimum area of 77/40 square meter for the main institute. The areas of the branches Smart Yards are determined by RTA according to the number of the licensed vehicles and the area of the branch
    • The customer must dedicate a separate section for drivers’ testing, equipped with all required logistics for RTA supervisor and examiners
    • The customer must provide a sufficient number of training and testing vehicles compliant with the technical standards and requirements. Vehicles must be periodically maintained, fully insured not exceeding the maximum number of vehicles specified by the Drivers’ Training and Qualification Department
    • The customer must present a statement showing the fees of training and services specified or added after agreeing with the Licensing Agency
    • The customer must comply with the training requirements and the theoretical and practical training sessions and their duration that are determined by the Licensing Agency guidelines
    • The customer must appoint qualified trainers and lecturers according to the conditions set by the Licensing Agency
    • The customer must comply with the standardised training agreement adopted by the Licensing Agency when hiring trainers
    • The customer must not give statements to the press and must not issue any publications or handbooks related to the training process before having the written approval of the Licensing Agency
    • The customer must sign agreements related to practicing the activity and provide a bank guarantee with the value determined by RTA.

    For additional information : The provisions of the Federal Traffic Law No. 21 of 1995 and its implementing regulations, and Executive Council Decision number 38/2018 related to the regulation of driving learning activity in the emirate of Dubai.


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