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Driving license can be applied through any of the
approved Driving Institutes/Centers in Dubai. To apply for Driving
License the following documents are required:
+ Driving License New/Renewal fee at RTA
is Dh320. Can be paid through Credit/Debit Card or Cash.
Documents required for New Driving License
+ Original passport with valid visa +
+ Filled application
+ No Objection Letter from sponsor with company seal and signature.
For dependent sponsored visa holders, NOC from husband/father/mother
+ 4 photographs
+ Applicant's age should not be less than
+ Normal applicants should appear for 40
practical classes and 4 theoretical classes.
+ GCC valid driving license holders can
appear for road test directly along with the above mentioned
+ If the
applicant holds valid
driving license from his home country, he needs to appear for 20
classes only, if the license is attested from the concerned Consulate.
The process of acquiring a driving licence:
+ Open an E-Traffic File and get a copy of the Light Motor Vehicle
Handbook through one of the driving schools
+ Apply and get a learning permit
+ Begin theory classes
+ Book for theory test
+ Pass the theory test
+ Attend the required number of practical classes
+ Go through internal Smart Yard Assessment
+ Attempt RTA Smart Yard Test
+ Internal On-road Assessment
+ Book for practical test
+ Attend freeway/highway driving
+ Pass the practical driving test
+ Keep learning to drive and driving to learn
+ Average time taken - 3 months
+ Average test attempts - 3 trials
+ Average age group - 27 to 31 years
+ Minimum learning hours - 20
Steps for learners:
1. Register for a driving licence course in one of the authorised
driving schools by opening your RTA file. Students can opt to register
for either automatic or manual gear transmission for their car driving
licence. However, automatic licence holders are not allowed to drive a
manual gear vehicle.
Documents required: Passport (original and copy) with residence
stamp, No-Objection Certificate from employer and eight photos.
Eye test: You need to get an eye test done either with an optician or
at your driving school. The receipt of the test must be submitted at
your driving school.
2. Theory Test: The training course begins with theory lectures
and it is mandatory to take all the lectures for 8 hours before
starting practical training classes.
(i) The theory test is carried out at the five authorised driving
(ii) Don't forget to carry a relevant ID, driving file, two photos and
theory test fee of Dh200.
(ii) A total of 35 questions on road signals, hazards and guidelines
on safe-driving will be asked in either English, Arabic or Urdu, with
more languages to be added later. Candidates who cannot read the
touch-screen or are not computer literate can take the examination
(iii) The first segment with 17 questions focuses on general traffic
situations, and the candidate will need to answer a minimum of 11
correct to pass.
(iv) The second segment has 18 questions related to the specific
driving licence the candidate requires and a minimum of 12 correct
answers are required to be eligible for the road test.
(v) From July 2015, a new segment was added to the Theory test. Called
Risks Recognition Test, the test contains a few videos that depicts
specific environmental conditions and asks the driver how he/she can
cope with them.
3. There is a pre-evaluation test for students who have signed up for
30 and 20 classes to evaluate their driving experience.
4. After passing the theory test and pre-evaluation test (if
required), students can begin their practical training.
(i) Students who do not possess any driving licence (from any country)
have to register for 40 classes.
(ii) Students possessing their country's licence which is 2-5 years
old have to take 30 classes.
(iii) Students possessing their country's licence which is more than 5
years old have to take 20 classes.
5. After your practical training classes, your course-in charge will
advise you to book your RTA parking test and assessment test.
6. After clearing your assessment test, you will complete your highway
training before going for the final road test.
7. Road Test: On the date assigned, go with your passport, driving
file, two photos to the RTA Licence Section as advised by your driving
school. Fill up an application form and submit fees (around Dh200 for
the road test). When your name is called out, go along with the other
three candidates and the RTA inspector to the designated car. You will
be given just a few minutes to demonstrate your driving skills.
If you fail, you will have to register with your driving school for at
least seven more classes and get a new road test date.
If you pass, collect the approval paper from your inspector and go to
the Pass Counter. Submit a suitable ID and Dh100. Collect your test
file and submit to the Control Counter. After processing, pay the
required fee. In a few minutes, you will receive your DL and be
eligible to drive in Dubai and the UAE. Congratulations!
1. Refresher Course: If you already have a valid UAE driving licence
and only need practice, you can apply for this course. It includes 8
practical training classes. You can take 4 minimum classes also.
2. Simulator Training: All students registered for 40 classes will
have to attend 1 session of Simulator prior to starting their training
3. Solo Training: This is mandatory for 40 classes' course and is
optional for 30 and 20 classes' course.
4. People who have a valid UAE driving licence from any emirate other
than Dubai need to get their driving file transferred from that
emirate to Dubai RTA before opening a file for any other vehicle
6. People who possess a valid GCC (Bahrain, Kuwait Oman, Qatar and
Saudi Arabia) licence have to take two theory lectures at the
beginning of the course. Then they have to take the RTA Knowledge
test, parking test and the road test.
7. People who have any traffic fine in their name will not be able to
open a file until the fine is cleared.
8. People who have opened any driving file before with other institute
should transfer their file.
Tips for theory test
1. You should read the RTA handbook thoroughly
2. Take mock theory tests.
3. Practice on the RTA mobile app
Traffic Sign Test: Try to memorise the common road signs and take a
traffic sign test online here.
Tips for road test
1. Dress like a CEO: On your test day, dress up like you're some big
shot executive. Not only would it give a good impression to your
examiner, but he/she might feel that you're a busy person and
shouldn't spend a lot of time trying to get a licence.
2. Do not wear sunglasses: It's strongly recommended that you avoid
wearing sunglasses. The examiner would want to see your eye movements
while driving and changing lanes.
3. Just obey: Do what your examiner says, don't argue or ask
4. Remember the first few steps: Adjust your seat, mirrors and fasten
your seat belt. Don't forget! Make sure you always tell other people
sitting in your car to fasten their seat belts as well.
5. Check Handbrake: You must check the handbrake and make sure
your vehicle is in the correct gear before you start.
6. Maintain a good speed: Don't drive too slow or too fast.
Drive confidently within the speed limit.
7. Entering the main road: When entering the road, wait at the
"Stop" sign for at least 3 seconds, even if the lane is clear. If you
don't, then you FAIL the test. It is a considered as a significant
8. Keep a safe distance: Keep two seconds between you and the
car in front of you.
9. Changing lane: This is one of the most crucial things that
examiners like to check. When asked to change lane, check both the
rear view and side mirrors. When all's clear, don't miss to check the
blind spot, then turn on the indicator. Speed up your vehicle, stay
within the speed limit, and then slow down again after changing the
10. T-Junction: When turning onto a main road from a secondary
road at a T-junction, stop before the "STOP" line for at least 3
seconds, even if the road is clear. Enter safely at a relaxed pace,
then speed up gradually to stay within the speed limit.
11. Hard Brakes: Don't apply hard brakes. Drive at a
comfortable pace and start slowing down when you spot a vehicle or
traffic signal nearby. If you apply hard brakes and sway, your
examiner would think you don't have control of your car.
12. Roundabouts: Never enter a roundabout, unless the road is
clear from the left side. Remember, you always have to give RIGHT
indicator while exiting.
13. Parking: If the examiner asks you to park your car at the
side, do not park in front of any entrance, gate or at a bus stop.
You can drive in UAE with a licence from
these 36 countries
Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar,
Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
Turkey, United Kingdom, United States. (Please call RTA on 8009090 for
any changes to this list)
Driving licence holders of some countries in the above list will
require translations or consulate letters. These countries include:
Canada: A letter from the Canadian Consulate in Dubai to verify
that the licence is genuine is required
Driving licence holders from Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Turkey, Japan and
South Korea will require a translation of their driving licence from
their respective consulates.
Driving License Validity (new rule from
The validity of new driving license in the country has been set to two
years for citizens, GCC nationals and other nationalities aged 21
years and above.
Licence renewal validity shall be 10 years for UAE citizens and GCC
nationals and five for non-citizens from other nationalities.
For those aged less than 21 years, be it citizens, GCC nationals or
other nationalities, the initial validity of the driver license
issued, replaced or renewed shall be one year.
Why drivers fail Dubai Road Test?
Fear of failure and nervousness are the main causes of drivers not
passing the road test, a senior licensing official at the Roads and
Transport Authority (RTA) said.
'Behaviour of the driver on road is crucial. The examiner will see
whether the driver is safe for other road users or whether he is a
threat to their safety,' he added.
However, apart from psychological and behavioural aspects there are
major aspects of driving that a driver has to follow to obtain a
There are five major criteria and if a candidate fails to fulfill even
one of those, then he is stopped from driving immediately. One of
these five is 'failure to stop at red light, stop sign or stop line'.
'The most important thing to look for on the road is not how you drive
but how you stop, that matters the most. If you fail to stop where you
are required then you are gone,' Surprisingly, failure to stop at
signals is among the most common mistakes.
'This is common among experienced drivers, those who already have a licence from other countries. What they do is they see the road open
and they go, because they carry their habits from their prior
experience and it is difficult to change old habits,' he explained.
The other major mistakes are not adhering to traffic signs like
entering a no-entry zone or yellow box, lack of vehicle control and
failure to ensure the road, lane or roundabout is clear before
Apart from control and confidence of the driver, examiners generally
look for adherence of rules and there are 16 things among these minor
rules that need to be taken care of.
If a candidate takes care of at least 12 of the 16 minor criteria then
he will succeed. These are pre-drive checks, mirrors and observation,
signals, lane change, overtaking, approach, stop position, judgement,
left turn, movement on roundabout and U-turn, right turn, progress and
speed, position on road gear use, safety margin, parking in and out.
'Drivers learn these rules during theory classes and road training,
but it is important to implement these rules or adhere to them. Young
drivers, who are driving for the first time, learn better and adhere
to rules better, that's why they have a better pass rate,' he said.
To pass, the driver has to clear at least 12 of these 16 steps apart
from five major points that need to be adhered to.
'If a person drives well throughout his test but commits one major
mistake at the end of the test then he will fail,' he stated.
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Procedures of Driving License attestation from
+ Original passport with valid visa +
+ Filled affidavit both in English and Arabic
+ Original Driving License issued from
home country + photo copy
+ Applicant's physical appearance is must and to be signed in front of
+ Attested Affidavit will be issued same
+ Attested original Affidavit to be attached with the Driving
+ Indian Embassy/Consulate attestation Centre
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Timing: 8:30am to 3:00pm
Sunday to Thursday. Tel: +971 2 4456994
NO NEED OF NOC FOR LIGHT VEHICLE & MOTOR
Latest decision from Licensing Agency states that the following
designation/occupation will not require to present/submit NOC when
opening file for Driver's License (LMV and MOTORCYCLE).
6 General Practitioner
14 Guidance Counselor
24 Commercial Agent
37 MOFTY (religious)
38 Marriage Officer
48 Program Supporter
54 Tour Guide
58 Store Keeper
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Authorised Driving Schools in Dubai
Al Ahli Driving School: 04-3411500 (10+ branches)
Belhasa Driving School: 04-3243535 (18+ branches)
Dubai Driving Center: 04-3455855 (13+ branches)
Emirates Driving Institute: 04-2631100+ (53 branches/mall counters)
Galadari Driving School: 04-2676166 (14+ branches)
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