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I am moving to UAE and want to buy a car. Can I drive with International Driver’s license?

Asked by Gloria

Unfortunately, not. When you obtain the status of UAE resident, it automatically means that you have to get local driver’s license.

It is very easy for USA and most of European citizens. You should simply go to RTA (Road and Transport Authority) office, show your original license and get a new one on the same day. Full list of nationalities eligible for license conversion you can check on RTA PORTAL

If you are not eligible for conversion, then your way to local driver’s license will be longer. You will have to take driving classes and exam. The number of classes depends on your experience and can reach up to 40. Different emirates may have different regulations for obtaining the license.

You cannot apply for a license in Dubai if your visa is issued by Sharjah or, for example, Ajman. The license should be obtained in the same emirate where your visa belongs to.

Answered by on 16 Oct 2014

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3 Comments:


  • By Norman / 11 Jun 2016 / Reply

    I have a driver’s license which I obtained from Bahrain. May I request to provide me details on how to convert my license to UAE license.

    Thank you.

    • By Andrew O. / 16 Jun 2016 / Reply

      Unfortunately, Bahrain driver’s license not valid in UAE if you are resident and you have to go through standard process to getting driver’s license with classes and exams.

    • By Andrew O. / 16 Jun 2016 / Reply

      Unfortunately, Bahrain driver’s license not valid in UAE if you are resident and you have to go through the standard process to getting driver’s license with classes and exams.

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