How to Get a Driving License in Dubai (Renew, Transfer) 2020

Step-by-step guide to get your driver's license

You settle in Dubai and the first thing you hear is “Get a driving license in Dubai!”. It’s a big need here if you want to move easily around the city without being tortured of heat or losing time in public transportation.


Simply because, in such a big city with wide roads and usual traffic; and definitely no time, you’re a part of the rush and driving your own car helps.

You need a driving license!

In this post, we’re going to go in details about:

So what is the driving license procedure?

  • Find a driving school
  • Assuming you live and work in Dubai, you’ll need NOC for driving license from your employer
  • Submit documents and open RTA file
  • Do eye test
  • Attend classes
  • Pass the theory test
  • Finish internal assessment test
  • Eventually, pass the final RTA driving test and get your driving license

First, let’s answer some questions about Dubai driving license:

Who can get a driving license?

Adult UAE citizens and residents (expats) who are over 21 years old can get driving license in Dubai. Though if you’re 18-21 years old, you can apply for a probationary license.

Who issues the driving license?

After training and test in authorized driving schools, RTA (Road & Transport Authority) issues driving license to you after passing RTA driving license test; hence the name RTA driving license.

What are the required documents to apply for a driving license in Dubai?

Most driving schools in Dubai have the same requirements to apply for driving license.

  • Passport (original & copy) with residence stamp (visa)
  • No-Objection letter (NOC) from employer (or sponsor generally)
  • 8 passport photos

What is the cost of driving license in Dubai?

As a matter of fact, the fees deviate according to several factors:

  • Which driving school you choose
  • How many hours of training you pay (most of the time to choose from 10/15/20 hours)
  • Whether you are a beginner or you have a driving license from your home country.
Bottom line: The fees for the driving license of a beginner for 20 hours, tests and fees is approximately 5,500-8,000 AED

Before we dive into each driving school in Dubai, we’ve prepared this infographic to answer these questions and be your checklist. You will find it in the end of this article.

List of Top 5 Driving Schools in Dubai

Dubai Driving License

Here’s a list of the most famous driving schools in Dubai to help you find the best one for you. (There’s no intention of the order, so feel free to tell us from your experience about each in the comments section):

Emirates Driving Institute 

EDI is considered the largest and most successful Driving Institute in the Middle East and has been in operation since 1991. Emirates Driving Institute provides driver license acquisition training courses using its fleet of over one thousand vehicles in different vehicle categories.

Documents & requirements:

  • Original Emirates ID (Please note: Visa copy may be required).
  • Eye test must be completed before RTA file opening. It can be done at any of EDI’s 3 main centres (Al Qusais/Al Quoz/Port Rashid) or at any RTA authorized optical centres in Dubai.
  • No Objection letter (NOC) required only if profession is not mentioned in the RTA exempted list of professions
  • If Employed: No Objection letter must be printed on the company letterhead with the company stamp & signature of the designated authority
  • If Unemployed/Personal employed sponsor: No Objection letter from the sponsor must be submitted on a white paper with the signature.

Total course fees:

Classes20 Hours15 Hours10 Hours
RegularAED 7070AED 6640AED 5770
NightsAED 7270AED 6520AED 5870
FridayAED 8470AED 7420AED 5970

Belhasa Driving School

Belhasa Driving School is an institute with a wide experience and many years of practice in the field of driver training services. Since 2001, Belhasa driving school has helped thousands U.A.E. students to obtain their driving licenses.

Documents & requirements:

  • Two Passport Copies with Valid Dubai Residence Visa.
  • Original Emirates ID card and a copy required.
  • 3 Passport Size Photos
  • Online eye test passing certification. (The students can appear for the eye test at Belhasa Driving Center or any other optical center that is duly registered).
  • No Objection letter from Sponsor (NOC).(Some profession is exempted )

Total course fees:

Classes20 Hours15 Hours10 Hours
RegularAED 6250AED 5750AED 5150
NightsAED 6650AED 6047AED 5370
FridayAED 7050AED 6350AED 5550

Al Ahli Driving School

Relying on years of experience and justified trust of its applicants, Al Ahli driving school offers a wide range of training programs individually designed for each student with the different experience of driving.

Documents & requirements:

  • Company sponsor: Original Emirates ID with copy
  • No Objection Letter (w/ Stamp & Signature)
  • Eye test (available in Al Quoz – Head Office)
  • Original country license (if available)

Total course fees:

Classes20 Hours15 Hours10 Hours
RegularAED 5113AED 4639AED 4062
NightsAED 5952AED 5270AED 4482
FridayAED 5952AED 5270AED 4482

Dubai Driving Center

Dubai Driving Center was established in 2003 by local entrepreneurs, by appointment from the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) and since that time, we have worked closely with them to bring the very highest standards of International Driver Training to the people of Dubai.

Documents & requirements:

  • 1 passport copy with valid Dubai residence visa
  • Original Emirates ID with a copy
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Eye test report (Eye test can be completed at DDC Head Office / Alqusais / Al khail)
  • No Objection Letter from sponsor
  • Professions that do not require an NOC letter

Total course fees:

Classes20 Hours15 Hours10 Hours
RegularAED 5470AED 4870AED 4270
NightsAED 6070AED 5320AED 4570
FridayAED 6070AED 5320AED 4570

Galadari Driving Center

Yet, another driving school operating for over 12 years, Galadari Motor Driving Centre opens up new possibilities for those who want to become a pro in driving. GMDC – a certified driving school with experienced instructors, who own all the necessary knowledge and practical experience to teach you the skill of road management.

Documents & requirements:

  • A copy of your valid Passport.
  • A copy of your valid Dubai residence visa
  • Original Emirates ID card and a copy of both front and back of the Emirates ID.
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Copy of your Eye test report (Eye test can be done at GMDC or at any one of the registered optical centers)
  • No Objection Letter (NOC) from Sponsor. If sponsor is an individual, the passport and visa copy of your sponsor is also required.

Only training hours fees:

Classes20 Hours15 Hours10 Hours
RegularAED 3070AED 2570AED 2070
ShiftsAED 3870AED 3170AED 2470
FridayAED 4070AED 3320AED 2570

One more thing before you pick your school, here are some quick tips and tricks to help you pass the test and hit the roads 🙂 :

Driving license test tips & tricks

  • Do not be nervous if the instructor and other students sit beside you. Drive as if they’re your future passengers.
  • Do not stop quickly for all pedestrians or birds on the road. Pedestrians have eyes and birds mostly fly away. A sudden full stop can cause traffic or accident behind you.
  • If you had to make a full stop, make sure you check the rear mirror and that no car is close behind you.
  • In case you had to drive after a previous student, take your time to set up your seat, safety belt, mirrors, and make sure that all passengers are securely seated.
  • If the examiner asks you to do anything don’t forget that you are the one behind the wheel. Take your time, make sure the road is clear, check the mirrors and take the required step. Imagine you’re listening to your GPS navigator on the way to work.
  • Always make sure when you want to drive that hand-brake is down before you accelerate.
  • If the car is in neutral state, don’t press the accelerator. This is also one of the biggest reported mistakes.
  • Pay a very close attention to all road signs in the test. Examiners care the most about safety and respect to road signs. If the sign says STOP, you need to make a full stop, make sure the road is clear and then move again.

We hope that you feel ready now, you know Dubai driving license details, and you already picked your most suitable driving school. So go ahead with best wishes by DubaiHow team to gain your driving license and pass the first step for an easier life in Dubai. 🙂

Last but not least, If you’re into visuals and infographics, here’s Dubai Driving License Infographic that we made as a quick checklist 🙂

Now, that you know how to get your Dubai driving license, you need to know how to renew it.

How to renew a driving license in Dubai

Renew Driving License Dubai

Your UAE driving license must be renewed before it expires:

  • If you obtained your driving license below the age of 21 then, it would be expired within a year.
  • If you obtained your UAE driving license above the age of 21 then, you must renew it every 10 years.

In case you haven’t renewed your driver’s license, you’d be charged AED 10 per day from the date of expiry.

There are many ways to renew your Dubai driving license:

Before you renew your driving license, you need to make sure that all of your outstanding traffic fines are cleared.

What are the required documents for driving license renewal in Dubai

In order to renew your driving license, you’d need to provide the below documents. (No additional test is required):

  1. Original Emirates ID
  2. Eye test
  3. Clearance letter from the driving institute as proof of fees

Additionally, what if you were a citizen living outside of UAE and you wanted to renew your license?

Additional required documents to renew a driving license for citizens living outside of UAE

  1. Additional to the above you’d need to get a copy of your passport with a valid visa page
  2. An official authorization stamped by the UAE embassy

And what are the service fees for renewing the license?

  • AED 300 for renewing a Dubai driving license (Above 21 years old, and it’s AED 100 for below 21)
  • Around AED 20 knowledge and innovation fees

How to renew Dubai driver’s license online?

  • Go to RTA’s official website
  • Submit for driving license renewal

After submitting all the documents required, you’ll receive a temporary driving license to print until the original license is delivered via one of two ways:

  1. Customers Happiness Centers in Deira or Al Barsha
  2. By courier, with an additional fee of AED 25
The validity of the temporary license varies between 5 and 15 days.

Before we wrap it up, we’ll show you how to transfer your country’s driver’s license to Dubai.

How to transfer a driving license to Dubai?

Basically, if you have a valid driving license from some countries mentioned below, you may be eligible to transfer your existing driving license, without the need to take a driving test or even going to a driving institute.

Though, You have to be a citizen of the country given below with current resident status in UAE.

This means that former residents from these countries who may be holding permanent driver licenses are not eligible and you will have to follow all the steps to get a new license as given here.

What are the countries which citizens can transfer their driving licenses to Dubai from?

You’re eligible to transfer your home driver’s license if you’re a citizen of the below 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

What are the required documents to convert a foreign driving license to a Dubai driving license?

  • Original valid driving license
  • A valid residence visa in Dubai
  • Original Emirates ID
  • A filled form of replacement of the license
  • No objection letter (NOC) from sponsor to replace the license and filled form accredited by the health authority in Dubai
  • Eye test (certified by DHA, the Dubai Health Authority)
  • Medical screening for residents of 65 years and above, also certified by the DHA Authority

Moreover, you’ll need to pay a transfer fee and a new driving file that starts with AED 360. Extra knowledge fees and a handbook manual might apply as well.

Eventually, please feel free to ask us any question or concern, or you might even want to tell us about your own experience, the comment section is yours. 🙂

Emirates Driving InstituteAl Ahli Driving CenterBelhasa Driving CenterDubai Driving CenterGaladari Motor Driving CentreRTA


  1. How many maximum days it will take to get a new license if I don’t have any other countries license already. Also, I don’y know how to drive a car.

  2. Oh, it quite costly than that of Saudia Arabia. Here it will cost you maximum 1000 SAR if you are newbie including pieces of training and all other expenses.

    1. i have driving licencee in Qatar & sri lanka , i wont know possible to apply UAE driving licence and how much i have to pay and whats the process. please send me details

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