Learning driving in the UAE
To get a new driving license, a citizen or a resident needs to apply to a registered driving institute in the related emirate to attend driving training classes and pass all tests (if required). After finishing all classes and passing all tests, the applicant can get a new driving licence valid for 2 years for citizens, GCC nationals and other nationalities. Applicants can start the whole process from the authorised driving institutes, which include:
Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah Driving Academy
Eligibility to drive
Individual customers, citizens and residents, who are of legal age and medically fit, are eligible to get a driving learning permit and apply for new driving licence. The minimum age requirement to obtain a driving licence depends on the vehicle, for which you are obtaining the licence. The minimum age requirement is as follows:
17 years for motorcycles and for vehicles for people with special needs
18 years for cars and light vehicles
20 years for heavy vehicles and tractors
21 years for buses.
Required documents and procedures
Documents required to open a traffic file include:
Copy of passport and residence visa page
Copy and original emirates ID card
Eye test report
No objection letter from the sponsor (if required by the related traffic department).
Procedures followed to learn car driving includes:
Opening a traffic file in one of the registered driving centres in the related emirate
Conducting an eye test at any centre approved by the traffic department
Completing all required driving classes
Passing all tests set by the related traffic department
Obtaining the driving licence from the traffic authority.
Renewal of driving licence
Driving licences are renewable for 10 years for UAE and GCCC citizens and 5 years for residents. Renewal of driving licences is available online in most of the emirates. To renew your driving licence, you must settle all your traffic fines. A fine of 10 AED per month will be levied on customers who delay renewal of the driving licence for more than one month.
Facilities for people of determination
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