How to get Driving License in Dubai
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Steps, trainings tests and all you need to do to get a driving license in the emirate
Driving licenses can be obtained by adult UAE citizens/residents after training from an authorized driving school in Dubai. If you are 18-21 year of age, you can apply for a probationary license.
If you have never driven before or have a driving license that is not on the approved list of 36 countries then you must undergo training.
Passport (original and copy) with residence stamp, No-Objection Certificate from employer and 8 photos.
Driving License Conversion Dubai
If you are a resident of Dubai you need to have a Dubai driving license. You cannot drive using your home countries driving license or an international license after you have received your residency.
Authorized driving schools
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)
Steps and Procedure
- Get an eye test done either at an optician or at your driving school.
2. The school will handle all paper-work
with RTA who may even have a counter at the school.
3. Receive your temporary driving license, which you must carry in your training car.
4. Once you have passed all internal tests like garage and parking, your school will apply for your theory test followed by your road test.
The theory test is carried out at the five authorized driving schools. Don’t forget to carry relevant ID, driving file+ 2 photos and theory test RTA fee of Dh200.
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 orally. 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. The second segment has 18 questions related to the specific driving license the candidate requires and a minimum of 12 correct answers are required to be eligible for the road test.
On the date assigned, bring your passport, driving file+ 2 photos to the RTA Licence Section as advised by your driving school. Fill up the application form and submit fees (around Dh200 for 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 and anticipatory skills.
If you fail, you will have to register with your driving school for at least 7 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 along with suitable ID and Dh100. Collect your test file and submit to Control Counter. After processing, pay the required fees and proceed to photo area. When your name is called out, have your photo taken. Congratulations. In a few minutes, you will receive your DL and be eligible to drive in Dubai and the UAE.
Do keep in mind that Dubai has a zero-tolerance policy on drinking and driving. Plainclothesmen travel about in unmarked vehicles and can legally stop you at any time to check. Dubai eGovernment recommends that you buckle up your seatbelt and drive safely at all times.
For more information, please visit RTA website or call RTA on 8009090.
There comes a time in everyone’s life where they feel the need to get out and explore life on the road; of course, it’s best done legally, so you are going to need your papers. The thought of getting your driver’s license can be a little bit intimidating, but with a few simple guidelines, you’ll be well on the road to success!
Be Prepared for the Test
Pick up the driver’s guide
- You’ll learn the basic rules of the road,
when to pull over for emergency vehicles, speed limits in various zones, how to handle
accidents, and more.
Practice driving on the test routes. Find out in advance where you will be taking the practical test (the actual driving part).
- One of the biggest things the examiner will look for is whether or not you have full command of your vehicle. If you are intimidated by the car, make jerky starts and stops, and generally show a lack of confidence in your driving, that will count against you.
- If you speed, run a light or a stop sign, or make other egregious errors, you can pretty much count on retaking the test.
Be familiar with signage. Knowing street signs, hand gestures, when to pass, how and when to pull over for emergency vehicles will count. Read that manual! Know the rules and you’ll be fine.
Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment.
Get in the car with the driving examiner. Relax, and be friendly. You won’t lose points for being unpleasant necessarily but if your examiner needs to make a judgment call about your driving at some point, ask yourself: would you be easier on a nice person, or a jerk?
Practice situational awareness. Check your mirrors regularly. Make this a little more exaggerated than normal, just so it is clear that you are doing it.
- Keep your head moving, looking out the windows for other traffic, pedestrians, kids, little old ladies, etc.
- Keep your eyes on the road, not on that good-looking guy or hot girl walking down the sidewalk. Your examiner will see them too, and check to see what has your attention: the road, or the hotness. If you want to pass, the answer needs to be “the road.”
- When you change lanes or turn, turn your head to look behind you. Your rear-view mirrors are useful, but they’re not foolproof. A combination of eyes and mirrors are the best.
Thank the examiner. When you return to the motor vehicle department, listen to what the examiner has to say. Most likely they will mention what you did wrong, and a little of what you did right.
- Then they’ll tell you if you passed or failed. Whichever it is, thank them politely. If you passed, you’ll be pleased, and it’s always nice to be polite. If you failed, you’ll have to come back for a new test.