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  • Writer's pictureAkram Cheik - Lawyer

Exchange or pass your driving license in Dubai

I - Driving license exchange in Dubai

The procedure for exchanging a driver's license varies depending on the country of origin and the UAE administration concerned. In general, the procedure can be done online or in person, depending on the preferences of the individual and the policies of the administration. Here are the general steps to follow to exchange a driving license in the United Arab Emirates:

Check eligibility: Before requesting a driver's license exchange, it is important to check if you are eligible based on your country of origin and your personal situation.

Gather the necessary documents: It is important to gather all the necessary documents before submitting an application. The documents required may vary depending on the country of origin, but may include a copy of the national driving license, a certified translation in English or Arabic if necessary, a valid identity document, a visa or a valid residence card , a recent photo, etc.

Submit an application: Once all the documents are ready, an application can be submitted online or in person to the relevant administration. Fees may be charged for processing the request.

Wait for confirmation: After submitting a request, it may take a few days or weeks to receive a confirmation from the administration. This confirmation may include information on how long the new UAE driving license is valid for.

Regarding the validity period of the exchanged Emirati driving license, it may vary depending on the country of origin. In general, exchanged driving licenses have a validity period of two or three years, after which they must be renewed in accordance with the laws and regulations of the United Arab Emirates. It is important to note that the validity of the UAE driving license also depends on the category of license obtained and the age of the driver. It is therefore advisable to check the conditions of use of your UAE driving license with the competent administration.

With regard to exchangeable driving licenses, the United Arab Emirates has signed reciprocal agreements with a number of countries to facilitate the exchange of driving licenses. These agreements allow citizens of these countries to convert their national driver's license into an Emirati driver's license without having to pass a practical driving test. The countries with which the United Arab Emirates has signed reciprocal agreements are:













The Netherlands

New Zealand



South Korea




United Kingdom


It should be noted that the validity of the converted driving license varies depending on the country of origin and certain conditions may apply. Foreign drivers wishing to drive in the United Arab Emirates must also have valid car insurance and comply with traffic laws and regulations.

II - The passage of the driving license in Dubai

The cost of getting a driving license in the United Arab Emirates depends on the type of license you wish to obtain, the number of driving lessons required and the driving school you choose. In general, the cost can vary between AED 2,000 to AED 5,000 (approximately USD 540 to USD 1,360) for a standard driver's license for cars. However, it is important to note that certain factors can increase the cost of the driver's license, such as registration fees, road test fees, document translation fees and fees for additional driving lessons.

It is also important to note that the costs vary according to the requirements of each emirate. For example, the costs may be different in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It is therefore recommended that you check with the relevant driving school or administration for the specific costs and requirements for obtaining a driver's license in your emirate of residence.

It is also important to take into account that the costs are not limited only to passing the driving license, but also to the purchase or rental of a vehicle, insurance and maintenance. It is therefore recommended to consider all these factors when determining the total cost of driving in the UAE.

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