Traffic and Vehicle Services
twofour54 government and travel services’ traffic and vehicle services include:
- Car registration, renewal, transfer & cancellation
- Driving license & renewal
- Vehicle import
If you plan to drive in the UAE, please ensure you bring your original driving licence, which must be valid for more than six months.
Prior to receiving your Residence Permit:
If you have an international driving licence you will be able to use it to rent a car for the duration of your visit visa. However, once you are issued an Employment and Residence Permit you will no longer be able to use it.
After receiving your Residence Permit you can apply for a UAE driving licence:
There are 4 ways to do this depending on your circumstances.
- Directly transfer your existing licence to a UAE driving licence
This can only be done if you have a valid driving licence from one of the countries listed on RTA website and citizenship of the same country. (i.e. British passport AND a British Driving Licence)
- Transfer only after passing a road test
Individuals who have a driving licence from the GCC can transfer only if they pass a road test.
- Transfer only after taking an orientation course and passing a road test
If you have a valid driving licence from one of the countries listed on RTA website and a citizenship from a different country, but also from the list on RTA website, then you will be able to transfer your driving licence to a UAE driving licence after you have taken an orientation class and passed a road test. (i.e. USA passport BUT a British Driving License)
- Open a new driving file
If none of the above categories apply to you, then you will have to proceed with the normal procedures of opening a new file at the Traffic and Vehicle Department. You will be required to take theoretical classes in which a certificate will be issued after passing a written test and then you can apply for a road test.