The process of converting to a Dubai driving license might be easier than you think.
If you are over the age of 18 and hold a valid driving license in a foreign country, the UAE may allow you to automatically convert it.
If all of your paperwork is in order, you can walk out with a Dubai license and dive right into shopping for cars at TheCarPeople.ae.
If your license is not in English, make sure to request a legal translation or letter from the foreign consulate first.
Canadian expats also have an extra step; you must request a letter from Dubai’s Canadian consulate to verify that your license is genuine.
Paperwork and Payment
Bring copies and original documents when you visit the Dubai Traffic Department:
- Passport and visa Emirates ID card
- Valid driver’s license
- Eye test report (from any optician’s office)
- No objection (NOC) letter from your sponsor
- 1 passport-sized photo
It only costs AED 360 to convert a foreign driving license, but you should bring a little extra cash just in case.
Some opticians charge for eye tests, and you may be asked to pay for additional driving handbook manuals.
Simply hand over the paperwork, take a photo, and pay the fees to get your Dubai driving license.