Getting an International Driving License in Dubai: Quick Guide

An international driving license (IDL) is a must-have for travelers who want to enjoy road trips abroad. In Dubai, residents who hold a valid driving license can apply for an IDL. The IDL is recognized worldwide and translates the license in a way that law enforcement and other authorities in other countries can understand it. The IDL is valid for one year and can be used in multiple countries as long as it’s valid.

The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) states that residents can obtain the IDL in under 30 minutes by visiting ATCUAE offices or Emirates Post Offices in person. Alternatively, residents can apply online through the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) website, but it may take 5 working days for the delivery.

In summary, getting an international driving license in Dubai is quick and easy. It allows residents to legally drive their vehicles abroad and have their license understood by authorities in their destination country.

Documents required

  • UAE driving licence
  • Emirates ID
  • Passport-size photos

Cost of International Driving License in Dubai

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) specifies the cost of issuing an international driving license (IDL) in Dubai to be Dh177, plus an additional Dh20 fee for knowledge and innovation. The original IDL must be received for international driving purposes, as the digital license is not recognized internationally.

Collection of the license can be done at the customer happiness centers in Deira or Al Barsha. Delivery options include normal delivery for Dh20, same-day delivery for Dh35, and two-hour delivery for Dh50.

Can IDL holders drive in Dubai?

Yes, those on a visit visa holding an IDL can drive a light vehicle or a motorcycle in Dubai, according to the RTA.

Transit visa holders can drive a vehicle registered in Dubai if they have a valid IDL and “approval from the insurance company.”

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