How to get an International License in Dubai
An international driving permit (IDP) is legal documentation that allows you to drive an automobile in another country, providing you have a valid license from your home country. If you are travelling abroad and want to drive, you will need to obtain an international driving permit. Residents of the UAE can apply for an International Driving Permit that is valid for a whole year. In order to obtain a permit you must show your valid license for driving in Dubai.
Documentation Required to Obtain an IDP in Dubai
You must hold a valid and legal UAE approved and issued driving license. The price to obtain an IDP, at the time this article was written, is around AED 140. Your international driving permit will be valid for a period of one year. In addition to your current driver's license, you'll need to present the following documents:
- A copy of your passport
- 2 photographs
Where to Get an IDP
There are only two places to go to obtain an international driving permit. They include:
- Automobile & Touring Club (ATC UAE)
(Al Mamzar area, between Century Mall & Al Mulla Plaza)
- Emirates Post office
Procedures for Obtaining a UAE Driving License
In order to obtain an International Driving Permit in Dubai, you must be a resident of the country and should be approved by training from an authorized driving school. The minimum age for obtaining an international driving permit is 21. If you have not driven before, or do not have a valid driving license, you will be required to participate in special training. You will also be required to present a No Objection Certificate from your employer. You'll also be required to do the following:
- You need to pass a vision test at the optician or at the driving school
- You will receive a temporary driving permit that you will be required to carry while driving a training car at all times; and
- • You will be required to pass both road and signal tests.
The International Driving Permit is proof of the validity of your driving license in your home country. This is important because it is often translated into a variety of languages so that authorities in other countries can read your driving license in their language.
While travelling in Dubai with an IDP, you must remember that the city has a strict traffic laws, including a stringent approach to drinking and driving. Plain clothed civil authorities can legally stop you at any checkpoint to confirm that you have not been drinking. Don't forget your seatbelt!