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guide on how to get your dubai drivers license

You can lease a car and drive on your foreign exchangeable or international license (if it has been valid for at least one year) from any country prior to your residence visa being complete. Once your residence visa is stamped in your passport you will be required to obtain a UAE driver’s license in order to drive a rented or privately-owned vehicle.  Residents, who are eligible to transfer their home country Driver’s License, should submit an application along with the required documents at any branch of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The application form has to be completed, stamped and signed by the applicant and the sponsor. The RTA office will process the application on the spot, take a picture of you and issue your UAE driver’s license. Move One can help you complete the transfer.


Electronic tagDubai Police considers plans to electronically tag vehicles of offending motorists in a move aimed at removing the need for impounding thousands of vehicles and urging drivers to be more responsible, while offering them a third option.
Motorists caught committing major offences will have their vehicles fitted with electronic tags for up to a month. If drivers attempt to move the monitored vehicle, it will set off an alarm in the police command room and they risk tougher penalties.
This will be an option offered to motorists, instead of having vehicles impounded in the detention centre. However, if drivers move their tagged vehicle, not only will the vehicle be impounded but they will also face a fine. Read more

Ask LouiseQuestionWe have recently moved to Dubai and want to know if it’s better to buy or rent a car here 

AnswerYou need first to find out if you and your family will actually enjoy living here and for how long.  For these reasons many expats  start off by looking at the short-term option rather than taking on the long-term financial commitment of purchasing a car.  It is worth noting that renting in the UAE is relatively cheap compared to renting in the UK or the States. However, the car market in Dubai is very seasonal with the summer months being an excellent time to grab a bargain as expats depart Dubai and Ramadan offers this year may mean buying is a better option for you. Here you can find out how to purchase a car and a list of car hire companies.

ask louiseQuestionIf I have a drivers license from Canada that expires in August 2016, can i get it transferred to a UAE license?
I was a student there when I obtained it but I do not have residency there anymore.

AnswerI’m sorry to say but as you are no longer a citizen of Canada you cannot transfer your license to a U.A.E. one.

You may be eligible to transfer your existing driving license, without having to take a driving test or going to a driving school, if you have a valid driving license from some countries. You have to be a citizen of the country given with current resident status in UAE. This means that former residents from these countries who may be holding permanent driver licenses are not eligible and you will have to follow all the steps to get a new license.

Canadian citizen’s require a letter from the Canadian Consulate in Dubai to verify that the license is genuine, before transferring your license. Read more

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