UAE driving licence is a cherished possession. Getting a UAE driving licence is among the top of the to-do list of most expats who move into the UAE and intend to stay on for more than just a few months.
But while a majority of expats have to undergo an elaborate driving test, which includes a certain number of driving classes, there are a select few countries whose licence-holders get a free pass to the coveted UAE driver's licence.
That is an evolving list, and now, licence-holders in 13 more countries can swap their driving licence (issued in their home country) with a UAE driving licence.
According to a list posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation's website, these 13 countries are:
For those UAE expats who hold a driver's licence in any of these 13 countries, life got a little easier.
The following documents are required for converting a foreign driving licence in Dubai:
- A valid original driving licence
- Valid residence visa issued by Dubai
- A completed form of replacement of licence
- No objection letter from sponsor to replace licence and optometry form accredited by the health authority in the emirate.
The addition of these countries now takes to 30 the list of total exempted countries whose citizens can get their licences 'exchanged' in the UAE. These are:
1. United Kingdom
2. United States of America
19. South Korea
21. South Africa
24. New Zealand
26. Hong Kong
It is important to note that this list, available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, is different from the list followed by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).According to the Dubai RTA list, countries from these countries can transfer their driving licences: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.