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Prevention & Safety

Opening a Driving Test File

This e-Service allows you to apply for a driver's test.

The legal Age fit to open a file per categories:

  • To open a light vehicle file, the applicant needs to be 18 years old or above.
    (A person may drive a bus with a passenger capacity ranging between 14 and 24 without having to open a new file).

  • To open a motorcycle file, the applicant needs to be 17 years old.

  • To open a mechanical vehicle file, the applicant needs to be 21 years old.
    (He/she does not need to join the Emirates Driving Company in Mussafah)

  • To open a bus file the applicant needs to be 21 years old or above.

  • To open a heavy vehicle file, the applicant needs to be 21 years old.
    (To open a mechanical vehicle file, the applicant should first hold a heavy vehicle file).

 Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Colour personal photograph

3 photos

Passport

Original and copy

Eye sight examination

 

The applicant’s original driving license

Copy (if any)

For Males  Nationals:

Acquaintance claim

Original and copy

A letter of  No–Objection from the legal guardian

For Male less than 21

For the Female Nationals:

Acquaintance claim

Original and copy

The husband should appear in person and declare his approval before the relevant clerk

For married

The guardian (the father or in case of death, his representative) should appear in person before the relevant clerk and sign his approval

For non-married

UAE national widows or divorced females need only attach the Acquaintance claim proving the divorce or husband’s death

 

For GCC Nationals:

A letter from the employer (place of work)

Abu Dhabi Civil Servants only

A copy of the trade license

If the applicant is an investor

Residents: (provided that the residence permit is issued from Abu Dhabi)

The sponsor should appear in person before the relevant clerk and sign his approval to open the file

For personal sponsorship holders

A letter from employer/ place of work

For residence permits issued from a federal ministry or government entity

(Issued in Abu Dhabi)

A letter of No-Objection from the company

For those sponsored by a private company (Issued in Abu Dhabi)

A letter from the employer/place of work, or a copy of the military ID

Those holding no evidential documents (For those working in Abu Dhabi)

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Opening a driving test file

100

Applicant wishing to bring the test forward

50

Special conditions

  • After receiving the training card, applicants must refer to the Emirates driving training company to receive a theory training certificate as he/ she will not be allowed to take the test before bringing this certificate.

  • Clients can bring forward the test date in return for a fee of AED 50.  In case the applicant fails three times in the road test, his/ her file will be transferred to the Emirates company to undergo theory and field test.

  • Ladies are not entitled to open a driving license file of heavy vehicles or motor cycles.

  • UAE Nationals, men/women, wishing to open a new driving license should hold passports issued from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Otherwise, they should present a letter from the Traffic Police Department in the Emirate, place of issuance, proving that the applicant has never opened a driving license exam file, or obtained a driving license.

For Residents:

  • Holders of personal sponsorships: In case the sponsor is a UAE National and the residence permit is issued from one of the Northern Emirates, then the sponsor should present whatever proves that he/she lives or works in Abu Dhabi, in addition to a letter from the Traffic Police Department of the said Emirate stating that the applicant has never opened a driving license exam file, or obtained a driving license.

  • Holders of residence permits issued by a federal ministry or a government entity: In case the residence is issued from one of the Northern Emirates, the applicant should bring a lease agreement to prove that he/ she lives in Abu Dhabi, in addition  to a letter from Traffic Police Department of the said Emirate stating that the applicant has never opened a driving license exam file, or obtained a driving license.

  • Holders of residence permits sponsored by private companies: holders of residence permits issued from a Northern Emirate and who work in one of the private companies in Abu Dhabi shall be allowed to apply for a driving license in Abu Dhabi provided that his job title is director/manager and should present a lease agreement proving his residence in Abu Dhabi. This procedure applies to their wives and children.

  • Those with no evidential documents: opening a driving license file for this category is restricted to those employed in the police, armed forces or Ceremony Department. This procedure does not apply to their relatives.

New Driving Licence

This service is to issue a driving licence to those who have passed the final driving test or for those who wish to transfer their driving licence from another Emirate to the Abu Dhabi Emirate.

 

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Passport

Original and copy

Colour photo

3

Trade licence

Copy (For investors only)

Eye sight examination

Original and copy

Blood group

 

Pass receipt (pass form)

Original and copy

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Issuing a new driving licence

200

Special conditions

 

  • In case of changing a sponsor or working place a new reference letter is required.

Driving Licence Renewal

This service enables you to renew your driver’s licence in case of expiry.

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Passport

Original and copy

Recent photograph

 

Trade license

Copy (for investors only)

Expired original license

 

Letter from sponser or work place

For non-nationals (Issued in Abu Dhabi)

Eye sight examination

 

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Renewing driver’s licence

100

Special conditions

 

Licenses which are expired by one month of more are subject to additional fees of approximately AED 10 per month of expiry.

 

Change Data on a Driving Licence

This service enables you to change a statement on your driver's licence.

 

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

License which requires changing statement

 

Passport

Original + Copy

Family Book

For nationals only
Original + Copy
If the change is in name, nationality or birth details

Recent photography

1

Foreign license

Copy (just for investors)

Letter from workplace

Issued in Abu Dhabi (For non-citizens)

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Fees for changing a data on a Driving Licence

200

Lost Driving Licence Replacement

This service provides a duplicate for a person in case of losing his driver's license.

 

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Passport

Original and copy

Recent photograph

1

No-objection letter from sponsor or workplace

For non-citizens

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Temporary driving authorisation

100

Issuing duplicate in case of lost licence

300

Special conditions

 

  • When the applicant first requests a duplicate driver's license from the licensing authority for issuing a duplicate in case of loss, he /she shall be given a temporary authorisation to drive, valid for two weeks at a cost of AED 100.

  • When the temporary authorisation expires, and if the original license has not been found, it shall be withdrawn from the concerned and be given will be replaced with a new driver’s license at a cost of AED 300.

 

Replacement for Damaged Driving Licence

The service enables the replacement of a driver's license in the event of damage.

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Passport

Original and copy

Recent photograph

1

The damaged Driving License

 

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Temporary driving authorisation

100

Duplicate in case of damaged driver's license

300

 

Foreign Driving Licence Replacement

This service grants UAE driver’s licenses to holders of accredited foreign driver’s licenses.

 

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Passport

Original and copy

Recent photograph

3

Foreign license

Original and copy
Provided that it is valid

Legal translation for the license

 

No-objection letter from sponsor or workplace

 

Trading license

Copy (just for investors)

Eye test

 

Blood type

 

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Foreign license

200

Special conditions

 

  • A foreign driver’s license, held by a national of a country mentioned below, will be replaced with a UAE driver’s license provided that the license holder’s residency is valid in Abu Dhabi.

No.

Issuing Country

Validity Period

Comments

1

UK

Limited Period

 

2

USA

Limited Period

 

3

France

Permanent

 

4

Japan

Limited Period

 

5

Germany

Permanent

 

6

Italy

Limited Period

 

7

Belgian

Permanent

 

8

Holland

Limited Period

 

9

Switzerland

Permanent

 

10

Denmark

Limited Period

 

11

Greece

Limited Period

 

12

Spain

Permanent

 

13

Sweden

Limited Period

 

14

Austria

Limited Period

 

15

Ireland

Limited Period

 

16

Norway

Limited Period

 

17

Turkey

Permanent

 

18

Canada

Limited Period

 

19

Poland

Permanent

Replacement is for compact car license only

20

Korea (South)

Limited Period

Replacement is for compact car license only

21

Finland

Limited Period

 

22

South Africa

Permanent

 

23

Australia

Limited Period

 

24

New Zealand

Limited Period

 

  • The person wishing to replace his license must hold the nationality of the country which issued the license.

  • The requester should have a residence permit issued in Abu Dhabi, with the exception of managers and their sons and their wives provided to bring proof of residence housing in Abu Dhabi.

 

Replace U.A.E and GCC Nationals Driving Licences

 

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

The GCC licence to be replaced

The licence must have expired,  but not expired for more than 6 months

Passport

Original and Copy

Recent photo

3

Letter from the employer

GCC nationals only

Residence contract

True copy of the original (GCC nationals only)

Blood group

 

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Exchanging a licence issued by another emirate

200

Special conditions

 

The GCC license held by UAE and GCC Nationals can be replaced only under the following terms:

  • If the license, to be replaced, is no more valid, and has expired for no more than six months.

  • If the license-holder works for Abu Dhabi Civil Service, or holds a trade license registered under his name. (GCC nationals).

  • The license, whether expired or valid, can be replaced in case of data mistake (name, nationality).

Replace a Driving Licence issued in another Emirate

Transferring the license file from one of the emirates to the emirate of Abu Dhabi

 

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Passport

Original and copy

Recent photography

3

Letter from work place

in Abu Dhabi

Certificate of transferring a license file from the Emirate you have transferred from.

 

Eye sight examination

 

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Exchanging license issued from another Emirate

200

Special conditions

 

An applicant wishing to transfer his/ her license file from another Emirates to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi should initially go to the driver's license branch at the Abu Dhabi licensing department to receive a certificate of no- objection for transferring the license. Please bring with the following:

  • Original drivers license to be transferred

  • Original passport and a copy of it

Transfer a Driving Licence File from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to another Emirate

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Passport

Original and copy

Recent photo

3

Driving license

Original and copy

No objection letter to transfer the licence file from the licensing authority of the emirate from which the licence is to be transferred.

 

 

 

Reschedule Driving Test Date

A person can request changing the date of the driver’s test in case of another vacant date being available.

Men driving test timings:

  • Road test shall be provided daily between 7:00 and 9:00 am

  • While the (reverse/parking/bridge) test will take place daily starting from 1500  

Ladies driving test timings:

  • Ladies can sit whether for (reverse/parking/bridge/road) tests every Wednesday in the morning between 7:00 and 09:00

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Advancing the examination

50

 

Trainee Card Renewal

This service allows the renewal of learner's licence.

 

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Personal Photo

1

Trainee Card

 

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Renewal of trainee card

50

 

Replacement for a Lost Trainee's Card

This service allows a trainee to obtain a lost card replacement by filling in the lost trainee card replacement form.

 

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Photo

1

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Damaged trainee card replacement

50

 

Replacement for a Damaged Trainee Card

This service allows a trainee to obtain a damaged card replacement by filling in the damaged trainee card replacement form.

 

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

Photo

When reporting in person to the driver licence section

Trainee card

When reporting in person to the driver licence section

Fees

 

Fee

Value (AED)

Damaged trainee card replacement

50

 

Request Trainer Permit

This service allows issuing permissions for driving Instructors of driving schools.

 

Required documents

 

Required Document

Special Consideration

The school’s municipality license

Valid

The school’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry License

Valid

The school’s lease agreement

Valid

Statement of number of school instructors

 

Statement of number of school training cars

 

Authorized signature of the school owner

 

No-objection letter issued by school to open new file for any fresh instructor

 

Driver's driving license

Valid
Three moths have been lapsed from the date of issuance

Driver free contagious diseases Medical tests

Valid

Driver's passport along with his residence permit

Valid
Original and copy

For female instructors:

The husband's approval

 

Labor card

If she is sponsored by her husband

 



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