Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has officially recognized driving licenses from 43 countries, allowing holders to convert their licenses within the city easily. The new official announcement is excellent for international residents in Dubai, as it makes driving legally easier without taking extra tests.

Where To Convert Your International License In Dubai

Residents from the listed countries can convert their existing driving licenses at Customer Happiness Centers around Dubai, including Umm Ramool, Al Twar, Deira, Al-Kifaf, Al-Barsha, and Al-Manara, with an additional facility available at the car registration center in Hatta.

Required Documents for Driving License Conversion

The process for converting a license is easy but requires several specific documents. Applicants must present their original driving license, a valid Emirates ID, and, if applicable, a legally translated version of their license if it is outside of Arabic or English. The aforementioned process must be conducted in person; however, residents can send a legal representative to complete it.

Particularly for residents from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, their licenses must be valid at the time of application to avoid the cancellation of their original licenses.

Fees Associated With Driving License Conversion

The costs associated with replacing a driving license in Dubai include a 200 AED fee for opening a replacement file, a 600 AED fee for issuing the license itself, a 50 AED fee for a traffic booklet, and a 20 AED fee for innovation and knowledge. The total cost thus rounds up to approximately 900 AED. The RTA offers multiple payment methods for these fees, including through the Ministry of Interior’s payment gateway, which accepts credit cards and digital wallets like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay.

Dubai has become a more welcoming and accessible global hub by recognizing international driving licenses and making it easier to convert them. The new policy makes it easier for international residents in Dubai to move around and helps the city to be more efficient and customer-friendly.

List of Countries With Recognized Driving License

Below is the list of 43 countries whose license-holders can exchange their home country’s driving license for a UAE license without undergoing additional tests. The countries included in this list are as follows:

  1. Albania
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Canada
  7. China
  8. Cyprus
  9. Denmark
  10. Estonia
  11. Finland
  12. France
  13. Germany
  14. Greece
  15. Hong Kong
  16. Hungary
  17. Iceland
  18. Ireland
  19. Italy
  20. Japan
  21. Latvia
  22. Lithuania
  23. Luxembourg
  24. Malta
  25. Montenegro
  26. Netherlands
  27. New Zealand
  28. Norway
  29. Poland
  30. Portugal
  31. Romania
  32. Serbia
  33. Singapore
  34. Slovakia
  35. Slovenia
  36. South Africa
  37. Spain
  38. Sweden
  39. Switzerland
  40. Türkiye
  41. Ukraine
  42. United Kingdom
  43. United States of America