How to get Abu Dhabi driving license?

Simple way to get Abu Dhabi Driving license

People are crazy to get an Abu Dhabi driving license always because a driving license is valid across the world and one can use it anywhere around the globe. Here on this page, we will share complete guidance about how to get an Abu Dhabi driving license. There are different methods to get a UAE driving license but here we share a simple and easiest way to get a driving license.

The first step for getting a driving license in Abu Dhabi, one should must has to be under the required age for their respective vehicle driving license.

Minimum Age Requirements for different vehicles driving license in Abu Dhabi.

Individual customers, citizens and residents, who are above the legal age and medically fit, are eligible to get a driving learning permit and apply for a new driving licence. The minimum age requirement to obtain a driving licence depends on the vehicle, for which you are obtaining the licence. The minimum age requirement is as follows:

  • 17 years for motorcycles and for vehicles for people with special needs
  • 18 years for cars and light vehicles
  • 20 years for heavy vehicles and tractors
  • 21 years for buses.

Most importantly, people from 32 approved countries, including the US, UK, Germany, France, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, and China, are automatically qualified for UAE’s driving license.

However, non-approved countries like Pakistan, India, and the Philippines, must complete the required process.

Required documents and procedures

Documents required to open a traffic file include:

  1. Copy of passport and residence visa page
  2. Copy and original emirates ID card
  3. 2 photographs
  4. Eye test report
  5. No objection letter from the sponsor (if required by the related traffic department).

Procedures followed to learn car driving includes:

  1. Opening a traffic file in one of the registered driving centres in the related emirate
  2. Conducting an eye test at any centre approved by the traffic department
  3. Completing all required driving classes
  4. Passing all tests set by the related traffic department
  5. Obtaining a driving licence from the traffic authority.


Renewal of driving licence

Driving licences are renewable for 10 years for UAE and GCCC citizens and 5 years for residents. Renewal of driving licences is available online in most of the emirates. To renew your driving licence, you must settle all your traffic fines. A fine of 10 AED per month will be levied on customers who delay the renewal of their driving licence for more than one month.

How to Apply for newly Driving license  through the mobile app

First-time driving license applicants must complete the following steps:

  • Take an eye test at either Yateem or Al Jaber opticians.
  • Upload a copy of their Emirates ID and the eye test report on the Tamm app.
  • Pay AED 200 ($54) to a customer service executive at Tamm.
  • Install the UAE Pass app.
  • Wait for approval, after which they’ll be asked to go to Emirates Driving Company.

The validity of a driving license depends on the driver’s age and status:

  • For new drivers or those under 21, the license is initially valid for two years.
  • After renewal, the license is valid for 5 years for ex-pats and 10 years for UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals.

Driving Classes for New Applicants

To obtain a valid Abu Dhabi driving license, new drivers and those unable to transfer their home country license must complete the following steps:

  • Take theory and practical classes.
  • Pass the driving test.

When opening a file with a driving school, the following documents are required:

  • Copy of passport.
  • Original Emirates ID plus a copy.
  • Two photographs.
  • Tamm app file number.
  • Letter of no objection from the sponsor.
  • If an applicant is 18 years old, their guardian’s documents and a no-objection letter are also required.
  • Emirates Driving Company offers multiple options for obtaining a license. The total cost will be subject to a 5% VAT and a 1-time exam fee. Below is the table showing details of theory classes:
Course Option Course Duration Number of Theory Classes Fee (AED)
Regular 4 days 8 (2 per day) 830
Intensive 2 days 8 (4 per day) 1,050
VIP Silver 1 day 2 1,530
  • Here’s the table showing details of practical classes:
Course Option Course Duration Lessons per Day Total Lessons Fee (AED)
Beginner Level – No Experience
Regular 16 days 1 16 2,750
Intensive 8 days 2 16 2,905
VIP Silver 6 days 3 18 3,705
Intermediate Level – 1-5 Years of Experience
Regular 13 days 1 13 2,145
Intensive 7 days 2 14 2,345
VIP Silver 5 days 3 15 3,145
Upper-Intermediate Level – 5+ Years of Experience
Regular 10 days 1 10 1,755
Intensive 5 days 2 10 1,955
VIP Silver 4 days 3 12 2,755

Applicants from non-approved countries are also given a golden chance to take written and practical tests before any classes. If the applicant passes these tests, they’ll be given a driving license. Upon failure, they must attend the classes.

Driving License Fee

A 1-year driving license costs AED 100 and is given to applicants under 21. For people aged over 21 years, the fee is AED 300 with 5-year validity.

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