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Planning to Drive Abroad? Your Guide to International Driving License in the UAE

It enables drivers to legally operate vehicles outside UAE without need for additional tests or applications

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on May 13, 2024, 16:53:58


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In the UAE, obtaining an International Driving Licence (IDL) is essential for citizens and residents planning to drive abroad. This permit, aligned with a United Nations convention, is a legal requirement and serves various purposes.

It enables drivers to legally operate their vehicles outside the UAE without the need for additional tests or applications. Serving as a translation of the local driving licence, it confirms the validity of the driver's licence in the home country.

Valid for one year, it provides protection in case of accidental vehicle damage or loss of legal identification while abroad. Recognised globally in 10 languages, it facilitates communication with law enforcement and authorities in other countries.

Obtaining an IDL is a straightforward process and can be done through various channels, including the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) website, Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE), Ministry of Interior's MOI UAE app, Emirates Post offices and Dnata office.

Required documents include the IDL form, passport, valid residency and Emirates ID, copy of valid UAE licence and two passport photos. The fees for obtaining an IDL are Dh177, plus Dh20 for Knowledge and Innovation fees.

Online applications are processed within three working days, while over-the-counter applications can be completed within half an hour. Delivery options include normal, same-day, two-hour and international delivery, each incurring additional charges.

Some Key Points to Remember

*Obtain the IDL before travelling.
*The IDL is valid for one year and requires renewal after expiry.
*It is different from the local driving permit in the UAE, which remains necessary for driving within the Emirates.

Additionally, individuals are advised to refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website to verify which countries accept a valid UAE driving licence and consult the ATCUAE website for a list of 174 countries that require an IDP.

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