UAE driving licence aspirants, rejoice, if you belong to one of these countries!
If you have a valid driving licence from some countries, you would be exempted from the driving test in Dubai. In that case, you may simply transfer your existing driving licence without taking any training or test.
Bear in mind that you must be a UAE resident and a citizen of that country while applying for the licence. This means former residents from these countries with valid driving licences need to follow all the steps to get a new licence
The list of countries from which citizens can transfer their driving licences is as follows:
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.
(Please call RTA on 8009090 for any changes to this list.)
Driving licence holders of some countries in the above list will require translations or consulate letters. These countries include:
(i) Canada: A letter from the Canadian Consulate in Dubai to verify that the licence is genuine is required.
(ii) Driving licence holders from Greece, Canada, Cyprus, Poland, Turkey, Japan & South Korea will require a translation of their driving licence from their respective consulates.
The required documents for conversion are a valid original driving licence, valid residence visa issued by Dubai, a completed form for replacement of licence, no objection letter from sponsor to replace licence and optometry form accredited by the health authority in the emirate.
(Info sourced from Government of Dubai website)