- Where to apply?
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If you’re residing in the cultural capital of the UAE, you must have a Sharjah driving licence to drive around legally. When it is issued for the first time, a Sharjah driving licence is valid for two years for expats as well as UAE and GCC Nationals. You will have to apply for a Sharjah driving licence renewal to continue driving your vehicle after you have completed these two years. You can either opt for the Sharjah driving licence renewal online or visit a dedicated Customer Service Centre.
Here’s what you need to know about the Sharjah licence renewal process.
SHARJAH DRIVING LICENCE RENEWAL PROCESS
Certain recent updates to the Sharjah driving licence renewal process have made the task simpler for residents. Read on to find out the criteria of renewal, documents required, the application process, fee and more.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR SHARJAH DRIVING LICENCE RENEWAL?
If your driving licence is about to expire in the next six months, you can apply for Sharjah driving licence renewal. There is a grace period of 30 days after expiry before you will be fined AED 10 for every passing month. The amount can go up to AED 500 in total.
If you are applying for Sharjah driving licence renewal after 10 years, a new driving test would be mandatory.
WHERE CAN I APPLY FOR SHARJAH DRIVING LICENCE RENEWAL?
There are two ways to apply for Sharjah licence renewal. One option is to visit the Customer Happiness Centre located in Al Ramtha in person. The centre remains open from 07:30 am to 02:30 pm, Saturday to Thursday. Alternatively, Sharjah driving licence renewal online is also possible via the official Ministry of Interior (MOI) website.
WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR SHARJAH LICENCE RENEWAL?
You require the following documents to renew a Sharjah driving licence that is about to expire soon.
- Old licence
- Original Emirates ID
- Personal photo
- Valid eye test
Please note that eye tests required to get a new driving licence remain valid for 3 years. Hence, if you get the licence renewed after two years, the old eye test would still be valid. However, if it’s been more than three years, a new test is needed. You can take the test at any of the approved eye test centres in Sharjah including Yateem Opticians, Grand Optics, Rivoli Eyezone, Al Jaber Optical and others.
Also, to renew your driving licence, you must settle all your Sharjah traffic fines.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR DRIVING LICENCE RENEWAL IN SHARJAH?
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For in-person applications, you can submit all the aforementioned documents and pay the renewal fees. You will be given a temporary licence, which can be used until the renewed licence is issued.
To renew Sharjah driving licence online, visit the MOI website, click the E-services drop-down menu and select traffic and licensing. Search and click on the vehicle driver’s licence renewal tab, enter login credentials, submit the documents and pay the fee to get a temporary licence.
HOW MUCH IS THE SHARJAH LICENCE RENEWAL FEE?
The Sharjah licence renewal fee is AED 120 for residents under 21 years. For those 21 years old or above, the fee is AED 320. An additional fee of AED 15 is charged for licence delivery. To avoid this fee, you can collect the licence on your own. Payments for renewal can be made via credit cards.
HOW LONG WILL MY RENEWED LICENCE REMAIN VALID?
For UAE and GCC Nationals, a renewed licence is usually valid for 10 years. For expats, the validity period is 5 years.
I HAVE A SPECIFIC QUERY REGARDING RENEWAL, WHO DO I GET IN TOUCH WITH?
You can call the Ministry of Interior helpline at 800-5000.
The Sharjah driving licence renewal process is fairly straightforward and only takes minutes. Plus, you no longer need to submit an extensive list of documents. Apply for your renewal in time and avoid paying any penalties. If you are a first-time applicant, you can start the process by visiting a driving school in Sharjah.
The process of renewing a driving licence in Dubai has also been streamlined. The same can be said for the process of acquiring a driving licence in Ajman To further add to your convenience, the UAE government allows you to transfer your driving licence when you are moving from one emirate to another. The Sharjah driving license is only applicable for those with residency in Sharjah.
If you are planning to move to one of the apartments for rent in Sharjah and currently hold a Dubai driving license, you can still use it provided your residency visa is tied to Dubai.