Travelling Abroad? Your UAE Driving License May Be All You Need
For UAE residents planning to travel abroad, the convenience of using their UAE driver’s license in foreign countries that recognize it has become a valuable asset. This recognition extends to more than 40 countries, making it a convenient option for international travelers.
The UAE’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) has introduced an online service called ‘Markhoos,’ allowing individuals to access a list of countries that accept UAE-issued driving licenses. It’s important to note that this privilege typically applies when traveling on a visit visa. For residents planning to move to another country, the process may vary depending on the destination.
List of Countries Recognizing UAE Driving Licenses
Here’s a comprehensive list of countries where you can confidently use your UAE driving license when on a visit:
- United States of America
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
What If Your Destination Isn’t on the List?
In cases where your travel destination isn’t among the recognized countries, you’ll need to apply for an International Driving License (IDL), also known as an International Driving Permit (IDP). To obtain an IDP, you must possess a valid local driving license issued in the United Arab Emirates.
You can apply for an IDP through various entities, including:
- Automobile and Touring Club of UAE (ATCUAE)
- Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) offices
- Emirates Post offices
- Dnata office in Sheikh Zayed Road
- Affiliate members of ATCUAE
- Ministry of Interior through the MOI UAE app available on iTunes and Google Play.
Cost and Validity
Obtaining an IDP typically costs Dh170 plus five percent Value Added Tax (VAT), and it remains valid for one year.
Whether you’re exploring the scenic routes of Europe or embarking on a road trip across the United States, the recognition of UAE driving licenses in numerous countries ensures a smooth and hassle-free driving experience for residents and visitors alike.