Are you in UAE? Do you have a driving license? Here is how you can obtain an International Driving License! Step-by-Step process – SIMPLE & ONLINE!

The IDL is a document under the United Nations convention, a legal requirement and internationally recognized translation of your UAE driving license which allows motorists to drive their cars outside of the UAE legally, without any further tests and applications.

  • The International Driving License, which is valid for 1 year, proves that you hold a valid driver’s license in the country of residence
  • It will protect you and your family in the unfortunate case of an accidental vehicle damage while being abroad, or the loss of legal identification document (for example: passport)
  • The IDL is recognized all over the world and is available in 10 different languages
  • The primary function of the IDL is to allow law enforcement and other authorities in other countries to read your license in their own language

The procedure for IDL application is quick and straightforward:

  1. Go to https://www.atcuae.ae/request-license/
  2. Complete the required information (4 steps) in the application
  3. Pay with your credit/debit card online. The IDL can be delivered to you via courier or you may collect it in person from their Dubai branch.

The following documents are required to obtain an International Driving License:

  • Your Emirates ID
  • A copy of a valid UAE driving license
  • 2 photos (passport size)

Is an IDL a requirement?
An IDL is recognized internationally and normally allows you drive a vehicle without further formality.

What countries is an IDL required for?
A-C Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Aguila (1), Angola, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain (1,2), Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (1,2), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada (1,2), Cape Verde Islands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Dem Rep., Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic

D-F Denmark, Dijibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France & French Overseas Depts., French Polynesia

G-I Gambia (1), Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy

J-L Jamaica (2), Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati (1), Korea (Rep.), Kuwait (1), Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho (1), Liberia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg

M-O Macao, Macedonia (FYROM), Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (1), Namibia, Nepal (1), Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua (1), Niger, Norway, Oman

P-R Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines (1), Poland, Portugal (inc Madeira & the Azores) (1), Qatar (1), Russia, Romania (1), Rwanda

S-U San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore (1), Slovakia, Slovenia (3), South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts & Nevis, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago (1), Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay

V-W Vatican City, Venezuela, Windward Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Does an IDL cover me for driving in the UAE?
No

How long is an IDL valid for?
The IDL is valid for 1 year from date of issue

How long does it take to issue an IDL?
Online applications will be completed within 3 working days of receipt, that’s why allow for around 5 workings days for all the online applications to be delivered to your requested address. Over the counter applications will be completed within half an hour.

How much does it cost an IDL?
AED 170 + VAT

For more information of traveling with your IDL abroad please visit www.internationaldrivingpermit.org

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