Driving Dubai

You now have to renew your UAE driver’s licence every 5 years

Driving licence up for renewal? Here’s what you need to know…

A new law has halved the shelf life of UAE licenses for expats. The update was issued by His Highness Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and it affects UAE drivers who’s licences are up for renewal.

Amending the original law established in 1995, the changes state that expatriates will now need to renew their driving licence every five years, as opposed to the 10 year renewal period that was previously in place.

The cost of renewal is currently set at Dhs110, meaning that drivers will have to pay this fee twice in the span of a decade if it remains the same – essentially doubling the cost.

Emiratis are exempt from the changes and will only need to renew their driving licence once every 10 years. 

The new law also states that motorists will need a licence and permit if they wish to drive either a motorbike, electric scooter, tricycle or quad bike.

The law highlights that electric scooters and quad bikes are for entertainment purposes, and are allowed to be driven only in the desert, provided the driver has the correct licence.

For more information on how to renew your driving licence check out this handy guide from the RTA.

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