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How to renew driving license in Dubai in 2023

Written by Kritika

If you already have a driving license in the UAE, there are chances that it might expire soon. Read this blog to get all the information regarding – driving license renewal Dubai. We will discuss the following aspects – can I renew my driving license online, documents needed for driving license renewal, processing time and validity and a lot more.

Who is eligible to get driving license in Dubai?

As per RTA guideline, UAE residents aged 21 years and above are eligible to get a driving license in Dubai. Residents younger than 21 years can apply for a probationary driving license. You can apply for a driving test, six months after you get the first-time learner’s permit.

Documents needed

These are the documents that are needed for driving license renewal in Dubai –

  • Original and valid Emirates ID for applicants older than 21 years old
  • Eye testing according to the RTA guidelines is mandatory for applicants older than 21 years old
  • Original and valid Emirates ID for applicants younger than 21 years old
  • Two passport size photos

Dubai driving license renewal cost

The fee for driving license renewal may vary. Applicants older than 21 years are required to pay a Dubai driving license renewal fee of AED 300. Other charges include AED 20 for Knowledge and Innovation fees. Customers younger than 21 years old have to pay AED 100 for license renewal along with AED 20 Knowledge and Innovation fees.

In case there is a delay in renewing a Dubai driving license for less than 10 years, a penalty of AED 10 per month would be applicable. The maximum fine as a result of renewal delay can reach up to AED 500. In case the driving license has expired for more than 10 years, the applicant is required to pass the mandatory road test and only then will the driving license be renewed. 

Where to renew driving license in Dubai?

The RTA no longer accepts applications for driving licenses through their branches. So what should you do and where can you get Dubai driving license renewed?

The options are – you can renew your driving license online or through a mobile application, or over the phone.

How to renew driving license in Dubai online?

Can I renew my driving license online? If you are also searching for the answer to this question, then yes, you can easily get your driving license renewed online. You can do so on the  RTA website where you create an account and fill in your license details. Once you confirm your account, your eye test results are automatically sent from the optician to your RTA account. You can then proceed with a convenient payment method of your choice.

How to renew driving license through RTA Smart App

It is really easy to renew your driving license using the RTA Smart App. Just follow these steps –

  • Download the RTA’s Drivers and Vehicles mobile application then log onto driver license services to fill in the details.
  • Select a delivery method and pay the license renewal fees using a credit card.
  • You will be provided with a temporary license via email until you receive the renewed one.

Renewing driving license through RTA Call Center

It is only in Dubai that you get the service of renewing your driving license over the phone. You can get in touch with the agents at RTA call center to get your driving license renewed online. Follow these steps –

  • Call the RTA Call Centre on 8009090.
  • Press * for all services.
  • Press 1 for for vehicle licensing, parking, e-services and more.
  • Press 2 to plan your journey. You will then be put through to speak to an operator.

The temporary driving license is valid for 5 – 15 working days.

Processing time and validity

The processing time for driving license renewal is usually 3-5 working days. The validity of the driver’s license is 1 year for applicants below 21 years. Whereas the validity for driver’s license for those aged 21 and above is 10 years for Emirati citizens. The license is valid for 5 years for residents and other GCC citizens.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How long does it take to issue a driving license in Dubai?

It takes 2-5 working days to issue a driving license in Dubai.

  1. Can I get my eye test at the RTA office at the time of driving license renewal?

No, there is no such provision. You need to visit an optician and get a certificate in advance before you go to the RTA office.

  1. RTA says my license is locked and cannot be renewed. What should I do?

You have black points in another Emirate and must go to the traffic department of that city and personally pay the fines.

Kritika Manchanda is a content writer with BuyAnyInsurance. She has more than a decade of experience of churning out SEO friendly content. When she is not writing, she is either reading, or making travel plans.


Originally published Jan 11, 2023 08:53:33 AM, updated Jan 11, 2023

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