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International driving license in UAE: Who can use it in Dubai?

According to the RTA, customers can drive in more than one country with the same international licence, provided it’s valid.

The international driving licence (IDL) is among the most important documents a tourist can carry. Valid for a year, the document allows its holders to take road trips around the countries they visit.

The IDL is a United Nations convention and the UAE is among the scores of countries that recognise it. This means those visiting the UAE can legally drive in the country if they have an IDL.

Emiratis and expatriates holding a valid UAE driving licence can get an IDL for less than Dh200. They can use the document to drive vehicles outside the UAE.

Can tourists get IDL from UAE?

Tourists or visit visa holders cannot get the IDL from the UAE. They must get it from their home countries before arriving in the Emirates.

According to information available on the UAE automobile and touring club website, in order to drive in the country, one must have an IDL issued outside the UAE.

Under terms and conditions of availing an IDL in Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) says an applicant can use the international document in all countries except where the licence was issued.

“An international driving licence cannot be issued for temporary and interim licences,” the RTA adds.

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