Converting your UAE driving license to a Saudi driving license is something many expats need to do when they settle in the Kingdom.
In this article, I’m here to guide you through the process of converting your UAE driving license to a Saudi one.
I’ll also help you decide if you should convert your UAE license or go for a new Saudi one.
So, read on to know more.
To successfully transform your UAE driving license into a Saudi Driving License, you need to follow the steps outlined below to smoothly complete this procedure.
1. Eligibility Requirements
Before you begin the conversion process, make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria set by the Saudi traffic authorities:
- You must hold a valid UAE driving license.
- You should be a resident of Saudi Arabia with a valid Iqama (residence permit).
- Your driving license should match the type of vehicle you plan to drive in Saudi Arabia.
2. Required Documents
To convert your driving license, you will need the following documents:
- Driving License form (can be filled by agents for SR 15).
- Original and copy of your valid UAE driving license.
- Original and copy of your Saudi Iqama (residence permit).
- Passport copy with a valid visa.
- 1 recent passport-size photo.
- A No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the traffic police department (Muroor office), stating that you don’t have any pending violations against your license.
- Efada Medical Report.
- Proof of the payment of the Driving License fee.
3. Application Process
To initiate the conversion process and obtain your Saudi Driving License, follow these steps:
- Gather all the necessary documents mentioned above and ensure you keep them well-organized in a green folder.
- Head to the nearest Dallah Driving School, which is typically where these transactions take place.
- Complete the required application form.
- Proceed to the counter responsible for printing driving licenses.
- Submit your application file, which includes the filled application form and supporting documents.
- An officer will review your paperwork, and if everything is okay, they will collect your UAE license and promptly issue your new Saudi driving license for you.
Choosing Between Surrendering Your UAE Driving License and Applying for a New Saudi Driving License
Getting a Saudi driving license depends on how long you plan to stay in the country.
If you’re staying for an extended period, it’s a good idea to exchange your UAE license for a Saudi one.
However, if you have plans to return to the UAE in the near future, it’s often more practical to apply for a new Saudi driving license without surrendering your UAE license.
For those visiting Saudi Arabia on a temporary basis, such as on a visit visa, you have the option to drive using an international or Pakistani driving license, making it a convenient choice during your short-term stay.
So, there you have it – the simple steps to convert your UAE driving license to a Saudi driving license.
By understanding the procedure and staying informed about any updates in regulations, you can make the transition smoothly and keep enjoying the freedom of driving legally in Saudi Arabia.
I hope this information has been helpful to you.
Don’t forget to share it with others who might be planning a visit to KSA and have questions about driving.
Wishing you safe travels on the Saudi roads! 🚗