Get a Driving License in Saudi Arabia Easily (2024 Updated)

Salam, fellows!

I, remember, obtaining a driving license in the Kingdom used to be a bit of an odyssey.

Long queues, endless paperwork, and enough tests to make your head spin.

But fear not, fellow adventurers!

Things have gotten smoother than a freshly paved highway in recent years, thanks to digitalization and some welcome reforms.

I remember my own journey (back in the “before times”).

Days spent waiting at traffic departments, deciphering cryptic forms, and battling the inevitable coffee-fueled chaos.

But guess what?

I conquered it, and so can you!

Whether you’re a driving veteran or a complete novice, I’m here to guide you through the process of obtaining your driving license in Saudi Arabia.

But first, grab a cup of gahwa and buckle up—this journey is about to get exciting!

Absher Appointment Booking

First things first, you’ll gonna need an appointment from Absher in order to obtain a driving license.

Here’s how you can effortlessly book your driving license appointment using Absher:

Login to Absher (web portal) and verify OTP.
  1. Visit the Absher portal: https://absher.sa
  2. Log in with your Absher credentials.
  3. Click on My Services > Traffic > Issue Driving License.
  4. Choose your path:
    • Novice driving training (30) hours: For those starting from scratch.
    • Assessment of driving skills: For those with existing driving skills.
  5. Select your region: This is crucial for choosing the appropriate school branch and city.
  6. Pick a school branch and city: Choose the one most convenient for you.
  7. Select a date and time: Absher typically displays available slots for the upcoming week.
  8. Confirm appointment details: Double-check everything before proceeding.
  9. Print your appointment: Keep a hard copy for reference.

That’s it! You’ve successfully booked your driving license appointment on Absher.

Assessment vs. Novice Training

Assessment

  • Head to the assessment center for a driving test with an instructor.
  • They’ll determine the training hours you need (6, 15, or 30).
  • Proceed to Nourah Driving School to register and pay fees.

Novice Training

  • Visit Nourah Driving School (formerly Saudi Driving School).
  • Fill out an online form, register, and pay fees.

Fees and Training Breakdown

LevelDurationTotal Cost (SR)Details
Beginner (30 Hours)30 Hours2760
6 HoursOnline Theoretical Training
1 HourSimulation Lesson
1 HourSimulation Test
1 HourTheoretical Test
23 HoursPractical Training
1 HourPractical Test
Intermediate (15 Hours)15 Hours1466.25
6 HoursOnline Theoretical Training
1 HourSimulation
1 HourTheoretical Test
8 HoursPractical Training
1 HourPractical Test
Advanced (6 Hours)6 Hours690
6 HoursOnline Theoretical Training
1 HourSimulation
1 HourTheoretical Test
2 HoursPractical Training
1 HourPractical Test
I hope this table provides a clearer overview of the fees and training breakdown for each level of the Saudi driving license process.

Cruising Through Training and Tests

  1. Once enrolled, you’ll receive emails with your login details for online training.
  2. Complete theoretical training and quizzes.
  3. Schedule simulation lessons and practical training (call 920033805).
  4. Get a medical test at efada approved medical centre (results available on Absher).
  5. Ace your practical test and, Insha’Allah, you’ll have your license!

Driving License Fees & How to Pay?

Before setting off on your driving adventure, remember to invest in your freedom by paying the license fee.

The cost depends on your desired validity period:

Validity PeriodFee
10 yearsSR 400
5 yearsSR 200
RenewalSR 40 per year

Conveniently, several options exist for making your payment:

SNB Bank

As my main account is from SNB AlAhli, let me explain you the process to make a payment for your driving license:

Go to “Menu” > "Sadad" > "Government Payments" in the SNB AlAhli app.
  1. Download the bank’s app on PlayStore or iTunes.
  2. Log in to your internet banking account.
  3. Navigate to “Menu” > “SADAD” > “Government Payments.”
  4. Select “Driving License” as the biller and “Issue License” as the service.
  5. Choose “Unregistered” and specify “Private” license type.
  6. Select your desired validity period (2, 5, or 10 years).
  7. If all details are correct, proceed with the payment.

Al Rajhi Bank

You can also pay your driving license fees through Al Rajhi Bank, here’s the process:

Get a Driving License in Saudi Arabia Easily (2024 Updated)
  1. Download the bank’s app on PlayStore or iTunes.
  2. Log in to your internet banking account.
  3. Go to “Payments” > “Government Payment.”
  4. Choose “Driving License” as the service and “Issue License” as the application type.
  5. In the next window, select “Payment” as the transaction type.
  6. Enter your Iqama number as the beneficiary ID.
  7. Choose “Private” license type and your desired validity period (2, 5, or 10 years).
  8. Confirm the details and proceed with the payment.

Dallah Driving School Fees

In addition to the license fee, remember to factor in the costs associated with Dallah Driving School:

FeeDescriptionCost (SR)
Dallah Driving School FeeTraining and instruction costs575
Computer Test FeeFee for the required computer test115
Total Dallah School FeeCombined cost of training and test690

Decoding Driving License Restriction Codes

Once you’ve conquered the tests and proudly hold your Saudi Arabia driving license, don’t forget to decipher those mysterious codes on your driving license.

By the way mine is: Code 0 which means no restrictions as I opted for a manual car.

Check yours, here’s a breakdown:

CodeRestrictionDescription
Code 0 (بدون قيود)NoneNo driving restrictions
Code 1Automatic Transmission OnlyRestricted to driving vehicles with automatic transmission
Code 2Prosthesis RequiredMandates the use of necessary prosthetic devices for safe driving
Code 3Corrective Lenses RequiredRequires the use of glasses or contact lenses while driving
Code 4Daylight Driving OnlyPermits driving only during daylight hours
Code 5Hearing Aid RequiredRequires the use of a hearing aid while driving
Code 6Limited to Saudi ArabiaDriving restricted to within the borders of Saudi Arabia
Code 7Disabled DriverRequires vehicles with hand controls for acceleration and braking
Code 8Private Use OnlyRestricts driving to personal, non-commercial purposes
Key Reminder: Failure to adhere to these restrictions can result in fines or other penalties if caught by traffic police. Always respect the codes and drive responsibly!

List of Countries to Replace Foreign Driving License with Saudi Driving License

If you’re already a licensed driver from one of the 47 countries listed below, you’re in luck!

The General Directorate of Traffic in Saudi Arabia recognizes licenses from these nations, allowing you to convert or replace your existing driving license with a Saudi Arabia Driving License without the need for additional testing:

  1. Albania
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Bahrain
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Canada
  9. China
  10. Croatia
  11. Cyprus
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Denmark
  14. Estonia
  15. Finland
  16. France
  17. Germany
  18. Greece
  19. Hungary
  20. Ireland
  21. Italy
  22. Japan
  23. Kuwait
  24. Latvia
  25. Lithuania
  26. Luxembourg
  27. Malaysia
  28. Malta
  29. Netherlands
  30. New Zealand
  31. Norway
  32. Oman
  33. Poland
  34. Portugal
  35. Romania
  36. Russia
  37. Singapore
  38. Slovakia
  39. Slovenia
  40. South Africa
  41. South Korea
  42. Spain
  43. Sweden
  44. Switzerland
  45. United Arab Emirates
  46. United Kingdom
  47. United States

Driving Beyond Saudi Arabia

If you aspire to cruise beyond Saudi Arabia’s borders, consider an International Driving Permit (IDP).

This document translates your national license into 10 languages, making it valid in over 150 countries worldwide.

Obtain an IDP from the Saudi Automobile and Touring Association (SATA) before embarking on your international driving adventure.

Saudi Driving License Validity in Other Countries

While an IDP offers broader access, some countries readily accept Saudi driving licenses without conversion or additional permits.

These include:

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates

Specific Country Considerations

  • United Kingdom: Saudi licenses are valid for one year only after residence begins.
  • Austria: You can drive with a valid Saudi license, but converting it to an Austrian one is recommended for longer stays.

Track your Driving License Status Online

  1. Log in to Absher
  2. Go to “My Services” > “Inquires” > “Traffic” > “Public Query Driving License.”
  3. Enter your ID/Iqama number and date of birth to access license information.

FAQs

How long does it take to get the license?

The whole process, from gathering documents to holding that shiny plastic rectangle, can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, depending on your city and application speed.

Are there any driving restrictions for women?

As of 2021, all driving restrictions for women have been lifted!

Final Thoughts

Getting your driving license in Saudi Arabia might involve a few detours, but the destination is worth it.

Stay persistent, embrace the challenges, and soon you’ll be cruising through the bustling streets with confidence.

Remember, safe driving is about more than rules—it’s a mindset.

So, buckle up, stay alert, and enjoy the ride!

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