UAE | Traffic and Transport

Driving licences can now be renewed in any emirate

RTA link to help obtain lost, damaged licence regardless of place of issue

  • By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 December 21, 2011
  • Gulf News

Driving licences can now be renewed in any emirate
  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • Seven services including — transferring vehicles within the UAE, exporting vehicles abroad, writing off/owning vehicles, issuing driving licences in lieu of lost or damaged ones, modifying the details of a vehicle, and renewing the retention of number plates — can now be completed at any emirate, regardless of the place of issue.

Dubai: Obtaining a new driver's licence in case of loss or damage will no longer require travelling to the emirate which issued the licence, traffic officials announced yesterday.

The service is one among seven services that has been simplified for the customers due to the completion of the second phase of a link between the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the federal traffic system.

The linking of the drivers and vehicles licensing services, with the federal traffic system, was completed in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior.

"Seven services including — transferring vehicles within the UAE, exporting vehicles abroad, writing off/owning vehicles, issuing driving licences in lieu of lost or damaged ones, modifying the details of a vehicle, and renewing the retention of number plates — can now be completed at any emirate, regardless of the place of issue," Ahmad Hashim Behroozian, Chief Executive Officer of the RTA's Licensing Agency, told Gulf News.

"This will save much time and effort for customers, who earlier needed to go to the Emirate that issued the driving licence or vehicle ownership card."

The first phase of the link was completed last year, in October, when driving licences and vehicle licences could be renewed at any Emirate. According to statistics of the Licensing Agency, about 10,000 transactions have been processed since the link was established.

Comments (7)

  1. Added 19:53 December 21, 2011

    Yes you can Renew your car any Emirates. But i Think Better you try to Renew your car in Dubai than Al Ain.Because if you want to renew your car here in alain there is a lot of formalties. like NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE from your sponsor even vehicle is in your name. tk cre

    iqbal, alain, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 19:43 December 21, 2011

    Recently I have renewed my Driving License from Abu Dhabi, it took less than half an hour for me, counter staff are very efficient in processing the request.

    Firosh, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:13 December 21, 2011

    I would like to appriceiate a step further if RTA allows permission to take driving class for the fresher candiate in any part of the emirates. As it has made mandatory that where your residence visa is stamp that emirate only you have to attend the school. It is hard for people who move and work from one city to other.

    M. Basha, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:54 December 21, 2011

    I suggest the texture of Dubai driving license needs to be modified. The photocopy of Dubai driving license doesn't come out clear as it has some shining coating on it. May be it is a security feature. However, it makes it a bit difficult to figure out details of driving license on a photocopied paper.

    S. Kumar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:47 December 21, 2011

    Well I would still come to Dubai, because of the great service and things are very quick, unlike others where you have to wait maybe a full day to get your work done. seems like we have all time in this world to wait.. Long Live Dubai...

    Saj, SHJ, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:37 December 21, 2011

    Dear Anton, Please read the last para of the above news and you have the answer. It has been started from Oct'11 renewal of driving license and vechile license in any one of the emirates. I have attached the last para of above news for your inforamtion. "The first phase of the link was completed last year, in October, when driving licences and vehicle licences could be renewed at any Emirate. According to statistics of the Licensing Agency, about 10,000 transactions have been processed since the link was established.

    Mohammad Seenimasthan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 09:17 December 21, 2011

    anyone can answer if the renewal of car registration can also be done from one Emirate to another? Thanks!

    Anton, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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