Dubai: The new rules on issuing and renewing driver licences in Dubai will take effect next month.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai said the implementation of the new Executive Regulation of the Federal Driving and Traffic Law as revised by the Ministerial Resolution No. (177) for 2017 will begin on July 1.

Ahmad Behroozian, CEO of RTA Licensing Agency, said: “Article (84) of the Ministerial Resolution (177), which will be implemented as of July 1st this year, sets several stipulations for issuing and renewing driver licences. It sets the initial validity of driver licences issued or replaced as two years for citizens, GCC nationals and other nationalities aged 21 years and above. It sets the validity of renewal of driver licences as 10 years for citizens and GCC nationals aged 21 years and above, and five years in respect of other nationalities of the same age group.”

“For those aged less than 21 years, be it citizens, GCC nationals or other nationalities, the initial validity of the driver licence issued, replaced or renewed shall be one year as currently applied,” he explained.

Behroozian said the RTA is keen to comply with the Federal and Ministerial Laws governing the issuance, renewal or age limits related to driver licences out of its keenness to serve the public interest and realise its vision of providing ‘Safe and Smooth Transport for All’.