Licence just expired?
Thanks to smart government initiatives that streamline the process, renewing your licence is cake now. In fact, it can take as little as 10 minutes to complete, with most of the steps being accessible online. The only exception is the eye test, which you can easily arrange at a registered optician's shop. In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through the process, ensuring you're back on the road hassle-free.
Before renewing your licence, you'll need a valid eye test. Head to any optical shop registered with Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for this. Remember to bring:
If you don't have the original documents, check if the shop accepts digital versions. You can add a digital driving licence to your Apple Wallet and access the digital version of your Emirates ID. The cost typically ranges from AED 140 to AED 180, depending on the service provider.
Once you've completed the eye test and paid the fee, the optical specialist will update your test results in the RTA system. You'll receive an SMS on your registered mobile number, confirming that the eye test is uploaded, and you can proceed to renew your licence.
Ensure all your traffic fines are settled before proceeding with the renewal. You can pay your traffic fines online through the RTA or Dubai Police application, making it a straightforward process.
You have multiple options for renewing your licence in Dubai:
If you prefer the app, ensure your digital accounts (UAE Pass and RTA account) are set up. The renewal process is quick, and you'll receive the new digital licence on your phone instantly, with the option to get the physical copy delivered or collect it from a kiosk.
Visiting an RTA customer service centre or kiosk is another easy way to renew your licence and receive the physical copy on the spot.
If you choose digital options, you'll receive the digital licence immediately. For a physical copy, you have these options:
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