Getting a licence in Abu Dhabi

Getting a driving licence

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Getting a driving licence in Abu Dhabi is a long process but the procedure is structured to make one a safe and responsible driver. Only residents over 18 years old can apply for a licence.

The agency for training drivers in Abu Dhabi is the Emirates Driving Company (EDC) in Mussafah. Theory and driving simulation classes, and practical road lessons are all integrated into the ISO-certified school’s campus.

The first step to obtaining a licence is to open a file. Expats need to submit a recent photo, passport copy with valid residence visa or Emirates ID and a no objection certificate (NOC) in case of general sponsorship. In addition to the usual requirements, UAE and GCC nationals also need to submit a family book and an NOC from the guardian for ladies who are under 21 or under their father or husband’s family book. All applicants are required to undergo an eye test.

Participants are given lessons on the various aspects of driving like traffic rules, basic driving skills and safety factors. They are then tested in a theory exam.

Once the theory exam is cleared, students must apply for the practical lessons ranging from 10 to 30 hours depending on one’s skill. If the instructor feels the student is ready for the road, EDC conducts a driver’s test, which is followed by a practical driving test with the police.

Once one passes the practical driving test, one must take the completion certificate issued by EDC to the Abu Dhabi Drivers License Department to claim the licence.

Handy Hints
• Only those over 18 years can apply for a licence
• Students are given theory and practical lessons
• Practical lessons can last from 10 until 30 hours

Source: Zenifer Khaleel, Special to Classifieds The writer is a freelancer