Expatriates who no longer live in the UAE can renew their expired driving licenses when they return to the emirate, according to a senior Road and Transport Authority (RTA) official.
Last month, the UAE issued a revised federal driving and traffic law that states reduced the validity of renewal of driver licenses for expats aged 21 years and up to five years from 10 years. Citizens and GCC nationals continue to get a driving license with 10-year validity on renewal.
Starting July, new driving licenses issued to UAE residents will be valid for two years. However, those aged less than 21 years – citizens, GCC nationals and expats – the initial validity of the driver license issued, replaced or renewed shall be one year as currently applied.
In a response to an Arabian Business query on whether expats can renew their expired licenses once they return to the country, Jamal Hashem Al Sadah, Director of Drivers Licensing Department, Licensing Agency, RTA, confirmed that expats are allowed to renew licenses if they hold a valid residency visa.
Other documents required will be a valid Emirates ID and an eye test report, he added.
The RTA official also confirmed drivers renewing their licenses will not have to undergo any new tests apart from the eye test, with license renewal fees remaining at AED110 ($30).