Beantragung eines Führerscheins in den VAE: Ein Leitfaden für Auswanderer

Applying for a Driving License in the UAE: A Guide for Expats

Moving to Dubai is an exciting decision, but it also comes with some bureaucratic hurdles. If you have a German driving license and want to emigrate to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it is important to know how to convert your license. Here is a comprehensive guide that will provide you with all the important information.

Requirements and documents

Before you can convert your German driving license in the UAE, you need the following documents:

  1. Valid German driving license
  2. Passport with valid residence visa
  3. Emirates ID (UAE identity card)
  4. Passport photo
  5. Eye test certificate (from a licensed ophthalmologist or optician in the UAE)
  6. Fees for conversion

Step-by-step instructions for application

  1. Eye test : Get an eye test done by a licensed ophthalmologist or optician in the UAE. The cost of this is usually around AED 100-150. The test can also be done directly at the RTA.

  2. Gather documents : Make sure you have all the necessary documents on hand.

  3. RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) : Visit an RTA customer center in Dubai. The RTA is the authority responsible for driving licenses and traffic in the UAE.

  4. Submit an application : Submit your documents to the RTA along with the application form. You can also do this online through the RTA website or the RTA app.

  5. Paying fees : The cost of converting a foreign driving license into a UAE driving license is approximately AED 870. There may be additional fees for issuing the license and the eye test.

  6. Collect your driving license : After your application has been successfully processed, you can either collect your new UAE driving license from the RTA customer center or have it shipped to you. This usually takes 3-5 working days.

Important information

  • Validity : The converted driving license is usually valid for 10 years (for UAE citizens) or 5 years (for foreigners).
  • Vehicles : Your new driving license entitles you to drive the same vehicle categories that are listed on your German driving license.
  • Renewal : Renewal of the driving license can be done online or at an RTA customer center.


Converting a German driving license to a UAE driving license is a relatively simple process as long as you have all the necessary documents and proof ready. By following these steps, you can ensure that you are legally driving on the roads of Dubai in no time.

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