If you are travelling and want to hire a vehicle or drive abroad, you may need to apply for an International Driving Permit (also referred to as an International Driving License). An IDP is an internationally recognized document that validates your locally-issued driving license and enables you to legally drive (and hire) a private motor vehicle in countries that recognize it as a legal requirement. Basically, an IDP is proof that you hold a valid driving license in your own country, and are entitled to drive. It does not replace your normal driving license, and must be carried with your normal driving license as issued in your country of origin.

Your UAE International Driving Permit is printed in a total of 10 languages, including Arabic, French, English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, as well as the Scandinavian languages, Portuguese, and Italian. The fact that it is printed in so many languages makes it not just useful for hiring a vehicle and for dealing with traffic stops, but can also be used as a form of identification if you lose your passport and have to prove your identity to a consulate.

Your UAE International Driving Permit is printed in a total of 10 languages, including Arabic, French, English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, as well as the Scandinavian languages, Portuguese, and Italian. The fact that it is printed in so many languages makes it not just useful for hiring a vehicle and for dealing with traffic stops, but can also be used as a form of identification if you lose your passport and have to prove your identity to a consulate.

Who can apply for an IDP?

Any UAE resident who holds a valid driving license can apply for IDP. Once issued, your IDP is valid for a period of one year. Regardless of your nationality, you need to be registered as a resident and hold a UAE driving license. You will also need the following documents to apply for your UAE International Driver’s License:

  • Your passport (or a copy if you are applying by post)
  • Your Emirates ID card
  • A valid UAE-issued driving license
  • Two recent passport-sized photos

How much does it cost?

Applying for an International Driving License in Dubai costs approximately AED 170 + VAT, although this can vary depending on the Emirate you live in. Remember that your UAE International Driving License is only valid for one year, so if you are planning to drive abroad regularly you may need to renew it. It will take approximately 10 working days for your IDP to be issued.

Where can you apply for an IDP?

You can obtain your International Driving Permit from the Automobile and Touring Club of UAE (also known as ATCUAE). You can do this online by visiting their page.

You can also get your IDP from the following locations:


ABU DHABI

  • Emirates Post Office (EMPOST)
  • Abu Dhabi Hospitality Company (Duty Free)
  • AUH Travel Bureau
  • Al Masaood Travels
  • Al Masaood Travels – Al Ain Branch
  • Omeir Travels
  • Alsa Travel & Tourism LLC


DUBAI

  • Arabian Automobile Association (AAA)
  • Belhasa Advance Motorist (BAM)
  • Belhasa Driving Center (BDC)
  • Dubai National Air Travel Agency (DNATA)
  • Emirates Driving Institute (EDI)
  • Emirates Post Office (EMPOST)
  • EPPCO (ENOC-Tasjeel) (EPPCO)
  • HERTZ Rent a Car
  • IMC Middle East (IMC)
  • Orient Travel Services
  • Road & Transport Authority (RTA)


SHARJAH

  • Emirates Post Office
  • Marur Typing Center
  • Sharjah National Travel & Tours (SNTTA)
  • Cosmo Travels


FUJAIRAH

  • Emirates Post Office (EMPOST)
  • Brothers Tours & Travels
  • Fujairah National Driving Institute (FNDI)

Which countries are International Driver’s Licenses valid in?

You can check if your UAE-issued International Driving Permit is valid in the country you’re travelling to by going to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website and checking their list here.

You can also call 800 HERTZ or your local Hertz Car Rental branch to find out about International Driver’s License requirements both abroad and here in the UAE.

Dubai Head Office, Al Rashidiya Dubai Airport Terminal 1 Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Dubai Motor City Dubai Festival City Abu Dhabi Airport Etihad Plaza, Abu Dhabi Al Reem, Abu Dhabi Al Reef, Abu Dhabi Sharjah Airport Al Hamra Mall, RAK

Dubai Head Office, Al Rashidiya

Address

Um Ramool, Rashidiya,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2060206

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 09:00-22:00

Dubai Airport Terminal 1

Address

Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall, Dubai International Airport,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2245222

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Dubai Airport Terminal 3

Address

Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall, Dubai International Airport,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2203013

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Dubai Motor City

Address

Shop 8, Ground Floor, Foxhill 8, Motor City,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 4273200

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-20:00 Saturday; Closed

Dubai Festival City

Address

InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 7011239

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-17:00 Saturday; Closed

Abu Dhabi Airport

Address

4th Level, Sky Plaza Park, Abu Dhabi Airport,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 5998939

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Etihad Plaza, Abu Dhabi

Address

Etihad Plaza, Al Raha, Etihad Village,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 55 69130

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Al Reem, Abu Dhabi

Address

Marina Square, Al Reem Island,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 6320494

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Al Reef, Abu Dhabi

Address

Al Reef Downtown, ,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 645 8488

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Sharjah Airport

Address

Inside Arrivals Terminal, Kiosk 2, Outside baggage claim area, Sharjah Airport,
Sharjah ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 6 5528290

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 08:00-20:00

Al Hamra Mall, RAK

Address

Unit 52, First Floor, Al Hamra Mall, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Salem Rd,
Ras Al Khaimah ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 7 2434386

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 10:00-21:00

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