Saturday, April 23, 2011

How to Obtain Driving License in Abu Dhabi


Though, the Driving License you obtain is valid throughout UAE, how you obtain it varies state to state. There are three categories of people who are trying to obtain the driving license in Abu Dhabi; even in UAE.
  • Category 1:         First time drivers
  • Category 2:         People who have home country Driving License, but they cannot be transferred to UAE Driving License (I am in this category)
  • Category 3:         People who have home country Driving License and it can be transferred to UAE Driving License (Normally USA, Canada, Most European countries, Australia, New Zeland, Singapore, etc citizens could do this).
 Whatever category you are, everyone has to,
  • Open a Driving License file.
  • Attend the theory classes conducted by Abu Dhabi Driving Company (The Only Authorised body for Driving License theory & practical training).
  • Pass the theory Test
  • Obtain the Driving License.
                    Category1: Attend the practical classes in AD Driving Company in Mussafa and take the practical  exams to obtain the Driving License
                    Category2: Go through a practical exam and obtain the Driving License (practical classes are not compulsory). 
                    Category3: Change their home country Driving License to UAE Driving License.


Submitting the initial application for obtaining the UAE driving license is called “File Opening”. I know there are several websites claims that you can open the file at Muroor Traffic Police. Even the AD Police website says so. But my experience was against this. When I went to open the file in Muroor Traffic Police, I was told that only ladies can open the file there, and gents have to go to AD Driving Company in Mussafa.

Getting to Muroor Traffic Police

If you are a lady and if you want to open the file in Muroor Traffic Police, its exactly in the Street 27 between Muroor Road (also referred to as Street 4 / E Road / New Airport Road) and Old Airport Road (also referred to as Street 2 /Shaiek Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street) in Muroor area. You can reach here easily by taxi. If you want to reach by bus, router no 32 & 52 buses goes through Street 2 and route no 34, 54 & 56 goes through Street 4; whereas route no 44 goes through street 27 (very long route).



Getting to Abu Dhabi Driving School / Company in Mussafa

You can reach AD Driving Company in Mussafa by metered taxi, shared taxi or route Bus.
Metered taxi from city centre (TCA) will easily cost 50AED (I haven’t tried it) and will take 30minues. If you could get a shared taxi (the old taxies) they will charge 5AED or 10 AED. But shared taxi is not a suitable option for ladies.
The cheapest way to get to AD Driving Company is using bus – route no 116. The route no 116 starts from Kalifa Street (Street 3) and you could get this bus anywhere in Street 4 or AD Central Bus Station. The fare is 2AED fixed price and it will drop you right before the AD Driving Company. The journey time is approx 45 minutes to 1 hour. There is bus service from 6am to 11pm every 30minutes.



Opening a file

Once you reach the Abu Ddhabi Driving School building, you could see there is an Information Desk straight ahead, and it is surrounded by more than 10 counters to serve people. You don’t need to go to any of these initially. On your right side, you could see the sign board for “Traffic Section”. Follow the sign and turn at the 1st right corridor. You will reach the File Opening section for Gents and Ladies which are two separate rooms. As soon as you reach the room, you will find a help desk where you will be checked by the staffs whether you have the right documents.
Keep the following documents in your hand.
  • Copy of the passport information page
  • Copy of the UAE Residency Visa Page
  • 1 x Passport size photos
  • No Objection letter from your company (Needs to in Arabic. You can get it from your HR)
  • Copy of your Emirates ID card. If you don’t have it yet, you can provide a photocopy of your Emirates ID application form. You have to provide the copy, not the original as this will not be returned to you.
  •  In case you have your home country driving license (plastic card), Arabic translation of your home country driving license.
  •  Home country Driving License - plastic card (for verification purpose)
Note: You do not need any International Driving License from your country. They will check for the home country driving license which is the plastic card. The Arabic translation doesn’t needs to be authorised by your embassy even. Just a plain Arabic translation is enough.


Once you give all these to them, they will check and verify everything and send you for eye test, which is in the adjacent room. You will find a lady sitting over there. You will be asked to read different size of alphabets and numbers on the wall using both eyes separately. Then she will show you some A4 sheets which consist of numbers. Each A4 sheets consists one number written using small hexagons in different colour hexagons as background. You have to identify it. Once it’s done, she will charge you 20AED and give a paper which says you are fit for your driving. Take this paper to the help desk people again and show it to them. They will give you a token / number which you have to take it to the room which is behind the help desk. Wait for your number to be called patiently.

When your number is called, go to the counter and give your documents with the eye test results. They will check all your documents again. Once all the documents are checked, they will take a photograph of you. This photograph will be used in your Driving License. You will be charged 100AED as the processing fee. Once this is done, you will be given two identical sheets of “Drivers Test Appointment” which you have to keep it with you until you obtain the Driving License. You will be asked to wait for few minutes until your trainee driving license card is printed out. Once it is done, collect it from them and go to the Information Desk which is at the entrance of the building.

Booking for Theory Classes / Orientation Course

Tell them that you have opened your file and you want to register for the theory classes. They will give you an application form to be hand filled. You have to enter your personal details and other details such as, type of license (light vehicle, etc), manual/automatic, language, etc. Fill it carefully.

Before turn back to submit the application form, you need to take a photocopy of the trainee license card and the Drivers Test Appointment sheet. There is a photocopy machine available in the right side corridor where you have to do it by yourself. It’s a coin operated machine each copy is 1AED. So, have some coins with you by-hand.
Note: You might need to keep a blank A4 sheet behind your plastic card to make a copy. Otherwise it won’t work.

 You need the following documents to be submitted with the application form.
  • Copy of the passport information page
  • Copy of the UAE Residency Visa Page
  • Copy of Trainee license
  • Copy of Drivers Test Appointment sheet
  • 2 x Passport size photos

Upon verification of the documents, you will be given another token/number. Take it and wait patiently. Once your number is called, go to the counter and submit the documents. You will be charged 780 AED as the course fee and 50 AED as the Theory exam fees. You will be also given a theory lesson hand book.

Now, the number of theory classes vary depends on the profession mentioned in your UAE Visa. By default, its 8 classes (4 days). There are 1 and 2 day courses also. You may ask them whether there is any speed course so you could reduce the number of classes. If you are lucky to be an Engineer or Manager (Your Visa should state that) you need to attend only 1 day class which consist of 2 courses. Each course is just an hour; so within 2 hours, you theory classes are done.

I went on a Sunday evening to open the file and my classes are scheduled for Monday 7.30pm. I got 1 day classes as my profession in the Visa reads as Engineer.

By now, you have opened the file and booked for your theory classes.

Theory classes

Theory classes are held in the first floor. Be on time for the theory classes. If you are happened to be late for 10minutes you will be considered as absent. Once you attend the classes, you can schedule the Theory Test date at Ground Floor Information Centre / Counters.

Theory Test

Again, be on time for the theory tests. Test halls are on the 1st floor. If you are late by 10mins, you have to re-schedule the test – means extra money.
You should take the “drivers test appointment sheet” which was given to you while opening the file with you. In addition you should have some sort of photo ID such as passport, home country driving license, Labour card. If you failed to provide any of this, you will be turned away in the exam hall.

Prepare yourself by reading the theory hand book page to page. You do not need to memorise anything. But read it. That’s enough.

Theory test consists of 45 questions which you have to do it within 30 minutes. You have to get 36 or more correct answers to pass the exam. Each question has 3 answers where you have to select the best answer. The test is a computer test, where you will be reading and answering the questions in the computer screen. Each individual in the exam hall will get different set of questions. Believe me; the exam can be finished within 15-20minutes max.

Once you passed the theory exam,
  • 1st time learners can book for the practical classes.
  • People who have their home country driving license which are not transferrable can schedule for the practical exams straight away. When I went to collect the Theory Exam sheet, I have been given the Road Test date with that. Its highly recommended to brush-up the driving and parking skills by attending the private diving institutes. This is important, as you have only 1 chance to pass the practical test. If you fail the test, you have to go through all the classes offered by the Abu Dhabi Driving School and then do the practical test again.
  • People who have their home country driving license which are transferrable will get the UAE driving license. I do not have any information about this as I haven’t experience this. I appreciate if someone could share their experience on this as this will be really helpful for other readers.

Practical Driving Classes

Practical driving class consist of five lessons and it is given in two sets, lessons 1-3 and lessons 4-5. The length of the course varies depends on whether you have enrolled to beginners, intermediate or advanced course depends on your knowledge and skills of driving.
Schedule for the classes are stretched from morning to late in the evening and you will be trained in the driving yard of Emirates Driving Company where you will experience a one-to-one session with your instructor. Lessons 1-3 will take around one week to complete and lessons 4-5 for approx 10 days. The schedule of your classes will depend on the availability and the fee will be Approx 2500 AED depends on the number of classes you are enrolled to.

Practical Test

Once you finished all your practical courses, the first time learners have to do two practical tests which are Parking Test and the Road Test.

Parking Test:- Parking Test is based on lesson 3. In case you need refresher classes for lesson 3, you can opt for one. This will give you better chance of passing the parking test.

After you pass the parking test, the Traffic Police will issue you a green ID card. It is a temporary driving card which will allow you to contact driving instructors if you need so for real road training.
During your driving class in Emirates Driving Company, you will be driving in Driving Yard. When you contact a driving instructor, you will be driving in the real road with his guidance. This will give you more training to go for the road test. If you think you are already confident to drive alone, then you can proceed with the road test.

Road Test:- This is the final test to obtain the driving license in Au Dhabi. Be early during your schedule for road test. Bring the “Drivers Test Appointment” sheet, temporary Driving ID, passport copy and AED 200.  There will be two police, one seated in front and the other at the back, in the car.

If the policeman hands you the appointment sheet, it means you pass. When the policeman returns to you the green card, it means you didn’t pass.

After you pass, you have to go back to the Driving Company, pay AED 200 and give the appointment sheet and passport copy. They will take you a photo and provide you the UAE Driving License.

There you go; you have obtain the driving license and you are ready to drive in Abu Dhabi & UAE roads!!

My small piece of advice:- 

Don’t take the driving for granted. While you go through your theory and practical classes, you will learn the road manners and how to drive in the road. Use that knowledge to drive safely in the road.

Make sure your actual designation is stated in the Visa page. Sometimes companies change the designation to obtain the Visa. But sometimes this might create some problems for you.
 
Updates:-

22/11/2011
Recently I met a guy who had his driving License from Saudi Arabia. He managed to obtain the UAE license withn 2 days. Whoa..!! Thats really fast. Incase if any of you had GCC DL, you do not need attend the theory test. You can straight away book for the Practical exams.








271 comments:

  1. yay! thanks for the info, it really helps me a lot. I'm planning to go there by tom. Keep it up, more post to come.

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  2. thanks for the info.. will have my theory test tomorrow, wish me luck ;)

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  3. Wow! A complete guide to obtain auh license. Awesome explanation. Just an add on info for people holding visa from other emirate. In addition to noc from the company u need a company letter in arabic confirming ur place of work as AUH with AUH company seal. This is needed even if u r on husband's visa (noc from husband & place of work from company for husband ). Important u can only open the file in murror license department and not in edc in mussafah .

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  4. thank you for post.. it is really helpfull! i am going tomorrow for theory classes. And one more time thx that you give the # of bus to get to Emirates Driving company in Musaffah...

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  5. You are the best! this really helps,,, thank you so much as Im planning to take my class this Month so exited.. What is the timings for the driving lessons? God bless you.

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  6. really informative for the new commers like me

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  7. Thanks a lot for the post :)

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  8. superb information..really u have all the points..good job

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  9. Hi ,this a such a great info for all...I have one doubt i am undergoing theory classes, i dont have home ocuntry license but i have driving experience,should i start practical as beginner or will they take my practical assesment and tag me as beginner/intermediate depending on my performance..?

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  10. You can take an assessment test before starting the practical classes. After this assessment, they will tell you which stage you should go for the practical. But, before going to the assessment, make sure you know about reverse parking, parallel parking, round about and fast driving. Good Luck.!

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  11. Hi i am living in muroor road 23 street beside the new kindergarten al mushrif school. i want to take a bus because i had been taking taxi for a few days now. where should i exactly go to take a bus? please help.

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  12. check this website. The timing and the route and mentioned clearly.

    http://www.ojra.ae/en_bus.htm

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  13. Great info, could I translate it into my home country language, then I will post it on my blogspot?

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  14. You may do it, considering that you specify the source in your blog.

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    1. Dear Nimo,
      This blog has become A-Z guide for driving licence seekers.
      Many many congrats and thanks for your such a helpful work.
      I got my DL in 15 days without any difficulty. All credits goes to you only....
      Thanks once again.

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    2. Sunil did you get your Indian DL's arabic translation attested by the embassy or its notrequired

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    3. No, Driving licence's authentic translation is mandatory but not attestation.

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    4. Hi Sunil, Did you have an Indian licence previously? Did you have to take a parking test as well as a road test?

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    5. Yes, I am having Indian Driving Licence. Having that, you are eligible for direct road test after attending Theory Classes.
      No Road test required.

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    6. I have an Indian Driving license but it is not in the form of Plastic Card and it is in Hindi language. so in that case can i open my file and give direct test ?

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    7. Try your luck but in most cases they will accept plastic cards only.

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  15. very much thank you for the detailed information

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  16. Thank you Very Much ...

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  17. do they still required 1 photo for opening the file and 2 for registering for theory classes. On one of their brochures its 4 and 2

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  18. no trainee card for first time drivers who has no license at all

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  19. hey what about those who failed 3 times in road test?.

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    1. you can still apply no problem at all. you must be ready to pay fee for all your tests........

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  20. azhar,

    as you mentioned i also use to search on net for anything .. inthat case i found this very useful detail. thanks lot

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  21. thanks a lot! very helpful considering that edc website does not provide any guidelines.

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  22. hi Nimo you did a great job,keep it up,well i dont have experience in driving cars only motorbike and eager to do so,with your info i will try.

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  23. Thanks your advise and suggestions are very helpfull.

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  24. Very informative and helpful post. Really feeling a bit more comfortable now to apply for the license.

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  25. Has there been any changes/updates after this has been written?

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  26. Wow no words man for your great help. Its exactly like how you explained. Really its a great gesture educating others from our learning. You made it easy for all of us Man. GOD BLESS YOU!!!

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  27. I am on Sharjah Visa and I am working in Abu Dhabi at client site,I am software consultant by profession,, my company has no trade license of Abu Dhabi. Can I still follow the same above procedure dor DL.

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  28. hi!
    If I have my home country license and I have passed the theory test, will I also have to take the parking test or just the road test??

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  29. hi. is any photo id valid for the theory exam? dont have my emirates id and passport for i am in the process of shifting jobs. thanks.

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  30. Hi,
    1. You are not required to appear in parking test if you have your home country license (please make sure you have mentioned this while opening the file).
    You can straight away book for your road test, still it is advisable to freshen up your driving skill with some private driving school. It will increase the probability of your success in road test.
    2. In case of non availability of your emirates id and passport you can show your medical insurance card as your photo id.

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  31. Some inputs which may help you..
    1. I was having home country driving licence. Got UAE driving licence in exact 15 days.
    2. I booked fast track theory classes by paying some additional fee. You can ask about this when booking for theory classes. Please note, this facility is for the people having visa stating their designation as engineers / managers and above. I need to attend only four classes in place of eight. Still i strongly advise to go through the theory book given to you while booking for theory classes. It is very essential for read the entire book, irrespective of which classes you attended. This will really help in increasing the probability of your success in theory test.
    3. For road test you will be travelling in a bus behind the test vehicle. You have to get down and reach to test vehicle when its your turn. Some important tips for road test...
    a. Keep your learners licence in your hand. On arriving to test vehicle first of all hand over this card to the examiner.
    b. Be patient, take your own time to settle down on the driving seat. Follow all procedure like Seat adjustment, Mirror adjustment, Shifting of gear, Release of hand brakes etc. Do not show hurry even if you are asked for by examiner.
    c. While driving viewing back mirror and side mirror at frequent intervals is as important as viewing in front.
    d. and last but not least... maintain the speed between 60 - 70 kmph. My personal observation is failure ratio of slow drivers is higher than the good speed drivers.

    Hope this information helps you...

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    1. I have a Qatar driving license. Can I give test in automatic vehicle? How long we need to drive in the road test and on which road?
      Please help

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  32. can anybody give me information that which visa title holder can not apply for driving license.thanks

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  33. I just passed my test 10 days back (first attempt). Recently there has been a slight change in the system, after you finish the parking test you have to find a good instructor as you will be driving in the real road with his guidance, you now need to make a contract with the instructor for the classes, the instructor evaluates you and will let you know how many classes you need to take before you go for the final road test. You have to produce this contract before the road test or you will not be evaluated for the road test.

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    1. Hi congratulations first and thanks for these information. from the new system thus this instructor you're referring to is coming from Abu Dhabi Driving Company who authorized body only to give driving theory classes & practical training? Thank you

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  34. Is it compulsory for us get out home country DL attested (arabic translation) ?? the blog says its not .. please help

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    1. No need for attestation but translation should be legal translation (with stamp of typing cente etc.)

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  35. I had already a file before and already took a theory, i did not continue this because of my hectic working schedule, i received a text message that my driving application is expired, so now i transfer in another company and different visa which is ( dubai visa)but my company now is residing here in abu dhabi. Can i continue driving classes even if my visa change?

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    1. can any one answer the above question please ? i have same problem
      sampath

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  36. Can u please tell me within how many days we need to open file from the date of NOC from our sponsor?

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  37. Thanks to the gentleman/lady who posted this blog. It was detailed enough to get the necessary formalities over with. And I just got my license on Sunday. I am sure this blog will help a lot of new aspirants pursuing the UAE license.
    Thanks again.

    Taz

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  38. Appreciate if you can post me link to practice theory test in online. .

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    1. http://myrta.com/odkt/servlet/nswrta.odkt.bo.ODktDemoServlet

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  39. thnx,ur this shared experience is very helpful for newcommers

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  40. jayp1964@gmail.comFebruary 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Thanks my friend,I surely hope the information given by you is very useful to me and others.Once again I wish for the broaded mind for posting this information.God bless you and your family.After I gets success I will be posting again.Tommorrow I am going to step forward to get the licence

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  42. Part 1
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    My experience of opening a driving test/training file between 28 and 30 Jan 2013 was terrible. To help newcomers, I propose that Mr George Zakhem prepares a list of steps or, even better, a flow chart to ensure that all relevant procedures are clear and standardised. Generally, the Emirates Driving Company has the procedures in place, except for some customer service issues which I will describe below. It is basically the traffic police who is being difficult by not standardising the procedures and by giving a poor service to applicants.

    I am in the same category as Nimo, whereby I cannot convert my home country license automatically. You may wish to read the following real story to understand what could go wrong.


    As most people do these days, I searched for official online information first. There is useful information from the Abu Dhabi Government website (www.abudhabi.ae) but unfortunately they are not well integrated to cover the whole process. Nimo’s description on the process is better and I definitely benefited from the comprehensive details. However, the inconsistency of the traffic police has made my experience miserable, even when I read the information available online carefully.

    The official links are given below:

    1. Getting a Driving Licence (Note: this is an overview):
    http://www.abudhabi.ae/egovPoolPortal_WAR/appmanager/ADeGP/Citizen?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=p1296&did=129254&lang=en

    2. Opening a Driving Licence File:
    http://www.abudhabi.ae/egovPoolPortal_WAR/appmanager/ADeGP/Citizen?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=p1296&did=337762&lang=en#337758
    (Extracted from the webpage:
    Please follow the steps below:
    1. Submit the application and the required documents at the customer services centres of the Drivers Licensing Department.
    2. Pay the fees and get the receipt.
    3. Receive the trainee card from the customer services centres of the Drivers Licensing Department.)

    3. Opening Driving Training File and Theoretical Training:
    http://www.abudhabi.ae/egovPoolPortal_WAR/appmanager/ADeGP/Citizen?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=p1296&lang=en&did=134436
    (Extracted from the webpage:
    Working Hours:

    Administration offices:
    Sunday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

    Theory section:
    Saturday – Thursday: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

    Practical section:
    Saturday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

    Evaluation section:
    Saturday – Thursday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Special Condition: Applicants must open a driving test file with the Traffic & Licensing Department before coming to Emirates Driving Company.)

    4. Driving Licence Issuance:
    http://www.abudhabi.ae/egovPoolPortal_WAR/appmanager/ADeGP/Citizen?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=p1296&did=337518&lang=en#337514

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    1. Hello there ...just wanted to know the timings of practical session.I passed my theory and I want to enroll for the beginner practical session as I don't have a home country license.I have a small child...before enrolling if I get to know the timing I can arrange for baby sitting....can anyone please help?

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  43. Part 2
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    What the above links and Nimo’s description do not explain is that the so called “Drivers Licensing Department” or “Traffic & Licensing Department” is a traffic police department and it is beyond the control of the Emirates Driving Company (EDC). In order to be careful in case of outdated online information, I called the EDC customer service line (+971 2 551 1911) to confirm the requirements and the working hours. The representative who answered my call informed me that I did not really need an Arabic translation of my home country license since it is in English and I could go to the EDC around 7pm despite the working hours stated in the webpage (see the 2nd link above). It was a good news to me because it meant no need to take leave from my busy work schedule. What turned out was: even though the EDC was opened in the evening, the Licensing Department which is a traffic police department to process the application was closed.

    I then visited EDC the next afternoon around 2pm. When the traffic police officer at the Licensing Department noticed that I did not have an Arabic translation of my home country license, he shouted rudely “Arabic, Arabic” to me. This is despite the fact that my “International Driving Permit” has a page in Arabic. His reason was that that was a translation of the permit, not that of the plastic driving license card. Leaving with no choice, I went back and obtained the translation required in the city in the evening.
    With all the documents complete, I went to the Licensing Department the next morning at 7am with an expectation that this would be the final round. What happened then was the traffic police officer said they only started processing new file after 9.30am. He asked me to visit the nearby Musaffah police station if I do not want to wait. Again, the attitude was rude and he did not bother to explain how to get there. Leaving with such a choice, I went out of the department and checked with an EDC staff outside for directions because I had no idea of the existence of the police station. A staff said it was 5 minutes away and possible to walk there. With all these experiences in mind, I asked another staff who then gave a better advice saying that it was better to take a taxi.

    When I reached the first gate of the police station, the officer there explained politely that I needed to go to the other side. When I finally reached the police station at 7.45am, I was asked to surrender my passport at the counter to get a visitor’s pass to enter the building. Anyway, the worse was yet to come. At the Licensing counter, the officer just gave me a form and asked me to simply wait for eye test outside a room labelled as Visual Examination. There were four people sitting beside the room at that time. When a few others came later, I knew there was a need to get a number to maintain order. When somebody started to get a number from a machine by the wall near the area, a few followed and so did I. The result was: chaos. At least 7 others who came later got a number before me and some who came earlier got a number later than me. The officer at the counter really should have directed all applicants to get a number and put a noticeable label at the machine location. Then again, the “doctor” for eye test was late and he only arrived at 8.45am. The actual eye test only took about one minute but so many people’s time was wasted due to the sheer inconsistency of the traffic police. With eye test result stated as “Fit”, I was issued a temporary driving or trainee license card (since the card has no label, the proper name for this card is not certain). I then went back to the EDC around 9.15am for the rest of the process, which was smooth and mostly as described by Nimo. Well, I could have waited at EDC for 2 hour without all these hassles. Maybe… again maybe.

    I think we should give EDC an opportunity to explain. Failing which, publishing this experience in the newspaper is probably good for all future applicants.

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  44. Part 3A
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    It seems that there is no explanation from EDC. Anyway, I have passed the road test and obtained my driving license since then. I will share my experience again for the benefits of others since this part was not elaborated by Nimo and there appeared to be some new changes.

    I had an appointment for road test at 7.45pm. I went to the Licensing Department inside the EDC building, got a number and then passed the appointment sheet to the officer behind the counter. I was told to board a specific bus number outside the building. When I was approaching the bus, a man without uniform stopped me and asked me to pay AED40 to another man without uniform sitting in a car at the car park. I followed the crowd and paid. When the receipt given to me showed Santana Driving School, I was puzzled. Since it was only about 7.20am, I went in to check with the security and he just everybody had to paid to the man. Perhaps EDC can explain why the need for this payment was not informed earlier and why the receipt came from a private driving school.

    The bus was almost full when I was on board. Everybody seemed to be waiting patiently in the stuffy bus until the driver switched on the air conditioner half an hour later. A police officer then came to bus door and marked the attendance according to the appointment sheets he had. The bus finally started shortly after 8am following the test car to the roads in the Musaffah industrial zone.

    Again, there was no number system for who would take the test next. After a few guys sitting in front went down to have their test one by one, somebody from behind volunteered to be the next. Obviously some people towards the front were unhappy and stopped him. A more senior man somehow started instructing the guys to move to the empty seat in front one by one but not everybody listened to him. Basically I just ignored the commotion. One has to accept that there is simply no queue. EDC could have improved this.

    It was not necessary to sit in the bus after taking the driving test. Some people got off the bus after their test, presumably to take a taxi back to EDC or they might have other transport arrangement. After about 2 hours of going through almost endless roundabouts in the industrial zone, the bus finally returned to EDC around 10am. When you thought everything was over, what happened next brought total confusion again.

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  45. Part 3B
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    With the appointment sheet marked as Passed in hand, a few candidates and myself were directed by the security outside the Licensing Department to the Musaffah police station nearby to get our license. This is different from Nimo’s and my colleague’s experience some months ago. With the previous experience in mind (see my Parts 2 and 3 above), I queued up and asked the police officer at the Licensing Department. (Sometimes you just cannot trust the security guard.) The rude police officer again pointed me to Musaffah police station. The funny thing was, when we reached the Musaffah police station, the officer at the reception said we should go to the Muroor police station, which is half an hour away towards the Abu Dhabi city, after 2pm. Being upset, I decided to go back to the Licensing Department inside EDC and checked again. When I explained to the police officer at the counter, he could not be bothered. I then insisted to see a more senior officer inside, who finally gave me a satisfactory explanation. He said the police needed some time to enter the driving test results into the computer system and my license could be issued at any traffic police station and I only needed to wait about one hour. So resting for one hour at the EDC cafeteria, I went to the Licensing Department again at 11.30am. I told the rude officer at the counter that I was asked to go in and check the status after one hour. The officer inside checked the computer and said I could now get the license at the Musaffah police station. I reached there shortly after. Luckily there was no queue at Licensing counter. After taking a number from the machine beside the wall (see my Part 2 above) and my photo taken by the officer, my driving license was issued to me just before 12 noon. Had I listened and went to Muroor, I would have had to take another half day leave from my work.

    Are the EDC and the traffic police ever going to improve? God knows!

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    1. Thanks for the Message.. What happened to me yesterday also same like you, so people who got a sheet marked with the PASS... always check after three hours of your test completed time and also first check in the counter at Traffic dept., at EDC and then go to anywhere (In mussafah or Abu dhabi Muroor)...

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  46. Thanks a lot buddy ,

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  47. first of all i would like to congratulate blogger nimo for providing this wonderful information and the anonymous blogger for sharing his "bitter" experience, for most of you wil face it. must say the instructors for theory classes are very good but its the support staff like the ones sitting behind the customer service(not all but some of them) who lack courtesy and tarnish the name of EDC.

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  48. I AM PLANNING TO GET A LICENSE, I'M NOT DRIVING IN MY COUNTRY AND I'M BIT NRVOUS. THANK YOU

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  49. Who will put signature on NOC on behalf of company. Can any senior sign on NOC instead of sponsor with company stamp.

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  50. I failed today my final road test. Have a test again this Thursday. Pray for me please. I hope I pass :O

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    1. When you opened your file....nd how may days it totally took from day 1 to your final road test.....
      hope u reply...

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  51. I am a messenger visa ..I can open a file in this visa..???

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  52. How many days it takes for a beginner to get his driving license from day 1 (File opening) to the last day.
    The purpose is to update with the present statistics....
    Hope those who got the license recently to reply ASAP...

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  53. I will be moving to UAE shortly. However, my left leg is affected by polio. Both my hands and right leg are normal. i do not have a driving license in India. Can i get a driving license in UAE ?

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  54. Hi everyone! I am a lady here, with experience in driving back home.I do have a plastic license but it has been expired since I got here in Abu dhabi. By this week, I will be going to open a file in muroor if not in Mussafah. Now, what category should I select as Category 1 - first time driver? I wish I could get a shorter process:-)

    thnxx

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  55. Hi everyone! I am a lady here, with experience in driving back home.I do have my plastic country license but it has not been renewed. Since I got here in 2007. By this week, I will be going to open a file in muroor if not in Mussafah. Now, what category should I select as Category 1 - first time driver? I wish I could get a shorter process:-)

    Thnxx FSA

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  56. thank you so so much!

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  57. I like you My friend!!! Too good information

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  58. hi......
    i wish to obtain a driving license from uae. i already have a driving license from my home country which is attested by state government and it is in a paper in form.i want to know if attestation is necessary or not from india embassy in abudhabi. if so i want to attest before arabic translation or after translation

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    1. Attestation not required.
      You can simply get it translated into Arabic by legal translators.

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  59. Hii Every One I got lots of information from this block thanks,
    But I have 1 question, I opened last year my driving license file I passed theory exam then after that I dint continue my driving classes, now almost its 10 months finish can any one tell me how to reopen the same file or I have to open new file again....please help me...!!!!!!

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  60. Hii Every One I got lots of information from this block thanks,
    But I have 1 question, I opened last year my driving license file I passed theory exam then after that I dint continue my driving classes, now almost its 10 months finish can any one tell me how to reopen the same file or I have to open new file again....please help me...!!!!!!

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    1. yes you can open your file and continue.

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  61. I am happy to find this post very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I always prefer to read the quality content and this thing I found in you post.

    Bloom Gardens

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  62. While you approching with your contry DL's transalation copy to open file , some times they asking to have a stamp of embossy on it (Means attestation ). i had to be submit the attested copy but one of my college havn't asked .

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    1. They will ask for attestation if you have got the translation done by normal typing center. Please remember, you have to get it translated by legal translators. They will translate, attach photo copy of your original documents, duly paste and will put their own stamp. If this process is done, then attestation from embassy is not required.

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  63. thank you all for your experiences and reply. in my case the current company has issued the Ordinary Laborer Visa in order to get quick visa for my job . i am working as a Building Administrator in Abudhabi. Can i open the file with this Visa Category???

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    1. NO, you can not open file with VISA as Ordinary Laborer....

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  64. i have international driving license from pakistan . can i apply for the golden try ?? after opening of file or not ???

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    1. Yes, you can but theory classes are mandatory.

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  65. can anybody give me information visa title hold to pone file can u help me to pone driving license file ...any one

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  66. can anybody give me information visa title hold to pone file can u help me to pone driving license file ...any one


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  67. Hi I took the road test and sad to say I fail the test, the police handover to me the Appointment Slip with Fail Remarks and the Green Card. Is this means that I can have appointment again for the 2nd Test.

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  68. Will have my DL translated tomorrow. thanks for this very informative article. And to the one who's ranting about "rude" personnel in EDC, stop moaning and get over it! You got your drivers licence right? I reckon you'd have probably jumped off musaffah bridge if they failed you.. :p

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  69. Hi! Thanks for the information. I just had my license translated and will probably open a file next week before Eid. A friend of mine recently opened file with the Muroor Traffic police, and last time I checked, he was a man, lol. They might have opened it again for us blokes, quite convenient if it were true. I'll try my luck there first, Musaffah is quite far. '(--,)~ Cheers!

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  70. Hey NIMO, you are a CHAMP. Glad to see someone who soent so much time in explaining everything in detail. "Keep coins for copying" LOL..thats called sharing the expereinces..THank you so much mate!! IT will for sure help to get the license at one go!! Wish me good luck!! by the way you posted this message in 2011 and see what its doing in 2013.....

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  71. You are great man.. May ALLAH bless you with what you always yearn for... You've given us a complete picture by taking time out and explaining everything in great detail. Bless you !!

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  72. How is the theory test?..is it easy or tough?

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    1. Very easy, if you sincerely read the theory book provided by them. Taking the book lightly means entering into danger zone of over confidence....

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  73. I do not have home country license and also do not know about driving. I had really bad experience after passing my theory test, for registering in Practical classes for two times. Both times I was waiting for more than 3 hours and did not get number. Is there any fast way to get register for practical classes. Please help me out.

    Rgds,

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  74. Hey, guys! Just wanted to update you. I've already opened my driving file, and yes, you can open it at the Muroor Police Station even if you're a guy. I had some trouble finding the exact building inside the police compound. I went into the new building when I should have gone to the old one. It's brown and has a long stairway at the front.

    My experience so far was good. The customer service desk forwarded me to the officer-in-charge. He was a friendly person, checked all my documents first. I then went back to the customer service desk to get my number, I waited a while to be called. When it was my turn, the lady at the counter took my documents, checked my home country driver's license, received the payment for the processing, took a photo, gave me my "Driver's Test Appointment" sheet, and was finally forwarded to the last counter to get my "green" card. It actually looks like an all-white card.

    Everything went smoothly, just make sure you have all your papers with you. The documents I brought were the following: passport copy + visa page copy, translated home country driver's license + the plastic card itself, No-Objection Certificate in Arabic from my company, photocopy of my Emirates ID, and two passport-sized photographs. All in all, I paid 100 (processing fee) + 25 (eye test) = Dh125. I came in around 5PM, so there wasn't a lot of people. It took around an hour and a half only, including waiting time.

    Word of advice: wait for your green card. In my case, the person distributing those temporary licenses wasn't at the counter, so I had to wait around 20 minutes. Turns out the machine automatically prints out the card, and it does take a while. So don't just leave yet until you get the card, I think that's the most important thing.

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    1. Simon,
      I did take the long stairway one and went to the information desk. the lady present over there told me i had to open the file in mussafah? there was a customer service counter as well . but i did not enquire there as the information counter provided me with the above info.

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    2. Hi, AJoy. Hm, that's surprising. I also spoke to some ladies at the information desk. They told me something about how they only entertained online applications here. (?)

      Because that contradicted to the information I read here and the Abu Dhabi government website, I was doubtful and still went further in and spoke to spoke to a man at the customer service desk(opposite the closed coffee shop), and he directed me to an Emirati officer's office, beside the rightmost counter. He then asked me why I didn't open file in Mussafah, but I reasoned with him that the driving school told me that I also had the option to open there at Muroor.

      I'm not sure if it's the case now, but what I know is that I was able to open my file there.

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    3. Simon, I will check it out again with the customer service desk. Also is there actually a road test to be taken if i want to convert my saudi license to UAE. the website says differently. It says i can just replace it. I really need some accurate info with regards to this.

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  75. I have a copy of saudi license(I dont have the original plastic card), and I also have indian license(Original). can I go directly to road test.Is copy of saudi license will help me any way?

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  76. is there any chance to apply without the NOC.

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  77. I'm not sure. Recently, I open my file at Muroor office. First thing they asked: Who is your sponsor? where is your letter? I think without letter from your company, they won't proceed.

    I had Malaysian license. So I have to finish theory class / test and road test only. Bypass the practice class & packing test. But there is only 1 chance for road test, if fail then need to go back and do all the practice classes again (costly).
    Hence, I'm looking for the private school where I can register few hours refresh driving, because in Malaysia there is right hand driver. Anybody know where I can find such service, could you please help?

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  78. iam working in ruwais,my visa mission visa, It possible to apply licence?

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  79. I got my license in Abu Dhabi from my first teast and all thanks goes to the greatest driving trainer i had, from Ras Al 2akhdar driving school. His name is Sami , Mobile 050 254 1717. Good Luck to all of you ...

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  80. Hi Rania,
    Can you tell me where is Ras Al Akhdar driving school situated?

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  81. very informative and helpfull

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  82. Best advice i got till now on liscense.

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  83. Super helpful!! Will now go off and try to apply for the drivers' license. Thank you.

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  84. INDEED Good Work Nimo . God Bless YOU.

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  86. Hi, what type of eye test are being done? Isn't shihara test? to detect color blindness? coz i have difficulty of reading those, so i might be failed the eye test.....

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    1. No, nothing like that. They just cover your left or right eye, and you have to recite a bunch of differently-sized letters or numbers projected on the wall.

      I have astigmatism but it went okay. You'll pass, I'm sure.

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  87. Hi All

    Could you please suggest me a good instructor (I prefer malayali) as I am tying my luck by applying for direct road test. Please email the contacts. I am staying in Hamdan St. Abu Dhabi
    Email: anasgeneva@gmail.com

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    1. Contact Kareem on 050-6709156; you can refer my name (Lakshman). Kareem is from Kerala and, he is a very good trainer with real time tips.

      All the best!

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  88. Wow! Awesome and very informative. It gets me ready to get through all this and makes me excited to start the driving lesson.

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  89. Great work my fend .I m Pakistani but have British driving license can I replace it with UAE license plz reply

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  90. Its really informative . Can anyone tell me the Muroor Police station timing when I can go for opening a file in evening.

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  91. Driving schools teach the basics of proper driving. They also provide the technical things that new drivers have to learn for them to be effective and safe drivers.

    cpc training & cpc transport

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  92. **** NEED HELP**** My Visa type is Visit Visa, and im planning to apply for ABU DHABI Driving license, is it possible for me to apply even if my visa type is Visit Visa?? I do have a home country Driving license... is it possible??

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  93. Hoe many areas are there in practical training?

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  94. First of all thanks to Nimo and other bloggers who contributed here, it's definitely a big help from all of you I am on category 2 as what Nimo describes. Is anyone here recently open a driver's license file? Will the Muroor Traffic police still accepting male applicants? If yes can they process after 6pm? Thanks a lot guys.

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  95. Please note that you can open your file in Muroor from 7 - 2pm. I hope you can make the changes

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  96. Hi Arghie, I opened my file in Muroor around 8pm. I dont remember exactly but it open untill 9-10pm. They accepted male applicant also. As long as you have proper papers with you, the process will be very past.

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  97. Hii..I am Reji..I am holding the Engineer Visa in our company..Is it compulsory to produce NOC for opening the File for driving licence????

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  98. I am holding the labourer visa can l open file

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  99. Yes, NOC is mandatory to open a file.

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  100. The profession falls under unskilled category wont be able to open a file in Abu Dhabi, better you change your profession it charge around AED550.

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  101. I have finished my parking test.now what is the procedure?

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  102. this blog had a great response of people so there was so many thing for me to learn. I was looking for arabic interpreter abu dhabi and I found your blog in google search and I must say it is great

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  103. Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) has been introduced across the European Union to maintain high driving standards and improve road safety.
    cpc training course & cpc transport manager courses

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  104. Thanks to all who gave information in this blog as all the information is good and may be helpful to anyone, if not me, as there are more than 114 nationalities in UAE... Good initiative... I will share my experince here, when I go for this licence thing..... Thanks bro

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  105. Today I went there to open new file they told me to send your documents through email and than wait for reply.If any one else know about this plz share full details here.thanks

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  106. today i went there they told me to send your documents through email mt question is that which email id i should use to send documents either company email or my personal email and where they will reply(on company email or my own email id.plz suggest me) thanks

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  108. First of all thanks Nimo
    Yesterday dated 24.Nov.2013 mine opened the driving file.

    What i do..
    @ Murror police station.
    1. Submit the Emirates ID to the receptionist and he gave an Identity card (which I return when leaving the police station)
    2. Go to the token machine, press on license button and collect token and wait for turn.
    3. As mine turn come go to the counter and submit all necessary documents (NOC from company (Arabic), Copy of Emirates ID card, Passport copy, Visa page copy, Native license in Arabic translated & attested copy of license.
    4. They verify all documents instruct me to go for eye test.
    5. Then go to the token machine, press on Eye test button and collect token.
    6. As mine turn comes go to Eye check-up room where pay 25 Dhs . After the eye test they gave fit certificate
    7. Go to the token machine, press on license button and collect token.
    8. As mine turn come go to the counter submit all above said documents along with eye fit certificate and pay 100dhs. They will take photo and issue green card & driving test appointment letter (wait for 3 min for green card)
    9. Back to reception and collect your emirates id card.
    @ Emirates Driving Company
    1. At reception and they will issue Registration form fill it.
    2. Take photo copy of green card & driving test appointment (photocopy facility available there, 1dhs. Per page)
    3. Submit the documents (copy of green card, copy of driving test appointment letter & Registration form) after that they will issue a token no and wait for turn.
    4. As mine turn comes go to the said counter where submit all above said documents.
    5. Pay 830 Dhs, request for early date and convenient time (my case scheduled today dated 25.Nov.2013 7.40PM) and collect Driving school handbook.

    Balance update soon………

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  109. Sir, i have received road test dates and searching for malayali driving instructor in mussafah for practice .i have only 1 chance left since applied with home country license.Pls provide contact details of any good instructors if you are aware.

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  110. Dear Chindu,
    Kareem is a good malayali instructor, give my name as reference. He will pick up you from Carre four (Airport Road) or ADC

    Mob No: +971506709156

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  111. i;m having indian license and bahrain license.which one can help me in getting the license in AUH.please reply.as im shifting to AUH soon.

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    1. Hi.theres a male indian instructor
      Very good. His name mohammad . 055 8155013. Tell him a mangalorean lady from musaffah gave ref.

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  112. what is the expiry of the final road test pass receipt?

    i passed my final road test with based on Indian licences but my visa is changing now so till how many month it is valid for collect the driving licence card.

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    1. Hi sabbi. What did they asked u to do for the test? Difficult ibstructions? Or easy? I am havibg test this month end. 1 chance...golden test

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  113. My golden test is on 30 dec. Holder of indian driv lic. Am a lady. Attending classes till 30 dec. Almost 30 classes. Was driving in india till sept 2013. Pls post some imp driving tips .

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  114. My experience (converting from Singapore license to UAE License )
    First of all to open a file Abu Dhabi driers and vehicles licensing department near to Mushrif Mall called it is free, there are no people at all in the morning. Men and women can go there

    I have seen mussafah driving company and mussafah police station, there was a lot of Q all the time from early morning to till evening
    Yesterday I went to mussafah driving company to book my theory classes.
    I collected my token at 1 pm and i was called to counter at 5 PM


    Coming to People belong to category 3(refer first few lines of this blog)

    Please go to Abu Dhabi driers and vehicles licensing department near to Mushrif Mall
    Remember it is the only place they will convert license straightaway without any theory or road test
    I mean people having USA, Singapore, Canada, Most European countries, Australia, New Zeland has to go there only

    My experience is that I am Indian having Singapore license. They gave me Abu Dhabi license even though I am not Singapore citizen

    It cost 200 AED and all you need is translation of your driving license, no need to have company letter (My experience only)
    you can get translation of licence in that office itself with cost of 100 AED.But it depends on the availability of that translation personal

    And other important information for people who is taking theory test and road teat
    Go to musaffah or murror police station to open the file if you are looking for car license. Don’t go to musaffah driving center.
    Please bring all the documents, and photo copies of it (some of them are, passport copy’s, visa copy’s, existing driving license copy’s, translation, photos etc)
    You need to submit them to open file . once file opened then you have to book theory classes
    For that you have to go to driving center in Musaffah for that you need
    You need passport and visa copies, the photo copy’s of forms given at the time of file opening and the photo copy of the card given at the time of opening the file

    All the information is my observation only . it is true at the time of publishing this post

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  115. Update: I went today (24 January 2013) and the file opening is done at the Musaffah Police Station (right beside EDS). Alternatively, I was told that it can be done at the Khalifa City Police Station as well as some police station in Abu Dhabi. Operating timings are: 07:30 - 13:30 hrs.

    Only then you go to EDS to apply for Theory Classes. Here you have two (or maybe three) options.

    Option A: Take a ticket and wait and get 4 day classes
    Option B: Take a ticket and wait. Pay AED 200 extra and get your classes in two days (or 1 day).
    Option C: As soon as you enter, on your right side, you will see a room that says something like "Fast Service" - can't recall clearly. The floor is lined up in red. Here, they charge 600 extra and waiting time is next to nothing (free coffee and water as well). Plus, they schedule you for the next day or whenever you want.

    My mistake: I waited an hour and just as my turn was about to come (5 numbers away from my ticket being called). I decided to skip this part and go for the Option B. Had I found out earlier, I would have gone for Option C. Nonetheless, the lady who scheduled for me told me that it doesn't make much difference for Option C for Theory Classes but for practical and road test, makes a huge difference.

    I am going to opt for Option C for practical and final. I have been scheduled for theory exam tomorrow. :D

    Wish me luck.

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  116. any one hof you has any idea about legal translation abu dhabi? I mean if any one can help me then it will be highly appreciated

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    1. in muroor trafic dept they do it

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  117. U can go to any of typing center they will do @ 50 AED
    There is one shop opposite to National cinema, where i was done.

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  118. Hi, I applied for manual UAE driving licence with India driving licence. I failed in road test. Is it possible to transfer the file from manual to automatic? If possible kindly let me know the procedure..

    Thanks In advance..

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  119. Good day to all!! Just to update everyone about the changes in Opening your File for drivers license in Emirates Driving Company (Mussafah), they are no longer allowing people to Open their file in Mussafah instead, you have to open your file now in designated Police stations like in (1) Baniyas (2) Khalifa City A, i forgot the 3rd police statation. As i just learnt today when I was about to open my file they asked to go to these Police stations instead.

    For everybody's information.. Good luck to all!!!

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    1. Please are you sure i am going for opening file ...Can you guide me ..i am here in Khalidya street..

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    2. Yes I'm sure!!! Just make sure to bring all the necessary documents with you and I suggest you go to Khalifa Police Station as there are no queues :)

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    3. I called Driving institute, they told that there is a branch inside the institute and possible to open there itself!

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  120. Hi All..
    Here is my experience in getting a license in Abu Dhabi. (Only for the people those who having home country license and giving the direct road test).
    i) My profession was not eligible to open a file in Abu Dhabi. I had change my profession to sales executive, your PRO can do it and it cost nearly 600AED.
    ii) Opened the file in Muroor traffic department, both male and female can open file in Muroor. You bring all the required documents then all the process will be easy and it takes maximum 1 hour. Req docs: passport copy (front, back & visa page), emirates ID, NOC in arabic, legal translation of home country license and 2 photos.
    iii) Finish your eye test, submit the above mentioned documents and pay 100 aed for training card. Get the training card from the last counter.
    iv) Go to Mussaffah EDC and book for theory class (8 hours mandatory), finish your class and give the test and you will receive a theory completed certificate.
    v) Book for road test after you receive the theory completed certificate.
    vi) They will give you a test appointment sheet mentioning your test date and time.
    vii) Meantime, go for driving training with the private company which will give you the confidence for road test.
    viii)Finish your road test and go back to Muroor with your test pass sheet, pay 200 aed and get your license.

    FYI
    > I have started my process in 25th Nov 2013 and Got my license on 30th Jan 2014.
    > Muroor License file opening start from 7 AM to 2 PM
    >Muroor only for file opening and collecting the license, rest all process will be in EDC Mussaffah.
    > My trainer was Mr.Kareem (Mob: 0506709156), you can tell him Saheer has given the number

    Good Look All!!! It is not much complicated people around you is making it complicated just go ahead.

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  121. Hi everyone I want to clarify something before going to open the file.

    Is it possible to open the file in abu dhabi driving instiute? or I have to open in muroor street? Is there any other places where I can open?

    The translation of driving license of home country will be enough or do I have to attest it?

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  122. @Muzaffar;-first of all you need to translate and get attested it from embassy.After that you can open file from traffic department muroor street.then you can apply for theory class from EDC.

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    1. Thank you for your feedback friend,

      Is it need to be attested? I called them they told only translation required from typing center but one of my friend told we have to attest that as well..
      Cant we open the file in the EDC? I have been told that there is a section to open the file in EDC as well.

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  123. Alas, I failed first road try, just bad luck and rude police wala....I don't know what to do now?

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    1. Back to Driving School and update.
      They scheduled for a Evaluation (PEP) test and after PEP test you got a level score and based on that deposit the cash and scheduled Practical test .

      LJ

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    2. Hi Saheer,

      What is the rate for Kareem class? is it per/hour based

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    3. 70AED per hour
      Usually 2hrs class he given/day.

      LJ

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  124. Hello, I would like to know the days and the timings for booking theory classes.
    Thank You

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  125. I finished my theory exam last saturday with my country driving license, they asked me to come on a weekday and schedule the road test. I want to know what is the timing of traffic department? Is there any possibility to schedule anywhere else than Mushaffa driving company? and normally in how many days they will schedule for the exam?

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  126. Hello,i had complited my theory classes, i was booked for theory test this week, i want to change my theory test date for next week. what is the produre to chang the date ? i have to pay for rebooking ?
    Thank you

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    1. you can go there and change or you can change via email or fax as well. Send them your file number etc before 24 hours then they will call you back within 1 hour. otherwise you call and check.

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  127. So a person needs less theoretical training if they have an important job title? I am sure this is based on scientific methodolgy but it goes a long ways toward explaining a lot about the local driving technics.

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  128. The post you written is very good and it entails many useful information for me about driving. I am happy to find your great way of writing the post. Now you make it easy for me to understand and implement the concept. Denton Texas Approved Online Defensive Driving Instruction

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  130. I got training form one Syrian Instructor
    His name is Mr. Alsalama. even though he cannot speak good English, he was a trainer for last 20-25 years

    His teaching was good and i recommend him

    Contact number: 050 3100 920 & 050 4400 180

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  131. do people with cleaner visa eligible in getting abu dhabi driving licence

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  132. Is a file clerk eligible in obtaining drivers license?..Please adviceThanks

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  133. Car Rental It's mandatory in middle east especially Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjha before renting any vehicle from car hire service rent a car agent must check your validity for driving licence than they allow you to rent any vehicle you want.

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  134. Hi, I am working in Electrical Technician.Can I open file? Please replay.

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  135. Update
    File opening is much easier at Mouroor.
    Service timing is up to 8PM, i.e. you have to get there before 7.30PM.
    No queues. I managed to complete everything in 20 minutes including eye test. What you need is 100+25 dhs for service and eye test, all required docs and... that's all. I have my national driving license, so in EDC they told me to go through only 2.5 hrs of lectures, then theory test.

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  136. hi all.. i live on hamdan street... is this information correct that now you have to open file in police station ? if yes then where do i have to go ??? do i require the arabic translation of my home driving license to be attested by my home embassy or just a simple translation will work????

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  138. Hi friends...am having valid Qatar Driving License. So does translation to arabic is necessary for joining the driving classes in Abu dhabi. I was waiting for my residence visa to join the classes and now its ready. I wish to join for manual and am an engineer by visa designation. which kind of course is better for me to get through the road test. How many days course are sufficient ? What is the requirement for taking private classes before having the 1st road test. Is that class provided by the institute or any trainer personally ?Where does we open our file in Driving institute or at police station in Abu dhabi ? If we fail the only 1 road test provided then we must take road test alone or from theory test ?

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  139. Its really Helpful..God bless you.

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  140. Hi,
    Thank you. For this information and your willingness to help others. :-)

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  141. I am from America but don't physically have my license. I lost it. I want to go get a UAE drivers license. I've been driving for 16 years. I know I will have to open a flie and do the eye test but will I be able to just take the written exam and do the road test? I don't need lessons on driving. I've been driving a long time. WIll they still make me go through theory classes and student/driver lessons?

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    1. In absence of your home country license, you will start as a fresh. I would advise you to collect your home license at the earliest by paying some fine since you have lost it. But they have records of your license, UAE doesn't.

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  142. I Have Indian License open a file and attending theory classes I need some clarification about Fee of Road Test? If You please reply me

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    1. Once you pass the theory test you will get certificate using that you can book road test direct. Before going to the road test go to any outside trainer , I prefer Mr.Bachu ( 055 829 6269)whose success rate is very high to get some training sessions

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  143. I have already UAE driving license taken almost 10 years ago valid till October 2104. Earlier I was working in another company with different emirate id. Now I am working for another company and emirate ID is different. Will it be easy to renew my UAE driving license? what is the procedure and what are the requirements?

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  144. If any one with Indian license want training lessons outside contact Mr. Bachu ( 055829 6269) who is very good in teaching and success rate is more than i could say 98%

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  145. Dear friends here I want to know about AD traffic Police term and conditions before opening driving file in Abu dhabi, So as my employer has 5 trade licenses where 3 belong to sharjah and one of them associated with AD govt.And my Employment visa is registered and issue from Sharjah Govt and working Abu dhabi Branch office and now I also obtain NOC letter from my company Owner.
    The point is here one of our friends told me that you can only apply for d.license file in sharjah and then after transfer your file here. So thats why I need some solution form you guys. Reply

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  146. Dear, You may open file in AD if you can arrange Company AD branch license doc.

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  147. Hi ,

    FYI , now they are issuing the license from Khalifa City and Marina mall service centers only( after passing the test)

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