Getting Driving License in Saudi Arabia


Guest Post by Asad Nawaz

(Please note that this is Asad’s Personal experience and not a legal document/procedure/guideline or training document. Anyone who experienced making a driving license in Saudi Arabia might have different views or thoughts. So just consider it a human’s personal experience)

Note: Some Information in this article is out-dated, To get updated procedure of getting driving license, please visit this URL.

Many people are skeptical about the driving license process in Saudi Arabia. However though my experience I have observed that if you remained cool and confident during the whole process; it is not a big deal. Before going for driving license; I came across different experiences on many blogs and that frightened me a bit. However when I went through the whole processes on my own, I found it to be easy.

People in Dammam used to go to Khobar as being approachable. To new comers, I suggest going to Dallah School Dammam where as per observation things are a bit easier and with little bit of effort one can get the driving license with in 5 hours i.e around 11 am.

What you need Before going for actual Test

  1. Complete all the documents i.e.
  2. Letter from company attested by chamber of commerce
  3. Translation of your home country Driving License
  4. Application Form for Driving License in Saudi Arabia (get it filled from govt relation officer from your company)

Procedure to Make Driving License

Go to Dallah Driving School. Get application form stamped from Driving school and go for medical test. This ascertain your blood group and eye sight. No need to go to main hospitals.There is a nearby dispensary (I forgot its name) on same road. They complete the procedure with 15 minutes and you will get the report then and there.

After this come back to school again and pay SAR 100 fee being one day course fee. Not necessary to attend. However for test purpose; you must get your attendance slip signed from instructor ( I got it signed from two persons one for computer test that was done by some Bengali guy there and other for actual driving test). Instructor will give you the time for test which is normally next working day at around 6 AM.

As there is no rush in this school so you may come any time before six. I was near to end of queue. Still I managed all the things within few hours. Before entering the waiting area near to computer test room, school officer will get your file from you. You may keep your test material i.e. signal card, written contents, etc with you.

Computer Test (Often called Signals test)

The first test is that of multiple choice questions on touch screen computer. Normally Saudi Nationals are given priority over non Saudis for attempting this test first. Once your name is called, go to the computer room. Discard or throw exam material in the waste bin before going into test room. Officer there will check your Iqama and tell you the computer no. at which you have to attempt the test.

Besides Arabic, you may attempt this exam in Urdu, English and Hindi. Attempt in the language you are more comfortable. Before start of exam; listen the instructions carefully. This helps you in understanding the format. You may defer question for later purpose if you don’t know the answer. Normally first 10 questions must be answered correctly and after this 5 out of 10 should be correct. Exam finishes if you meet the criteria even before completion of 20 questions. Mine was completed on answering 15th or 16th question. I deferred one for later on answering but that didn’t come at later stage.

Preparation Material for the Computer Tests

  • Signal Sheet given by school
  • Rules and regulation and penalty sheet (One page carrying all the stuff). This was given by same bengali guy who signed the attendance slip as mentioned above.
  • Third (which i believe helped me a lot) is the you tube video filmed by some Pakistani or Indian guy while taking the driving class

(Disclaimer about Video Material Below: The Videos below are not a part of this blog but they are just shared from a public link of YouTube. If you think these videos are illegal and should not be posted publicly on the internet please contact YouTube customer support.)

Part 1

Part 2

Some questions may come from outside of these contents, however with logical application; you may find the correct answer.

The Driving Test

Once it is done (whether passed or failed), you have to go through the actual driving test. You may opt for “MANUAL” or “AUTOMATIC).

I repeat the same that you may go for automatic car if you are not comfortable with manual cars. Also some of the manual cars are not in good shape and god forbid if clutch does not work properly on that day, you may not be able to pass the driving test, so I suggests going for automatic car which are available in the ground. This include Toyota Yaris, Toyota Corrolla and Honda. Although they are limited but you can wait for your turn. Instructor on ground easily allow this. Be patient and keep hold of your nerves while communicating with these guys as they are single headed. You may also bring your own vehicle. Try it be smaller in length to improve your chances of passing especially the reverse parking test.

Test is done in small batches around 5 to 10 cars. Place you car in the queue. First is the general forward movement with use of proper indicators. In between is a small passage. Be careful while passing that as if you touch the side poles, Instructor won’t pass you. Actually it is too easy to get through that path. Almost all the drivers can do so with convenience.

Reverse Parking Test

After this, you will place your car in the same queue for attempting reverse parking test.
This is done in batches too. Normally it is a batch of five cars as there are five parking slots in the test field. All five cars will move one after other to the parking lot and stopped somewhat 15 to 20 meters ahead of the parking slot. Instructor then tell the parking number in which every driver has to reverse park his car. It is assigned in the same sequence in which cars are lined up i.e. 1 to 5 with last one to park in 5th parking space, second last in 4th parking space and so on. Since I was the first one therefore I was assigned parking no 1.

When all the vehicles behind me started moving; I started reversing my car with right indicator on. Now the basic rule which i learned from my Egyptian friend in the office ( there could be other way also)

  1. The distance between the pole and car should be around one and half foot approximately.
  2. Second stop your car when the small window on the right hand side of the back door is parallel to the pole.

Now while keeping the car stopped, fully move the steering on the right side. Once done, start reversing the car. Keep you look on the left mirror to see the white line and once your car back wheel on the left side is round 20 to 25 centimeters (8 to 10 inches) away from that line, stop the car. Now fully move the steering on the left side. After this reverse the car and it will be safely placed between the two lines. Don’t try to move more further once the steering is back to its original place as this may push you car behind the allowable area.

After this instructor will ask to take the car out of parking area to see if you can safely bring it back to its original location. After taking out the car, stop it on the track as instructor will take your file to put his remarks. A tick means you are passed; otherwise you have to attempt the same on subsequent week. Instructor put a tick on my file and asked me to take the car back to parking location and wait in the file delivery room.

I waited for around half an hours after which all the files arrived. I got the file from there and confirmed about the procedure for payment of license fee. You may go directly to Riyadh bank if you want to, otherwise you may find taxi drivers working as an agent who will take you to the one of the collection agent office. These offices charges around 40 SAR for processing payment on your behalf. License fee is dependent upon the time period for which you want to issue your license permit. I preferred paying for 10 years which costs 400 SAR. Additionally I pay 10 SAR to taxi driver who bring me to the collection agent office.

Please note that it is your choice to go to bank directly or go the payment processing agent.
I came back to the driving school with same taxi driver and went to the license issuance / registration dept. There was a small queue there. On my turn, I presented the file to officer there, who checked the records online and punched some data in the system. He asked me to get aside so that during the time my license in printed, data of the person after me can be entered in the system.

After minutes or so he called my name and handed over my license to me. It was a matter of great joy and relief for me as all my worries to free movement were gone within a matter of few hours.

Thanks a Lot…

About Yasir Imran

Yasir Imran is a Pakistani living in Saudi Arabia. He writes because he want to express his thoughts. It is not necessary you agree what he says, You may express your thoughts in your comments. Once reviewed and approved your comments will appear in the discussion.
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83 Responses to Getting Driving License in Saudi Arabia

  1. kashif says:

    hello yasir imran
    my name is kashif and i belongs to pakistan and recently came to saudi arab.
    i have pakistani driving licence and uk as well. please let me know how soon i can get my saudi licence and what are the requirements.
    and how you may help me to getting my saudi licence. i think you got m point and you will be back soon with a positive information.

    • Raheem says:

      Salaam Kashif bhai,

      I am new in saudi, alkhobar. I am in the same situation as u were 2 years before.
      I got the same UK driving licence.
      May be u got the saudi licence by now, can u please help me in this regard.
      Can u please let me know how to get the SAUDI licence from UK licence.


  2. kashif says:

    hello yasir imran
    my name is kashif and i belongs to pakistan and recently came to saudi arab.
    i have pakistani driving licence and uk as well. please let me know how soon i can get my saudi licence and what are the requirements.
    and how you may help me to getting my saudi licence. i think you got m point and you will be back soon with a positive information.

  3. Mohammed Abdul Munir says:

    Dear Mr.Yasir

    please contact me

  4. ISHTIAQ AHMAD says:

    I am belong from Pakistan I have try to make license but I did not pass computer test my document in Riyadh taksuse dala if you have any contact in that office pls tell me and tell me what should be your fee
    MY MOBIL NO IS 0568234827

  5. ISHTIAQ AHMAD says:

    r you have send me this person mobil by email

  6. Mudassir says:

    Dear Yasir,

    I am currently working in Khobar and in urgent need of a driving license. I have a UK license as well. Cud u plz send me the contact number for the concerned person……….


    • Raheem says:

      Salaam bhai,

      I am new in saudi, alkhobar. I am in the same situation as u were 2 years before.

      I got the same UK driving licence.

      Can u please let me know how to get the SAUDI licence from UK licence.


    • Raheem says:

      Salaam Mudassir bhai,

      I am new in saudi, alkhobar. I am in the same situation as u were 2 years before.

      I got the same UK driving licence.

      Can u please let me know how to get the SAUDI licence from UK licence.


  7. josef rai says:

    hello sir,

    I need saudi Driving License. But how much?

  8. Asad says:

    — Edited —
    Comment is converted into Guest Post

  9. Abdullah says:

    i agree with u fully.
    A lot of people say that its very difficult and prefer to contact the agents, i am against it.
    My advise to all people who want Saudi driving license that if u know driving, be confident and go the legal way.

  10. those procedures are helpful for the beginners, you help a lot of people dude.

  11. Mohd says:

    i dont think what information you have shared with us is correct bcoz you said company letter is must but now a days i think compnay letter is not required please update your self ……………thanks

  12. Ismail says:

    Assalamu Alaikkum Yasir,

    My Self Working in Dubai.Expecting to come in Saudi with in few months.I have my Valid Qatar Licence.Is it possible to get Saudi licence without giving test there.

  13. rolando says:

    Dear Yasir,

    I am going to get my driving license this week,can you give me any contact from driving school who can help me there because I am new & don’t know arabic. Thanks in advance.

  14. mohammed.awais says:

    aasalam u alaikum yasir,
    Next week i am going to make may saudi driving licence can u help me out i have prepare that file and i now what is the actual thing going to hapen in school i get confuze al my colgue new new advice to me i really get shock abt listing that…………plz help me out brother ….masalama

    mohammed awis
    al khobar

  15. Parvez says:

    I think so we don’t need “Letter from company attested by chamber of commerce”

  16. Aamir says:

    Nice work Mr. Yasir, pretty informative article. Good to know beforehand that how the test itself is carried out, thanks for sharing!

  17. Ali Farhan says:

    hello Yasir, I am in Finland right now and i have finish driving license as well. I am getting new job in Riyadh very soon and i heard from someone that i can exchange finish license with Saudi driving license without any test and paper.

    can you confirm this?

    Ali Farhan

  18. Mohamed Akram says:

    Assalamu Allikum
    I need a big help I was working saudi arabia 3 years befor I got my driving license 2008-Aug
    I came to work Dubai 2009 April – I lost my license in dubai – i dont have copy of it even sorry to say that – I have Iqama copy – how i can get copy of the license – here in dubai very expensive if i not produce KSA licence I to get copy of it – how can help me please let me know I will give the Iqama copy

  19. Mohammed Raees says:

    If you know the driving just go for test with all the documents.
    Or if you don’t the driving just try to get the class for one month Inshallah after one month learning you can be able to pass the driving test.
    Best of luck.

  20. Syed Qabullah Hussaini says:

    Iam having Qatari Driving license , what are the rule of converting it into Saudi License

    • Yasir Imran says:

      You need to visit Driving School, Prepare your file by paying 10 Riyals. Then give a driving test. If you will succeed they will give you a license in 1 day.

  21. Ahmed says:

    can anybody tell me if the Company letter still needed to make the driving licence?

  22. aleem khan says:

    am working as an electrical engineer and am on engineer visa. But my company is not willing to provide driving license. So, am thinking to attend the driving classes without company involvement. is it possible?

  23. Asim Bukhari says:

    Asalam-O-alaikum Yasir. I love you site and the info that you have put up here. Its really great to know that our Pakistani brothers have started sites like yours. Thanks for helping everyone and the information that you have posted. Keep it coming. Take good care & Salam.

  24. aleem says:

    is company letter with attestation really required in jeddah

  25. IDA says:

    IDP – International Driver’s Licence for driving anywhere in the world.NO tests needed to apply for International Driving Permit.Get the original official EU/UN passport-booklet IDP and ID-card.

  26. Zafar says:

    Assalam-O-Alaikukm, I am in Riyadh and I do not have a Pakistani license. What would be the procedure for me.

  27. Yasir Alt says:

    Thank you brother please tell me that if i want to take 15 days class than total fees will be how much…….????and method will be same…????and what is the timing of dallah????

  28. sijo says:

    am from india , i lost my indian licence, now its time for me to go saudi arabia. can do thetest there without driving licence of indian,, and get the saudi licence

  29. ali says:

    bahi ap kon c side pa hn? i want to contect with you plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  30. Irshad Ali says:

    Aslam o Alikum Yasir Imran sb
    I recently came here in saudi arabia. I have UAE driving license, what’s the procedure to get saudi license. plz help me.

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