IDL- International Driving License

About IDL

Have you planned your summer vacation yet? Are you considering taking your family on a cross border road trip to Oman? Spending a few nights in Saudi Arabia? Qatar? Whether it’s business or pleasure, each country has a wealth of events and activities for you and your family. But before you begin your journey, be sure to apply for your International Driving License (IDL). The IDL is a United Nations convention, and a legal requirement. It is an internationally recognised translation of your driving license which allows motorists to drive their vehicles outside of the United Arab Emirates legally, without the need for further tests and applications.

The International Driving License, which is valid for one year, proves that you hold a valid driver’s license in your country of residence. It will also help protect you and your family in the event of a accidental vehicle damage while abroad, or the loss of legal identification such as a passport. The IDL is recognized all over the world and is available in 10 different languages in order to help overcome language barriers. The primary function of the IDL is to allow law enforcement and other authorities in other countries to read your license in their own language. Download the information brochure to learn more about the IDL.

The IDL application procedure is simple and straightforward. All you need to have are your official identification from an Emirates ID authority distributer, a copy of your valid UAE driving license and two Passport-size photos photos. The international Driving License can be obtained through several different portals:


  • Automobile and Touring Club of UAE of ces in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, RAK, Ajman, Fujairah, Um Al Quwain and the
  • Western Region.
  • Emirates Post Offices.
  • DNATA Office in Sheikh Zayed Road.
  • Our affliate members.

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Apply online for delivery to your home or work

Documents Required

  1. IDL Form
  2. Passport, Valid Residency & Emirates ID
  3. Copy of Valid UAE License
  4. 2 x Photos

The International Driving License enables travelers and tourists to drive in other countries in a legal and safe way, with an ultimate peace of mind without being questioned by authorities or incurring fines.

Where and How to get it

The following documents are required to obtain an International Driving License:

  • Your Emirates ID
  • A copy of a valid UAE driving license
  • Two photos (passport photos)

You can obtain your International Driving License from:

  • Online via our IDL portal with delivery service
  • Automobile and Touring Club of UAE offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, RAK, Ajman, Fujairah, Um Al Quwain and the Western Region
  • Emirates Post Offices
  • Dnata Office in Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Our affiliate members

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an IDL a requirement?

An IDL is recognized internationally and normally allows you drive a motor vehicle without further formality.

What countries is an IDL required for?
A-C Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Aguila (1), Angola, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain (1,2), Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (1,2), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada (1,2), Cape Verde Islands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo Dem Rep., Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic
D-F Denmark, Dijibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France & French Overseas Depts., French Polynesia
G-I Gambia (1), Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy
J-L Jamaica (2), Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati (1), Korea (Rep.), Kuwait (1), Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho (1), Liberia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
M-O Macao (People’s Republic of China), Macedonia (FYROM), Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (1), Namibia, Nepal (1), Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua (1), Niger, Norway, Oman
P-R Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines (1), Poland, Portugal (inc Madeira & the Azores) (1), Qatar (1), Russia, Romania (1), Rwanda
S-U San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore (1), Slovakia, Slovenia (3), South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts & Nevis, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan (People’s Republic of China), Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago (1), Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay
V-W Vatican City, Venezuela, Windward Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Does an IDL cover me for driving in the UAE?


How long is an IDL valid for?

The IDL is valid for one year from date of issue.

How long does it take to issue an IDL?

Online applications will be completed within 3 working days of receipt, so allow for 5 workings days for all online applications to be delivered to your requested address. Over the counter applications can be completed within half an hour.

How much is an IDL?

AED 170 + VAT

Is an IDL a requirement?

An IDL is recognized internationally and normally allows you drive a motor vehicle without further formality.