The United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed two United Nations conventions, and it is a legal requirement for visitors to have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) in order to rent a car and legally drive in the Emirates. All visitors who plan to drive in the UAE must make sure they obtain an IDP in their home country or country of residence before they travel.
The IDP, which is valid for 1 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 an accidental and/or vehicle damage while driving abroad, or the loss of legal identification such as a passport. The IDP is recognized all over the world and is available in 10 different languages in order to help overcome language barriers.
Similarly, UAE nationals and residents who wish to drive abroad, need to apply for an IDP via the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE).
Follow this link to apply online or to find out about our office locations across the country.
All you need to do is fill out an application form, submit a photo and copies of the following valid documents:
– residency (for expats)
– Emirates ID
– UAE driving licence
You can also place a call to any of our office locations for further information.
Dubai: Call +971 42 961122
Abu Dhabi: Call +971 50 3867616
Al Ain: Call +971 50 8802248
Ajman: Call +971 50 8802240
Ras Al Khaimah: Call +971 50 8881687
Fujairah: Call +971 50 8882765
Western Region: Call +971 50 3828404
Sharjah: Call +971 50 3863404