It used to take hours to renew your car license, but thanks to smart systems in the UAE, car licenses can now be renewed through an online portal. The best news is that the entire procedure takes less than 10 minutes! CarSwitch.com, an online marketplace for certified used cars for sale in UAE, did some research to share the details with you.
What are some of the preliminary steps you need to take before renewing your driving license?
The validity of a first time issued license usually lasts five years for UAE residents, including GCC nationals. While for other nations, the validity of an issued license is for two years. Once this time period is completed, the license has to be renewed. The renewal covers a time period of five years.
The first step is to get your eyes tested. You need a valid eye test in order to apply for renewal. You can get your eyes tested at any authorized optical store. You must make sure that the store you go to has been registered by the Road and Transport Authority of the Emirate. Usually, an eye test will cost you around Dh150, this may slightly vary depending upon the place.
When the eye test has been conducted, the store will upload results on the system.
It is also important to keep in mind that you may not always require an eye test. Once an eye test has been conducted, the results are valid for a period of three years. Therefore, if you are renewing your license for the first time which is after a period of two years, you will not require an eye test.
The second step is to ensure there are no fines on your driver license; you must clear any fines due on your license to be able to renew it.
After doing all the steps, you may apply for renewal.
How can I get a new driving license in Dubai?
The procedure for renewal in Dubai is as follows: You may call up 800 9090 or visit www.rta.ae for renewal. Alternatively you also have the option of downloading the Dubai Drive App and apply for renewal through the app. In case of any confusion, you may also visit RTA Smart Teller or any RTA service centre in your area. The renewal will cost you approximately Dh320. In case your license has expired and you do not renew it, you will be charged Dh10 for each month past the expiry date.
After applying for renewal online, you will have three options to collect your license. They can dispatch your license through courier; this will cost an additional Dh25 for the delivery cost. You can choose the option of collecting your license from RTA happiness center. Alternatively, you can also opt for collecting your license from a smart kiosk machine. Only the courier service entails an extra cost, the other two methods do not require any extra payment.
How can I get a new driving license in Abu Dhabi?
In case you reside in Abu Dhabi, you can renew your license through the following procedures. You can visit www.adapolice.gov.ae. You may also download the Abu Dhabi Police App or visit the nearest Tamm Customer Happiness center. In case you require further information and clarity, you may visit https://www.tamm.abudhabi/ or dial up 800 3333. The cost structure varies from year to year. If you want to renew your license for a time period of more than an year, it will cost you Dh 300. If you want to renew it just for a year, it will cost Dh100.
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