How to get a driving license in Qatar

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

One of the most commonly asked questions upon moving to Qatar is how to get a driving license.

The application process for a Qatar Driving License is fairly straightforward. You will need to present various documents at the Madinat Khalifa Traffic Department building.

This newer facility has 106 counters open from 7 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 7 pm every day of the week except Friday (closed for holiday).

If you wish to apply for a Qatar Driving License you must meet the following criteria.

  • You must be a resident of Qatar.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age (light vehicle or motorcycle license), or 21 (heavy vehicle license.
  • You must be physically fit.
  • You must posses the level of driving proficiency required. Most expats will have to take the driving test at an authorised testing center to prove they meet this requirement.

To start off, print and fill out the application form in Arabic. For a small fee, you may avail of the translation typing services near the Traffic Department building.

Keep in mind there is a license fee, as well as additional fees for driving and vision tests.
The license fee for Qataris is QR 500 (valid for 10 years). The fee for non-Qataris is QR 250 (valid for 5 years).

At the time you apply, you will be asked to take a vision test at the time you apply. Once you pass the eye test and pay the appropriate fee, your driving license will be issued immediately. Fee payment is by card only.

Non-Qatari application requirements

  • Applicants must be of legal age to drive.
  • ID card or passport and 1 copy.
  • A copy of the ID card of your sponsor (if the sponsor is a person).
  • A letter from your sponsor to approve the request for a new license.
  • 3 recent passport size colour photographs.


Qatari application requirements

  • Applicants must be of legal age to drive.
  • They must bring their ID card and 1 copy of it.
  • They must bring 3 recent colour photographs (passport size)
  • Driving learning deposit (3 months) for those who wish to learn to drive using a private car.
  • The applicant may apply at an Approved Driving School of his or her choice.


Requirements for new residents in Qatar holding a driving license from another country

  • If you hold a driving license issued from your country, or from an accepted body, you will be referred to a driving school to undergo a driving test.
  • If you pass the test a Qatar driving license will be issued to you.
  • If you fail to pass the test on the second attempt you will be referred to a full training course at an approved driving school.


Requirements for diplomats and officials of international missions

  • Book of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • A copy of the diplomatic card
  • Original license
  • 3 recent passport size colour photographs 

The application is free of charge.


Requirements for those with disabilities or impairments

  • If you have a disability or impairment you will be referred to the medical services authority by the traffic department for a disability type report. 
  • After the acceptance of the medical report, a license will be granted according to the appraisal.
  • Clear indication of the disability is required on the holder’s driving license. A sticker is required on the vehicle in certain cases.

Requirements for tourists 

If you possess a valid international driving license you can drive in Qatar for up to six months from the date you enter the country. After that, you must have a Qatar Driving License to drive.


Source: Hukoomi Qatar e-Government


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By Molten Metal• 1 month 4 hours ago.
Molten Metal

Vah, You are right. You have to give a new test here. But you will pass it easily, they know you are a Driver already, they will respect your skills but you must take test ................ Good luck .....

By• 1 month 15 hours ago.

guys, I have Bahrain Driving License, As my visa is Driver category, will I get my Bahrain License to be transferred to QATAR? is it possible? or Should I start from First? I heard QATAR banned all GCC visa transferring. is it?

By habibullah1993• 1 month 1 week ago.



By amahajam• 2 months 1 week ago.

now having licence in Qatar is next to impossible, went for half course and me driving for last 10 yrs in India. During test traffic department need 100% accuracy on road test....

By shebkhan• 3 months 3 weeks ago.


Can we get driving lisence even if somebody has technician designation somebody told me I cannot bring my family and cannot have lisence if my visa is of technician.

Please help


By shebkhan• 3 months 3 weeks ago.


Can we get driving lisence even if somebody has technician designation somebody told me I cannot bring my family and cannot have lisence if my visa is of technician.

Please help


By Molten Metall• 5 months 2 days ago.
Molten Metall

You can use a public transport to avoid driving license procedure...

By Aneesh TS• 5 months 4 days ago.
Aneesh TS

Recently I red on newspaper that 180 categories (profession) is banned for taking driving licence in Qatar.But I did not find anywhere whatever professional can take driving licence.

So kindly say about the matter who ever can take driving licence.

By umustore• 5 months 3 weeks ago.

Thanks for the info.

Recently got my car license and went through united driving school.

By muthalib001• 5 months 3 weeks ago.

I have Indian license so can I get direct test without attending class in training institute

By AmnaFiyam• 5 months 3 weeks ago.

Please let us know about the profession

What about the sales man

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By Molten Metal• 5 months 3 weeks ago.
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By FUAhmad• 5 months 3 weeks ago.

At one place you mentioned in this article above, once you pass Eye test and pay fees, your DL will be issued immediately.

Is this correct??

Please mention in detail

By Giovanni90• 5 months 3 weeks ago.

Salesman are allowed to go for driving license??

By acchabaccha• 5 months 3 weeks ago.

Thanks. The information would definitely help many. However, it would be also very helpful if you could provide a list of those professions that are eligible for a driving license. This query comes up very regularly at QL.

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