Procedure to Apply for Driving License in Saudi Arabia

The first thing you should do after getting your Iqama from your sponsor is to apply for a driving license in Saudi Arabia. The transportation system in Saudi Arabia is not very up to date. There are very few buses on few routes which do not serve the entire population. Taxi fares are cheaper than other Gulf countries but they are still on the expensive side. If you can afford a car, you really have to rely on it as means of transportation. In order to purchase a car, you need to have valid driving license. Getting a driving license in Saudi Arabia is not a big deal unlike many other countries e.g. UAE. In this article, we shall provide you information about all the steps you need to take to get a driving license. Minimum age to get Saudi Driving License is 18 Years and only men can apply for it.

Deposit SR 80, if you want to apply for 2 years, 200 for 5 years and 400 for 10 years. You can pay this amount through SADAD payment from your internet, phone or ATM Banking. Take a print out of this deposited fee. Recommended: Payment of Fee to Apply for Driving License in Saudi Arabia

Go to any of the approved clinics of Saudi Government to undergo Blood Test and Eye Test. They will fill up your form to apply for Saudi Driving License and stamp it. You can also download and fill up yourself. Recommended: Download form to Apply for Driving License in Saudi Arabia

These approved clinics will charge you around SR 150 and upload your medical report to Efada website. Sometimes they also issue you a report on paper. Keep in mind, if this report is not uploaded on Efada website, Dallah will not issue you a driving license. Recommended: List of Approved Medical Centers for Iqama Issuance / Renewal

Go to Dallah Driving School before 7 AM along with all the documents stated below;

If you have driving license of your native country, it is easier to apply for a driving license of Saudi Arabia as they do not take initial test and give you date for the final test. If you don’t have driving license of your country, they will give you classes for 30 to 90 hours. You should get this driving license translated to Arabic.

  • Copy of your Iqama
  • Copy of your Passport along with visa
  • 4 passport size photographs
  • A duly filled form to apply for Saudi Driving License

Next step is to wait in the long queue for your turn to get Token. If the first trial, you will get a token which starts with “B” letter. This token is for “License check counter”.

After this, you need to take your first trial. There will be two different queues for the trial at the manual and automatic car. Make sure you are standing in the right queue. Once you select automatic transmission in the application of applying for Saudi Driving License, they provide you an automatic transmission car for the initial trial as well as the final trial. Finally, you will be getting a driving license with some restriction (like only for automatic). So those who have this kind of a driving license cannot drive manual transmission cars.

Most probably the guy who is taking trial will be Saudi with minimal understanding of English. So, it is better if you know some basic Arabic words like Right, Left, Stop, Start and Reverse. You need to show your iqama to the guy taking the trial. In the trial, take care of few things. The guy who is taking trial will pressurize you to start quickly; this is just a tactic to build pressure. You should not be hurried, take your time to adjust your seat, side mirrors, back mirror, and steering. Tide your seat belt and ask the guy who is taking your trial to do the same. Drive slowly and listen to what he says carefully. If you are successful, he will give you grade Alif “A” which means you are ready for the final test. In another case, you will have to attend classes.

In a Normal Driving Test, Instructor will test your skills through a zigzag test, Reverse test, and he may ask you to drive at full speed and apply break at some point. If you pass he will give you date for Reverse parking and computer test. (most likely reverse parking and computer test will be on same day. If you fail, you may have to attend school. you may need to pay 420 SR (Approx.)

  • 7 days’ classroom training for computer test
  • Driving, parking, and reverse parking training. You need to finish reverse parking successfully 7 times to clear training. Once you successfully complete the training, the school will give you date for the Final test (which is reverse parking and computer test). The school will be functional all working days except Friday.

If you are given grade “A”, you will have to deposit SR 100 for the class for instructions of Computer Test. Come to the Dallah Driving School again with the computer class slip and take your test on your turn. Your result will be announced shortly after the test. Recommended: How to Pass Computer Test for Saudi Driving License?

After this, you will go for the second and final trial. If you are successful here, you will go to the computer room again along with your file. If you are unsuccessful, you will be given a slip.

You need to take this file to a counter to submit it. Within few minutes, your name will be called to collect the license from the window.

In the case of failure, you need to go to another counter and he will tell you about your new test date. Keep in mind; you can take only 3 tests in one file. After 3 failures, you will have to start the process again.

If you want to check the originality of your Saudi Driving License, please read this article. Recommended: How to Check Originality of Saudi Driving License

  • thomas joseph

    How did you get automatic license. How to get automatic license. Where to mention in the form that you need automatic. Not manual. Test will then be conducted automatic vehicle right?

  • rushdi

    Thanks thomas!
    Yeah there is to mark a tick in the application so once you select automatic transmission then they provide you an automatic transmission car for the initial trial as well as the final trial finally you will getting a driving license with some restriction(like only for automatic)

    So those who having this kind of a driving license connot drive manual transmission cars.

  • thomas joseph

    Thank you very much for the reply

  • thomas joseph

    Sorry to bother you agin. Once I got automatic, is it possible to attend test again on manual and get manual also. Or is it possible only after the expiration of automatic license?

  • thomas joseph

    How was your experience in taking automatic license.? Do we need to mention that when creating file?. Preliminary test & final test would be on automatic vehicle?

  • thomas joseph

    What is the current system for applying automatic license?

  • iftikhar

    I missed the confirmation number for renewal of Driving license number.
    In system it is updated but police say it is not updated ???
    I am not able to pay again as system is already updated with renew license…
    what to do to get the confirmation reference number ?

    what is the say forward please help >>>>>

  • zuber

    Hi steve and all, please let me know which option i should select while paying driving lisence fees through al rajhi bank sadaad. either private or private and public. iam pharmacist

  • thomas joseph

    Above procedures have changed a lot. I been to Dallah Driving School -Sulay few days ago. Major change is about form filling. You can go to any of the approved clinics and they will charge 100-150 for blood test and eye test. They will fill up your form and stamp it and upload your medical report to Efada website. Some clinics may give hard copy of your report and some may not. Dallah will not accept your form if report is not uploaded in Efada. Hence, ask clinic to upload reports to Efada. Once all this done, all you have to do is buy a file from shops near Dallahs. Next step is to wait in the long ‘Q for your turn to get Token. If first trial, you will get token starts with “B” letter which is for “License check counter”. Once you finish license check and stamped, go behind the building where your initial trial takes place. You can see separate Q for manual as well as automatic. All the best guys!

  • thomas joseph

    I have heard that If you attend 5 days class, there wont be any initial trial again. They will send you for next step ie computer test. Is it right?

  • thomas joseph

    As usual fill up the form. Go for first trial. There will be separate Q for manual and automatic. Choose the correct Q and wait for your turn.

  • Noted! I will try to update the procedure based upon your input

  • Firdos

    Mr.Steve
    If KSA government take finger print during performing Hajj illegally from any body and then transfer to his own country, again he/She can come to KSA on Umrah visa? Or Not?
    If yes , then after how much time?
    Please

  • He will be banned from entering back to Saudi Arabia for 10 years on any kind of visa

  • adnan saleem

    after efada, go to driving school. show them the file. if u have ur home country driving licence then they will give you date for final try. other wise they will give u 30hr class or 90hrs class. its upto their mode. idont had my country D.L. they give me 30hr class. other guy have same case like me receive 90hr class. he give me class after 25 days. now till I attend 3 classes so far…I m talking about yanbu.

  • adnan saleem

    Jeddah big city and too much crowd also. so u know problem like this will come.

  • Ali

    Hello,
    I recently went to Dallah in Riyadh and I was assigned 5 classes. I would like to ask that do I have to attend all classes in 1 week or can I attend over 2 weeks. Also, on what day of week do they normally give for test date?
    Thank you
    Ali

  • thomas joseph

    Hello,

    It is advisable to attend classes on consecutive days. People are taking classes according to their convenience and this may delay the process of obtaining license. All you need is 5 days stamp on the reverse side of your slip. They will not insist you to attend consecutive days. But its your choice. Class consist of 1 hour in-class lecture and 15-20 minutes driving practice. If you attend class on consecutive days, for eg. your class starts on Sunday, after 5 days class, your computer test will be on Sunday. If you understand Arabic, attending lecture is good.

  • Inshaf Ibrahim

    Hi,
    Can someone tell me where in Riyadh I can do the first trial in Automatic. I visited Dallah in Takhassusi and the first trial was in Manual (even though i requested for automatic). Pls. help me out.

  • Tahir Niazi

    if anyone is having UK driving license can he get saudi license without appearing in the test

  • Tufail Khan

    Before 20 days I am go to sawaidy dallah Exit 23, Riyadh.And in my first try they give me 5 days class. And I deposit 435 riyal. And on dated 6/10/2016 I attended all classes. But now they give me 2 months for computer & final try means 4/12/2016.

  • thomas joseph

    go to Dallah Al Aqiq in King Fahad Road or Sulay Dallah

  • Inshaf Ibrahim

    Thank you very much for the response. Will try King Fahad road Dallah. 🙂

  • Ziarul

    I’m in jeddah but I have driving licence now I go exit December last but I want come back good job please contact me 0503834273

  • Ali Jamal

    What if someone does not have native country driving licence?

  • Alex Mercer

    Salam alaikum.
    I have a Question about age limit in dallah driving school. I wanna know what is the minimum age (im 18) to get a drivers license in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh for non-Saudi. I’m asking this because I’m in an urgency for license and im worried that i won’t be able to have a license. Please reply as soon as possible, and it will be very good to hear from a guy who went there earlier..

    Thanks’
    hope everyone having good time!

  • Ahamed Ibrahim M

    Sir my medical report can’t upload efada showing error I have a sick ..the person in efada section told me that u have already old medical report just cancel it and come back..how can I cancel..I don’t know what can I do now…I’m helpless ..plz help me

  • Ahamed Ibrahim M

    Plz help me my mobile no 0539037110

  • thomas joseph

    If an old report is available in the system, why do you need a new report?

  • Ahamed Ibrahim M

    Sir,

    I am in Yanbu,Yanbu driving school will not accept any other report,They will accept only from Yanbu general hospital.Old report which i have taken in Jubail.

  • thomas joseph

    In that case I have no idea. Im talking about Riyadh.

  • Heart

    My IQAMAH is in MADINAH so can I take driving license in makkah k.s.a

  • Mohd Aliuddin Siddiqui Qadri

    Hi Steve..Where shall i get my Driving license of my native country translated from..??

  • Abbasi

    The classes are on week days? Reason I am asking is because it won’t be possible to take leaves in week days.

  • Faisal Riaz Chughtai

    Wa alikum Salam,
    You should be 18 years old to get a driving license.

  • Faisal Riaz Chughtai

    It can be translated at typing centre outside of driving school.

  • Alex Mercer

    You Sure brother? For non-saudis, plus i don’t have a native country licence i am gonna be completely new for this…

    Thanks for reply mate!

  • Faisal Riaz Chughtai

    Yes I am sure brother as I checked with one officials in School on Thursday when I visited to change my license.

  • Alex Mercer

    Nice.. Gonna try Insha’Allah soon and I’ll comment right back if the process will go on!

    Really appreciated your help brother.. Thanks alot bro. Bless u..

  • Ahmed Zahid

    at age 17 you can get temporary license (Tasreeh) valid for one year and will get renewed after an year as a full private license.

  • Alex Mercer

    Nice, Thanks for more information brother.. Maybe I am just worrying too much that’s all, I just need to take my step to it 🙂.. Thanks for all the support Brother’s. It means alot 👍

  • JOHN V.

    Good day Steve
    I am from Australia with Australian drivers license and also with international driving license, I am here with a commercial multiple visa, I have a few question to you: can I drive a car with my international driving license? can also rent a car from the local car rental and drive to Bahrain to renew my 30 days renewable visa and comeback?
    What is the restrictions for people like me? sorry for the many questions.
    JOHN V.

  • aziz

    i want to come to saudi arabia for car driving but i have not Saudi driving licence but also with Pakistani driving licence please provide me that i i can get a driving licence for Saudi Arabia
    ,m looking a job for car driving in Saudi Arabia

    aziz rehman +923083572758

  • Muhammad Umair

    Assalam o Alaikum.

    Bro, I recently came here in KSA a few days ago. Is anyone confirm me same this method is still have to proceed to get driving license.and exactly the above mentioned fee will charge me if I apply for license.

    thanks

  • Clife June Bahay Llaneta

    Good Day Steve Im currently working now here in Saudi at Institute of technology most of my coworker here from British who are using International License they didn’t apply for a Saudi License..

  • Imran

    What steve provided is 100% right. Just want to add the below from my experience :

    – Before you go to clinic for blood and eye test, you must get seal on filled application from driving school. (This is happened in my case, Clinic asked me to get a seal on application).

    – It will be better if you take blood and eye test in any hospital instead of taking at driving school. You can save some money. Once they uploaded the report you can appear driving school for test.

    Tip : Get a copy of your medical report from the hospital where you attended medical for iqama. In that case they will charge you only for eye test which is cost saving.

    – Its not mandatory to transfer fees for driving school. you can transfer the fee after you cleared final test which is still fine.

    – Due to high demand its very rare to take all the tests in single day. You may have to appear driving school twice for taking test.

    If you have license from your home country you need to take the below,

    – Normal Driving Test :
    Instructor will ask you to do the below,

    zigzag test, Reverse test, and he may ask you to drive at full speed and apply break at some point.

    If you pass he will give you date for Reverse parking and computer test. (most likely reverse parking and computer test will be on same day.

    If you fail you may have to attend school. you may need to pay 420 SR (Approx).

    – 7 days classroom training for computer test
    – Driving, parking and reverse parking training. You need to finish reverse parking successfully 7 times to clear training. Once you successfully complete the training, school will give you date for Final test (which is reverse parking and computer test).

    School will be functional all working days except friday.

    All the very best.

  • I appreciate your effort. It will help me to improve the article.

  • Imran

    I am really glad that i can help you. 🙂

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