How to authorize someone to drive your car?

You can authorize someone to drive your car in Saudi Arabia either through Absher or by following the manual process of vehicle authorization.

How to authorize a vehicle in Absher?

A Saudi citizen can authorize another Saudi or an Iqama holder to drive his/her vehicle through Absher for a maximum period of 6 months. In order to do that;

  • Log in to your Absher account https://www.absher.sa/ 
  • Press the three lines given on the upper-left corner.
  • Select “Authorization” from the drop-down list.
  • Press the “Vehicle Authorization” option.
  • Click on the “Add a vehicle Authorization” button.

how to authorize vehicle in absher

In the next step to authorize a vehicle through Absher, 

  • Select the authorization for inside or outside Saudi Arabia. ٍ
  • Choose the vehicle from the list.
  • Enter the Iqama number of the expat or ID number of the Saudi.
  • Enter the date of birth of the Authorized person.

how to authorize vehicle in absher

On this step to authorize a vehicle through Absher, you need to determine;

  • The beginning date of the vehicle authorization.
  • The ending date of the vehicle authorization.
  • The type of Authorization: Inside or Outside Saudi Arabia.
  • Countries allowed to travel.
  • Final Step: The driving authorization request has been added successfully. Waiting for the approval of the delegate to be activated.

how to authorize vehicle in absher

Now the authorization request needs to be approved by the person to whom the vehicle authorization has been assigned through Absher. In order to do that;

  • Log in to your Absher account https://www.absher.sa/ 
  • Press the three lines given on the upper-left corner.
  • Select “Authorization” from the drop-down list.
  • Press the “Vehicle Authorization” option.
  • Click on the “Authorization Requests”.
  • Approve the request and print the authorization.

how to authorize vehicle in absher

Now you can drive the car in Saudi Arabia or outside Saudi Arabia depending upon the vehicle authorization.

The manual process of vehicle authorization

As the vehicle authorization through Absher is limited to only Saudis, Iqama holders will have to follow the manual process to authorize someone to drive their cars in Saudi Arabia.

  • The owner of the car and the driver who wants to drive the vehicle must be under the sponsorship of the same Kafeel.

Required Documents

  1. Muroor Appointment with the purpose of اجراءات حجز المركبات.
  2. Iqama copies of the owner and the authorized person.
  3. Driving License of the owner and the authorized person.
  4. Istimara copy.
  5. Car Authorization Form (given below).
  6. Car Authorization letter stating
    • Name of the owner.
    • Iqama number of the owner.
    • Name of the authorized person.
    • Iqama number of the authorized person. 
    • The beginning date of the vehicle authorization.
    • The ending date of the vehicle authorization.
download form to get driving authorization in saudi arabia
Form to get driving authorization in Saudi Arabia.

Visit the Traffic Police Office

Visit the traffic police office on the time and date mentioned on the Muroor appointment.

Submit all the required documents to the designated window and the traffic police officer will issue a vehicle authorization to drive the car inside Saudi Arabia.

The manual process of vehicle authorizationImportant Notes

It is very important to mention here that liability to pay traffic fines will be the responsibility of the original owner of the Car even if you have authorized someone to drive your car or vehicle in Saudi Arabia.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.