An International Driving License or International Driving Permit is a document sanctioned by the United Nations. It translates your driving classification into 9 different languages. International Driving License issued by any country is recognized in more than 150 countries all around the world. However, it is important to mention here that you can only drive on International Driving License if you are traveling to that country on visitor’s visa. In case you have traveled there on a permanent visa, you need to apply for a proper driving license. In case you are planning to rent a car in the country you are planning to visit, the International Driving License is the first and most important document you will have to produce.[irp]
In the same way, if you are coming to Saudi Arabia on visit visa, you can drive on the basis of International Driving License issued by your country. However, if you have come here on work visa, you need to apply for a proper driving license. I think it is important to have an International Driving License even if you are not expecting a travel to any country soon. We have explained the Procedure to Apply for International Driving License in Saudi Arabia and some important tips and information below.
You can get International Driving License from any renowned travel agent who is authorized to issue a driving license in Saudi Arabia. I know 3 names that are authorized to issue a driving license in Saudi Arabia namely, Al Tayyar, ELAF and Al Mossad. There will be much more, you can check with others and update us about their authority. Whenever you go there for the issuance of International Driving License, take following documents with you.
- Copy of Passport
- Original Iqama and Copy of Iqama
- Original Driving License and Copy of Saudi Driving License
- 2 Passport Size Photographs
Fee for the issuance of International Driving License in Saudi Arabia ranges from SR 130 to SR 150 depending upon the travel agent you visit.[irp]
The International Driving License is valid for only 1 year
Make sure that there is no unpaid traffic violation under your Iqama, otherwise it will be rejected by the International Driving License System. Recommended: Check Traffic Violation under your Iqama
You must be 18 years old at the time of applying for International Driving License in Saudi Arabia
If you are having an international driving license, you can drive in Saudi Arabia for a period of 3 months. For example, if you have come to Saudi Arabia on a business visa issued for 3 months, you can drive a vehicle on the international driving license. You can drive a vehicle on the international driving license for the first 3 months of your arrival to Saudi Arabia even on a work visa.
Keep in mind that the international driving license issued by Saudi Arabia cannot be used to drive on the roads in Saudi Arabia. But you can use the International Driving License issued by another country to drive in Saudi Arabia.