Apply for International Driving License in Saudi Arabia

If you have a Saudi driving license and intending to drive a vehicle out of Saudi Arabia, you should apply for an international driving license or permit in Jeddah, Riyadh or the city you live in.

The recognition of International Driving Permit

International Driving License issued by Saudi Arabia is recognized in more than 150 countries all around the world. However, it is important to mention here that you can only drive on this permit if you are traveling to that country on a visit visa.

In case you have traveled there on a permanent visa, you need to apply for a local driving license. In case you are planning to rent a car in the country you are planning to visit, the International Driving permit is the first and the most important document you will have to produce.

Driving in Saudi Arabia on a Visit Visa

In the same way, if you are coming to Saudi Arabia on a visit visa, you can drive on the basis of an International Driving License issued by your country. You can drive a vehicle on this permit for a period of the first 3 months.

Keep in mind that the international driving permit issued by Saudi Arabia cannot be used in Riyadh, Jeddah or any other city within Saudi Arabia. For instance,  an international driving license issued by India or any other country is valid in Saudi Arabia so you don't have to worry about this particular issue.

2861 Procedure to Apply for International Driving License in Saudi Arabia

How to Apply for International Driving License in Saudi Arabia?

I think it is important to apply for an international driving permit even if you are not expecting to travel to any country outside Saudi Arabia. 

You can get it from any renowned travel agent who is authorized to issue this permit. If you are looking for the agents who can provide you with an international driving license in Jeddah or Riyadh, you would find the following three names in the top of the list. 

  • Al Tayyar
  • Elaf
  • Al Mossad

You must be 18 years old at the time of applying for the International Driving permit in Saudi Arabia.

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

Required documents

Whenever you go there for the issuance of International Driving License in Saudi Arabia, take the following documents with you.

  • Copy of Passport
  • Original Iqama and Copy of Iqama
  • Original Driving License and Copy of the Saudi Driving License
  • 2 Passport Size Photographs

The fee for the international driving permit

The 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.

The Validity of the international driving permit

The International Driving License is valid for only 1 year from the date it is issued by the travel agent. The fact that you have not used the driving license abroad does not have any impact on its validity. Make sure, your permit has enough validity before traveling abroad.

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