Types of Driving Licenses in Saudi Arabia

There are 12 types of driving licenses in Saudi Arabia such as heavy truck licenses, large buses, public taxis, or private licenses. We have explained all of them below;

Private Driving License

The most common type of driving license in Saudi Arabia is the private one. This driving license allows you to drive only personal vehicles with a maximum seating capacity of 8 people which means that you are not allowed to drive taxis, buses, or trucks.

Moreover, people with private driving license cannot drive any vehicle with a blue number plate.

Public Taxi

If somebody wants to drive a public taxi in Saudi Arabia, he will have to apply for a public driving license.

Requirements

  • Profession on Iqama: Taxi Driver.
  • Minimum Age: 21 years.
  • Public Taxi Driving License Duration: 5 years.
  • Public Taxi Driving License Fee: SR 200

Heavy Truck

If your job requires driving heavy trucks with a weight of more than 3.4 tons such as cement trucks, you need to apply for this type of driving license in Saudi Arabia. 

Requirements

  • Profession on Iqama: Heavy Truck Driver.
  • Minimum Age: 21 years.
  • Heavy Truck Driving License Duration: 5 years.
  • Heavy Truck Driving License Fee: SR 200

Motorcycle Driving License

People who want to ride a bike in Saudi Arabia have to get a motorcycle driving license.

Temporary Private License

The temporary private license is applied by those who want to learn to drive in Saudi Arabia. 

Requirements

  • Temporary Private Driving License Duration: 1 year.
  • Temporary Private License Fee: SR 100.

Heavy equipment vehicle

If you are a heavy mobile equipment operator such as a dump truck driver or forklift driver, you need to apply for a heavy equipment vehicle.

  • Profession on Iqama: suitable.
  • Heavy equipment driving license duration: 5 years.
  • Heavy Equipment Driving License Fee: SR 500.

Small Carriage Vehicle.

People with a private driving license cannot drive a vehicle with a blue number plate. You need at least small carriage vehicle license to drive those cars.

Medium Truck

If your job requires driving small trucks with a weight of fewer than 3.4 tons, you need to apply for this type of driving license in Saudi Arabia. Keep in mind that a person with a heavy truck license can drive a medium or small truck.

Small Bus

If your job requires you to drive a minibus with a 1 to 15 passengers capacity, you need to apply for a small bus driving license.

Large Bus

In case you are required to drive a big bus with more than 15 passengers capacity, you need a large bus driving license. Keep in mind that a person with a small bus driving license can drive a large bus.

Diplomatic Driving License

You might have seen diplomatic cars with a green number plate in Saudi Arabia which are issued in the names of different embassies of the countries. In order to drive these cars, you need a special type of driving license called diplomatic DL.

Public Private

Q: What is the minimum age for a student’s driving license in Saudi Arabia?

A: There is no type of driving license named a student driving license in Saudi Arabia. 

Source: Riyadh Traffic

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