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Driving licence in Qatar

Are you planning to get a driving license in Qatar or want to know more about the requirement, Driving School in Qatar fees and 2018 new rules for getting Qatar Driving license?
Here we are sharing a complete procedure to apply Qatar driving license requirements new rules updated on 2017-2018, Fees, Driving Schools application forms and Documents Requirements.
If your age is 18 years then you can apply for Qatari driving license. It is the age limit for light vehicles or 4 wheelers and Motorcycle Licence in Qatar. But for Vehicles like trucks, 6 wheelers or other heavy vehicles age limit to get a driving license in Qatar is 21 years.

Driving license in Qatar Procedure 2018, Fees, Driving Schools and Documents Requirements

As all of us know that it is necessary to hold a valid Qatar driving license by anyone while driving vehicle in the country. Also, it is possible to drive in Qatar with a non-Qatari driving license for a limited time for expatriates. As well as you can drive in the country for 7 days if you possess a valid driving license. Also, For GCC residents, the Gulf license will remain valid for 3 months from the date of arrival in the country.
But, for those who plan to reside in Qatar for more than six months, it is compulsory to apply for a temporary or permanent Qatari Driving License.

How to get a driving license In Qatar and Validity

On arrival – 1-week rule
Visitors can drive for one week (7 days from arrival) on approved licenses from some countries. Visit the Traffic Department at Madinat Khalifa (see map below) to check the validity of your home country license.
Temporary Driving License – valid for 3 months
If you wish to drive for longer than a week you can apply for a temporary license which is valid for 3 months. Also, It is possible to extend the license when it expires.
As well as If you currently hold a valid driving license from one of the GCC countries, or from one of the following countries, you can get a Qatari driving license without having to take the driving test.

How to Apply for New Qatar driving license

If you do not hold a valid driving license from your country of origin or home country, you will have to enroll yourself in a driving school in Qatar. Based on your driving skills, you may be required to take a full course (40 classes) or a half course (20 classes).

Driving license in Qatar requirements (Documents)

  • Download and fill out the Qatari driving license form. Click here for new application form download.
  • Fill and submit the application form and the required documents to the Medinat Khalifa Traffic Department.
  • A copy of your ID and three recent personal photos.
  • Copies of the passport and the employer’s ID (for residents).
  • Complete the required tests such as eye test.
  • Print copy of Computer Number
  • Fee to be paid (varies depending on the course)

Also, You can check online for document requirements and other detail from Hukoomi E-government website

Driving Schools in Qatar or Learning Institutes

You have to learn and acquire necessary skills to drive. So you have to pass necessary driving test conducting by Qatar traffic department. If you are confident and have a home country or any valid driving license then you can directly take driving test. Else need to attend required classes and test from an authorised center learning institutes or a driving school in Qatar. Also, If you are looking for the list of authorised driving schools in Qatar given below are contact details of few driving learning institutes in Qatar:
Telephone: +974 44681003 / 4
FAX: +974 44688729
E-mail: info@udqatar.com
Website: www.udqatar.com

Driving School Name Address Contact Details
Dallas Driving Academy Main Road Industrial Area Road, Industrial Area, Qatar Telephone: 44871423 – 44930523
Fax: 44790815
Email: sales@dalladrivingacademy.com
Al Khebra Driving Academy Doha Qatar Telephone:  +974 4032 4444 & +974 4451 6353
Email: info@alkhebradriving.com
Gulf Driving School Al Fadaill Street, Al Thumama, Doha, Qatar
P.O.Box 15154,
E-mail: contactus@gdsqatar.com.qa
Telephone: 44652666/4666/2822
Fax: 44653666
United Driving School P.O Box: 18238, Doha – Qatar Telephone: +974 44681003 / 4
FAX: +974 44688729
E-mail: info@udqatar.com
Doha driving academy Near Tebah Petrol Station, Doha Express Way, Izaghwa Street, Al Kharitiyath, Doha-Qatar
PO Box -9896,
Phone: + 974 44792263, + 974 44792264
Email: info@dohadriving.com
Karwa Driving School Industrial Area, Qatar +974  4458 8865

Driving tests are administered by authorized driving schools and all applicants need to apply to a driving school for lessons before they can take the test. Those who do not have a driving license are required to take at least:

  • 10 hours of theory classes
  • 40 hours of driving lessons

Qatar Traffic Department Address and Contact details

They are open from 7 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 7 pm throughout the week. Also, They are closed on Fridays.
Madinat Khalifa (North)
Khalifa Street,
Near Al Gharrafa Flyover,
Tel: +974 4890644

Qatari Driving License Fees

Fees for driving license depends on the number of classes and service charge of driving schools per classes. Traffic department fees are also for a new private vehicle driving license for Qataris Traffic department fees are QR500 (valid for 10 years) and QR250 for non-Qataris (valid for 5 years). The average fee to get a new license in the first attempt will be around 3500 QR

Traffic department fee for Qataris QAR 500
Traffic department fee for Expat QAR 250
Eye Test Fees for driving License QAR 30
Driving School Fees  per classes (Depends on Learning Institute and number of classes will vary ) QAR 130

Cost For First Time Learners: 40 Classes

Driving school Admin fees+lecture
40 classes Total fees
Karwa Driving School 750 2550 3300
Doha driving academy 850 2600 3450
Al Khebra Driving Academy 900 2600 3500
United Driving School 900 2600 3500
Dallas Driving Academy 1000 2600 3600
Gulf Driving School 1000 2600 3600

Existing License (More Than Five Years Old): 20 Classes

For those who have a valid license from home country or another country and which is more than five years old, 20 classes are a requirement. Below is a breakdown of the average cost.

Driving school Admin fees+lecture
20 classes Total fees
Karwa Driving School 750 2050 2800
Doha driving academy 850 2050 2900
Al Khebra Driving Academy 900 2100 3000
United Driving School 900 2200 3100
Dallas Driving Academy 1000 2100 3100
Gulf Driving School 1000 2100 3100

Driving Test Procedure in Qatar

You have to pay a nominal fee and register for the test. The test has four parts – an oral round for the road and traffic signs, the L-Parking, the pocket parking and the actual road test. Each of these tests is a pre-requisite to enter the next one. But, if you have passed one, you need not repeat it. The tests are done on manual transmission cars with nearly four people in the car taking turns to drive.
Driving tests usually consist of four modules:

  • An oral theory test where the applicant is asked questions about road signs or signal test and traffic regulations in English or Arabic
  • Reverse parking test
  • Straight parking test
  • Road test
  • An eye test is also necessary, but this is usually done before the theory and practice modules of the test.

For more details do inquiry more with authorized Driving Schools. Also, you can do inquiry with Traffic department.

  • Dallas Driving Academy
  • Al Khebra Driving Academy
  • Karwa Driving School
  • Doha Driving Centre
  • Gulf Driving School
  • United Driving Company

Once you pass all test you can do the driving license check online status from Hukkomi Qatar E-government website. Also, traffic violation fines can check online through Hukoomi Website.

Expat with some specific professions banned or not eligible for applying for driving licenses. 2018 updates list of professions not eligible to apply for a driving license in Qatar can get from driving schools websites

Renewal of Qatar Driving Licence

To renew the Driving license you can use Metrash 2 mobile application. Metrash Mobile application is from Ministry of Interior (MoI). The renewal fee will be QR250 and can be paid online. Once you pay driving license renewal fee through Metrash application license will deliver at your doorstep by Q-Post. Also, you have to pay additional delivery fees of 20 QAR to Q-Post

Qatar driving license- International Driving License

The International Driving License can be obtained from Qatar Automobile and Touring Club or few Travel Agencies. To do so, you will need to bring along a

  • Valid Qatar Driving License
  • Passport-size photos – 2 nos.
  • Passport
  • Process fee (varies)

Temporary Driving license in Qatar

With a temporary license, you can drive rental cars, although you may not be insured to drive a privately owned car (as this is decided by the insurance company and they should be contacted for more details). On obtaining a residence permit, the temporary license can be converted into a permanent one. But, the permanent license will be given only if you possess a residence permit and have five-year validity.
To convert a temporary license into a permanent driver’s license you will require:

  • Temporary Driver’s License (TDL)
  • Two photos
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of residence permit
  • Process fee

If you currently hold a valid driving license from one of the GCC countries, or from one of the following countries, you can get a Qatari driving license without having to take the driving test.
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA and Vatican City.
If you do not a have a license, or you have a license from a country not listed above, you will need to pass the Qatari driving test

Exchanging Your license for a permanent Qatari driving license

In order to apply for a full-term Qatari driving license, the following documents must be presented at the Madinat Khalifa Traffic Department:

  • Original license from one of the countries listed above
  • A letter of no objection/permission from your sponsor, written in Arabic
  • A copy of your sponsoring company’s trade license
  • A copy of your sponsor’s ID
  • Passport (original and copies)
  • Three passport photos
  • Qatar ID card

You have to fill out an application form, which must be typed in Arabic and signed by your sponsor. Translation typing services are available at Madinat Khalifa Traffic Department for a small fee. Also, required to pass an eye test, which can be conducted at the Traffic Department.  As well as the fee that you pay for the driving license must be paid by credit card. It includes the cost of the eye test.
It generally takes one working day for your Qatari license to be issued if you already hold a license from one of the countries listed above. The license is valid for five years and will entitle you to drive the type of vehicle specified in your original license.


National anthem of Qatar
Official name
Dawlat Qaṭar (State of Qatar)
Form of government
constitutional emirate with one advisory body (Advisory Council [351])
Head of state and government
Emir: Sheikh Tamim ibn Hamad Al Thani, assisted by Prime Minister: Sheikh Abdullah ibn Nasser ibn Khalifah Al Thani
Official language
Official religion
Monetary unit
Qatari riyal (QR)
Currency Exchange Rate
1 USD equals 3.640 Qatari riyal
Planing to move
(2016 est.) 2,613,000
Total area (sq mi)
Total area (sq km)
Urban-rural population
Urban: (2015) 99.2%
Rural: (2015) 0.8%
Life expectancy at birth
Male: (2014) 76.4 years
Female: (2014) 80.4 years
Literacy: percentage of population age 15 and over literate
Male: (2012) 96.9%
Female: (2012) 95.8%
GNI per capita (U.S. $)
(2015) 85,430
  • 1All seats are appointed by the emir.