Traveling abroad and want to drive? You'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in most countries. An IDP is a translation of your UAE driving license that allows you to legally drive outside the UAE without additional tests or applications.

Why Get an IDP?

Valid for one year, it confirms your UAE license is valid

Provides protection if your passport/ID is lost or there's an accident abroad

Recognized globally in 10 languages to overcome language barriers

Facilitates communication with authorities in other countries

How to Obtain an IDP in the UAE

You can get an IDP through several channels:

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) website

Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE offices across the emirates

Their affiliate members

Ministry of Interior's MOI UAE app

Emirates Post offices

Dnata office in Dubai

Documents Required:

IDP application form

Passport copy

Valid UAE residency and Emirates ID

Copy of UAE driving license

2 passport-size photos

Fees and Processing Time

Dh177 fee + Dh20 knowledge/innovation fee per RTA

Online: 3 working days for processing, 5 for delivery

Over-the-counter: Around 30 minutes

Getting it from RTA Website

Apply on website and verify identity via OTP

Pay fees

Get SMS with digital IDP link within 2 days

Receive original IDP by courier or collect from RTA center

Important Points

Get IDP before travel

Valid for driving in multiple countries

Renew annually after expiry

Different from UAE driving license, you need both

Check which countries accept UAE licenses on MOFA website

So plan ahead, get that IDP sorted, and have a safe driving experience abroad!

Source : khaleejtimes 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article about obtaining an International Driving Permit (IDP) in the United Arab Emirates is for general guidance only. The fees, requirements, processing times and procedures mentioned are subject to change by the relevant authorities without prior notice. We have made every effort to ensure the details are accurate at the time of writing, but readers should verify the latest rules and regulations directly with official sources like the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, Ministry of Interior, Emirates Post etc. before applying for an IDP. The authors and publishers of this article will not be held responsible for any losses, damages or inconveniences caused by relying on outdated or inaccurate information presented herein. Readers are advised to exercise due diligence and consult official channels for the most up-to-date IDP application process in the UAE.