How To Change GCC Driving License To Qatar License (2023)

There are a number of expatriates moving to Qatar from GCC countries like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain. Many of them have lived in other GCC countries and possess valid driving licenses from those countries.

A common question is whether they can change GCC driving license to Qatar driving license. This article will answer the current law regarding this and the procedure to get a new Qatar driving license based on a GCC driving license.

When someone comes to Qatar from another GCC country such as UAE or Saudi Arabia, they have two options:

  1. Drive in Qatar using their GCC driving license, OR
  2. Get a Qatar driving license.

Let’s examine the possibilities here:

Can I drive in Qatar with a GCC license?

Expatriate GCC residents who are visitors to Qatar can use their GCC country’s licenses in Qatar for up to three months. A passport or entry visa must be carried at all times for proof of entry to Qatar.

Note that this rule only applies to “visitors” on family visit visas, visas on arrival, GCC resident visit visa or other types of tourist visas.

However, once an expatriate becomes a Qatar resident (residence visa is stamped), he/she cannot use a GCC license for driving in Qatar. Instead, he/she will need to apply for a Qatar driving license.

Can I change GCC driving license to Qatar license?

Earlier, there was a provision whereby holders of GCC driving licenses could simply exchange their licenses to get a Qatar driving license. As per the current rules, this is not possible anymore. However, there is some good news:

Expatriate residents with a valid driving license from another GCC country (UAE, Saudi, Kuwait, Bahrain or Bahrain) can register for a direct test to obtain their Qatar driving licence. They do not have to attend a driving course like others.

This would save them several weeks of their time and thousands of Qatar Riyals in driving school fees.

SEPTEMBER 2022 UPDATE: This rule was confirmed by First Lieutenant Muhammad Al-Amri, from the General Directorate of Traffic, while speaking with Qatar TV.

How To Get Qatar Driving License Using GCC License

An expatriate resident who moves to live in Qatar (not visit) can apply for a Qatar driving license by following the below steps:

Step 1: Go to any driving school in Qatar

You can visit any driving school near your place. Here is the list of all driving schools in Qatar.

Step 2: Open a new file with the Department of Traffic inside the school

All driving schools have an office of the Traffic Department attached to them. Make sure to visit in the morning, preferably between 6:30 and 9:00 am.

The documents required are:

  • Original driving license from a GCC country
  • Qatar ID card
  • Eye test certificate
  • QR 50 fee using a debit/credit card

The following also may be required in some cases:

  • NOC letter from the sponsor (this can also be done on Metrash)
  • Trade license of the sponsor company / QID of the sponsor (if under personal sponsorship)
  • 3 Passport size photos

Most driving schools will have facilities for eye-test. You can use them or do the test from any optometrist shop or clinic.

Step 3: Enrol for theory class and book a test date

You must return to the driving school reception and enrol for the theory (signals and rules) class. Most schools charge QR 300 or QR 350 for this.

You can book a date for the theory test through the school itself. This date can be changed using your Metrash2 mobile app.

Step 4: Study for the theory test and take the test

The driving school will provide you with theory classes and the learning resources such as guidebooks or mobile apps. You can also check our guide to Qatar traffic signs here.

On the test day, visit the school and attend the test. This is a computer-based test, and you will know the results immediately.

Step 5: Pay the road test fee and book a test date

Once you pass the theory test, you can pay the fee for a road test and book a test date. The road test fee is QR 200 (includes two chances).

Note that you may need to wait a few weeks to get the next test date as there is high demand. You can also take the road test from a different driving school. All this can be managed using the Metrash mobile app.

Step 6: Take the road test and the parking test

Driving Test To Change GCC Driving License To Qatar

On the test day, visit the driving school and register at the reception. You will be using the vehicle of the driving school. Usually, the road test lasts 10-15 minutes, where you will be evaluated by a police officer.

After you pass the road test, you can take the parking test. This may be on the same day or another date.

Step 7: Pay the license fee and collect the driving license

After the successful completion of the road test and parking test, you can collect your Qatar driving license. You must pay a driving license fee of QR 250 for five years. The license may be issued the same day, or you can collect it the next day.

The new license will be valid for five years.

Important Things To Consider

  • The GCC license should be valid. An expired license may be accepted in some rare cases.
  • The license holder’s profession should not be on the list of professions not eligible for a driving license.
  • The class of the license should be the same as the old license. If a light-vehicle driver wants to get a heavy-vehicle license, he must attend the classes.
  • The rules are sometimes relaxed in cases of professional drivers (household drivers) under personal sponsorship.

READ NEXT: List of Driving Schools in Qatar with Fees


Frequently Asked Questions


Is a UAE driving license valid in Qatar?

Visitors with UAE driving licenses can drive for up to 3 months in Qatar. Expatriates who become residents cannot use their UAE driving license in Qatar.

Can I exchange my UAE license for a Qatar license?

As per new rules, you cannot exchange a UAE license for a Qatar license but can register for a direct test without going to driving classes.

Do GCC citizens have to take a driving test for the Qatar driving test?

No, in the case of GCC citizens, they can convert their country’s licences into Qatari driving licences immediately if they have a Qatar ID. Only expatriate residents need to take a driving test.


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    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Arlyn, With a UAE license, you can get a direct test without attending classes. You should check with Traffic Department if you can convert the US license without a test.

  1. hi I have a french licence and frecn citizenship. am i able to exchange my driving licence for qatari licence when i become resident? do i need to pass a test?

  2. Rana Muhammad Tayyab

    Hello Sir,
    i have expired uae and oman driving license. now i am planning to move qatar, is it possible i get qatar license without try.

  3. Rasiq Muhammed Rafeeque

    When i can exchange my uae driving license from qatar, asper driving school all are closed because of World Cup, please advise

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Rasiq, Driving tests are not happening now due to the World Cup. Contact a driving school, complete the paperwork and try to book the earliest test date available.

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  5. I’m having Dubai light vehicle driving licence. It’s having normal fine 200 UAE Dirhams. Can i apply for getting Qatar licence in Qatar?

  6. Hi I have light vehicle heavy vehicle and heavy bus licenses if I come there after test they give me all licenses or only one.
    And second if I come open visa then I can change my license or not please inform me
    Thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shahid, If you take all tests, your license will have all three options on one license. If your visa profession is eligible you can take all tests. Please search our website for the list of professions not eligible.

  7. Hello this is Salim I am come to next month in Qatar my professional driver I have Saudi Arabia heavy licence is expire how can I change
    Thank you

  8. Hello, This is Thomashri from Qatar. I have valid Saudi Arabia medium licence.i want to change Qatar licence.i read your guidelines thank you so much totally how much I pay to exchange my Qatar licence and only karawa driving school accept GCE licence.

    1. Hi Thomashri, You can do it through any driving school. The total cost, including test fees, license cost and eye test, will be around QR 850.

    1. I have Dubai driving licences, and it is valid 2026 can I change without test or I will go for direct test only , and which driving school is the best for registration.

      1. Hi Ali Faqir, There is no option to change without a test. You will need a direct test. You can check with any school near you as all schools follow the same procedure.

        1. Hello Doha Guides Team,
          Sir my name is Muhammad Usman from Pakistan i have UAE valid driving license with three categories light vehicle, heavy vehicle, heavy bus i want to change it to Qattar license Is it possible to give the test on passport and visa number and without Qattar id i have supervisor visa because my id will take time to get and i need license.
          Thanks.

        2. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Muhammad, Normally you need a Qatar ID number to get a learner’s license. Maybe you can check with a driving school about registering for a course in advance so that you can avoid wait time.

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