What is a Driving Experience Certificate
A Driving Experience Certificate is an official letter from the Traffic Department stating the driving history of a person. This is also known as Driving License Extract, Driving Experience Letter or Letter of Authentication for Driving License in some countries.
The driving experience certificate will include details such as the name, license number, date of issue, class of vehicles allowed to drive and major traffic violations if any.
This article explains how you can easily get a driving experience certificate in Qatar even without visiting the Traffic Police.
Why Do You Need a Driving Experience Certificate
A Driving Experience Certificate is needed to prove a person’s driving experience or the period he has been driving in the country. It is also helpful to know if he has been involved in any serious traffic violations or if the driving license has been suspended in the past.
Many countries ask for a Driving Experience Certificate to directly transfer a foreign driving license to that country’s license.
If you are migrating to a country like Canada, a foreign Driving Experience Certificate can help to reduce (or avoid) your mandatory “wait period” for a new driving license, as well as get you a discount for vehicle insurance.
Driving Experience Certificate Format
Standard format of Driving Experience Certificate will be as below:
- It should be on the official letterhead of the licensing authority
- It should be dated no more than 6 months before the application date
- This letter must include information about:
- The date first licensed
- License expiry date
- Class of license
- Any major traffic violations or license suspensions
Qatar’s General Traffic Department issues the certificate in both English and Arabic. Below is how the driving experience certificate from Qatar looks like:
Driving Experience Certificate Fees in Qatar
In Qatar, the fees for issuing a Driving Experience Certificate is QR 10.
How To Get Driving Experience Certificate in Qatar
Applying Driving License Certificate via Metrash
It is very easy to apply for a Qatar Driving Experience Certificate online using the Metrash mobile app. Below are the steps to apply using Metrash:
Step 1: Login to your Metrash2 App
Step 2: Click on the “Traffic” Icon
Step 3: Click on “Traffic Certificate”
Step 4: Click on “Driving License Certificate”
Step 5: Enter your email ID (if not entered before), Click “Next”
Step 6: Enter the payment details
You can use a credit card or debit card for payment. You would receive the certificate as a PDF file in your email within 5 minutes. If it doesn’t come up after some time, check your email’s spam folder.
Applying Driving License Certificate via MOI Website
You can also do the same on the Ministry of Interior (MOI) website. However, you would need a smart card for e-services, which most residents won’t be having. Below are the steps to apply on the MOI website (if you have a smart card):
- Go to the MOI website E-Services Portal
- Log in with your smart card
- Click on “Traffic Services”
- Click on “Requests and Services”
- Click on “Traffic Certificates”
- Select Driving License Certificate, Click “Next”
- Enter your email ID, Click “Next”
- Enter the payment details
The certificate would be sent to your email address as a PDF file.
Please note that the certificate is issued automatically by the electronic system with a stamp and signature included. So further authentication is not required. All you have to do is print it out in colour on good quality paper.
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