Qatar Driving License Procedure (With New Rules for 2023)

Doha Guides Team regularly reviews this article to ensure the content is up-to-date and accurate. The last editorial review and update was on 3 September 2023.

If you are planning on living in Qatar for an extended period, one of the first things you need to do is to get Qatar Driving License. Whether you are getting your first license or are an experienced driver, you must be informed of driving license regulations.

Our detailed guide explains the Qatar driving license procedure step by step.

Requirements for Qatar Driving License

Age Requirement

18 years is the minimum age requirement to apply for light motor vehicles and motorcycle licenses in Qatar. However, 21 years is the minimum requirement to apply for a license for heavy vehicles like trucks, buses, forklifts etc.

Residency Requirement

To obtain a Qatar driving license, the applicant must have a valid Residence Permit (QID). A visa copy and original passport are required if Qatar ID is not issued.

Profession Requirement

Expatriates with some specific professions (which do not require driving) are not eligible for Qatar driving licenses. Here is the list for your reference:

READ: List of Professions Not Eligible for Driving License in Qatar

The Traffic Department explains this is a move to reduce traffic congestion on the roads. If you are a company-sponsored expatriate, please verify the profession mentioned on your Qatar ID with a driving school.

Is Your Current License Valid in Qatar?

Before enrolling on a driving course in Qatar, you must check if your current driving license (if you have one) is valid for exchange or a direct test. Depending on the country of your existing driving license, you may be eligible for a simpler process:

  1. Driving licenses issued by some countries can be converted to Qatar Driving licenses without a driving test.
  2. Driving licenses issued by some countries qualify you for a direct road test without enrolling in a driving course.
  3. Driving licenses issued by some countries make you eligible for a shorter training course, which means you can take a half course (20 classes) instead of a full course (40 classes).

To determine your eligibility, you must check with any authorised driving school or the Traffic Department.

Qatar Driving License Procedure

The procedure to get Qatar driving is as explained below:

Step 1: Select your driving school

There are several government-approved driving schools in Doha. Driving schools in Qatar follow a common curriculum, governed and administered by the Ministry of Interior’s General Directorate of Traffic.

The applicant can choose any of these. Here is the list for your reference:

READ: List of Driving Schools in Qatar with Course Fees

Step 2: Apply for NOC (No Objection Certificate) on Metrash2 mobile application.

Earlier the applicant had to get a NOC from his sponsor in writing. Recently this has been changed to online approval, which can be done through the Metrash2 mobile app or MOI website.

  • For company sponsorship, NOC must be given by the company using the company Metrash2 application.
  • For personal sponsorship, NOC must be given by the sponsor using the Metrash2 application.
  • For Qatari males, NOC is not required.
  • For Qatari females, NOC must be given by the guardian using the Metrash2 application.

Steps to apply for Driving License NOC on Metrash2:

  1. Login to the Metrash2 mobile app
  2. Click on “Traffic” –> “License Service” –> “License NOC”
  3. Enter the sponsored person’s QID or visa number in the specified box
  4. Select “New Issue”
  5. Select the required driving license category (motorcycle, car, bus etc.)
  6. Enter the email id and click “Next.”
  7. On the next page, confirm after reviewing the requested details

Once approved, the sponsor will get a Metrash notification on his phone.

These steps can also be done on the MOI website for companies and individuals with smart cards, as explained below.

Steps to apply for Driving License NOC on the MOI website:

  1. Go to the E-Services page on the MOI website
  2. Click on “Traffic Services”
NOC To Get Qatar Driving License
  • Click on “Driving License”
NOC To Get Qatar Driving License
  • Click on “Driving License NOC”
NOC To Get Qatar Driving License
  • Complete the required fields and submit the form.
  • Once approved, the sponsor will receive a notification.

Step 3: Eye test for Qatar driving license

Eye test for Qatar driving license

An eye test (vision test) is mandatory for all applicants and can be done at most driving schools. Alternatively, you may bring an Eye Test Certificate from an optometrist or ophthalmologist approved by the Traffic Department.

If the test is done at driving schools, they will update the test result on the MOI portal. The fee for eye tests ranges between QR 25 and QR 50.

The eye test could help indicate whether you suffer from myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or other eyesight problems that may require corrective glasses or lenses.

Step 4: Decide on course duration

If you have a previous driving license from another country, you may be eligible for a half course. In such a case, you have to get approval from the Traffic Department by submitting your old driving license. Your driving school will check your eligibility and advise you of the course suitable for you.

Generally, a full course has 40 practical classes (in addition to theory and simulator classes), while a half course includes only 20 practical classes.

Step 5: Submit the required documents and pay the course fee

The applicant may submit the documents at any approved driving school of his or her choice.

Documents required for expatriate residents

  1. Valid Qatar ID (original + copy)
  2. NOC by Metrash2 (explained above)
  3. Colour Passport Size Photos (4 pcs)*
  4. Eye Test Certificate
  5. Original valid home country license if applying for a half course

*If you use spectacles while driving, ensure your photos show you wearing spectacles.

Once you pay the fee, your driving school will open an online file for your driving lessons. They will also give you a guidebook or CD for theory lessons. Some driving schools have their own mobile app for theory lessons.

Step 6: Theory lessons

Get Qatar Driving License - Theory Classes

Theory classes will be bout traffic laws in Qatar, traffic signs, driving ethics etc. Some schools offer these classes on computers or tablets. You can also do mock tests with instant results to track your progress. Most driving schools offer theory classes for five days. In addition, some schools also provide simulator training that improves steering balance and vehicle control.

Step 7: Theory test

Upon completion of theory lessons, you can take the theory test. Nowadays, theory tests are conducted online using the driving school’s computer. You have to answer at least 37 out of 40 questions correctly. The test is available in several languages.

Step 8: Practical lessons

Practical lessons will be one-to-one driving lessons with a driving instructor. Most driving schools offer male and female instructors as per your requirements. There might be a higher fee if you require a female instructor.

During practical lessons, you will drive on the main roads with an instructor and get used to all the driving techniques and skills required.

You will also be given lessons on parking. The two main tasks to master here are parking tests known as “L” and “P”.

Get Qatar Driving License - Road Training

Step 9: Road Test

Upon completion of road training, you will be given a date for the road test. The road test is done in a driving school car with three or four people in the car taking turns to drive. A Traffic Police Officer will be present in the car to evaluate your driving skills.

Step 10: Parking test

Once you pass the road test, you will be assigned a test date for the parking test. You must complete both the “L” and “P” tasks on the same day. “L” refers to perpendicular parking, and “P” refers to parallel parking. The tests are computerised, and you get the results instantly.

A driving licence is issued immediately after successfully passing the test.

Time Required to Complete Driving Course

On average it will take approximately 90 to 110 days to complete a full course (theory training & test + waiting time + practical training & tests).

The regular half course will last approximately 65 to 90 days (theory training & test + waiting time + practical training & tests).

Please note that this time frame may vary from driving school to driving school, as some schools may have longer waiting periods.

Driving Test Procedure in Qatar

You have to pay a nominal fee and register for the test. Driving tests usually consist of the following modules on different days:

  1. Theory Test (for road and traffic signs)
  2. Road Test
  3. Parking Test (L and P)

Each of these tests is a prerequisite to entering the next one. But, if you have passed one, you need not repeat it. If you fail one part of the test, you will not proceed to the next test stage.

If you fail the test, you can retake it within a specified time frame without additional charge. Parts of the test successfully passed previously do not have to be retaken.

As per the Traffic Department’s announcement, effective March 2016, Full Course and Half Course will have two chances to take the Road Test. Signal and Parking Tests will be unlimited, but if failed, the applicant must pay QR 50 test fee to book another date.

You may be asked to join another course if you cannot pass after two attempts. Some driving schools offer special courses that offer unlimited training until you pass. These courses will be more expensive than regular ones.

Here is a short video from Doha Driving Academy on how to get a driving license:

Qatar Driving License Fees

Below are the fees for issuing Qatar Driving License. The course fee and test fee will be in addition to this.

Type of LicenseAmountValidity
Qatari Citizen (Light Vehicle)QR 50010 Years
Expatriate Resident (Light Vehicle)QR 2505 Years
Qatari Citizen (Heavy Vehicle)QR 60010 Years
Expatriate Resident (Heavy Vehicle)QR 3005 Years
Qatari Citizen (Motorcycle)QR 30010 Years
Expatriate Resident (Motorcycle)QR 1505 Years
Driver’s learning license (all vehicles)QR 1503 months
Permit for driving taxi vehicles, limousine
and public transport vehicles
QR 250Annual

All transactions at the Traffic Department must be paid for using a credit/debit card.

Automatic or Manual Transmission Vehicles

For light vehicles, manual or automatic transmission vehicles are available at all driving schools. If you pass your test in an automatic car, you can only legally drive automatic cars. If you pass in a manual car, you can drive both manual and automatic cars.

How To Exchange / Transfer A Foreign License in Qatar

Driving licenses from some countries (mainly western countries) are eligible for direct exchange. Please check with any driving school to know if your driving license is eligible for direct exchange. Please note that only expatriates with valid Residence Permits can apply for this.

If you have a driving license from any GCC country (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, or UAE), you can take a direct test without attending a training course. To get a test date, you must contact any driving school and pay the fee.

Here is our guide on how to take the direct test with a GCC driving license.

Recent Changes To Qatar Driving License System

The Traffic Department has introduced several changes to the driving license system in recent years. Here are some changes that you need to know :

1. Unified driving curriculum: The Traffic Department has introduced a unified driving curriculum for all driving schools.

2. Unified contract for all driving schools: All driving schools in the country have adopted a unified contract that clearly outlines their obligations to trainees. Driving schools are banned from imposing additional fees on trainees other than what has been specified in the unified contract. The contract forces the school to refund the balance amount, per the contract’s provisions, in case the trainee discontinues the course.

3. Guardian can accompany female driving trainee: In case the trainer is a male, a female trainee may demand the company of a male guardian.

4. 18 languages: The unified curriculum is now available in more than 18 languages commonly used in Qatar instead of the earlier ten languages.

5. Road test after passing theory test only: No trainee will be allowed to take a road test unless he passes the theory test based on information provided in the new curriculum.

6. You need to know the basics of automobiles: In addition to driving skills and traffic laws, the syllabus addresses issues such as how to check the safety of a vehicle, lights, engines, engine oil and tyre pressure.

7. No more short courses: Short courses have been abolished, and new learners must take the half or full course.

8. No more exceptions for Saudi and Kuwait license holders: The provision of granting a driving licence to those holding licences issued by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been discontinued in Qatar. They are now required to take the driving tests.

9. Parking Test will follow the Road Test: Previously, the last step of a driving test was the road test, which follows the parking test. Nowadays, you have to pass the road test before you can attempt the parking test.

FAQ on How To Get Qatar Driving License

Can I practise driving using my own car?

No, as per the Qatar traffic rule, you can practise only on an authorised vehicle owned by a driving school.

Is it easy to get a driving license in Qatar?

It would depend on your confidence and driving skills. The testing standards are set high, and you must be proficient to pass the road test.

Can I exchange my driving license for a Qatar driving license?

Only licenses from very few countries are allowed for direct exchange. For others, you must take a direct test or join a driving course.

READ NEXT: List of Driving Schools in Qatar With Course Fees

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  1. I contact with the driving school but they said technician rp is not eligible for driving license please can you guide me how can i get license on this rp?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Tabassum, As per the law, you get only 2 chances with one course. If you fail the second attempt, you can request to the Traffic Police Officer (inside the school) for another chance. Some officers are kind enough to give another chance without attending more classes.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Tabassum, If you cannot find the option on Metrash, you can contact the driving school. They will help you reschedule.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ahmed, We have reviewed and believe it is updated. If you know about any changes to the above, you can share and we will update.

  2. Can we skip driver guide ebook, mobile app and prepare our self on our own and go directly for theory test on test date or it is compulsory and mandatory to first install mobile app by paying 350 riyals to school and then go for test.

    1. Hi Hussain, The guidebook and mobile app is different for each driving school. If your school allows you to directly appear for theory test, it is OK. But we are not sure if schools will allow that as it is one way of making money for them.

  3. Good morning .
    . .My name is Qamar latif i am from Pakistan and i have Dubai licence no.6 (Heavy Bus).This is possible i change the licence with Qatari licence ?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Qamar, You may be eligible to give direct test for the same category (bus). Please check with any driving school.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abdulsalam, Only two tests are included per course. Sometimes the officer will allow 3rd chance if he is kind (no guarantee). Or esle you will need to attend half course again. Please check with your driving school.

  4. Mullath Mohandas

    I am an Indian and have lived in Qatar for a long time and now without RP. I am planning to visit Qatar for 10 days to see the new face of Qatar. I am holding a valid Qatar Driving Licence, valid till 2024. Can I drive in Qatar or do I need to take an International Driving Permit?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohandas, If you have valid Qatar license, you can drive using that. QID is only required for license renewal.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Amarnath, Normally it is from the traffic office inside driving school itself. Or else you can check with the driving school staff.

      1. Hi theory test in qatar driving school on 22th February…bt I think this date is for Male or female…? Plz reply

  5. Hallo.
    After passing the necessary driving tests, and don’t collect the license immediately, what is the grace period for non collection?
    Thank you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi James, Usually this is not an issue. If you will not collect for a long period, please check with your driving school.

  6. Mohammed Sohel Azeem

    Hi sir i have valid saudi license and Indian license can get direct road test or half course please tell me

  7. Hi.
    I have UAE Driving license. Is there any option to change Direct to Qatar driving license . And my profession is Accountant.

  8. Hi there, im a srilankan light vehicle driving license holder, is it enough to bring only the original srilankan driving license or do i need additional documents (such as foreign ministry certificarion of license, embassy attestation of license etc) to be eligible for a half course?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi, Normally original license in enough for countries like India. You may check with any driving school if there is any special requirement for Sri Lanka.

  9. Aash Kumar gurung

    Hi Good afternoon
    I am Aash Kumar gurung, I have already taken the driving course before 2 years back but unfortunately I am failed in road test.
    So can I can go join my course again?? But according to QID my profession is not eligible, suggest me

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Aash Kumar, Please check with any driving school (preferably the same one where you attended earlier).

  10. Salam I want to know that right now I am working as security guard here in qater but I have also UAE drive liecence can I change it into qateri one without requiring NOC expected a suitable answer thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Naveed, Normally security guard profession is not eligible for a driving license in Qatar. Anyways you may check with a driving school considering that you have a UAE license.

  11. What is the option to get license if Id profession is not allowed to take? Is there any chance If our spouse and children are qatar residents and living here permanently?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Basith, Sometimes you can overcome this if your employer makes a special request that driving is required as part of your job. This is considered on a case-by-case basis and approval depends on the Traffic captain.

  12. If I have a valid Qatar driving license for manual light vehicle, which all course/tests can be avoided for obtaining two wheeler (motorcycle) license.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Menon, LV licence doesn’t make much difference. You will need to attend a 25-hour course. Please contact a driving school for more details.

  13. Is it possible to do theoretical training test in one driving school and driving test in another driving school
    bcz appointment date is not getting nearest as required in the same school where theoretical exam taken whereas go them another school…..

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sakkariah, Yes, you can do that. You need to transfer your file from the first school to the second. The school can help you with that.

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