Professions Not Eligible For Driving License in Qatar (2022)

If you are a new expatriate to start working in Qatar, you might want to apply for a driving license to make your commute easier. Unfortunately, many professions are not eligible for a driving license in Qatar.

In Qatar, Traffic Department is the authorised authority for issuing driving licenses. The Traffic Department has a long list of professions with categories of workers who are not eligible to get a driving license in the country. Usually, this list gets updated occasionally but is not published to the public.

The updated lists from the Ministry of Interior are only sent to recognised driving schools in Qatar. It is even more complicated for non-Arab expatriates to check as the profession on Qatar ID is only printed in Arabic.

The best solution is to call or visit a reputed driving school with your Qatar ID. Usually, the reception staff at driving schools can check your profession with their list and confirm your eligibility.

Professions Not Eligible for Driving License in Qatar

Here is an unofficial translation of a list of professions not eligible for a Driving License in Qatar. This list applies to a four-wheeler license only. Most of the below professions may be eligible for a two-wheeler license.

The list has been prepared in alphabetical order for your convenience. This list was last verified through some driving schools in June 2022.

  • AC Technician
  • Accounts Technician
  • Agricultural Worker
  • Air Cargo Worker
  • Animal Caretaker
  • Architecture Technician
  • Assistant Builder
  • Bakery Worker
  • Baking Mixer
  • Bar Keeper
  • Barber
  • Beauty Saloon Worker
  • Blacksmith
  • Boat Carpenter
  • Bricks Builder
  • Builder
  • Butcher
  • Calligraphy Technician
  • Carrier
  • Cashier
  • Ceramic Worker
  • Civil Technician
  • Coffee Boy
  • Communication Assistant
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Programmer Technician
  • Concrete Blacksmith
  • Connections Technician
  • Construction Carpenter
  • Construction Technician
  • Cook
  • Cook’s Assistant
  • Crusher Machine Operator
  • Curtain Installer
  • Curtain Upholstery Worker
  • Décor Carpenter
  • Decorator Assistant
  • Dental Technician
  • Designing Technician
  • Digger
  • Electric Technician
  • Electric Welder
  • Embroider
  • Falafel Maker
  • Farmer
  • Financial Services Worker
  • Fisherman
  • Fishing Net Maker
  • Fodder Worker
  • Furniture Upholstery Worker
  • Gardener
  • Gate Guard
  • General Carpenter
  • General Electrician
  • General Equipment Mechanic
  • General Manufacturing Worker
  • General Typing
  • Glass Installer
  • Glass Technician
  • Goldsmith
  • Grave Digger
  • Grocery Worker
  • Gypsum Worker
  • Health And Safety Technician
  • Henna Maker
  • Herdsman
  • Horse Hostler
  • Horse Trainer
  • Hotel Service Worker
  • House Manager
  • Ice Maker
  • Industrial Service Worker
  • Installation Electrician
  • Installation Technician
  • Irrigation Worker
  • Jeweller
  • Juice Maker
  • Kebab Maker
  • Key Technician
  • Labourer
  • Land Shipment Worker
  • Lathing Worker
  • Laundry Worker
  • Lift Electrician
  • Lift Worker
  • Machine Operator
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Worker
  • Marble Worker
  • Massage Worker
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Metal-Casting Worker
  • Milkman
  • Mining Technician
  • Mixer Operator
  • Nanny
  • Newspaper Sellers
  • Nutrition Worker
  • Oxygen Welder
  • Packing And Grinding Worker
  • Pagemaker
  • Painter
  • Paramedic
  • Pastry Maker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Photography Technician
  • Pipes Welder
  • Plaster Technician
  • Plaster Worker
  • Plumber
  • Plumber Assistant
  • Prayer Caller (Moazin)
  • Rescue Worker
  • Sailor
  • Sales Man
  • Sculptor
  • Sea Shipment Worker
  • Security Guard
  • Servant
  • Service Worker
  • Shawarma And Sandwich Griller
  • Shipping Worker
  • Shoemaker
  • Stamp Maker
  • Sweets Maker
  • Tailor
  • Tailoring Worker
  • Technical Assistant
  • Telephone Central Electrician
  • Television Technician
  • Tiles Technician
  • Tiles Worker
  • Translator
  • Typist
  • Tyre Worker
  • Upholstery Worker
  • Vegetable Seller
  • Vinegar Maker
  • Waiter
  • Watchman
  • Welder
  • Welding Technician
  • Whitesmith
  • Wood Cutter
  • Wood Seller
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The above list is translated from Arabic and may be changed from time to time. There may be more professions that are banned from securing a driving license.

In March 2019, the General Directorate of Traffic announced that the profession of a technician is eligible to apply for a Qatar Driving licence. However, some categories of technicians are still ineligible.

Housewives sponsored by their husbands and students aged 18 years and above (under parent’s sponsorship) are eligible for driving licenses.

If you are unsure about your profession’s eligibility, please check with a driving school or the Traffic Department. Usually, driving schools would confirm before enrolling you for the driving lessons.

In some cases, the traffic department may allow exceptional approvals if there is a justified reason for a driving license.

professions not eligible for Driving License

Eligibility For Two Wheeler License

The above list is only valid for four-wheelers (light vehicles like cars). Most of the above-listed professions will be eligible for a two-wheeler (motor cycle/bike) license. Some of these are also eligible for a heavy vehicle license. Please check with a driving school for confirmation.

Driving Without a Licence

Driving without a valid licence is a criminal offence with harsh penalties for non-compliance. If you are involved in an accident, your insurance will be void, and you may face imprisonment and deportation. Make sure you plan in advance and are holding an appropriate, valid licence at all times.

Finding the Traffic Department

The Ministry of Interior Traffic Department handles all matters concerning licensing and traffic violations. The Traffic Department is located on Khalifa Street, Madinat Khalifa, and is open from 7 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 7 pm.

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  1. Hi
    good mornning i am junaidur rahaman general foreman in my occupation so i want make midium licence is it possible?
    thank you

  2. Hi , I have Oman driving license and expired in January 2022. working as finance manager. can i convert the license directly.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sana, In any case, there is no option to convert directly. You need to take a theory test and a driving test. Please contact any driving school.

  3. Hi good evening sir /madam
    My question is ,what if I just want to learn how to drive here qatar with hope to get a driving license in my own mother land ??

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Steven, In any case, you can learn through driving school only. You will need a learner’s license for that. If your profession is not eligible, they will not enrol you for the course.

  4. Hi, Good afternoon,sir/madam, I’m durga magar my position as a labour so it’s possible to make driver licence,

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Durga, If your QID profession is “Labourer”, you cannot apply for a driving license. You can double-check with any driving school by showing your QID.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Said, There is no list of eligible professions. The published list is of professions not eligible. If your profession is not on the above list, you are eligible to apply. Please take your QID to a driving school and they can confirm.

  5. a slam and good afternoon sir. sir i am adeel and i have uae draving valid licence i want to change my uae licence at qatar plz tell me which kind of way I use or plz call me 70434421

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