Professions Not Eligible For Driving License in Qatar (2023)

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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. The list has been prepared in alphabetical order for your convenience.

This list was last verified through some driving schools in October 2022.

  1. Agricultural Worker
  2. Air Cargo Worker
  3. Animal Caretaker
  4. Assistant Builder
  5. Bakery Worker
  6. Baking Mixer
  7. Bar Keeper
  8. Barber
  9. Beauty Saloon Worker
  10. Blacksmith
  11. Boat Carpenter
  12. Bricks Builder
  13. Builder
  14. Butcher
  15. Calligraphy Technician
  16. Carrier
  17. Cashier
  18. Ceramic Worker
  19. Coffee Boy
  20. Communication Assistant
  21. Computer Programmer
  22. Concrete Blacksmith
  23. Connections Technician
  24. Construction Carpenter
  25. Cook
  26. Cook’s Assistant
  27. Crusher Machine Operator
  28. Curtain Installer
  29. Curtain Upholstery Worker
  30. Décor Carpenter
  31. Decorator Assistant
  32. Digger
  33. Electric Welder
  34. Embroider
  35. Falafel Maker
  36. Farmer
  37. Financial Services Worker
  38. Fisherman
  39. Fishing Net Maker
  40. Fodder Worker
  41. Furniture Upholstery Worker
  42. Gardener
  43. Gate Guard
  44. General Carpenter
  45. General Electrician
  46. General Equipment Mechanic
  47. General Manufacturing Worker
  48. General Typing
  49. Glass Installer
  50. Goldsmith
  51. Grave Digger
  52. Grocery Worker
  53. Gypsum Worker
  54. Health And Safety Technician
  55. Henna Maker
  56. Herdsman
  57. Horse Hostler
  58. Horse Trainer
  59. Hotel Service Worker
  60. House Manager
  61. Ice Maker
  62. Industrial Service Worker
  63. Installation Electrician
  64. Irrigation Worker
  65. Jeweller
  66. Juice Maker
  67. Kebab Maker
  68. Labourer
  69. Land Shipment Worker
  70. Lathing Worker
  71. Laundry Worker
  72. Lift Electrician
  73. Lift Worker
  74. Machine Operator
  75. Manufacturing Worker
  76. Massage Worker
  77. Meat, Shawarma And Sandwich Griller
  78. Milkman
  79. Mining Technician
  80. Mixer Operator
  81. Nanny
  82. Newspaper Sellers
  83. Nutrition Worker
  84. Oxygen Welder
  85. Packing And Grinding Worker
  86. Pagemaker
  87. Painter
  88. Paramedic
  89. Pastry Maker
  90. Pharmacy Assistant
  91. Pipes Welder
  92. Plaster Worker
  93. Plumber
  94. Plumber Assistant
  95. Prayer Caller (Moazin)
  96. Rescue Worker
  97. Sailor
  98. Sales Man
  99. Sculptor
  100. Sea Shipment Worker
  101. Security Guard
  102. Servant
  103. Service Worker
  104. Shipping Worker
  105. Shoemaker
  106. Stamp Maker
  107. Sweets Maker
  108. Tailor
  109. Tailoring Worker
  110. Technical Assistant
  111. Telephone Central Electrician
  112. Tents Tailor
  113. Tiles Technician
  114. Tiles Worker
  115. Translator
  116. Typist
  117. Tyre Worker
  118. Upholstery Worker
  119. Vegetable Seller
  120. Vinegar Maker
  121. Waiter
  122. Watchman
  123. Welder
  124. Whitesmith
  125. Wood Cutter
  126. Wood Seller

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.

The above list applies to a four-wheeler license only. Most of these professions may be eligible for a two-wheeler 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 (motorcycle / 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. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shahbaz, Most types of carpenters are not eligible. You can double check with a driving school.

  1. Faheem ul hassan

    Hello sir/madam my profession is technical mechanic in a local company can i get LTV vehicle license

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jet, Please check what is the Arabic job title on your QID. Salesman is not eligible, but sales executive should be eligible.

      1. No they told that salesman and sales executive is the same my QID is sales executive in pretty sure of it i dont know why they said to me that salesman and sales executive is the same.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Jet, Please check with another driving school. Sales executive is considered a higher category and their profession needs driving to meet clients.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Maria, You need to check what is the exact word in Arabic. If it is written as security guard, you may not be eligible. If it is body guard it may be. It is better to check directly with any driving school.

  2. My name is Mohamed issah.
    At first I came here as labour.
    God willing am in my 10yrs now as mechanical site supervisor in fire sprinkler system.

    I will love to attend any Qatar driving school so I can optain driving licence to help work so easy. Sometimes I run 2 to 3 sites a day.
    I tried to apply but because of my previous profession on my ID not allowed.
    Please help me change my profession on my ID so I can be eligible to attend driving training.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohamed, Please discuss with your company PRO about how to change profession. Only your company can help you in this.

  3. Hi there… My profession QID is Sales Executive, am I eligible to get a driving license? Thanks and more power.

  4. I talked to driving school but they said not eligible on technician profession
    Please can you guide me how can I get license on technician profession 🙏

  5. Hi.. My profession is Technician. Am i eligible for apply driving license?… If not is there any possibility for applying licence by getting any documents from compony without changing profession..?

      1. Hi
        I talked to the driving school but they say technician is not eligible
        Please can you guide me further how can I get driving license on this profession

      2. Hello sir,my name is rubel and my profession is salesman in qid.can i apply for a driving licence? Please i need your guidness.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Rubel, Sales Man may not be eligible. Please contact any driving school to confirm.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sufiyan, You may be eligible as it is not on the list of ineligible professions. Please check with any driving school.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Sufiyan, It seems like you are eligible as it is not in the banned list. Please check with a driving school.

  6. I visit the driving school last month and I show my QID . My profession is maintenance technician (فني صيانة) but they are told me this profession not eligible to get driving in qatar and I saw here professions category showing technician eligible. Please could you tell me what exactly needed ?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Raisul, “Technician” and “Maintenance technician” are not same. فني is eligible, while some categories of فني are not. Anyways, you can check with some other driving school also. May be they will accept.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Anowar, You need to check what is the exact profession on your QID in Arabic. Please check with any driving school.

  7. I am a nanny/ helper it stated here that I’m not allowed to get a driver license no wonder they always failed me. But still why the school accept me and take my payment.they even inform me after checking my QID

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jahangir, You need to check with any driving school by showing the exact profession (Arabic) in your Qatar ID. Decor Carpenter and Decoration Assistant are not eligible.

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