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 so that your commute becomes easier. Unfortunately, there are many professions not eligible for 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 from time to time but is not published for 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 either 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 the eligibility.

Professions not eligible for driving license in Qatar

Here is an unofficial translation of a list of professions not eligible for Driving License in Qatar. The list has been prepared in alphabetical order for your convenience. Note that this is not a complete list as the updates are not available to the public.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Tents Tailor
  • Tiles Technician
  • Tiles Worker
  • Translator
  • Typist
  • Tyre Worker
  • Upholstery Worker
  • Vegetable Seller
  • Vinegar Maker
  • Waiter
  • Watchman
  • Welder
  • Welding Technician
  • Whitesmith
  • Wood Cutter among others
  • 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 Qatar Driving licence.

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

If you are not sure 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.

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 Traffic Department of the Ministry of Interior 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. Muhammad shahzad riaz

    My name is muhammad shahzad
    My profession Boiler operator can I apply for driving license ?

  2. Hi sir,
    My profession is ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN,Can i apply to Qatar Driving Licence.

    Please consider my Enquery and awaiting for reply….

  3. Hi sir,
    I have automatic transmission license, i want to change in manual transmission license. So can I give direct road test without taking classes. Please considering me ASAP.

  4. Parekh kamalakshan

    Hi sir my profession is Store keeper OR Delivery Officer can i apply to Qatar licence.please consider my query and replay me

  5. Vinod Divakaran

    Respected sir,
    I am having an oman driving license (Gcc), which is valid up to 2027.And my profession is mechanical supervisor, and my sponsor also providing NOC. Can i exchange or convert the same one to qatari driving license. Please consider my query and reply me.
    Kind Regards,
    Vinod Divakaran

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Vinod, Nowadays there is no option to direct convert GCC licenses. Using your Oman license, you can get a direct road test without taking driving classes. Please contact any driving school.

  6. Dear sir, i have before bus, medium truck and trailler in my lisense but now change my catogery in metras 2 show only for trailer so i can driver bus, and truck pls inform me thank you

  7. Currently, I am working as a Health & Safety Officer but my visa is a mechanic. I am also holding a driver’s license which is issued from my country of origin, Can I apply for a Qatar Driving license?
    Please consider my query
    Have a safe day

  8. Syed Asad Hussain Naqvi

    I’m driving in sudiarab nine year experience suadi to dubai & kawait taralla driver now I’m in qater but my trade carpenter.i have sudi lience & pakistani HTV

  9. my visa is heavy equipment driver i am eligible can apply for light vehicle driving license ?

  10. Arjun Tolangi

    I have “”Technician”” profession in QID..

    Do I eligible for Light Driving Licensee??

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Bazith, Storekeeper not among banned professions. We believe you should be eligible to apply. Please confirm with a driving school.

    2. Hello Respected Sir,
      If my professional is not eligible for driving licence but i have valid kuwait driving licence and my Sponsor give me NOC for taking licence then can i get qatar licence.
      Regards and Thanks

  11. I heard traffic department give a chance to apply driving licence to technicians professional but in a 1 year only some time duration.

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