Got a driving licence? You might need to renew it sooner than you think

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Drivers, here’s a new law that you really need to be aware of.

The update by Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, means expats now have to renew their driving licences every five years.

Prior to this it was every 10 years. No word yet on whether charge for renewal will increase – that’s AED 120, plus AED 150 for an eye test.

We also don’t know if it’s being applied retrospectively, so if your licence is older than five years, it’s a good idea to check with the RTA.

Under the new law, which amends legislation going back to 1995, Emiratis will have to renew their driving license every 10 years.

The Ministerial Decree, which was issued today (17th April), also says that motorists are not allowed to drive a motorbike without proper license and permit. The same goes for electric scooters, tricycles and quad bikes.

The law also emphasised that electric scooters or and quads are for entertainment purposes and only allowed in the the desert – with proper licensing.

Driving licences can be renewed via RTA apps, self-service Smart Kiosks at or at approved testing centres. Call 800 9090 for more information. Read our handy guide to find our exactly what you need.

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