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Saudi Driving License Guide: How to Get One, Where to Apply, What Documents You Need

How to Obtain a Driving License in Saudi Arabia

Saudi driving license is a document that the Traffic Department of Saudi Arabia issues. It certifies the holder’s right to operate motor vehicles on public roads within the Kingdom. To get your Saudi driving license, you need to follow a few easy steps and provide the correct documents. To find out how to get your Saudi driving license, read this guide!

In order to obtain a driving licence in Saudi Arabia, a medical examination is required. This test consists of blood tests, an eye exam, and a general check-up. 

Additionally, getting a driver’s licence in the kingdom requires passing a mandatory theoretical and practical examination. The theoretical test is done on a computer and consists of 20 questions with a time limit of 30 minutes to complete. You can make two mistakes while taking the test. If you don’t know the answer to a question, you can skip it, and a new one will come up. 

Prerequisites of Applying for Saudi Driving License

  • You must be at least 18 years old. 
  • A valid medical check-up report. 
  • Six copies of photographs (size 4×6 cm)
  • Original ID card/ Iqama.
  • Pay driving license fees.

Steps to Apply for a Driving License in Saudi Arabia

Register for driving lessons by selecting one of the available driving schools to begin the driving license application. Then, fill in the required information on the online registration form. Once your application has been accepted, you will receive a message verifying your registration.

Also Read: How to Book a Driving School Appointment

Attend and pass all of the tests, including the practical and theoretical stages monitored by the General Traffic Department.

Those with a valid foreign or international driving licence that has been recognised by the relevant agency in the Kingdom are exempt from taking the driving test.

How to Follow up Your Driving License Status Online

To check your driving license status, follow the steps below: 

  • Log in to the Absher portal
  • Click on “My Services.”
  • Select “Inquiries.”
  • Select “Traffic.”
  • Then select “Public Query Driving License.”
  • Enter the Iqama Number and Date of Birth.
  • Click on the “View” button.

You will see all information related to your driving license. 


Mohammed Ameen is the author behind KSAExpats.com. With a decade of experience in Saudi Arabia and a Master's in Business Administration, he shares practical tips and insights on expat life in the Kingdom.
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