Saudi Arabia is an Oil-rich country and you are going to get cheaper fuel. This is the major reason that here you will see a huge number of vehicles roaming around.
The main documents you must have to get a Saudi Driving License is a valid Iqama. The other is you must pass a medical test where Eye vision, colour blindness and the blood groups are required.
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The total fee of the Saudi Driving Licence can vary from 250 SAR to 700 SAR including everything for ten years.
Note: Some international licences holders like Chines, Europeans, GCC, UK, USA, etc. can get it transferred after a simple eyesight test.
Documents for Saudi License
Now here are two scenarios;
- You have a native country License
- You don’t have any License
Now if you have your driving license already then you need to get Arabic translation from an approved institute. Don’t worry about as a person/agent near a driving school can help you in that.
In this case, you may not need any class. They will not take any initial test and will give you any date for a final test. If you are good enough they will pass you straight away and you can get a license successful car and computer signal tests. Simple 🙂
Following Documents you need to present in a file;
- Murror Form for driving License – You can get it for free they will stamp it.
- Valid Iqama Photocopy & Original must be with you
- Photocopy of Passport
- Driving License of your native country with Arabica Translation – SAR 20 is the fee normally
- Two passport size photographs with white background – One for Mirror form & other for driving school
- Blood Group Test
- License Fee Submission Receipt – If you have the license then pay 100 SAR otherwise 435 SAR ( School Fee)
Procedure for Driving License
- Take the above documents and go to Dallah Driving school in your city like Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Jubail, etc.
- Go to nearby shop at school and you may also get Mirror form nearby there, it will in Arabic. You can the shop guy to fil and make a file. It will cost you around 15-20 SAR. If you are smart enough then do all filling by yourself. Also in school, they may make a file by their self if you provide them with all the required documents. better prepare for yourself.
- Here, some agents will approach you for your next process- turn them down
- Take this file and enter into the Driving school.
- They will test your eye-sight here in a respective window. You can get it done by Efada approved medical centre and the fee is about 150 SAR for Blood group and eye-sight test. They will upload your medical repost and you will get an SMS. Make sure to have your sponsor ID or CR number
- After this, they will stamp your file at ‘License Check’ counter. There will be a long queue. Wait for patiently
- Now they will send you for an initial try.
- You can choose an Automatic or Manual – if you choose Automatic transmission then only you can drive legally otherwise both if you go for Manual
What is ‘First Try’
- This trial is for both even you have a license already of the native country or not.
- Initial try is nothing but they want to check if you are familiar with a vehicle or not. They will observe how you grip the steering of a car and other controllers. Once you get a token from License Check counter and this token starts with a ‘B’. On that basis, the person inside the car will make comments on your file.
- First try is a test of your driving confidence. The person inside the car may pressurize by calling ‘Yallah, Yallah’. Don’t get panic it’s just normal for all and they want you how you behave in a pressure situation as driving is all about confidence & confidence comes once you are good at things around.
- Once you are in the car make sure to adjust your seat, put seat belt, adjust mirrors especially back mirror. Drive slowly and act as normal as possible.
- The person inside the car may not speak in English so better you need to learn left, right, fast and slow type of basic words so that you can act as per his directions.
- Now the person inside the car will make comments on your file like ‘Alif’ means A or B, C as per his assessment.
- If you got Alif then you are good to go for a final test or else you have to take training classes for 5 days or even one month.
Dallah Driving School Timing
If you are asked for training then you can choose a nearby Dallah driving school like we have in all major cities operating in two shifts in Kingdom.
Day Shift : 7:00 to 12:00
Evening Shift: 15:00 to 19:00
Choose any as per your convenience. Timing in Ramadhan is changed, Better check before joining any.
School training fee is about 435 SAR nowadays.
You must have 7 successful reverse parks to clear the training.
Final Driving Test
Here they will ask you to drive the car in a;
- Zigzag Path
- Speed up
- Break Application
- Height inclined start/stop
If you pass it then they will give you a date for a final test & computer test (signal test). You can only appear three times and have to pass otherwise to need to start the process again with a new file.
Reverse Parking and Computer
Once you pass the final test, then they will give you a date for Reverse Park & Ishara Test. This reverse park is quite simple. But the signal test is quite tricky if you are already have not familiar with these or have low education.
I have come across people with the highest driving skills but are unable to pass the simple ishara test only because they are not that educated.
For computer test
- Submit SAR 100 to attend 3 hours classes
- You will be taught about signals
- Watch & Listen carefully
- Touch screen computer will be there
- 20 questions in 30 minutes
- 1 mistake in first 10 then you are failed and computer test will disappear
- In the next 10 only have to clear 5 to pass
Fee Submission for driving License
Once you clear all the tests and then you can pay online fee 400 SAR for 10 years or 200 for 2 years. When you show them the slip they will print a license for you.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
We have come across people those are just failed because of some silly mistakes though they are very efficient drivers. You have to follow some basic tips like below;
- Use Double Indicator when you are asked to stop the car and leave
- Examiners may seem harsh but they are testing their temperament to deal the tough situation – not meant to eat you
- Don’t take too much time in adjusting the seat and mirrors – Do it in just a flash
- Don’t drive too slow or speedy
- Change your lanes by keeping in view the dark point and traffic behind you.
- Use signals for left-right after covering the dark points through mirrors.
- Follow the instructor carefully
- Accelerator sound should be in limits – They are using Camery cars old models
- Be confident but no over-smart.
Check Driving License Expiry
Although once you got the license from Dallah Driving School then it is genuine but you have to check the name and other things if misprinted or wrong but in case you want to check its authenticity and validity then you need to follow the below steps;
Step – 1: Go to Absher Online but if you don’t have you can make as explained here Absher.sa
Step – 2: Login to Absher and go to inquiries under ‘My Services’ tab
Step – 3: Now go to ‘Traffic’ in ‘My Services’ tab
Step – 4: You will two tabs ‘Driving License Information’ & ‘Public Query Driving License’
Step – 5: In ‘Driving License Information’ you will the information like ‘Type’ validity or the license expiry date.
Step – 6: But if you want to check for any other person then you can check from ‘Public Query Driving License’. You need to enter the details like Iqama number, date of birth, etc. You can select Hijri or Georgian calendar.
Types of Driving License
Right now we have six types of driving License here in Saudi Arabia;
- Private Driving License
- Public Driving License
- Motorcycle Driving License
- Heavy Vehicle Driving License
- Diplomatic Driving License
- Women Driving License
To get a driving license in Saudi Arabia is not that easy but if you follow the simple and stick to basics then you can get it easily. I know people who took 6 months or even 9 months to achieve this milestone. To get fail is not the end of the world. Try and try again to get your dream drive.
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