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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Conversion of GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) Driving License to Saudi Driving License

Today we shall be discussing about the detailed procedure of converting a GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) driving license to the Saudi Driving License. If you have valid driving license of GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) and want to move to Saudi Arabia, you don’t have to start the process of driving license from scratch. You can just get the driving license of Saudi Arabia in replacement of GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) driving license. However, the replacement of GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) Driving license with the Saudi Driving License is just an option. The normal way of applying for the driving license of Saudi Arabia is always open for all the expatriates and GCC residents coming to Saudi Arabia. I have explained the procedure of applying for Saudi driving license in normal way in this link “Apply for Saudi Driving License”. In short, there are two ways of applying for the Saudi Driving License if you already have a driving license of GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) i.e. get Saudi driving license in replacement of GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) driving license or apply for a new license. 



Documents required for replacing GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) Driving License with Saudi Driving License
In order to apply for the conversion of GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) Driving License with Saudi Driving License, you will have to visit Dallah Driving School with following documents.
  1. Original Iqama and Copy of Iqama
  2. Original GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) Driving License and its copy
  3. 4 passport size photos
  4. Letter from Sponsor authorizing you to get driving license
  5. Copy of passport
  6. It is very important to take your blood group report with you; otherwise they will collect a full bottle of blood from you just to check your blood group.
  7. Saudi Driving License form must be filled in Arabic. If you don’t know Arabic, you can take assistance from the agents located in front of Dallah Driving School. They will charge you SR 15 to 20 to make your file. It is better to take their assistance in this regard.
  8. Deposit SR 80, if you want to apply for 2 years, 200 for 5 years and 400 for 10 years. You can pay this amount through SADAD payment from your internet, phone or ATM Banking. Take a print out of this deposited fee.



Procedure to apply for the conversion of GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) Driving License into Saudi Driving License
  1. When you have ready file in your hand, you need to go to the window for Eye Test. Since you are applying for the replacement of GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) Driving License into Saudi Driving License, it is more likely that they will test your eyes but sign and stamp the form.
  2. After this, you need to take your first trial. Most probably the guy who is taking trial will be Saudi with minimal understanding of English. So, it is better if you know some basic Arabic words like Right, Left, Stop, Start and Reverse. You need to show your iqama to the guy taking trial.
  3. In the trial, take care of few things. Guy who is taking trial will pressurize you to start quickly; this is just a tactic to build pressure. You should not be hurried, take your time to adjust your seat, side mirrors, back mirror and steering. Tide your seat belt and ask the guy who is taking your trial to do the same. Drive slowly and listen to what he says carefully.
  4. Most probably, he will ask you to drive a car in the round circle. It is very easy to drive if you have already appeared in GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) test. Even if you are not able to drive properly, he will pass you as it is just a formality. He will give you a letter that you have passed the driving test. He will also guide you about the next window to go.
  5. Submit your file and your original GCC Countries’ (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain) Driving License to that window, they will take this file and process your Saudi Driving License. You will be having your Saudi Driving License in your hand within 30 mins.


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