Confession time folks! This is not ma contant but replicated from another blogger. All for a noble cause of helping fellow expats in saving time & green bucks.
So here goes:
How to get a driving license in Riyadh,Saudi Arabia for Expatriates?
You need to go to Dallah driving school which is near Dallah Hospital on King Fahad Highway. Just take any taxi and ask him to take your there.
Before going to the License Office you need following things:
1. Original Iqamah.
2. Photocopy of Iqama.
3. Photocopy of Passport.
4. Driving License of your country (e.g. India)
5. Translation of Indian driving license in Arabic from an approved translation institute.
6. A letter from your sponsor attested by chamber of commerce for issuing you the license.
7. 8 Passport size photographs
8. Medical report (Blood Group Test)
9. License Fee (75 SR pay it Riyadh bank/ATM for your iqama id and keep the voucher)
Once you have above mentioned things, just take a taxi and ask him to take you to Old Dallah Driving School. Taxi will take 15-20 Saudi Riyals. You are suggested to go there earlier in the morning (reach by 7 am).
Now go to shop next to the entrance gate. (You will be approached by persons for license payment in bank. They will asking 150 SR or 100 SR as fees for 75 SR Govt. Fee. Never turn to them as you had already completed that in Item #9)
From shop, you will get application form which will be filled for you in Arabic then and enclosed in file cover . Total cost for you is 8 riyals.
Now go to Room number 2 in the license office. The person on extreme left will do Eye-sight test. The person on extreme right counter will check your forms, stamp and send you to "License Check" counter. Here one more person will put a stamp on your application and send you for "first try". This trial place is behind the building where you are standing.
There will be a car or more and person will be sitting inside. He will ask you to drive the car a little ahead and then reverse a little. Don't worry it is just to see whether you have ever touched the car or not. The person inside will make his comments on your application.
Now come back to room # 2 and deposit SR 100. He will take your file and ask you to attend a 3 hour class. There will be a three hour class in which you will be taught the basics and after that there will be a computer test. Attend the class very carefully and also read all the things written on front and backside of the chart they give you during the class.
The questions will be mainly Identification of different signals and general driving rules. Signals & Traffic Rules can be viewed from Riyadh Traffic Site
The questions that are going to be asked for the touch screen computer test, will be mentioned during the class by the training instructor. After class they will take you to a room where you will wait for the test to start.
There would be 20 questions and you have to answer them in 30 minutes. If you make any mistake in the first ten questions, then you are failed. In next 10 questions you have to give only five correct answers.
If you clear the computer test then they will test your driving. Congratulations, if you clear the test. By the way, it is very easy test. You just have to drive the car for some meters or you might have to do some simple reverse etc. Cars are of model "Cadillac Custom/Camry 2006". Cars are with gears; not automatic.
Go to room number 1 (main room) and just on your left there is a place where "License Delivery" is written. Get your counter number from here and the go to the counter. Now wait until they deliver you the New Driving License.
Congratulations!!! You can drive the car in Kingdom for the next 5 years from Now.
Taxi fare (1 day) = 30 SR
Photo Pictures = 15 SR
Blood Group Test = 15 SR
File Cover, Application form filling = 8 SR
Photocopies = 2 SR
Training Fee = 100 SR
License Fee = 75 SR
Indian License Translation = 20 SR
Total License Expenses = 265 SR
Your license is valid for 5 years
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