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Updated July 2024

For individuals visiting or residing in Qatar, it is important to possess a valid driving license (رخصة القيادة في قطر). Holding a Qatari driving license not only provides greater flexibility for transportation but also fulfills the legal obligations for renting or owning a vehicle.

In this article, Wego presents a detailed guide on how to apply for a driving license in Qatar. Keep reading to learn more!

Qatar driving license latest news

On 3 July 2024, the Ministry of Interior of Qatar announced that the eye test for expatriate drivers at Qatar Visa Centers has been linked to the General Directorate of Traffic’s licensing system, eliminating the need for retesting upon arrival in Qatar.


Qatar driving license

If you want to issue a Qatar driving license, you must enroll in a driving course first. Generally, a full course has 40 practical classes (in addition to theory and simulator classes), while a half course includes only 20 practical classes.

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In which countries is the Qatar driving license valid? 

If you belong to these countries below and you already have a driver’s license, you can get a Qatar drivers license without attending the license test:

  • GCC countries
  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Vatican City

Things to consider when applying for a Qatar driving license


To qualify to obtain a Qatar driving license, you will need to fulfil these criteria.

  • for non-Qataris and GCC citizens: obtain a legal residence permit in the country
  • reaching the legal age (18 years) for obtaining a driving license for a light vehicle or a motorcycle
  • reaching the legal age (21 years) for obtaining heavy driver’s license or licenses for the construction and agricultural equipment

Documents required

To obtain a Qatar driving license, you need to prepare the following documents.

  • download and fill out the paper form, then submit it to the General Directorate of Traffic or a driving school.
  • attach the following documents:
  • three recent color photos

To issue driving licenses for Qataris:

  • QID card and copy of it
  • learning insurance for a period of three months for those who wish to learn on a private car

To issue driving license for non-Qataris:

  • letter from the employer with approval on the application for a new license for the expatriate, identifying the type of license required
  • passport of the expatriate and a copy of it
  • copy of employer’s QID, in case of personal sponsorship

To issue driving license for people who are coming to Qatar for work and have residence permit and driving license in another country:

  • driving license issued by the authority they belong to or by an authority that accepts driving licenses issued by them

To issue driving license for diplomatic delegates and international organizations:

  • letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • copy of diplomatic card
  • original license of applicant

To issue driving license for persons with disabilities:

  • medical report issued by the MOI Medical Services Department
  • pass eye test.
  • pay appropriate fees

Application procedure

To issue a Qatar driving license, applicants must apply for a NOC (No Objection Certificate). This can be done through the Metrash2 mobile app or the Ministry of Interior (MOI) website.

Through Metrash2 mobile app

  1. login to the Metrash2 mobile app (available on both android and iOS)
  2. click on “Traffic” -> “License Service” -> “License NOC”
  3. select “New Issue”
  4. select the required driving license category (motorcycle, car, bus etc)
  5. enter your email Id and click “Next”
  6. on the next page, confirm after reviewing the requested details

Through the MOI website

  1. login with your smartcard to the e-services portal of MOI.
  2. select the required transaction type (Personal for the smart card owner or Company Name for the authorized person).
  3. click on “Traffic Services” then “Driving License NOC”.
  4. enter the NOC request details in “Request Details” page.
  5. enter the sponsored person QID or visa number in the specified box.
  6. select the required driving license category (motorbike, car, bus).
  7. select the required approval (Issue New license or Replace Lost License).
  8. click on “Confirm” after reviewing request details.

Please note that if you’re sponsored by a company, the company needs to provide a no-objection certificate through the Metrash2 application, whereas if you’re applying individually, you’ll need to obtain sponsorship.

After receiving the NOC, please follow these steps thoroughly.

  1. choose a driving school.
  2. applicants must undergo an eye test, which can be conducted by the driving schools or by obtaining an approved eye test certificate from an optometrist authorized by the traffic department. The eye test service for expatriates intending to work as drivers, offered at Qatar Visa Centers overseas, has been synchronized with the General Directorate of Traffic’s licensing system. This integration ensures that expatriates do not need to undergo another eye test upon their arrival in Qatar.
  3. next, you’ll need to choose the duration of the course. A complete course includes 40 practical classes, while a half course comprises 20 practical classes only.
  4. submit the required documents and pay the fee.
  5. finally, you must pass the final road test, where a traffic police officer evaluates your driving abilities. Upon successful completion of this test, you will be issued your Qatar driving license.

Qatar driving license test

Qatar driving license test insists on the following contents.

  1. theory tests for road and traffic signals: This test will be about traffic laws in Qatar, traffic signs, and driving ethics. In this test, you have to answer at least 37 out of 40 questions correctly.
  2. parking tests: including L (perpendicular parking) and P (parallel parking).
  3. road Tests: This Practical test will be a one-to-one driving test with a driving instructor.

Each of these tests is a prerequisite to entering the next one. If you fail one part of the test, you will not proceed to the next test stage. However, you can retake it within a specified time frame without additional charge.

Qatar driving license renewal

Applicants can renew their driving licenses or the driving licenses of any person they sponsor through the Ministry of Interior’s online website. Follow these steps to renew a driving license:

  1. log in to the e-services portal of MOI using your smart card.
  2. select “Traffic Services” and then “Renew Driving License”.
  3. choose whether you want to renew your own driving license or that of another person you sponsor.
  4. review the driving license information.
  5. select the preferred delivery option for the new driving license.
  6. pay the required fees and print the receipt.

Please note that driving licenses can be renewed only within six months before or upon their expiry date.

Qatar driving license price

The cost of a Qatar driving license varies among each driving school, with some of the well-known ones listed below. All prices are in QAR.

Al Khebra Driving Academy Course Fees

Light Vehicle Course Course Fee Theory Learning
Full Course – Male Instructor 3220 350 150 100 3820
Half Course – Male Instructor 2670 350 150 100 3270
Full Course – Female Instructor 3470 350 150 100 4070
Half Course – Female Instructor 2770 350 150 100 3370
Together Until You Pass 7400 350 150 100 8000
Together Until You Pass – Flexible 7900 350 150 100 8500

Alijarah Driving Academy Course Fees

Light Vehicle Course Price in QR
Full Course 3500
Half Course 2800
VIP Full Course 5500
VIP Half Course 4500

Karwa Driving School Course Fees

Light Vehicle Course Course Fee Theory Learning
Full Course (Automatic) 2800 350 150 50 3350
Half Course (Automatic) 2400 350 150 50 2950
Full Course (Manual) 2800 350 150 50 3350
Half Course (Manual) 2400 350 150 50 2950
Full Course – Fast Track 4000 350 150 50 4550
Half Course – Fast Track 3000 350 150 50 3550
Unlimited Light Course 6000 350 350 50 6550


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