A valid driving licence is compulsory for anyone driving a vehicle in Qatar. It is possible to drive in Qatar with a non-Qatari driving licence for a limited time.
For details about driving with a foreign or international driving licence, and for information about exchanging a foreign driving licence see the Exchanging a Licence page.
It is necessary to apply to the Traffic Department of the Ministry of Interior for a new driving licence.
Non-Qatari citizens must meet the following requirements:
Qatari citizens must meet the following requirements:
To take the driving test it is first necessary to apply to a driving school for lessons. For expatriates who have already had experience driving, it is possible to take a half course.
To be able to take the test a new driver must have had:
Drivers who already have a driving licence from another country but are not able to exchange their licence must have at least 15 hours of theory lessons before they can sit the driving test.
Authorised Driving Schools in Doha:
All the above driving schools teach lessons in English and Arabic.
The driving test includes the following:
It is also necessary to pass an eye test, which is usually carried out before the theory and practical part of the test.
The driving test may be taken in English or Arabic. All parts of the test are usually taken on the same day. However, if the applicant fails one part of the test, they will not proceed to the next stage of the test. The applicant is usually informed at each stage whether they have passed or failed.
Tests are usually conducted on manual transmission cars with four people in the car. Female applicants take the test with a female traffic police officer. The test is considered to be difficult and approximately 50 percent of applicants fail on their first attempt.
The driving licence is issued immediately after passing the test and is usually valid for five years for residents, and ten years for citizens. It is possible to renew a driving licence online through the Hakoomi website.
In the event of failing the test, it is necessary to reapply and take the test again, usually within a month. It is normally not necessary to repeat any parts of the test that were successfully passed.
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