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"Markhoos" Recognition and exchange drivers license

Page last updated: May 25, 2022

Introduction

The United Arab Emirates welcome visitors from all over the world, and in order to achieve the strategic objectives that support the government’s direction in providing the electronic and smart services to all customers in the country, the Ministry of Interior offers a service of recognition and exchanging of driving licenses within “Markhoos” initiative, which allows the UAE citizens to drive with their national license in different countries around the world and exchange it for the purpose of residency. The initiative also grants visitors of the UAE the right to drive with their national driving license and exchange it with an Emirati licenses for the purpose of residency.

Terminology

• Recognition: Use of the UAE drivers license  for nationals for purposes other that the residency. The possibility for UAE visitors to use the national drivers license for purposes other than the residency. 
• Exchange: Exchange the national UAE drivers license during a residency. The possibility for UAE visitors to swap their national drivers license with a UAE drivers license when they acquire a residency. 

Country list, Nationals  category 


Country Recognition Exchange
1  Estonia       ✔️       ✔️
2  Albania       ✔️       ✔️
3  Portuguese       ✔️       ✔️
 4  China        ✔️        ✔️
 5  Hungary        ✔️        ✔️
 6  Hellenic        ✔️        ✔️
 7  Ukraine        ✔️        ✔️
 8  Bulgaria        ✔️        ✔️
 9  Slovak        ✔️        ✔️
 10  Slovenia        ✔️        ✔️
 11  Serbia        ✔️        ✔️
 12  Cyprus        ✔️        ✔️
 13  Latvia        ✔️        ✔️
 14  Luxembourg        ✔️        ✔️
 15  Lithuania        ✔️        ✔️
 16  Malta        ✔️        ✔️
 17  Iceland        ✔️        ✔️
 18  Montenegro        ✔️        ✔️
 19  Republic of South Korea       ❌        ✔️
 20  United Kingdom        ✔️        ✔️
 21  Austria        ✔️        ✔️
 22  Denmark        ✔️        ✔️
 23  Netherlands        ✔️        ✔️
 24  Poland        ✔️        ✔️
 25  Finland        ✔️        ✔️


Country list, non Nationals category


Country Recognition Exchange
1  Estonia       ✔️
      ✔️
2  Albania       ✔️       ✔️
3  Portuguese       ✔️       ✔️
 4  China        ✔️       ✔️ 
 5  Hungary        ✔️        ✔️
 6  Hellenic        ✔️        ✔️
 7  Ukraine        ✔️        ✔️
 8  Bulgaria        ✔️        ✔️
 9  Slovak        ✔️        ✔️
 10  Slovenia        ✔️        ✔️
 11  Serbia        ✔️        ✔️
 12  Cyprus        ✔️        ✔️
 13  Latvia        ✔️        ✔️
 14  Luxembourg        ✔️        ✔️
 15  Lithuania        ✔️        ✔️
 16  Malta        ✔️        ✔️
 17  Iceland        ✔️        ✔️
 18  Montenegro        ✔️        ✔️
 19  Republic of South Korea                ✔️
 20  United State of America        ✔️        ✔️
 21  France        ✔️        ✔️
 22  Japan        ✔️        ✔️
 23  Belgium        ✔️        ✔️
 24  Switzerland        ✔️        ✔️
 25  Germany        ✔️        ✔️
 26  Italy        ✔️        ✔️
 27  Sweden        ✔️        ✔️
28   Ireland        ✔️        ✔️
 29  Spain        ✔️        ✔️
 30  Norway        ✔️        ✔️
31   New Zealand        ✔️        ✔️
32   Romania        ✔️        ✔️
 33  Singapore        ✔️        ✔️
 34  Hong Kong        ✔️        ✔️
 35  Netherlands        ✔️        ✔️
 36  Denmark        ✔️        ✔️
 37  Austria        ✔️        ✔️
 38  Finland        ✔️        ✔️
 39  United Kingdom        ✔️        ✔️
40  Turkey        ✔️        ✔️
41  Canada        ✔️        ✔️
 42  Poland        ✔️        ✔️
 43  South Africa        ✔️        ✔️
 44  Australia        ✔️        ✔️

      ✔️
      ✔️
      ✔️

Terms and services 

Link to download conditions for the National Category https://www.moi.gov.ae/DataFolder/2022files/eelmen.pdf

Link to download conditions for the Non-National Category https://www.moi.gov.ae/DataFolder/2022files/eelnen.pdf

Link to the service Replacement of a vehicle driving license issued by another country https://www.moi.gov.ae/en/eservices/replacement.foreign.license.322.aspx



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