How to Obtain a Heavy Vehicle Dubai Driving License

Yoga Laxmi

By Yoga Laxmi . 14 Jun 2024


Driving a heavy vehicle such as a truck, tractor, or trailer requires more than just the basic technicalities of operating a vehicle. It demands a higher level of efficiency and skill, particularly in maneuvering and controlling these large machines.

If you're looking to obtain a heavy vehicle Dubai driving license, here's a step-by-step guide that covers everything you need to know. Getting your heavy vehicleDubai driving license involves passing five tests. This way, you'll be well-prepared for operating a large vehicle on the road.

How to get a driving license in Dubai?


1. Eligibility Requirements

To obtain a Dubai driving license, you must be at least 20 years old and possess a valid UAE residency visa. It is not mandatory to have a Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) driving license to register for Heavy Motor Vehicle (HMV) training.

2. Documents Required

Gather the following documents to facilitate a smooth application process:

CategoryRequired Documents
  • 1 passport copy with valid Dubai residence visa
  • Original Emirates ID with a copy
  • Eye test report (available at specified locations)
  • Original Emirates ID card
  • Eye test report (available at specified locations)
Valid GCC License Holders
  • 1 passport copy with valid Dubai residence visa
  • Emirates ID card or ID card transaction report
  • Eye test report (available at specified locations)
  • Original license and copy
Visa Holders from Other Emirates
  • Passport copies with valid Dubai residence visa
  • Original Emirates ID card with a copy
  • Eye test report (available at specified locations)
  • Trade License copies from both Dubai and visa-owned emirates (name must match)
  • NOC letter from the Dubai branch confirming employment

3. Medical Requirements

Since May 2013, heavy vehicle drivers are required to undergo a medical fitness examination at an RTA-approved medical center. Approved centers include:

List of approved medical centers:

DHA Medical Fitness Servicesd04-5022621
Canadian Specialist Hospital04-7072222
DM Healthcare LLC04-4546001
Gulf Healthcare International04-2233324
Iranian Hospital Dubai04-3440250
Prime Healthcare Group LLC04-2720720
Zulekha Hospital04-2678866

Course Details

The course to obtain a Dubai driving license involves mandatory practical training and theory lectures. Theory lectures cover essential topics such as the attitude and responsibilities of the driver, traffic rules and regulations, characteristics of road users, driver condition, the driving environment, driving on freeways, traffic violations, route planning, hazard perception, traffic accidents, and articulated vehicles (for truck drivers).

Tests and Assessments

The process includes several assessments. Initially, you will undergo internal assessments like the Yard Test (maneuvers/internal assessment) and the Initial Driving Assessment Test. Following these, you will need to pass the RTA Yard Test, which evaluates your basic driving skills. Specialized training for articulated trucks is also provided. The final hurdle is the RTA Final Road Test, where RTA examiners will assess your driving in real traffic conditions.

Name of TestTaken byWhen
Knowledge TestRTAAny time after completing theory training
Yard Test (4 internal Tests)Driving schoolAfter completing of Stage 4 (Stage 4 can be completed any time after Stage 1)
Yard Test RTARTAConducted only after passing the internal yard assessment
Initial Driving Assessment TestDriving schoolMandatory before taking RTA final test
Road TestRTAOn completing the required number of classes and above tests.

Exchange of License

Individuals holding a valid driving license from 33 recognized countries can directly transfer their license at any RTA office by providing the necessary documentation and fee. Those with a valid UAE driving license from another emirate must transfer their driving file to the Dubai RTA before opening a file in Dubai for any other vehicle category. It is also important to clear any existing traffic fines before opening a driving file.

List of recognised countries:

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, South Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Slovakia.

Fees Structure:

The license fees vary depending on the driving school you choose. Usually, the whole thing costs you anywhere between AED 4500 to 6000. This includes both RTA fees and the driving school’s fees. The fee structure of Dubai Driving Center is as follows:

CategoryMin AgeRegular Course FeesSundays/Nights/Shifts Course Fees
Heavy Truck204810 AED5950 AED

How to Get Hazardous Materials Driving Permit in Dubai?


If you are transporting any kind of hazardous materials you need a valid hazardous materials driving permit in addition to a normal RTA driving license. You can apply and get one from Dubai Civil Defense or any nearby CIVIL defense authorized driving schools. You will require

  • Valid Emirates id of driving person
  • One photo copy
  • Driving license copy

Course Details

The classes to obtain a hazardous materials vehicles driving permit is usually 1 or 2 days and includes:
Class 1: Explosives
Class 2: Gasses
Class 3: Flammable liquids
Class 4: Flammable solids
Class 5: Oxidizers/organic peroxides
Class 6: Toxic and infectious substances
Class 7: Radioactive material
Class 8: Corrosives
Class 9: Miscellaneous hazardous materials

Fees Structure:

PurposeAmount (In AED)
Driver Card300
Knowledge fee10
Innovation fee10


Obtaining a Dubai driving license requires specialized training and thorough preparation. By following the steps outlined above and enrolling in a reputable driving school, you can acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and efficiently operate heavy vehicles. Whether you're pursuing a career in logistics, construction, or transportation, obtaining a heavy vehicle Dubai driving license is a valuable credential that opens up numerous professional opportunities.