Can I Rent a Car in Dubai with a New License?

When planning a trip to Dubai, it is vital to practically consider your transport options, such as relying on public transport or booking a cheap car rental. Many tourists choose the latter because of savings and convenience. But with renting, it is crucial to review the regulations set by the Roads and Transport Authority, especially if it’s your first time.


For instance, the law states that the age limit allowed to drive is 18 years old. However, you need to be at least 21 years old to rent a car. Any car rental company in Dubai might ask about your driving experience to evaluate your eligibility. According to the UAE guidelines, the driver should have held his license for at least one year before he is approved for a car rental.


Here are other standard rules that you need to know to rent a car in Dubai:


  1. The type of documents required to rent a car may vary depending on your country of residence. Nationals and Expatiates need to have their Emirates ID, a valid driving license issued in the UAE, a copy of their residence visa, and passport. Visitors are often asked for an IDP (International Driving Permit) issued by their home country, valid driving license, passport, and visitor’s visa.


  1. If you are a passport holder of GCC, US, UK, Canada, Australia, and certain other countries, you can drive using your home country license in Dubai. Residents of countries that are not exempted should secure an IDP before going to the UAE. More so, even with an IDP, the renter should still present his valid driving license issued by his home country. Customers from Greece, Japan, Korea, and Turkey are required to present a valid translation of their licenses.


  1. Dubai has an electronic toll collection system called ‘Salik.’ It is your responsibility as the renter to pay Salik charges. It is designed as a free-flowing system. There are no toll booths that interrupt driving. Instead, the electronic toll reads special tags on the windshields of vehicles deducts money from their prepaid account.


  1. Most car rental companies in Dubai offer standard insurance as part of the package but do not provide full coverage. Some may do it for an extra fee. To ensure safety, ask the car hire company if the rental rates are inclusive of insurance. When you plan to drive around Dubai, it is recommended to get additional insurance coverage like Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). It will save you in costs in the event of an accident or damage to the car for rent.


Not sure if you are eligible for a monthly car rental? Our experts at EuroStar UAE can help! EuroStar is one of the leading car rental companies in Dubai offering top quality services, affordable rates, and a wide selection of vehicles for your stay in the city. Send us a message through our contact form or call 600-587004 to learn more.