International Driver's License in Saudi Arabia

International Driver's License In Saudi Arabia

Apply Now For Your International Driver's License In Saudi Arabia

Even the thought of driving in a foreign country is a daunting prospect for some, more so if one has not driven abroad before. This largely can be attributed to the fact that driving in a foreign country often means driving on the other side of the road, for instance, or perhaps driving somewhere that has laws very different to a person’s home country. The key to becoming an international driving pro is by researching the local traffic regulations and applying for an International Driver’s License.

The International Driver’s License basically is a translation of national driving license into 8 of the most common foreign languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, French, Arabic and Chinese) that is issued against the applicant’s national driving license and according to his/her driving category, which allows the holder to drive outside the country of residence.

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for an International Driver’s License in Saudi Arabia:

  1. Must possess National Valid Driving License (one-year validity-minimum)
  2. Applicant must have a valid Saudi National ID or Iqama
  3. NO Pending Traffic violation

Documents Required:

  1. Passport copy
  2. Saudi Driving License copy
  3. Personal photo (size5*4.5)

An international driving license for holders of a Saudi driving license or other government issued driver's license can be obtained online at

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Visit the online portal
  2. Download the application form
  3. Fill out the application form and upload with scanned images of photo, driver license and signature.
  4. Make the payment and you are all set!

At IDL Worldwide, requests are processed within 24 hours. For any query, our customer service representatives can be reached at 732-851-3636. Monday-Friday- 8 am-4 pm.

While you’re operating a vehicle in a foreign country like Saudi Arabia, always make sure to carry the following items with you:

  1. International driver’s license (international visitors)
  2. Valid driver’s license
  3. Rental and auto insurance documents
  4. Local emergency contact info
  5. Passport and travel visa (if you plan to cross any borders)

Information on car rental in Saudi Arabia:

  1. It’s advised to book your car in advance (several weeks to several months prior to your trip) to save money on your car rental. Car rental agencies in Saudi Arabia usually raise rental prices over time, based on the number of cars left available for the accounting period, so it’s best to book beforehand.
  2. When looking for luxury cars, such as minivan or limousine, it’s a great idea to check in the rental offices located at airports, as they usually provide much wider choice in comparison to offices in urban areas.
  3. As you receive invoices, bills and documents for your car at the rental location, make sure to compare the obtained data with your voucher to avoid being charged/paying extra, since employees of rental offices in Saudi Arabia sometimes try to add optional charges or services without customers’ knowledge.
  4. When picking up your car at the rental office in Saudi Arabia in a correct way, carefully inspect the car for various defects, and ensure that all the discovered defects are mentioned in your rental documents. In case of non-compliance found, report to the rental office and demand a correction.
  5. Go for reputable car rental agencies that have good reviews in your quest to find the best cars at the best prices. 

Driving Rules in Saudi Arabia:

  1. Seat belts are mandatory for driver and front-seat passenger. It is a legal requirement for children under 10 years of age to be in a car seat.
  2. Make sure to always have the driving license, registration documents (istimara), insurance details, and iqama copy in the car, and international driver’s license for foreign travelers as police may ask for them if you are stopped.
  3. Speed limits vary from 50km/h in built-up areas to 70km/h on urban freeways, and 120km/h on national highways.
  4. Saudi Arabia has a strict, zero-tolerance policy for alcohol and drugs. Penalties for driving under the influence of either are huge, ranging from a hefty fine to a lengthy jail term.
  5. Using a mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia is strictly prohibited.
  6. Driving without a valid license in Saudi Arabia will incur a fine if you cannot present one if asked by an officer.
  7. Follow the road signs, which are usually bilingual (Arabic and English).