Women attaining 17 years can obtain driving permits in Saudi Arabia

When the young woman reaches the age of 18, she can request to replace her driving permit with a driving license, whose validity is for 5 years or 10 years

  
A Saudi woman celebrates with her friends as she drives her car in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018.

A Saudi woman celebrates with her friends as she drives her car in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018.

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RIYADH The Traffic Department has disclosed that it is now possible for young women, who have reached the age of 17 years, to obtain a driving permit, on a par with their peers — the young men.

The Traffic Department also mentioned several conditions for a young woman to obtain a temporary driving permit. They include reaching the age of 17 years, six photographs, and a medical checkup.

She should submit an application at the driving school to be issued a vehicle-driving permit at the age of 17 whose validity is for one year.

When the young woman reaches the age of 18, she can request to replace her driving permit with a driving license, whose validity is for 5 years or 10 years.

However, it is conditional for the issuance of a driving license at the age of 18 years, that the applicant should not have been accused by any judicial verdict of drug abuse — whether dealing in drugs or possessing them.

The conditions also include that the applicant should be free from any diseases or disabilities that can hinder driving, the applicant should also pass the driving test, pay the fees, and settle any violations, if any.

As to non-Saudis in the Kingdom, it is a requirement that the applicant must have a valid residence permit (iqama).

The applicant is also required to pass the theoretical test in the driving school, supervised by the Traffic Department, as well as the driving test at the (driving) school.

 

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