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Getting a Driver's License in Qatar

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Here's a primer on how to get your driver's license in Qatar.

Sometimes when you're new to a country a task like getting your driver's license can make you feel like you're 16 years old again trying to pass your driver's test. Here's an overview of the process of getting your driver's license in Qatar.

In Qatar, foreigners are allowed to drive using their international driving license or a driving license from their home country for a week. After this period, they are required to obtain a temporary or permanent Qatari driving license. To get a Qatari driving license, foreigners must be at least 18 years old, hold a valid residence permit, and pass a driving test. The driving test includes both a theory and a practical test. If the foreigner comes from a country that Qatar has a driving agreement with, they may be able to convert their home country license to a Qatari license without taking the driving test.

As for regional differences, Qatar is a small country and does not have different driving license requirements based on the city, state, or region. The same rules apply throughout the country. However, it's important to note that traffic rules and regulations must be strictly followed, as Qatar has stringent laws to ensure road safety.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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