Teenage Drivers

Information on the regulations affecting teenagers behind the wheel in Qatar...

The minimum age for acquiring a local Qatari driving licence is 18. Holders of an international driving permit, who are also from one of the countries on an approved list, can obtain a Qatari licence without taking tests. Other nationalities must take a local driving test. In some cases, it is possible to apply for permission for 17-year-olds to take driving lessons - driving instructors or the Ministry of Interior's Traffic Department in Doha should be consulted in this instance. The same age limits apply for driving motorcycles.

Applications for a driving licence are made at the Madinat Khalifa Traffic Department. The offices are open from 07:00 to 11:00 and 16:00 to 19:00.

  • Madinat Khalifa Traffic Department
    : Khalifa Street
    Tel: 4489 0666

Expatriates must carry out the following:

  • Provide an application form (signed by the sponsor)
  • Provide proof of identity
  • Have a vision test
  • Enrol in a driving school and complete all required tests
  • For further information on getting a driving licence: Click here

Insurance for young drivers is not prohibitively expensive in Qatar, as insurance costs are based on the value of the vehicle being insured, rather than the age of the driver.