Great news for women in Saudi Arabia who are under their husbands or fathers sponsorship, and previously unable to register online to apply for Saudi driving license. There has been an issue with so called “dependent iqama” holders, in other words women who are under their fathers, husbands sponsorship to apply for the driving license conversion which requires an independent Absher account.
It is now possible for dependent iqama holders to register their own Absher account. You need a Saudi mobile to get verified. Register as new user here: absher portal
UPDATE for dependent iqama holders
Follow below steps to convert your foreign driving license to a Saudi one.
1- As an independent currently you can register your own Absher account
2- Activate your absher account through proper channels (Malls,Mobily.etc..)
2- login to Absher and take an appointment to replace your foreign driving license (last item from Traffic appointment menu)
3-prepare all requested documents and pay the fees.
4.take the test
UPDATE 2019: More driving schools and license conversion centers are opening around the country. Dependents can try to enroll in the courses provided by Driving Schools and through that try to get the Saudi Driver’s license.
The rest of the steps how to get Saudi driving license for dependent iqama holders please follow these steps:
If you are a female expat in Saudi under your employers sponsorship or married to a Saudi then follow these steps: How to convert foreign license to Saudi license and you will be able to convert an existing, valid driving license from any foreign country to the Saudi one by first creating your own Absher account.
Converting the license does not mean you need to give up or “surrender” your original, however it is needed to present at the Moroor once you are doing the short driving test.
To find out what documents you need to get done BEFORE applying for license, you must follow the instructions on this post: Step by Step Guide How Expats Apply For Saudi Driving License
If you need to follow the guide in Arabic it is available here: How Saudi and expat women can convert foreign license to Saudi license
Tip: If your city’s appointments are all booked, check your nearest cities and you can apply in any of them.
Good luck everyone and please leave comments about your experiences to help others apply and any updates you know of!
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