Great news for women in Saudi Arabia who are under their husbands sponsorship, and previously unable to register online to apply for Saudi driving license. There has been a problem with so called “dependent iqama” holders to apply for the driving license conversion which requires an independent Absher account.
The update is that now the husband (sponsor) can login to the Saudi driving License Portal SDLP www.sdlp.sa/login with his own absher account and then proceed to apply for the foreign license conversion for his wife. The SDLP is in Arabic but below in images are translated step by step guide how to go through this phase.
UPDATE: SDLP site is now available in English!
UPDATE September 2018: According to reports from several dependent women around Saudi Arabia, they have stopped issuing licenses to women on dependent status for the time being. if any official statement arises we will update here !
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, otherwise it seems the ban on the dependents to convert their licenses is still valid.
The rest of the steps how to get Saudi driving license for dependent iqama holders please follow these steps:
**Please note this applies to women registered as their husbands dependents in the Absher system, with valid foreign driving license.
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 creaitng your own Absher account. Creating an independent Absher account is still not possible for the dependent iqama holders, but it’s now possible to aapply using your husbands absher.
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 you need to get done BEFORE registering at SDLP site 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
Here are the translated steps how to apply for dependents driving license conversion with husbands Absher account on www.sdlp.sa site:
Leave father and grandfather name blank in case your name does not follow this way.
After registering online and booking appointment at your nearest Moroor office the steps are the same as in this guide: How to Apply for Saudi Driving License. Please read to find out more about the driving test and what to bring with you to the test.
Tip: If your city’s appointments are all booked, check your nearest cities and you can apply in any of them.
According to one expat family they went to Makkah Moroor and the traffic officer conducting the test had been very rude and not spoke English at all during the test, forcing the woman to fail her test since she did not understand his instructions. It might be a good idea to take a Arabic speaker with you to test just in case or demand a English speaking officer. But this is just one officer in one location, all others so far I’ve heard of are more friendly and helpful, such as the ones in Riyadh Rimal branch were when I went in June. read about the experience here: Getting our Saudi driving licenses
Good luck everyone and please leave comments about your experiences to help others apply and any updates you know of!
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Hello there! I’m Laura, the founder of Blue Abaya- the first travel blog in Saudi Arabia, established in 2010. Travel has always been my passion- so far I’ve visited 70 countries and I’m always on the lookout for new adventures inside and outside of Saudi Arabia!