Driving and getting licensed in Sharjah
Driving is on the right hand side of the road and the speed limits are strictly enforced. Speed limits in the emirate vary between 40 – 70 kmph on inner city roads to 100 - 120 kmph on the highway. There is zero tolerance for drinking and driving.
If you have never driven before, or you have a driving license that is not on the approved list of 36 countries, you must undergo training from an authorised driving school. However, if you are licensedat any of the approved list of countries, you will be able to exchange your driving license with a Sharjah one providing that it is valid, and you have a valid Sharjah residency.
If you wish to apply for a new driving license, then you must enroll yourself at Sharjah Driving Institute or any of the certified driving schools in Sharjah.
- Passport (original & copy) with residency page.
- No objection letter from employer.
- 8 passport size photos.
- Copy of the Emirates ID.
- Eye test
Trainees must pass the Theory and Road Tests to be eligible to drive in Sharjah or anywhere in the UAE.
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Emirates ID Card
The Emirates Identity Authority has created the Emirates Identity Card, which is mandatory for all UAE citizens and legal residents. The ID card is an easy method of identification and it is necessary to access all governmental and non-governmental e-services. Also, the card can be used as an alternative to a passport for UAE and GCC citizens when commuting between GCC member states.
A foreigner working and residing in the UAE can sponsor their spouse and children as long as their monthly salary meets the minimum requirement. Several documents need to be submitted including the marriage certificate, birth certificates of the children, a salary certificate from the employer and passport copies.
It is a requirement for expatriates to have a health card in order to live and work in the UAE. These cards are available to all residents of the UAE for a fee. A health card will give you access to the government hospitals listed below. If you do not have a health card, the government hospitals are open in case of emergency only and for up to 24 hours stay. If you have health insurance, you can also choose to use the private hospitals and clinics.
To apply for a new health card, the following are required:
- Passport photocopy with residency/ work visa or copy
- Covering letter from sponsor
- 2 passport size photographs
- Ministry of Health form duly filled
- Dhs 300 for the health card
- Dhs 200 for the medical examination
For a renewal:
- Last health card
- Passport photocopy with residency
- Same as above from Nos. 4 to 6