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List of Categories who can apply for Driving License

I would like to ask for your guidance regarding my application for a driving license. I have been working in Kuwait for 8 years now and my salary on my work permit is KD 462.

I am also holding a degree certificate attested by my embassy and Kuwait Foreign Affairs Ministry.

I went to the traffic department in Shuwaikh and submitted my application but the reception only looked at my job title, which is “Masool Idhari” and immediately rejected my application without checking my credentials.

I would like to know if there is a law which specifies job titles that can be granted driving licenses and in my case is it possible for me to get a license and how I can do it?

Appreciate your help in this regard as I have 2 children who are studying in Kuwait.

They are 9 years and 4 years old ... getting this license will be a lot of help for my family.

Name withheld

Answer: According to the latest rules, the following conditions must be fulfilled to be eligible for a driving license in Kuwait:

a. Must have lived in Kuwait for at least two years at the time of application

b. Must be earning at least KD 400 per month

c. Must have a university degree

Besides the above, the following categories have some sort of exemption, some from all the above conditions and some from one or two of them.

1. Drivers coming to work in private and government companies and establishments and government authorities.

2. Domestic drivers.

3. Consultants, judges, members of prosecution, legal experts, lawyers.

4. Doctors and pharmacists.

5. Professors working in universities, colleges and higher institutes, and teachers.

6. Engineers, and assistant engineers.

7. Non-Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaiti men.

8. Non-Kuwaiti women who are widows or divorcees of Kuwaiti men.

9. Non-Kuwaiti men married to Kuwaiti women and their children.

10. Imams of the mosques.

11. Librarians working at the Education Ministry.

12. Nursing staff working in the government and private sector.

13. Laboratory and X-ray technicians working in the government sector.

14. Journalists and other media personnel.

15. Directors and accountants with university degree.

16. Sport trainers working in sports federations, clubs and government sector, and players.

17. Pilots and assistant pilots.

18. Expatriate housewives who have children provided their husbands are eligible to obtain driving license.

19. Students provided they are registered in any one of the universities or applied institutions in Kuwait.

20. Company representatives (Mandoub)

21. Technicians working in oil companies.

22. Consultants (management, economic, commercial, agriculture, law, computer, finance, food, technical) provided they have a university degree attested by the concerned authorities.

23. Members of the diplomatic corps.

24. Bedouns holding security cards.

25. Researchers having university degree working in the government sector.

26. Translators having a university degree and working in the government sector.

According to the new decision people from categories 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24 are exempt from the condition of having a university degree.

Applicants who belong to categories 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 17, 22, 25, 26 are exempt from the condition on the period of residency and salary.

Your job title is not very clear but just check with the above categories.

First of all you should meet the above three conditions and if not, you should be among the other 26 categories.

If so, you will be eligible for the driving license, otherwise not.

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