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Saturday , August 24 2019

Driving license for IT field personnel

I am currently working as a ‘Systems Analyst’ having salary of more than KD 600. I entered Kuwait in 2018 with profession stated as ‘Clerk’ in Visa 18. I am an engineer graduate. Kindly request you to please answer below questions.
1. Based on the information provided above, will I be eligible to obtain the driving licence after completion of 2 years in Kuwait? Also,
2. I would like to have my profession changed to anything closely suitable to System Analyst, such as ‘Programmer Analyst’. Then do I have to produce NOC from Kuwait Engineers Society while changing the profession from clerk to programmer analyst?
In case if both of the above does not have positive outcome (to obtain driving licence), then please suggest the right approach.

Name withheld

Answer: Yes, theoretically, you will be entitled to apply for a driving licence after completing two years as a resident of Kuwait. The reality however is that the decision to grant or not to grant is the exclusive preserve of the Traffic Department. This means that one can still be denied a driving licence even after satisfying all the requirements.
On the issue of changing your designation from clerk to programmer analyst, we are of the opinion that such a change can only be effected after the concerned officials are satisfied that you possess the necessary qualification to match with the designation change. To help them do this, they have to inspect your certificates and as you are an engineer, you will need a no objection certificate from Kuwait Engineers Society. The only approach to acquire a driving licence is satisfying the requirements spelt out by the Traffic Department.

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