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Thousands of Expats driving licenses withdrawn – More to be revoked

KUWAIT CITY, April 10: The Ministry of the Interior has withdrawn thousands of driving licenses from expatriates who have changed their profession and obtained driving licenses in illegal ways reports Alseyassah daily.

Sources confirmed that dozens of driving licenses were issued from various traffic department in illegal way daily basis. Action has been taken on officers who were involved. Ministry has withdrawn total of 37,000 driving licenses due to violation of traffic laws and change in profession from Jan 2015 – 2018.

To obtain driving license expats have to go through lengthy process and those who meet salary requirement of KD 600, type of profession, graduation degree and residence in Kuwait for 2 yrs driving license is issued. It has been found that expats have been obtaining driving license in illegal ways by cheating on type of profession to acquire license and were caught during renewal of license as residence renewal reflected that besides changing company their designation also were changed.

Licenses are issued for several exceptions such as wife of the Kuwaiti woman who is widow or divorced, woman who have children, professional players, drivers, members of nursing bodies, pilots, captains, besides these
Judges, prosecutors, consultants, experts, faculty members of universities, journalists, doctors, pharmacists, engineers, teachers, social workers, researchers, mosque imams and sports trainers are issued. The categories excluded from the term of residence are general managers and their assistants and Accountants.

By Hani Abu Shanab, Al Seyassah staff


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