Validity of all driving licenses issued after April 1, 2013 are tied to the validity of recipient’s residence

I am a regular reader of the Arab Times newspaper. Recently I came across an article published in the newspaper stating that all those who hold driving licenses issued after 2014 are necessarily required to renew their licenses irrespective of the validity and expiry date. However when I cross checked with known sources they said that the directive is for those holding licenses issued before 2014 and those who have shifted their jobs on which the original license had been issued. Would be helpful if you could please provide the clarification on the same. Incidentally I hold a driving license issued in 2015 and is valid until August 2017.

Name withheld

Answer: Under the current law which came into effect on April 1, 2013, the validity of all driving licenses issued after this date are tied to the validity of recipient’s residence. However all licences issued before April 1, 2013 would be renewed automatically when residences are renewed. In a similar vein the designation change which affects driver, housewife, mandoub and student applies to licenses that have been issued after April 1, 2013. As of licenses issued before the said date, the law is not applicable

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