Validation of Driving Licenses



A driver’s license validation can be requested by customers who currently hold a valid U.A.E. based driver’s license and wish to fast-track the process of obtaining a valid Canadian driver’s license. A validation letter attested by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates will provide the Ministry of Transport in Canada proof of the applicants’ driving history, whereby the period between obtaining a G1 and a G license can be shortened considerably.



  • Please note that as of May 1, 2016, all Documents/Certificates, mailed in or submitted in person to the UAE Embassy – Ottawa, MUST be accompanied by a completed and signed legalization Form (FORM).
  •  If documents are submitted to the Embassy without a completed form, the documents will be returned to you without a legalization stamp.
  • For all Documents issued in the GTA, please refer to the important announcement section and complete the Consulate General of UAE - Toronto legalization Form.


Please follow these guidelines when applying for a Driver’s License Validation.

1)      Obtain a validation letter/experience letter from the same Traffic Department in the United Arab Emirates that issued the driver’s license originally.

(for example, if the license was issued in Abu Dhabi, the validation letter must be obtained from the Abu Dhabi Traffic Department).

2)      Submit the original validation/experience letter, along with the original valid driver’s license and the processing fee to the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Ottawa for attestation.

United Arab Emirates Embassy

125 Boteler Street

Ottawa, ON

K1N 0A4

Attn: Consular Section


Note: If the name of the applicant on the driver’s license does not match the name on the passport, a clear passport copy must also be provided with the documents.

The Embassy ONLY accepts money order, certified cheque or bank draft issued in Canada, made payable to: UAE EMBASSY-OTTAWA





Processing Time


Regular Service

3-5 business days

$54.00CAD/ document

Expedited Service

Submit before 12:00 pm

Same Day $54.00CAD/ document


Note: If the document is to be returned by mail, please provide a prepaid return envelope (Canada post Express post envelope or computer generated waybill from a courier of your choice) with the parcel.


Documents can picked up at the Embassy Monday – Friday between 2:00PM - 3:00PM



NOTE:  Any INCOMPLETE document submitted for legalization to the Embassy will be retained for a maximum of two months upon receipt.  If requirements are not completed within the proposed time, documents will be disposed of safely and confidentially. If prepaid return envelope is provided, the embassy will return your document.

Money orders, certified cheques or drafts issued to the Embassy are non-refundable.


The contact information for the Traffic Departments in the U.A.E. is as follows:





Abu Dhabi Traffic and Licensing Department

P.O. Box 253

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Telephone:  (9712) 419-6666

Fax:                (9712) 448-4546


Dubai Traffic and Licensing Department

P.O. Box 1493

Dubai U.A.E.

Telephone:  (9714) 217-2360

Fax:                (9714) 226-8969


Sharjah Traffic and Licensing Department

P.O. Box 29

Sharjah, U.A.E.

Telephone:   (9716) 538-1111

Fax:                 (9716) 517 7577


Ras Al-Khaimah Traffic and Licensing Department

P.O. Box 54

Ras Al-Khaimah, U.A.E.

Telephone:   (9717) 235-1111

Fax:                 (9717)235-2818


Ajman Traffic and Licensing Department

P.O. Box 4

Ajman, UA.E.

Telephone: (9716) 740-9999

Fax:               (9716) 749-0000


Fujairah Traffic and Licensing Department

P.O. Box 5

Fujairah, U.A.E.

Telephone: (9719) 222-2666

Fax:               (9719) 222-9672

Website: www.

Umm Al-Quwain Traffic and Licensing Department

P.O. Box 23

Umm Al-Quwain, U.A.E.

Ph: (9716) 670-7070

Fax (9716 ) 967-1701