Department of Public Relations and Security Media in Ministry of Interior (MoI) has released a statement on the conditions that expatriates must fulfill, in order to be eligible to apply for a driving license in Kuwait.
The MoI said it was clarifying the driving license requirements with the aim of saving the time of ministry personnel from having to repeatedly respond to questions from expatriates regarding this matter.
Kuwait Driving license requirements
The statement said that: As per ministerial decree No. 5598/2014 issue don 25 November 2014, non-Kuwaiti applicants can obtain a private or public driving license provided that they have legally stayed in the country for at least two years, receive a monthly salary of not less than KD600, and have a university degree. Resolution No. 3 of the decree specified the categories excluded from some of the conditions based on their social and functional circumstances.
According to the resolution, the first category excluded from the conditions of residence, salary, and university certificate covers over a dozen segments. They are: non- Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaiti men including widows and divorcees provided they have children, non-Kuwaiti men married to Kuwaiti women and have children, Bedoun residents with valid security cards, students provided they are registered at any of the universities or applied institutions in Kuwait, members of the diplomatic corps, professionals in sports federations, clubs and government sectors, drivers and representatives who hold valid legal driving licenses issued by their countries or any other country, domestic workers who have been working for a period of not less than five consecutive years in a similar capacity provided they change their profession to driver, technicians working in the oil fields, pilots and sea captains and their assistants, washers of the dead, nursing staff, physiotherapists and medical technicians, housewives, as well as sons and spouses of judges, counselors, prosecutors and experts, faculty members of universities and institutions, doctors, pharmacists, and general managers and their assistants.
The decision states that the second category exempted from residency and salary conditions but should be holders of university degrees include judges, prosecutors, consultants and experts, faculty members of universities and applied institutes, journalists and media professionals, doctors and pharmacists, researchers, judiciary men, translators, librarians, teachers, social workers and engineers, trainers working in sports federations and clubs in government agencies.
The last category is excluded from the residency condition but must have a monthly salary of not less than KD600 and should be holders of university degrees. This category includes general managers and assistants, directors, accountants, and finally representatives.
The licenses of drivers and representatives will be canceled upon the cancellation of their residence permits, or if they change their profession based on which the driving license was issued. The person will then not be eligible to apply for a driving license for at least two years and the new procedures will apply.