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Kuwait scraps 14,600 expats driving licences

Other Kuwait City 09 Jul 21
Kuwait scraps 14,600 expats driving licences
Kuwait General Traffic Department cancelled 14,600 driving licenses of expats and were blocked from renewing their license after they had changed their professions.
Event Location
Kuwait, Kuwait
Kuwait City
Start Time
09 July 2021, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 July 2021, 12:00 AM

Kuwaiti authorities have revoked driving licences of around 14,600 expatriates after they were found to have changed their jobs that do not qualify them for getting licences, Al Rai newspaper reported, citing security sources.

Traffic authorities in the country are verifying motorists’ compliance with rules whereby driving licences are issued, the sources said.

The total number of driving licences in Kuwait is estimated at 1.5 million including 850,000 held by foreign residents.

In recent years, Kuwait has tightened regulations for issuing driving licences to expatriates. “There are foreign students, who are exceptionally granted driving licences on humanitarian grounds,” a source said. “Unfortunately, after they finish their studies, the student does not hand back the licence issued for a particular purpose and continues to keep it,” a source said.

According to Kuwaiti laws, validity of an expatriate’s driving licence is linked to validity of the residency permit.

“The Traffic Directorate blocks this licence and invalidates it. The violators are deported for violating the country’s laws,” the source added.

Driving licences issued for drivers and agents are automatically revoked if their holders change their jobs.

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