No Ban On Expats’ Driving Licences

No Ban On Expats’ Driving Licences




Kuwait: No ban on expats’ driving licences

Kuwaiti authorities have denied reports of banning the renewal driving licenses of expatriates, dismissing such reports as “incorrect”.

In recent days, Kuwaiti media carried reports that traffic authorities had temporarily halted the renewal of driving licenses for all expatriates in the country pending a new system to revoke licenses of the ineligible ones.

However, the Interior Ministry said there is no decision or circular issued to stop or withdraw expatriates’ driving licenses. “All that was circulated is incorrect,” the ministry additional. It explained that traffic authorities in coordination with the Department of Information Systems had carried out a “routine procedure” to update data of the issued driving licenses replacing the old documents with smart ones.

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“Anyone among foreign residents found to have obtained the driving license illegally will have it withdrawn and be liable to legal action,” the ministry’s Security Media Department said.

Earlier this week, Al-Rai newspaper reported that traffic authorities had temporarily suspended the renewal of driving licenses for all expatriates in the country pending a new system to revoke licenses of the ineligible ones.

The suspension was seen as spelling trouble for foreign holders of expired licenses and Kuwaiti citizens who use foreign drivers and workers holding expired licenses. The paper later reported, citing a lawmaker, that Interior Minister Thamer Al Aly ordered a freeze on the ban.

The renewal course of action will be obtainable to license holders who will show up having all the required documents complying with eligibility stipulations in terms of job, salary and holding a university degree, the paper additional.

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