Saudi Arabia Issues First Driving Licenses To Women

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Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licenses to women.

The first group of women today received their Saudi driving licenses, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

“The general directorate of traffic started replacing international driving licenses recognized in the kingdom with Saudi licenses,” it added.

Last week, the department had urged Saudi and expatriate women, who are holders of driving license issued in other countries and want to replace it with a Saudi one, to register their application through the Saudi Driving License Portal from May 21.

The department issued the licenses to the applicants after confirming the authenticity of their international licenses and evaluating their ability to drive after undergoing a practical test. The authorities issued licenses after ensuring that these licenses are recognized by Saudi Arabia, as stipulated by the Traffic Regulations and their executive bylaws.

The issuance of license comes as part of a series of measures taken by the department in preparation for the implementation of the decision to allow women to drive. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ordered last September to allow women to drive effective from June 24.

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