If you are a driver of a large and heavy vehicle such as a truck, tractor or trailer, you will understand that the differences between your vehicle and light vehicle (car) are great. While many of the basic driving principles are similar to those governing light vehicles, manoeuvring and controlling a heavy vehicle vary in many respects.

What will I learn in this course?

You will learn various aspects of heavy truck driving such as the starting, balancing and positioning of the heavy vehicle, learn the gear functions and its purpose, understand the use of the clutch, brake, accelerator, trafficator and dashboard, road markings and signals, changing lanes, vehicle control, anticipation and reaction, courtesy to other road users and the legal restrictions and obligations. 

How do I enroll in the course?

  1. Register online or visit any of our main centers/branches.
  2. Click on the ‘Documents Required’ tab for a list of the mandatory documents required for enrollment.
  3. Complete eye test at our main centers or at any of the RTA registered optical shops.

What will my training consist of?

Your heavy truck driving training consists of completing the below mandatory steps:

Step 1: Theory lectures
Step 2: Theory test (RTA)
Step 3: Practical training
Step 4: Parking/Yard test (RTA)
Step 5: Assessment/Internal test (EDI)
Step 6: Road test (RTA)

What if I already have a driving license?

If you hold a valid driving license from the GCC countries (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar) and wish to take the UAE heavy truck driving license, you may take optional practical training or simply appear for the RTA road test. 


  1. Original Emirates ID
    NOTE: Visa copy may be required if the designation mentioned in the Emirates ID is not the same as in the stamped visa. 
  2. The eye test must be completed before the RTA file opening. It can be done at any of EDI’s main centers (Al Qusais/Al Quoz) or at any RTA authorized optical centers in Dubai.
  3. A valid Dubai visa
  4. No Objection letter required*
    a. if Employed: No Objection letter must be printed on the company letterhead with the company stamp & signature of the designated authority
    b. If Unemployed/Personal employed sponsor: No Objection letter from the sponsor must be submitted on a white paper with the signature
    NOTE: No Objection letter must be addressed to RTA, Dubai stating issue date, student name, passport no., selected vehicle category & gear transmission (automatic/manual). The No Objection letter is valid for only 6 months from the issue date unless the validity is mentioned by the sponsor. *For UAE/GCC nationals, No Objection letter is not required even if the customer is below 21 years.
  5. Medical fitness report required if:
    1. The customer is possessing 'Driver' visa 
    2. The customer above the age of 65 years 
    3. Drivers under personal sponsorship and not company sponsored.
  6. A commercial license permit is required if the designation on the visa is 'Driver'**

**List of approved hospital and clinics for Commercial Permit medical test:

Hospitals/Centre Phone number

  DHA-Medical Fitness Centre

Canadian Hospital 04-7072222
DM Healthcare     04-4400500
Gulf Healthcare    04-223332
Iranian hospital 04-4046755
Prime Healthcare 04-2233324
Zulekha Hospital 04-2233324


Driver visa holders (excluding Taxi Company):

  1. Medical fitness report from the RTA approved medical center/hospitals.

File transfer from other institutes in Dubai/Emirates:

  1. Original RTA file from the previous school/institute (if registered before April 2017)
  2. No Objection letter /status report from previous school/institute.
  3. Theory lectures details (if attended)
  4. Valid /invalid learning permit (not applicable to other Emirates)
  5. Training Sheet (if practical training has been taken)

Customer holding partner visa:

  1. Copy of valid trade license.

Marsom / Bedouin (who do not have Emirates ID):

  1. Marsom letter


Mandatory documents required for applicants
  1. On personal or family-sponsored visa currently residing in Dubai:
    1. Valid passport copy & visa copy of the sponsor & applicant
    2. Original and valid Emirates ID
    3. Valid tenancy contract (Ejari) & electricity bill from DEWA*
    4. Eye test report (After approval)
    5. Declaration letter from the school or university (if the applicant is a student in Dubai)
    6. NOC for professional help (e.g. housemaid, nanny, driver)
      *not required incase declaration letter is available
  2. On a company-sponsored visa:
    1. Situation 1: Company has a branch in Dubai & currently residing in Dubai:
      • Valid passport copy & visa copy of the applicant
      • Original and valid Emirates ID
      • Copy of valid trade license of the Dubai branch of the company. The company name must match the name on the trade license.
      • NOC to clearly mention that the applicant is working in the Dubai branch of the company.
      • Eye test (After approval)
    2. Situation 2: Company does not have a branch in Dubai & currently residing in Dubai:
      (e.g. Applicants on investor or partner visa from other-emirates do not have a branch & currently residing in Dubai)
      • Valid passport copy & visa copy of the sponsor & applicant
      • Original and valid Emirates ID
      • Valid tenancy contract (Ejari) & electricity bill from DEWA
      • Eye test report (After approval)
      • NOC issued by the company from other emirates if they do not have any branch in Dubai.
Heavy Truck (HVT) Regular Training Night Training
20 hours EDI fees till the 1st road test (Discount of 4 FREE hours included) RTA Fees AED 1,510 AED 1,510
EDI Fees 4,095 4,575
Partial 5,605 6,085
EDI fees 3,775 4,195
Full Payment 5,285 5,705
*Fixed price course till pass Partial 12,600 14,400
Full Payment 11,340 12,800
*Fixed price course with Corporate discount Group A Partial 11,358 -
Full Payment 10,222 -
* Fixed price course with Corporate discount Group B Partial 10,728 -
Full Payment 9,655 -
5% VAT apply *Eye test included in Fixed price Partial Course only
Beneficiary Service Title RTA fees (in AED) EDI fees (in AED)
Institute admission fee Enrollment - EDI - 575
Basic center services
Theory lecture/ e-learning - 1,000
RTA knowledge test room 240 70
EDI practical assessment test - smart yard (if absent) - 130
RTA yard test vehicle rent 240 70
EDI practical assessment test - on road - 250
RTA road test vehicle rent 240 70
Practical training for Heavy Truck
Regular training course - 160
Friday training course - 190
Gold training course - 660
Other services by the institute
Eye test 90 50
Theory preparation session for knowledge test (if failed) - 50
Processing to reactivate the RTA traffic file 320 140
Children’s play area (per hour) - 10
Issue driving license (21 years and above) 320 100
Issue driving license (21 years and below) 120 100
Pre-evaluation test - 100
Training extension fee (upon road test failure) - 150
Practical assessment test (after every 5th road test) - 250
New driver sticker (normal) - 5
New driver sticker (magnetic) - 10
Course change charge - 120
Other services by RTA
Enrollment - RTA file opening 370 140
Amending a learning permit from 'automatic' to 'manual' or vice versa 240 120
Remote Interpretation Service (RIS) 435 -
Renewing a learning permit 120 20
Lost/ damage learning permit 120 20
Transferring file from other emirates or vice versa 220 -
Committee test fees 410 -
Commercial permit (driver visa under personal sponsorship) 200 -
Training permit for a female with a male trainer 10 -
You may register at any EDI branch located across Dubai; Click here to locate nearest EDI branch

The students can choose the below training schedule at our Al Qusais and Al Quoz centres:

  1. Regular training (daily training from 8:30 AM to 5 PM)
    1. 1-hour training for 3 days in a week    (1-hour training in 1 day)    Available on Saturday-Monday-Wednesday OR Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday  
    2. 2 hours training for 3 days in a week   (2 hours training in 1 day)   Available on Saturday-Monday-Wednesday OR Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday
    3. 1-hour training for 6 days in a week    (1-hour training in 1 day)    Available from Saturday to Thursday
  2. Friday training (only on Friday from 7 AM to 4 PM) 
    1. 2 hours of training on every Friday           (2 hours training in 1 day)
  3. Gold Training (as per your convenience)
    1. 2 hours training for 4 days in a week        (2 hours training in 1 day)


1. You must carry the Emirates ID, EDI student ID, RTA learning permit to attend the lectures, practical training and tests.

2. You are requested to arrive on time for the practical training. Should you fail to arrive after 10 minutes of the scheduled training, you will be marked “ABSENT” and a compensatory class can be taken for an additional fee.

3. If you wish to temporarily stop your training, you must inform your course in-charge 24 hours before your scheduled training time. If you fail to do so, you’ll be marked as absent for that day.

4. In case the instructor is absent, we will try to arrange some other instructor for that particular class.  Should we fail to provide another instructor, we will extend your training accordingly.

5. You must use the MDT card for timely login & log out of your training. Please insert the training card in your training vehicle as soon as your training begins and take it out once the training is over.

All students who register for Heavy Truck driver training must attend 9 theory lectures available on weekdays and Fridays. Lectures can be attended online (e-lectures) in English, Urdu or Arabic or at the main centers in Al Qusais and Al Quoz centers. 

NOTE: The students must bring the EDI student ID and RTA Learning Permit to attend the lectures.

Lecture Topics:
1.    Attitude and responsibilities
2.    Traffic signs
3.    Managing risk
4.    Driver condition
5.    Driving environment
6.    Rules of road
7.    Hazards and Emergencies
8.    Your Vehicle
9.    Articulated Truck

Rules of Attendance

  • Please ensure you have attended all 8 lectures before you book your theory test, practical driving classes. Now you can attend lectures in English, Arabic & Urdu via e-Lecture (online lecture).
  • Click here to see the user guide.
  • Click here for the Lecture schedule.

    Lecture No.


    Lecture 1

    English, Arabic & Urdu

    Lecture 2

    English, Arabic & Urdu

    Lecture 3

    English, Arabic & Urdu

    Lecture 4

    English, Arabic & Urdu

    Lecture 5

    English, Arabic & Urdu

    Lecture 6

    English, Arabic & Urdu

    Lecture 7

    English, Arabic & Urdu

    Lecture 8

    English, Arabic & Urdu

    Lecture 9 (Articulated Truck)

    English, Arabic & Urdu

  • Joining Instructions with Terms and Conditions – click here to download
  • EDI Trainee Rights & Responsibilities – click here to download

RTA's Remote Interpretation System (RIS)

The service provides a remote instant interpretation of driving theoretical tests, conducted by RTA, to driver license applicants in different languages. The step is part of RTA's endeavors to enrich the Smart City initiative and realize its third strategic goal - People's Happiness

How can RIS service be availed?

As per RTA guidelines, students have to submit an application for appointing an interpreter in the preferred language at the time of opening the RTA file and pay the applicable fees.

This service cannot be added at a later stage while booking the Road Test.


An additional fee of AED 400/- will be charged for availing this service apart from the regular exam fee of AED 310/-.

Click here to view the list of available languages

Remember to:
•    Obtain your RTA learner's permit prior to your first theory and driving lesson and carry it with you throughout the training period. Renew the permit once it expires.
•    Attend your first and all subsequent driving classes and tests with necessary lenses/ glasses.
•    Not be absent from classes without informing the concerned reception staff 48 hours before class time or you will be charged for the classes.
•    Make proper payments for training and tests on time to avoid unnecessary problems/delays


Examined by Ways to apply Note:

Test 1: RTA Knowledge Test

  • EDI call center (04 2631100) or
  • EDI main centers (test dept.)
  • The test can be booked from 8 am to 4:15 pm; Saturday to Thursday.
  • The test can be attended only at the main centers (Al Qusais or Al Qouz).
  • The test center will be based on the location chosen at the time of registration.
Test 2: RTA Inside Test RTA EDI Al Qusais center  (Test Dept)
  • The test can booked based on your training schedule & instructor’s confirmation.
  • Please visit the Test Department in Al Qusais center to book the test
  • Please arrive 30 mins earlier than the test time with all documents.
Test 3: Assessment Test EDI EDI call center & main centers
  • The test can be attended at the main center Al Qusais or Al Quoz
  • Please arrive 30 mins earlier than the test time at the respective training center
Test 4:  Articulated Truck Test EDI EDI Al Qusais center (Scheduling Dept.)
  • The test can booked based on your training schedule & instructor’s confirmation.
  • The test can be booked by the course-in-charge at the Al Qusais center.
Test 5: RTA Road test RTA EDI main centers
(Test Department)
  • The test can be attended based on the RTA availability at Al Qusais or Al Quoz center.
  • Extra charge applies for attending the test on Saturday.
  • Please arrive 30 mins earlier than the test time at the respective training center.