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How to check black points on a driver's license in the UAE

Last Updated On Wed Apr 24 2024

It’s no wonder Dubai, a city that stands out for infrastructure, modernism, and its strides into the future has a focus on safe driving. So there is a system in place that fines those who don’t abide by the laws and regulations, and in that is the infamous “black point system”.

What are they? How can you check for black points on your license? And, more importantly: how can you get rid of them? Keep reading to understand more. 

What are Black Points and why do they matter to drivers

Black Points are penalties for traffic violations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and other emirates that accrue on a driver’s license according to the infraction. Accumulating points may lead to license suspension or cancellation, more expensive insurance premiums, and trouble getting the car registration renewed. 

Black points are issued with an accompanying fine regarding the infraction committed, too. They are issued like a regular fine without them: through cameras, radars, and the traffic police. 

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How are black points issued in Dubai

Traffic violations in Dubai range from improper parking, which is a minor offense, to reckless driving or speeding, considered severe infractions. Each violation has a designated number of black points, and when a driver is caught doing something wrong, those points are added to their driver’s license. 

You can see a complete list of infractions and their related black points here, on the Dubai Police website.

Having too many black points

When someone accrues too many black points on their license, they stop being a minor inconvenience to becoming a true problem. Insurance premiums skyrocket, renewing the car’s registration becomes a hurdle, and the driver’s license can even be suspended or revoked. 

The magic number is 23: if you have up to 23 black points on your license, you continue driving normally. 

How to Check and Remove Black Points from License

So, if 23 is the magic number and ideally everyone should stay way below that to keep safe, how can you check for and remove black points from your license?

First, access the official website of the traffic department in your emirate. Below are the websites for the major emirates:

Now, follow the steps below:

  1. Register or Log In:
  • If necessary, create an account on the website following the provided instructions. Log in using your credentials if you already have an account.
  1. Access Your Driving Record:
  • Upon logging in, locate an option or section related to “Traffic Services,” “Traffic Fines,” or “Driving License Services.” The exact terminology and layout may differ based on the emirate.
  1. Check Black Points:
  • In the relevant section, you should find an option to view your black points. Enter your driver’s license number or other requested details to access your black point balance.
  1. Review and Verify:
  • Carefully review the provided information, including the tally of black points on your license and any associated fines or violations.
  1. Take Appropriate Action:
  • If you've accumulated black points and aim to mitigate them, contemplate enrolling in defensive driving courses or settling outstanding fines as required.

To remove black points from your license you can enroll in defensive driving courses approved by Dubai Police, which offers them as a benefit to increase safe driving in the city and to help drivers clean their record.

Tips for Avoiding Black Points

Want to avoid black points? Be a safe driver and follow the rules. It’s as simple as that. If you drive by traffic laws, use defensive driving techniques, and are constantly informed about any regulatory changes, you won’t get any violations. 

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