How to Check and Remove Black Points on Your UAE Driving License

How to Check and Manage Black Points on Your UAE Driving License

Even the best drivers can make mistakes, and in the UAE, some traffic violations can add black points to your driving licence. Accumulating too many black points Opens in a new tab.can lead to your licence being suspended or even confiscated. Here’s how you can check for black points and drive safely to avoid them.

What Are Black Points?

Black points are penalties for serious traffic violations. Minor violations might only incur fines, but dangerous behavior can result in black points.

You can receive between 4 and 24 black points, and if you exceed 24 points, your case goes to court, potentially leading to licence suspension or confiscation.

How to Check Black Points on Your Driving License?

For Dubai Licence Holders:

  1. Download the ‘Dubai Police’ app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Log in using your UAE Pass.
  3. Tap on your profile picture, select ‘Traffic’, and you’ll see your traffic file summary, including black points and fines.

Checking for black points on your license through the Dubai Police website:

  1. Go to the Dubai Police website.Opens in a new tab.
  2. Click on “Services” section.
  3. Select “Traffic Fines Payment”.
  4. Input your Emirates ID number and license number.
  5. Click on “Search”.
  6. Your black point balance will be displayed on the screen.

Alternatively, you can call the Dubai Police non-emergency hotline at 901:

  1. Select option 2 for traffic services.
  2. Then select option 4 to enquire about black points.
  3. Enter your driving licence number to get the details.

For Abu Dhabi Licence Holders:

  1. Download the ‘Tamm’ app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Log in using your UAE Pass.
  3. Select ‘My Tamm’ from the menu and scroll down to the ‘My Vehicles’ widget.
  4. Swipe left to find the ‘Black Points’ widget showing your points.

For License Holders in Other Emirates (Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah):

  1. Download the ‘MOI UAE’ app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Log in using your UAE Pass.
  3. On the home screen, you’ll see a widget summarizing your traffic file, including black points.

Reducing Black Points

You can reduce black points by attending traffic training courses offered by the Dubai and Abu Dhabi Police. These courses can remove up to eight points from your record and are free of charge. Contact the traffic department in your emirate for more details.

How to Remove Black Points from Your Driving License?

To remove black points from your Dubai driving license, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the local police office or use the Dubai Police website Opens in a new check your black-point record and understand your current status.
  2. Avoid getting more black points by following traffic laws, sticking to speed limits, using indicators properly, and driving defensively.
  3. Enroll in defensive driving courses offered by authorized institutions. These courses teach safe driving techniques, traffic rules, and how to handle different driving situations.
  4. Black points expire after a certain period. Depending on the offense, wait for the points to naturally expire and reduce your total count.
  5. Ensure all fines related to traffic violations are paid promptly. During Ramadan, you might get discounts on fine payments, so take advantage of these opportunities.
  6. If you believe black points were unfairly given, request a reevaluation from the authorities. Provide evidence to support your claim, and the authorities will review your case.
  7. Continuously practice safe driving to keep your record clean and prevent future black points.
  8. If someone else was driving your vehicle when the fine was incurred, you can transfer the black points to the responsible person by following the necessary procedures.

By following these steps, you can effectively remove black points from your Dubai driving license and maintain a good driving record.

How Black Points Are Issued in Dubai?

In Dubai, black points are part of the traffic point system to prevent violations and promote safer driving. Here’s how it works:

  1. Traffic violations are detected by police patrols, traffic cameras, or radar devices.
  2. The police review evidence like photos or videos to confirm the violation.
  3. Each violation is assigned a specific number of black points based on its severity. For example, running a red light gets 8 points, while using a mobile phone while driving gets 4 points.
  4. The driver is notified of the violation and the black points via SMS or email.
  5. The black points are added to the driver’s record and stay there for one year.
  6. Accumulating a certain number of black points within a year leads to penalties:
    • 24 black points: License suspension for 3-6 months.
    • 32 black points: License suspension for 6 months to 1 year.
    • 48 black points: License suspension for one year.

Common Traffic Violations and Black Points

Here are common traffic violations and their black points in Dubai:

  • Exceeding the speed limit: 4-12 points
  • Running a red light: 8 points
  • Using a mobile phone while driving: 4 points
  • Tailgating: 4 points
  • Reckless driving: 23 points
  • Exceeding the speed limit by more than 60 km/h: 23 points
  • Not wearing a seat belt: 4 points
  • Not using child seats: 4 points
  • Overtaking in a prohibited area: 4 points
  • Parking in a prohibited area: 4 points
  • Driving without a license: 24 points
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: 24 points
  • Causing an accident: 24 points

Note that these points are subject to change based on updates to Dubai’s traffic laws.

How Long Do Black Points Last in Dubai?

Black points on a motorist’s record in Dubai last for one year. However, you must ensure that your total black points do not exceed 24 within this period. If you accumulate more than 24 black points in a year, your license will be suspended.

The suspension periods are as follows:

  • First time exceeding 24 points: License suspended for 3 to 6 months.
  • Second time exceeding 24 points: License suspended for 6 months to 1 year.
  • Third time exceeding 24 points: License suspended for 1 year.

Each suspension imposes a legal liability on the driver, who must retake a driving course and test after each suspension.

Safe Driving Tips to Avoid Black Points

  • Always follow traffic rules and speed limits.
  • Avoid using mobile phones while driving.
  • Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Pay attention to road signs and signals.

By adhering to traffic laws and driving responsibly, you can maintain a clean driving record and avoid the complications associated with black points.


Human Resource professional and writer.

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