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Traffic Rules and Driving Licence in Kuwait


The Ministry of Interior establishes traffic laws in Kuwait, and in recent years, strict requirements for the granting of driving and other vehicle licenses have been implemented.

The candidate must have a salary cap of 600 Dinars, be a university graduate, and have lived in the nation for at least two years to be eligible.

  • Judges, Prosecutors, Advisers, and Experts;
  • University and applied institution faculty members;
  • Journalists and media personnel;
  • Doctors, Pharmacists, and Engineers;
  • Social workers and teachers;
  • Researchers, lawyers, translators, librarians, and imams employed by government institutions;
  • sports trainers employed by government institutions in sports federations and clubs.
  • Housewives with children whose husbands have already obtained a driver’s license are likewise excluded.
  • Members of the diplomatic corps;
  • professional sport club players and drivers;
  • company representatives (MANDOUBS);
  • passport and Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor representatives with valid driving licenses in their respective nations;
  • Members of the Public Prosecution Service; Judges;
  • Chancellors, experts, university and PAAET teaching personnel; private drivers who have worked for the same sponsor for at least five years (and have changed their occupation to “driver”)
  • Pilots, captains, and their assistants; specialized oil technicians, nurses, physiotherapists, and other medical technicians;
  • specialized oil technicians, nurses, physiotherapists, and other medical technicians;
  • Those who clean the bodies of those who have passed away.

What are categories being exempt from the salary cap and a minimum two-year stay in Kuwait?

What Are Fines for Kuwait Traffic Violations in 2021?

The government referred to the National Assembly a draft law amending some provisions of Decree-Law No. 67 of 1976 concerning traffic, which included toughening traffic penalties, such as increasing the fine for exceeding the speed limit to 500 dinars, from 200 dinars, and some violations to 1000 percent. 500 dinars for ignoring the red light, using the phone, irresponsibility, and speeding are among the most significant fines included in the draft. Also 200 dinars for front-seat children, shade, loud sounds, and smoke emissions. And 200 dinars to place stickers on the car and drive without insurance.


In addition, parking trucks and cars selling goods in residential zones and public facilities costs 75 dinars. And 75 dinars for obstructing or impeding traffic on purpose.


Article (33 bis) states that a penalty of imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months and a fine not exceeding five hundred dinars, with no less than two hundred dinars or either of these two pen

alties, shall be imposed each, without prejudice to the measures prescribed in this law or to any more severe punishment in any other law.

Anyone who does one of the following things:

1 – Getting around a red traffic light.

2 – Driving a vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner, endangering the driver’s or others’ lives or property.

3 – Has a road race for motor vehicles without a permit or in breach of permission, or holds a gathering of motor vehicles to use them recklessly or carelessly, or to use them in a way that puts the driver or others at risk.

4 – Going beyond the speed limit.

5 – He drove cars (buggies) in areas where they weren’t supposed to be.

6 – On roads and in loops, he drove against the flow of traffic.

7 – Driving while using a handheld communication device.

8 – Operating an unlicensed motor vehicle without metal plates or plates disbursed from the General Traffic Department, with some or all of the numbers changed, or non-disbursed plates from the General Traffic Department with the original plate numbers written on them or with different numbers written on them.

9 – Without a permit, using a private car to transport passengers for rent.

Anyone who commits one of the following acts shall be punished with imprisonment for a period not exceeding one month and a fine not exceeding one hundred dinars and not less than fifty dinars, or one of these two penalties, without prejudice to the measures stipulated in this law or any harsher penalty in any other law:

1 – Operating a motor vehicle without the permission or knowledge of the owner or the licensee in his or her name.

2 – Driving a motor vehicle with numbers or one plate that is unclear or illegible, or changing the location, color, or shape of the plates issued by the General Traffic Department.

3 – Driving a motor vehicle without a permit, or with a permit whose validity period has ended, or breaching the permit’s terms in situations where the law, its implementing regulations, or the decisions enforcing it require him to get this permit.

4 – When asked, do not show a driver’s license, a vehicle license, or any other permit needed by law, executive rules, or implementing decisions to members of the police force.

5 – Using lamps, loudspeakers, machines, or any other items not authorized by law, which must be seized and a ruling taken away.

6 – Using sidewalks or pedestrian roads to walk or park a vehicle.

7 – Parking on highways or unlit roads in a vehicle without tiny lights or reflector lights.

8 – Using bright, blinding lights, such as flashlights, in a way that is inconsistent with the decision to use them.

9 – Driving against the flow of traffic by turning, turning, entering, or reversing.

Article (34):

Article (36):

Without prejudice to the provisions of this law or any other legislation that imposes a more severe penalty, whoever commits one of the following acts:

1 – Taxis or public passenger transportation vehicles (buses) exceeding the maximum number of passengers permitted, or unjustly refusing to transport passengers or charging more than is permitted.

2 – Leaving animals unattended on public roadways, or their guardian or leader breaking traffic laws or being careless in controlling or driving them.

3 – Violations of traffic laws by pedestrians and cyclists.

4 – Operating a motor vehicle without a valid vehicle driver’s license, a valid driver’s license, or any other authorization required by this law or its implementing regulations and decisions.

5 – Operating an automatic vehicle without turning on all of the required lights.

6 – Leaving the vehicle or its ruins abandoned on the roadside or on the side of the road.

7 – The driver of the motorized vehicle permitted passengers to travel on any portion of the vehicle’s exterior.

8 – Operating a motor vehicle that fails to meet any of the safety or durability requirements set forth in the Traffic Law’s implementing regulations or decisions.

The Traffic Law’s regulations or rulings implementing it.

We can check this webpage for violation inquiries:

The General Traffic Department has enacted a set of regulations governing the use of matte and glossy paints on vehicles.

  • Advanced approval from the Technical Inspection Department’s Information and International Standards Department is required;
  • the paint must be plain and not resemble government vehicles (police, army, national guards, ambulance, firefighting force, etc.), with the use of body masking and non-fixed materials instead of paint strictly prohibited.

The Traffic Department advised that the following procedures be followed before to the painting procedure:

  • request form to change or add a color to the vehicle; vehicle to be produced before the Technical Inspection Department in the Capital Governorate, International Standards Department to obtain initial approval;
  • then visit specialized workshops and companies to complete the painting process; then complete the insurance documents mentioning the new color.


After that, take the car to the Technical Inspection Department of the Capital Governorate’s Department of International Standards to have the vehicle’s data updated in the computer.

Concerning the Color Change Law for New Vehicles